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We enter the third week of the competition and this time, the all stars are responsible for every bit of the performance. Apparently, the stars think that means props and silly costumes. WHAT ABOUT THE DANCING? Oh, those dances are also inspired by performances previously seen on the show. There’s also a lot at stake this week: not one but TWO couples will go home Tuesday! Brooke promised two bombshells during the show. Keep an eye on the recap for those.

COUPLE: Drew & Anna
DANCE: Cha Cha Cha

This was inspired by Joey McIntyre’s dance from season one. Drew wants to make it like a concert. He wants pyro. I’m scared. They borrowed Beyonce’s wind machine! Anna lost half her costume (on purpose). And after some dancing, Drew’s shirt was ripped open. Drew even worked in a little b-boy move at the end. Super fun! I’m going to go out on a limb and say the them for the night will be shirtless fellas.

Len said he liked Drew’s concept and content. He said it was terrific. Bruno said something about “Magic Mike.” (I hit rewind four times and still couldn’t figure it out) He said if it worked for Channing Tatum, it works for Drew. Carrie Ann loved the b-boy moves and the freestyle. She said the cha cha moves were tight and precise.
SCORE: 24

COUPLE: Gilles & Peta
DANCE: Tango

This dance was inspired by Erin’s tango from season ten. Gilles started off in a harness, floating around the stage. Once that was over, he seemed to float, kick and spin around the dance floor. He made this look easy! Wow!

Bruno said it was strong, dominant, erotic, powerful, 50 shades of Gilles. He said Gilles lost his footing a few times. Carrie Ann said Gilles is good at the drama. She did say they were out of sync and wobbled. Len said their hold could have been tighter and the footwork could have been better. Still, he liked it.
SCORE: 25.5

COUPLE: Melissa & Tony
DANCE: Samba

This dance was inspired by JR’s dance from season 13. Holy stunts! I think I got a bruise from just watching their rehearsal! Melissa came to play, y’all! This was the most complicated dance so far! I don’t think they had a single misstep! She is incredibly strong to pull off those crazy moves!

Carrie Ann said it was fantastic. Len said it was like a can of cola – fizzy, refreshing, satisfying. Bruno said Melissa is a samba sensation. He said Melissa did the choreography like a star.
SCORE: 27 (highest score of the season)

COUPLE: Apolo & Karina
DANCE: Fox Trot

This dance was inspired by Gilles’s dance from season eight. Apolo decided Karina should be a statue that comes to life. I realized I hadn’t written a word about this, so I hit rewind to watch it a second time. Apolo had this dance from head to toe – literally. Speechless.

Len said it had fluidity of movement, great musicality, he wanted cleaner placement of feet. Still, he said it was a terrific dance. Bruno said it was sensual, classy. He said sometimes Apolo tensed slightly. Carrie Ann said it’s going to be one of the dances they’ll never forget. Carrie Ann liked Apolo’s arms.
SCORE: 25.5

COUPLE: Kelly & Val
DANCE: Paso Doble

This dance was inspired by Laili’s dance from season four. Last week, Carrie Ann told Kelly to dance bigger. It looks like she did that. Every bit of her small frame was stretched and she strutted around the stage like she was bigger than life! Sooo good!

Bruno said it was the defining performance for Kelly. Carrie Ann said they’re the couple to watch. She said they smacked the paso doble’s booty. Len asked where it came from. He said Kelly had terrific expression through her face and beautiful musicality through her arms.
SCORE: 27

BOMBSHELL #1: Next Monday, a special guest judge will get a paddle – Paul Abdul.

COUPLE: Kirstie & Maks
DANCE: Cha Cha Cha

This dance was inspired by Carson’s dance from season 13. Kirstie chose to put Maks in tight pants. And a bad wig. Her hair is a bit crazy, too. But looking past all those things, this is the beset dance Kirstie has ever done! And there she goes smooching again! This time, Maks got her lips.

Carrie Ann said it was the most fun she’s had all night. She said cha cha is Kirstie’s best dance. Len said he wants the celebrities to be in charge of choreography every week. He said it was the whole package. Bruno said Kirstie is fully loaded with fun. He said Maks is like an extra from “Boogie Nights.”
SCORE: 24

COUPLE: Sabrina & Louis
DANCE: Paso Doble

This dance was inspired by Mel B.’s dance from season five. I wanted to really like this, but it felt so frantic – like Sabrina was stomping around and kicking way too much. I didn’t think she was finishing some of the steps. She almost tripped over the back of her costume. I didn’t hate it, but it felt off.

Len said it was full of risks, but it was full of great technique. Bruno said it had maximum fire power, strength and a touch of Scary Spice. Carrie Ann said she didn’t feel like Sabrina brought anything new. She wanted an element of surprise, but thought it was outstanding dancing.
SCORE: 25.5

COUPLE: Emmitt & Cheryl

DANCE: Paso Doble