'Dancing With the Stars All-Stars' recap, Gangnam style and more guilty pleasures

  • Oh snap, it's about to go down, Gangnam style on "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars."
Oh snap, it's about to go down, Gangnam style on "Dancing… (ABC )
October 24, 2012|By Amy Watts

And now we're back for the second half of "Guilty Pleasures" week.

There's some gimmick during introductions where the Team Gangnam women are all stony-faced while the men try to make them laugh. Cheryl's having the hardest time not cracking up.

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani

Their guilty pleasure dance is to Britney Spears' "Toxic," which is a tango. Melissa reminds Tony that they never did a tango, only the Argentine tango. Melissa gets frustrated and starts crying. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BALLROOM, LADY.

Melissa's wearing a wig that's a short bob in auburn. I'm not sure why, it's not flattering nor thematic. Her footing looks unsure through most of the routine. It's almost like something is off about her balance and if it weren't for Tony holding on to her she'd fall over.

Len says it was quick and sharp, but that she could've used a little more snap. He does acknowledge that her injury could be affecting that. Tom argues Melissa's case and he and Len bicker a little bit. Stop it! No fighting with Tom!

Bruno says it was "inTOXICating" and that her top line could have been better, but that may have been damaged by her injury. Carrie thinks Melissa's torso could be a little tighter.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough

Their song is "My Heart Will Go On," which, you know, top of the charts, Oscar-winning, yada yada, nothing to be guilty about, yada yada.

And it's a rumba, so I'm already bored. Shawn's in the required "bed sheet" dress. One cool thing they're doing, is dancing on a raised circular platform in the middle of the ballroom, meaning their range of motion is much more limited than usual. And it allows Derek to disappear into the dry ice covering the floor as if he's Jack drowning. (Which, you know, didn't have to happen; Mythbusters proved it.)

Bruno says it was awesome, with "everchanging shapes" and motion and was "absolutely stunning." Carrie says Shawn's really matured as a dancer but then she nitpicks whether one move was a lift or not. Derek insists it was a catch. I rewound and watched again and I have to say I agree with Derek. Tom quips, "Tonight, Carrie plays the iceberg." I love him so much.

Len says it was less Titanic and more "Bleak House," which, ok. He just wanted to say the word "bleak." He claims there was no hip action, Bruno goes apenuts. Len says it wasn't a rumba, it was too clipped.

Scores: Carrie Ann:  9; Len 8;  Bruno: 10

All over the place! Crazy!

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff

They show Karina's slip and fall again. Poor thing. They're going to be doing samba and she's trying to get Apolo to do samba rolls.

Ooh, finally a guilty pleasure song that I really like -- "Give It to Me Baby" by Rick James. I'm such a sucker for disco, much to my parents' chagrin. They wouldn't let us listen to it when I was a kid, so now I'm like the kid that never got to eat sugar and would come over to your house and drink Kool-Aid until he barfed. Not that I'm saying disco is barfy. Just the opposite. I've got the disco fever and I don't want the cure!

Anyway, it's a fun routine, but they're not selling the sparkle quite like if, say Emmitt, was doing this. And they don't quite nail the samba rolls.

Carrie Ann says the leg work was fantastic and she liked the way they used the floor. But she says "something is not quite right." Like I said. Len thought it was terrific, with great hip action and clean, sharp, concise movements. Bruno thought the timing and rhythm was good.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8.5 Len: 9.5; Bruno: 9

So, not quite as all over the map, but still a lot of variation.

Sabrina Bryan &  Louis van Amstel

Shawn picked "So This is Love" from Cinderella because she's still got princess issues to work out. Sabrina's having a hard time in rehearsals with the vulnerability and softness the waltz requires.

Instead of the usual introduction, Voice Over Guy says, "Once upon a time in a land far, far away." Cute. Sabrina's arms and hands are really beautiful, highlighted by the white opera gloves she's wearing.

Len loved the story and the flow of it and adds that it was charming. Bruno's going nuts with his arm movements, so much so that Len gets out of his chair to be outside striking distance. He cautions Sabrina about her shoulders. Carrie Ann doesn't think she quite got to vulnerability, but that it was elegance personified.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9.5; Bruno: 9.5

Group routine

Team Gangnam style is clearly going to be not as technically challenging as last night's crew, but they're going to make up for it with enthusiasm.

They've decided to order their solos according to ability/scores, so Kirstie goes first, and I don't know how the other three are evaluating themselves. Maks and Gilles have a little alpha male competition. Kirstie says their dance is so "wild" that they're "all going to end up in an institution."

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