DWTS All-stars: Country night

Top 8 couples perform two dances

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff perform a samba on the fifth week of "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars."
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff perform a samba on the fifth week of "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars."

SAN ANTONIO – Yee haw! Y'all, it's country night on "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars!" Not only do the top eight couples perform, there's also a team dance. First, a performance from Little Big Town and the DWTS Troupe. Then, since no couples were eliminated last week, a look at the leaderboard:

  • Sabrina & Louis – 58.5 points
  • Gilles & Peta – 56.5 points
  • Melissa & Tony – 56.5 points
  • Shawn & Derek – 56.5 points
  • Apolo & Karina – 56.5 points
  • Emmitt & Cheryl – 56 points
  • Kirstie & Maks – 52.5 points
  • Kelly & Val – 51.5 points

Saddle up! It's time to get this ho-down on the dance floor!

COUPLE: Gilles & Peta
DANCE: Cha Cha Cha

All the stars are performing solos during these dances. Gilles is wearing a see-through shirt and shiny black pants. I'm not sure what that's about. This seemed like a line dance at times, then got hippy. I'm so confused. Not sure it was necessary for Peta to bend over and let Gilles smack her on the backside. Gilles didn't seem too lost in his solo. I watched this a second time without the music and liked it more.

Len said Gilles gives 100% and under control at all times. Bruno was only apparently only able to focus on Gilles's shiny pants. Then, he stood up and danced and called Gilles a performer. He said the footwork wasn't as clean as it could have been but the performance was good. Carrie Ann thanked Gilles for picking her up last week. She said the dance was sexy and appropriate. She said Gilles needs to watch his hands – T. Rex hands. Close your eyes and picture that.

SCORE: 27.5

COUPLE: Sabrina & Louis
DANCE: Rumba

Sabrina's drawing on her past (she had a boyfriend who was addicted to drugs) for this dance. Sabrina started with her solo. Once she was with Louis, it was near perfection. Sabrina's lines were pretty spectacular! This might have been her best dance ever!

Bruno said it was a sumptuous sequence of intriguing shape. He said the dance had an emotional thread. Bruno said Sabrina's solo was magic. Carrie Ann hugged Sabrina. Bruno hugged Len. She said it was beautiful. She said Sabrina was dancing from her heart and it gave her chills. Len said he loved that the music was soft and quiet and the dance was soft at times, then full on and strong. He said it was fantastic.


COUPLE: Kelly & Val
DANCE: Tango

Kelly's dance started with her solo. Kelly sometimes seemed a bit unsteady. In fact, it sometimes looked like Val was carrying her across the floor. Maybe it was the giant puffs of fabric on her shoulders, but it even looked like Kelly was getting a bit hunchy in the back area. Their kiss at the end was believable.

Carrie Ann said it was a nice comeback. She said it was an ambitious dance. Len said it was a little bit hectic, but Kelly kept it under control. He said she had a little bit of trouble with her neck. Bruno used all kinds of adjectives. He said Kelly is back in the game, but needs to watch her top line.


COUPLE: Melissa & Tony
DANCE: Viennese Waltz

Melissa's neck is still bothering her. OOOH! This dance starts by a campfire! Then, Melissa does her solo. It's lovely – like her neck isn't bothering her anymore! Once she and Tony danced together, they were perfection! There might have been a lift (don't tell Carrie Ann I saw Melissa's feet come off the floor). Wow!

Len gave Melissa a standing ovation. He said she had great technique – she had the how and the wow. Bruno said Melissa's solo was exquisite. He said it was like love in the great outdoors. Carrie Ann did spy the lift. She said Melissa has the most beautiful lines, but Melissa's not dancing "out" enough. Bruno argued about expressing things in different ways. Carrie Ann argued something about women's intuition. I don't know. They were talking over each other too much.

