Stars:  Emmitt Smith, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kirstie Alley, Shawn Johnson
Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays
Original Telecast: November 5th, 2012

Dance fusion on DANCING WITH THE STARS proved to be less a challenge than most would have thought. The couples rallied, accepting the challenge and matching some previously high marks for their individual routines. But it was Shawn Johnson who along with Mark Ballas (partner Derek Hough was injured last week and was unable to perform this week) who nailed a perfect 30 tonight with her Tango/Paso Doble. Right behind them were Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani with 29 and then Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd with 28.5. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke received a 27.5 while Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff and Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy earned a 27. Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy earned a 24 for their fusion number.

But the night was far from over. The couples still had a Swing Dance Marathon to compete in. All seven couples danced on the floor at the same time and one by one they got plucked off the floor receiving the most points the longer they stayed. The points added to those scores turned the tables on the leader board a bit for the couples. Rycroft & Dovolani won the marathon and quickly pulled into first place with 39 points. Johnson, with Ballas, came in second with a total of 38 points. Monaco & V. Chmerkovskiy came in third with 36 points. Smith & Burke came in fourth with 34.5 while Marini & Murgatroyd came in fifth with 33.5. Ohno & Smirnoff landed in sixth with 33 points and Alley and M. Chmerkovskiy are in seventh with 28 total points. All of these points will be added to next week’s scores because of the election this week. So, no one will be eliminated, however, two couples will be eliminated next week.

Apolo Anton Ohno (Olympic speed skater) and his partner Karina Smirnoff
He’s definitely going for the Gold…trophy that is. Len Goodman said his fusion of the Cha Cha Cha and the Paso Doble had nothing safe about it. Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was hot! Bruno Tonioli said it was hungry like the wolf.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Goodman – 9, Tonioli – 9, Harland – 9

Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnast) and her partner Derek Hough
Hard to tell where one dance ended and the other began! Goodman was thoroughly impressed. Inaba said her Tango/Paso Doble was seamless. Tonioli called her the queen of the night.
Scores: Inaba – 10, Goodman – 10, Tonioli – 10, Harland – 9.5

Melissa Rycroft (TV reality star) and her partner Tony Dovolani
Now that Sabrina’s gone Rycroft has got the most natural talent of the bunch. Goodman said it was well done. Inaba thought she was a star in her Tango/Cha Cha Cha fusion. Tonioli said she was on fire!
Scores: Inaba – 10, Goodman – 9.5, Tonioli – 9.5, Harland – 9.5

Kelly Monaco (actress) and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy
She utilized her assets well. Goodman thought her Foxtrot/Cha Cha Cha was captured nicely. Inaba said it was balanced elegantly. Tonioli said her booty was working overtime.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Goodman – 9, Tonioli – 9, Harland – 8.5

Emmitt Smith (Ex-NFL’er) and his partner Cheryl Burke
It just didn’t seem to mix well to me. Goodman loved it though. Tonioli thought his Rumba/Samba was smooth and balanced. Inaba was a little disappointed.
Scores: Inaba – 8.5, Goodman – 9.5, Tonioli – 9.5, Harland – 8.5

Kirstie Alley (actress) and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
She really does have more to her than entertainment value. Goodman thought her Quickstep/Samba was a nice mix. Inaba thought the Samba part fell apart. Tonioli said the Quickstep part went very well.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 8, Harland – 8.5

Gilles Marini (actor) and his partner Peta Murgatroyd
Smooth n’ Sexy! Goodman said his Argentine Tango/Samba was fantastic. Tonioli called it sultry and intense. Inaba thought the fusion was good.
Scores: Inaba – 9.5, Goodman – 9.5, Tonioli – 9.5, Harland – 9.5

Who’s going home: No one this week!
Who Has Legs To Take Home The Mirror Ball: Shawn is lookin’ good!
Stay tuned!

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