‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’ Recap: Shawn Johnson’s Dance Fusion Leaves No Confusion (VIDEO)

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Week 7 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars proved to be one of the most entertaining episodes thus far, thanks in part to the “dance fusion” theme. The All-Stars mixed it up by fusing two different styles of dance set to one song.

Adding to the fun was a swing dance marathon, in which all couples participated and were picked off one-by-one. Each couple received extra points from 4 for the first eliminated couple to 10 for the last one standing.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Monday’s episode.
As difficult as it was for the All-Stars to learn dance fusion, Shawn Johnson may have suffered the most confusion. Shawn trained for her tango/paso doble fusion with both Derek Hough and Mark Ballas, because it wasn’t certain until Monday if Derek would be cleared to dance from his vertebrae injury.

Both of the pros brought their own ideas and style to rehearsals, forcing Shawn to flip flop between them the entire week.

It all came together, because what we ultimately witnessed was Derek’s artistic choreography brought to life by Ballas, and Mark receiving the type of judge’s praise that is usually bestowed on Derek: “flawless, firecracker fantastic” etc.

Shawn and Mark received perfect 10s from all the judges, the highest score for the individual dances.

One of the better dances of the night was Apolo Ohno’s cha cha/paso doble. Apolo ripped his shirt off during the paso piece, delighting fans as well as Judge Bruno Tonioli. All of the judges praised his fusion for its precision and didn’t even mention the slight “oops” during the paso. They may have hit him for it in the scores though because his score of 27 was a bit low for all that praise.

Emmitt Smith, looking ridiculously like a bottle of Pepto Bismol, dressed head to toe in pink, performed a rumba/samba fusion that was touted for its seamless transition between the two styles. Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno had some criticism for his shoulders and upper body, but Judge Len Goodman wore a pink tie in case he had to be his understudy.

Kirstie Alley spent the week learning a quickstep/samba fusion while leading a concerted effort of Hurricane Sandy relief. While her quickstep was decent, the judges felt her samba piece fell apart. The missed practice time hurt her as she received the lowest score of 24.

Former bottom dweller Kelly Monaco received all 9s for her cha cha/foxtrot fusion, which moved her back up to the middle of the leaderboard. Partner Val Chmerkovskiy talked about their intense rehearsals that make them want to rip each other’s clothes heads off. They must have made up, because when host Brooke Burke Charvetasked what we could expect in a finale, Val replied “children.”

Meanwhile, Melissa Roycroft was determined to make partner Tony Dovolani proud of her tango/cha cha this week, as he worried about his family back East during the hurricane. It worked, because Len deemed it a proper fusion and they received a 29. Gilles Marini also showed a seamless transition between his Argentine Tango/samba but Carrie Ann called him out on his “arm thingies.”

Closing the show was a 4 minute swing dance marathon which gave the couples a chance to raise their scores with extra points. The most important part of the marathon is stamina: staying on the floor as long as you can while still executing perfect moves. It wasn’t a surprise then, when Kirstie was picked off first. What was surprising was that Shawn and Mark did not make it to the end. They received 8 points, while Melissa and Tony went all the way to earn 10 points.

The leaderboard below factors in the individual dance scores with the dance marathon scores:
Week 7 Leaderboard
Melissa & Tony 39
Shawn & Mark (Derek) 38
Kelly & Val 36
Emmitt & Cheryl Burke 34.5
Gilles & Peta Murgatroyd 33.5
Apolo & Karina Smirnoff 33
Kirstie & Maks Chmerkovskiy28

The All-Stars get a free pass this week due to the Presidential Election coverage Tuesday night, but get set for next week’s double elimination.

Which two couples do you think will be sent home next week? Leave your comments below.

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