'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' Recap: Kelly, Melissa and Shawn Unleash Supersized Freestyles (VIDEO)
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars competition made history on Monday with its first ever all-female cast of finalists battling it out for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Roycroft took to the floor with their male pro partners (and then some) to dance two out of the three final dances of the season: A “favorite” dance and the much-anticipated “super-sized” freestyle performances.
In the first round of dances, the couples each chose their favorite routines of the season, which coincidentally were the Week 3 “Iconic Dances” across the board. The intention was to perfect the criticisms initially brought by the judges. One couple threw caution to the wind, choosing to break the rules just as they did the first time and paid the price. Thus, the leaderboard sees a brand new bottom dweller on the first night of the finals!
Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Monday’s episode.
Kelly and partner Val Chmerkovskiy kicked things off with their iconic paso doble. There was a tiny "oops" in the beginning as Kelly and Val’s hands lost their grasp for a second. Only judge Carrie Ann Inaba pointed it out, deducting half a point from a perfect score, but said she was so proud of Kelly who she felt "struggled the hardest" to get to the finals. Judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli turned a blind eye to the mishap and awarded them their first 10s of the entire season, for a total of 29.5.
Then came the rebels with a cause. Dancing their iconic quickstep, which broke all the rules in Week 3, Shawn and Derek Hough thumbed their nose at rules once again. They used the same lifts and flips and broke hold just like the last time. In their video package, Shawn worried that doing so would cost them points. Derek felt that taking risks was how they survived all season, so why stop now? Besides, would the judges really spank the show’s golden boy during the finals? Yes, they would! Carrie Ann expressed her disappointment that they would choose to break the rules again. Len and Bruno echoed the sentiments, with Bruno adding that their scores are indeed bound by the rules. They received a 27, with the lowest score of 8.5 given by Len.
After everyone recovered from the shock of Shawn and Derek in last place, it was time for the supersized freestyles. The rules for this freestyle were, well, there were no rules. Anything goes and the couples could add dancers, props, lifts, flips, tricks, whatever they could dream up. Kelly performed some aerial work while Val played his violin in the beginning. They added Troupe dancers and a gospel choir, but overall, it was quite simplistic. Val reasoned that he didn’t want the intensity of the freestyle to overshadow them. The judges dug the interpretation, calling it a beautiful love story. The lone holdout to perfect score glory was Len, who thought it lacked a bit of originality. They received a 29.5.
Closing the show was probably the most anticipated freestyle of all, Shawn and Derek’s, with the assist of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team. So if Shawn has relied on adding gymnastic elements to all her dances, and gymnastics is the overriding theme of her freestyle, can it really be said that she took any real “risks” all season? Seems as though she relied heavily on her comfort zone, whereas other contestants had to reach in and outside of themselves to bring more to the dance floor than they even knew they could. Just saying! So yes, Shawn and Derek and the other gymnasts were “flawless” and “brilliant” and they received a perfect score of 30. But, they are at the bottom of the leaderboard. Watch their performance above.
Finale Leaderboard Melissa & Tony 60 Kelly & Val 59 Shawn & Derek 57
Tuesday night’s Dancing With the Stars finale will be a live two hour event, with the All-Stars having to perform just one more dance: An Instant Dance. The twist is that the Instant Dance will be either a jive, a cha cha or a samba, but the couples don’t know which until show time when they are given their music. The scores of this dance, calculated with the scores from Monday and viewer votes will determine the All-Stars Mirror Ball winner.
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