SCORE: 29.5 (Carrie Ann gave them a 9.5)

COUPLE: Shawn & Derek
DANCE: Cha Cha Cha

Derek noticed something wrong with Shawn during rehearsals. Shawn hurt her knee rehearsing the team dance last week. It's the same injury that kept her out of the Olympics. Derek said they might have to change the choreography to get Shawn through the dance. This started with moves that I wouldn't do now – I don't know how Shawn is doing them with a hurt knee. She's hopping so much, I'm getting sympathy pains for her. I'm not sure how much cha cha was happening here, but this was fun!

Bruno said "forget about the tractor, you are the sexy one!" Then, he stood up and did some hip stuff. He liked the fusion of country steps with cha cha cha. He said the dance was incredible. Carrie Ann said it was great how they fused the two styles together. She said Shawn finishes every single move. She thought the solo was a little stiff. Len said the choreography was fantastic, the movement was brilliant. He told Derek there were too many gimmicks. He didn't like the tractor and cow. Derek said next week's dance is for Len.

SCORE: 28 (Bruno gave it a 10)

COUPLE: Kirstie & Maks
DANCE: Rumba

There was a lot of arguing in their rehearsals. BTW – Kirstie looks pretty great! When she dances, I almost forget she's 60! She seems a little more flexible. Her solo seemed a bit needy. That's probably what she was going for. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Carrie Ann said Kirstie was the queen of sexy. She said it was a passionate rumba. She said Kirstie got lost in the dance. Len said it was clean, clear and sassy. He wanted more hip action and quality of movement. He stood up and shook his hips. He liked it, but not that much. Bruno said it was the expression of gorgeousness of a real woman. He said it was classy and elegant. He said Kirstie's solo was spot on.

SCORE: 27.5 (Kirstie's highest score)

COUPLE: Apolo & Karina

DANCE: Viennese Waltz

Apolo said he and Karina had a fight before they danced last week. She said she had wanted more emotion from Apolo. She told him he'd have to show more emotion this week. Apolo started his dance with a solo, dancing around Karina. When the camera wasn't on Apolo, this dance was lovely. When you could see his face, he seemed to have no expression. It was strange. I didn't notice his facing changing until the end – he smiled when it was over.

Len said the dance was light, had great musicality and showed two people in harmony with each other. Bruno said Apolo is a leading man. He said Apolo was excellent. He said his involvement with Karina was the best he's seen. Carrie Ann said it was poetry in motion. She said it was Apolo's breakthrough number. Clearly the view from the judge's table is better than what I saw from my sofa.


COUPLE: Cheryl & Emmitt
DANCE: Fox Trot

Emmitt seemed a little confused and giggly by the solo he's going to have to do. Now, I can't wait to see it! They seemed to be in near perfect step together. Emmitt's solo was all kinds of giddyup hip action fun (yes, I realize that doesn't make sense in writing, but if you watch it, you'll understand).

Bruno said he loves Emmitt because his attitude is great – then he jumped up and did part of Emmitt's solo. He thought it was a country fun fair. Carrie Ann said the beginning was a little off. She said Emmitt redeemed himself on the solo. Len said the dance lacked finesse here and there, but it was entertaining.

SCORE: 26.5

The big finale of the night: the group dance! Big and Rich performed "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy." The ladies all danced on the stairs. Oh, poor Kirstie seemed a little lost. The guys met up with them on the dance floor. This seemed like a whole lot of fun – then they brought the super fun! Cowboy Troy performed for the solos, which were full of lifts that made me forget some of these stars are hurt!

Len said it was fun. He said it was full of tricks and treats. He liked Kirstie smacking Maks's bottom. Bruno said they delivered. He said Kirstie rides again. He said Apolo's lift was good. He also liked Melissa's lasso move (he called it a lazoo). Carrie Ann loved seeing the whole group performing. She liked the solos from Kelly & Val, Gilles & Peta & Sabrina & Louis.

The judges gave Kirstie & Maks two extra points for their solos.

Tuesday, Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift will perform. And one couple will go home (looking at you, Kelly & Val).