Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dancing with the Stars All Stars Season 15 Week 1: It really is full of stars

One of the most exciting nights of this new fall TV season will without a doubt be the Season 15 premiere of Dancing with the Stars: All Stars Edition. I watched with great expectations, and I was not disappointed. You see read my Fall TV Preview if you want facts about the couples (i.e. what season they were on, if the all star is paired with a new pro or the same pro, etc.). New this season, the introduction of the half point; I personally don't like this idea, it just means that the judges can be more indecisive and less sure of their score.

Scores are in this order: Carrie Ann, Len, Bruno

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson started off the night with a Cha Cha Cha
I loved Joey's eagerness and how much fun he had. Len said their was a lot of energy and a high performance level. Carrie Ann loved Joey's showmanship, and yet it didn't translate in the score. I understand that he danced first, but I do believe he was under-scored.
Scores: 6.5, 7, 7 = 20.5 out of 30

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough danced the Foxtrot
Shawn's maturity level shows, and she has a new found poise when she danced, but it did lack style as the judges mentioned. Bruno said it was like two dances for the price of one. Stylistically it had to be more defined. Carrie Ann said it was the whole package.
Scores: 8, 6.5, 7.5 = 22 out of 30

Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel danced the Cha Cha Cha
I am so happy that Sabrina won the fan's vote because this young lady deserves to be here; she danced her butt off. Carrie Ann called her incredible but warned her not to over-dance. Len said it was clean and precise. I don't get how Shawn got an 8 and Sabrina got all 7.5's.
Scores: 7.5, 7.5, 7.5 = 22.5 out of 30

Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower danced the Foxtrot
This performance had a really smooth flow to it; it was just joyous to watch. Len told Helio he took pride in what he did and it was a joy to watch, hence them dancing to "Pride and Joy". Carrie Ann and Bruno both talked about his charisma and charm.
Scores: 7, 7.5, 7 = 21.5 out of 30

Pamela Anderson ans Tristan McManus danced the Cha Cha Cha
She basically didn't do much moving for the performance, it actually looked like she walked around on stage a lot; this was not good. Bruno said there was not enough work in the performance to praise her. Carrie Ann said, we love watching you, but you need to watch and learn the techniques. Len felt like she just got through it.
Scores: 5.5, 5.5, 6 = 17 out of 30

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani danced the Foxtrot
I was actually impressed with Melissa, I don't remember her being this good, and she was very dedicated in her rehearsals. Carrie Ann said gorgeous lines but there needs to be more body contact. Len said it was a bit too theatrical, but beautiful lines and extension. Bruno said the frame needed to be stronger, but it was excellent overall.
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30

Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff danced the Cha Cha Cha
Apolo is another contestant that really matured and it made his dancing and performance better all around. Len said it was a bronze medal performance and needed more hip action, but you sold it. Bruno said, great foot placement. Carrie Ann said Apolo was 3000 times more sexy and he had great hip action and legwork.
Scores: 7.5, 7, 7.5 = 22 out of 30

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Foxtrot
Always a dream to watch, Gilles is not only easy on the eyes but talented. Bruno said it was so good, can I see it again? Carrie Ann said I missed you Gilles, that was poetic and gorgeous. Len said it was terrific and the scores translated.
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30

Bristol Pain and Mark Ballas danced the Cha Cha Cha
She did come out of her shell, and there was more confidence displayed for sure, but this was weak in comparison to the other all stars. Carrie Ann said you're the most improved, but you need more pop. Len said you had more confidence, great legs, but you need to be more fluid on the arms.
Scores: 6.5, 6.5, 6.5 = 19.5 out of 30

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya danced the Foxtrot
Drew was someone I expected to come out and just nail it, and he didn't exactly. There were some sloppy spots; he's a little rusty, so I think he should still be here, but needs work. Len said it was too hard and hectic. Bruno called it dynamic and full of energy, but said that sometimes Drew stiffened up. Carrie Ann said fabulous, but at times it was rigid. This shouldn't have been a higher score than Joey Fatone.
Scores: 7, 7, 7.5 = 21.5 out of 30

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy danced the Cha Cha Cha
She never danced the Cha Cha Cha before! What? She was awesome! Bruno said hotter than ever, a stunner, well done. Carrie Ann thought that Kelly and Val had insane chemistry, and threw in, Apolo's not the only one who got sexier. Len said you weren't this good in Season 1, the beat was terrific, I loved it, well done.
Scores: 7, 7, 7.5 = 21.5 out of 30

Kirstie Alley and Maxsim Chmerkovskiy danced the Foxtrot
I could tell that Kirstie kind of did this half way, her heart wasn't completely in it. Carrie Ann loved Kirstie's sensuality, but said that she didn't turn that all the way for this performance. Len told her to lift her ribcage and that it needed refining.
Scores: 6.5, 6, 6.5 = 19 out of 30

And Finally,

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke danced the Cha Cha Cha
This was so good, it was like Emmitt and Cheryl have been dancing together forever and didn't even miss a beat. Len said, you can't teach flair, and called it the best of the night. Carrie Ann screamed, "Yabba dabba do! Twinkle toes is back".
Scores: 8, 8.5, 8 = 24.5 out of 30

Who should go home: Pamela Anderson 

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