‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ Recap: Final 3 Revealed After Perplexing Paula Abdul Performance (VIDEO)

Val strips down to a speedo in the All-Stars semifinals
Shawn & Derek talk about what the trophy would mean to them.
It was our second to last heart-thumping night as we watched ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars eliminate two couples from the semifinal round. The double send-off left three couples who will battle for the Mirror Ball trophy on next week’s finale.

At the bottom two going in to the results show were Emmitt Smith and Kelly Monaco. Both were tied on the leaderboard with 54 out of 60 possible points. Did these two say goodbye?

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

Out of the two, only Emmitt was eliminated, leaving Kelly to dance into the finals with partner and boyfriend Val Chmerkovskiy. Emmitt’s elimination was not a surprise, considering he had been stuck in the low to middle rungs on the leaderboard since Week 1. While his incandescent charm was always on full display, ol’ Twinkle Toes from Season 3 just couldn’t reclaim the leaderboard glory he once enjoyed. As for partner Cheryl Burke, this is one of the first times in many seasons that she has not made it to the finals.

Also saying goodbye were Apolo Ohno and partner Karina Smirnoff.Apolo had his ups and downs this season, most notably a tension filled week with Karina that led to a fight, and Karina’s nasty spill during their Week 4 hip-hop routine. As was the case with Emmitt, Apolo couldn’t escape the mid to low rankings on the leaderboard.

With the elimination of our last men standing, this means that we have an all-female cast of All-Star celebrity finalists! Shawn Johnson, Melissa Roycroft and Kelly will go head to head to head with three dances next week, including a new type of freestyle. Dancing with the Stars announced a “supersize freestyle” in which the final three can use extra dancers and perform any type of flips and tricks to win that Mirror Ball trophy.

In between eliminations was a special “Dream Medley” guest performance by Paula Abdul. Completely self-conceptualized, Paula created a medley and video montage of four of her No. 1 hits from the 1980s. It was a great idea, especially when she told us we’d see ground breaking scenery and projection with some virtual and some live segments. And we did, although taking LSD ahead of time could have enhanced the whole experience. See video above to enter the bizarre world of Paula. But where was the dancing?

As one of the top choreographers and dancers of her time, we surely expected to see some amazing Paula footwork. But what we saw was a pony tailed Paula rolling on the floor, lip syncing, and dancing a few steps here and there with MC Skat Kat, her animated video dance partner from back in the day. She had her own back up dancers who didn’t really give us the dancing we craved, and there were all too brief cameos by pro dancers Maks Chmerkovskiy and Mark Ballas. If you blinked, you missed them. What could have been a delightful journey into the glory days of Paula Abdul was simply a huge, wacky disappointment!

Official All-Star Finalists
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
Melissa Roycroft & Tony Dovolani
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy

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