Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dancing With the Stars, All-Stars Blog: Week Three

October 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm , by

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It’s one o’clock in the morning and I’m still buzzing from tonight’s show. Wow! There was electricity in the ballroom; this all-star season just keeps getting better. I was so impressed and the thought of two contestants going home makes me anxious. I can’t imagine what the contestants are going through. I’m sure they aren’t sleeping tonight either!

I LOVED tonight’s show. The challenge of making the celebrities the artistic directors added a whole new element of fun. I was impressed with Apolo Anton Ohno’s artistic vision of the moving statues and the romance element without a lot of fluff. It was one of the most creatively daring performances and I think it had true impact. All of the elements worked perfectly together to create a beautiful statement. This was creative direction gone right!

I probably should explain the lower score for Sabrina Bryan who dances like a wildebeest (and I mean that in the most complimentary way). Her natural ability and determination is amazing. Combine that with Louis Van Amstel’s ambitious detail-oriented choreography and that puts them in a league of their own. However, she has to be careful not to do the same thing over and over again. She gives us so much content at level 10 that sometimes it gets to be too much to absorb. It becomes status quo and even if her status quo is of high quality, I don’t suggest that anyone be status quo this season because you have to surprise the audience. You have to excite the judges and impress us with things we’ve never seen before. You have to do the unexpected and you have to do it well! You can’t just rely on what you do well—you have to push yourself and go into what is not safe for you. That’s when magic happens and tonight, magic happened.

For Melissa, who normally is impressive but doesn’t stand out in a crowd of all-stars, she really pushed and challenged herself with all those salsa drops. They added a fun element of salsa, which could have worked against them since it’s not samba, but the way it all came together made it a feast for the senses. What a fun celebration. It was a superstar samba with salacious salsa flair!

Now let’s talk about Kelly Monaco…wow! She is by far the most improved. And talk about an idea being executed bravely and it all working like magic—that was magic. She set the stage with that beautiful red silk and it was like they were transported to another place where no one else in the world existed. She danced like she’s never danced before. I think the theatricality of it all helped her get into character and stay there. Her lines were long and sinuous and the chemistry between her and Val is something to watch. They excite me. Kelly is all new with Val and it’s enticing to watch her grow under his influence as a teacher and choreographer. But her vision tonight was breathtaking.

And I can’t go without talking about our little sweethearts, Shawn and Derek. They blew the roof off with their incredible rendition of “Hey Pachuco!” From their mini-trampoline flipping entrance to their stage dive ending, every step was perfection. I wanted to give them a twelve! But to be fair—and as a judge we have to be fair or we’ll hear about it—I had to deduct a point from her performance for breaking the rules. I did it last week for Bristol who did a whole different style of dance and broke hold in the middle, so I had to do it tonight as well for Shawn. But I think she knew it was coming, and it didn’t take away from the fact that it was the best routine we’ve ever seen on DWTS! It was action packed—it felt like a Harrison Ford action adventure with a Walt Disney happy ending and a whole lot of pizzazz in between. Shawn and Derek are both perfectionists and they match every single line. Talk about pushing boundaries—consider them pushed and broken!


So, which two are going home? If it’s based on dancing skills alone I’m going to have to go with Bristol and Kirstie, but Bristol has a very dedicated fan base and so does Maks, who we can’t forget to mention. It was really great to see Maks having so much fun out there, channeling his inner Jagger. That was also a highlight of the evening, although I’m not sure if the wig was the best look for him :) It did show a side of Maks that made us all smile, and he and Kirstie really do have a great time together and that’s so much of what is appealing about our show. However, I do hope that this year, because it is an ALL-STAR season, people will vote on the best dancers. I really want to see the best dancer come out on top and as we’re already seeing, each week that person is different than the week before. So it’s going to be a very interesting season. And, let’s not forget that next week we’ll have Paula Abdul on the judging panel. She’s such a sweetheart and I think it will make for a fun night in the ballroom!

See you next week!