‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’ Recap: A Shocking Elimination of a Judges’ Favorite

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ABC’s Dancing with the Stars sent shockwaves through the ballroom with the latest elimination of an All-Star celebrity. The couples sweat through four performances over the last two weeks, piling on the scores dance after dance, as the show skipped last week’s elimination round. This elimination was surprising because it was a Judge’s favorite, a great dancer and a leaderboard topper.

In the first half of the show we found out that the five lowest scoring couples going into Tuesday night were all safe. That left the top three hanging in the balance for the next 30 minutes. We also found out that pro dancer Derek Hough suffered an injury Monday night so severe that recently ousted pro Mark Ballas will step in for him if Shawn Johnson makes it through to next week.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Tuesday’s episode.

After a perfect score of 30 on Monday night for her Country style rumba which placed her at the top of the board for a second week in a row, Sabrina Bryan was sent home. Surprising too was that she was a solid 10 points higher than the bottom dweller, Kelly Monaco. Making this elimination even sadder was that it was also Week 6 that Sabrina was sent home in Season 5.

She was a favorite of one of judges said host Tom Bergeron (though he didn’t say whose) and a fan favorite as well, having been voted in by viewers for the All-Stars season. Sabrina was emotional as she thanked the fans who had voted her on and called her experience on Dancing with the Stars an “absolute dream.”

Sabrina was one of the best dancers on the show and had a fan following, so what went wrong? Could it have been the fact that millions of fans on the East Coast were unable to watch the show and vote this week due to power outages? As a beautiful dancer and well deserving of ‘All-Star’ status, Sabrina will be missed.

On tap for next week are “Fusion Dances”, in which two styles of dances are combined and danced to one song. Once again the contestants picked the dance styles for each other:

Kirstie Alley picked “tango/chacha” for Melissa Roycroft

Kelly picked “Argentine Tango/samba for Gilles Marini

Apolo Ohno picked “quickstep/samba for Kirstie

Melissa picked “tango/paso” for Shawn

Shawn picked “rumba/samba” for Emmitt Smith

Sabrina picked “cha cha/foxtrot” for Kelly

Gilles picked “chacha/paso” for Apolo

The All-Stars will also participate in the “Marathon” dance, which if history is any indication, will feature the couples dancing simultaneously to one song while being picked off one by one by the judges. Tom announced Monday that there would be a live elimination next Monday due to the network’s election coverage on Tuesday night, which will preempt the results show.

Then on Tuesday night he announced that there would be no elimination at all next week due to the viewers affected by Hurricane Sandy. This made no sense to us because this week has more power outages than next week probably will, and what’s more, many of us in the New York area couldn’t even watch the show this week due to ABC’s local storm coverage. We think foregoing an elimination this week would have been more appreciated!

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