'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' Week 5 Dances -- The First Night
'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' Week 5 Dances -- The First Night
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We get double the dancing this week! Sort of, anyway. Instead of the normal two-hour performance show on Monday, followed by a one-hour results show on Tuesday, Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars week 5 will have an hour of performances each night. And no one will go home.

These are crazy TV times we live in...

Crazy times or not, there still is dancing. And it should be fun dancing too! This is the "Guilty Pleasure" week of Dancing with the Stars, so each celebrity has picked a song that they hate to love.

Those are often the best.

In addition to the guilty pleasures, we will also get to see the very first freestyle Group Dances this week. Like I said, crazy times.

There is one dancer who may or may not make it to the craziness, of course. Melissa Rycroft suffered a fall during a rehearsal on Sunday and was hospitalized for neck and head injuries. She has since been diagnosed with a herniated disk. They'll let us know during the show whether Melissa will be able to continue or not.

But we won't find out until we get to the dancing, so let's do that.

Well, Melissa isn't dead at least. That's good. She's standing and everything! They won't tell us more than that for awhile. Typical. The individual routines come first anyway.

First up...

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the samba

My Comments: Ah, more sexiness. This couple is not totally appropriate for all audiences. Or maybe that's just the samba. The performance is quite good, but the dancing part seems a little simplified after what we've been seeing. When it's just dancing and not part of the show, Kelly looks a little disengaged. Still, a very good dance.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I'm an enemy of the unnecessary, and for me it was a little long-winded getting started." "For me, there was too much gyrating."
Bruno: "You're a titillating, tasty tease!" "Overall... a good routine."
Carrie Ann: "This week, I thought you were uncertain." "It wasn't your best, but I think you did a good try."

Scores: 8+8+8.5 = 24.5

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing the rumba

My Comments: "We're going to be responsible for a lot of babies!" I officially declare this the best description of a dance ever.

The intro to "I Will Always Love You" isn't the easiest to dance to, is it? Emotionally, this is feeling a little more "tango" than "rumba," but maybe that's the music. The moves are great -- and very dramatic. 

Wait. That's it? How is it over so fast? Weird... I guess it was good then.

Judges' Comments
Len: "You turned October into Hot-tober." "That was a blockbuster -- it should be Oscar-nominated!"
Bruno: "That was not a dance, that was master-class theater!" "You managed to maintain the rhythm and the musicality without music."
Carrie Ann: "Let the baby-making begin!" (right before she tumbled straight off of her seat)

Scores: 10+9.5+10 = 29.5

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: "Mrs. Robinson" as a guilty pleasure? Sigh... Such a darn good song. I know they're going with the Graduate connection, but still.

Kirstie and Maks look quite lovely on the floor, but I'm not really feeling any connection between the dance and the music with this one. Possibly, this is just a bad choice of song for a quickstep. The actual dance is good, but not quite as exciting as it could be. Not getting any "seductress" feel from it anyway.

Judges' Comments
Len: "A) It was your best dance, and you were dancing to the maximum!"
Bruno: "You got your toy boy right where you wanted it." "Your posture was better. You looked great!"
Carrie Ann: "I thought that was your best dance by miles." "You had one little boo-boo in there."

Scores: 8.5+8.5+8.5 = 25.5

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the samba

My Comments: Fun fact: "Copacabana" is my go-to karaoke song. 

Well, Emmitt can indeed shake his booty. With her shiny dress and big moves, Cheryl is dominating a bit in this dance. But I don't think that's Emmitt's fault. He is doing a great job with everything he does have -- lots of shimmying and big Latin movements. A very fun dance.

Judges' Comments
Len: "An unstoppable performance! Well done!"
Bruno: "Always switched on!" "You delivered maximum pleasure." "It's like the best party in the country!"
Carrie Ann: "No one does samba like you!"

Scores: 9.5+9.5+10 = 29

So Melissa did have a herniated disk. But she was still cleared to dance tonight. Impressive...

Team "Call Me Maybe" -- Shawn & Derek, Sabrina & Louis, Apolo & Karina, Melissa & Tony
Dancing the freestyle

My Comments: "Call Me Maybe." Making this original at this point is going to be impressive.

The head bumps weren't in sync. But that's probably not important. This really is working as a theme for me. Even the transitions between the couples are really cool -- definitely this is one of the best pieces of choreography they've done all season. 

Even if they totally just tried to kill Melissa again. Poor lady.

Judges' Comments
Len: "This is a touchdown. This is quality!" "Fantastic!"
Bruno: "The choreography, the patter, the choreographic flow, the way you introduced each other, it was almost impossible to distinguish the celebrities from the professionals."
Carrie Ann: "You've got spirit! Yes you do! You've got spirit! How 'bout you!"

Scores: 9.5+10+10 = 29.5

And that's it for the first night of dancing this week on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. We'll have more to talk about tomorrow at 8pm (NOT 9pm, as usual) for more of the dances.

Who was your favorite tonight? Do you like having the dances broken up over two nights? Leave your comments below!

(Images courtesy of ABC)

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