While there have yet to be any supremely memorable moments from this “All-Stars” season of “Dancing with the Stars” yet, there have been some great routines, and there is something else that we very much enjoy when it comes to creating our contestant rankings: everyone is so good that these can change on a weekly basis. We have a new #1 this week, and we also have someone new in danger after a bottom 2 surprise; meanwhile, we also have someone who is proving to have a rather large fanbase despite getting some poor scores.
So without further ado here, let’s dive in to the latest results!
11. Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower (last week: 4) – It’s hard enough to rise back up from the bottom two to be safe the next week, and while Drew Lachey did it last time, it’s going to be harder now when there are two stars going home. We just really don’t know what more Helio can do outside of rallying his fan base yet again.
10. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas (12) – The fact that Bristol is the weakest dancer left in terms of scores keeps her from being ranked very high here; however, the fact that people keep sending the show’s studio threatening notes mobilizes her voting block and makes them develop an “us against the world” mentality. We don’t think Bristol will have the fewest amount of votes this week, but she could still be the second star eliminated thanks to the twist.
9. Kirstie Allie and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (10) – We really like Maks and Kirstie as a pair, but they are going to have a hard time this year squaring off against dancers who can obviously do much more on the floor than them. This week will be an enormous test.
8. Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya (11) – Thanks largely to Drew’s past performance, we have to move him a few places here. However, we still can’t give a guy who was in the bottom two the very first week a full endorsement.
7. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani (9) – We used the Chynna Phillips comparison here last week, and we’re sticking to it with these two: so long as they keep performing well, they are likely guaranteed a spot in the final six or seven before their smaller fanbase catches up to them. However, Meliss is probably toast with one bad performance.
6. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy (6) – We are going to keep Kelly in the same exact position as last week, even though she did start to show off some of her flaws on the dance floor then: she’s not as well-equipped to tackle all of the dancers as some of the other ladies, and it may be taking her longer to catch on to some of the routines.
5. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke (5) – If every week gave them the cha-cha, we think that Emmitt would end up winning this season, and he still could. His major issue is that he may have been misinterpreted for being cocky last week when he was really just playing around by saying that he wasn’t intimidated by anyone, and he also is not as well-equipped for dances that force him to act just as much as using fancy footwork.
4. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough (3) – We’ve spent most of the season thinking that Shawn and Sabrina could cancel each other out being similar kind of dancers, but it really hasn’t happened at all. They are both strong in different ways, and we can’t see either of them leaving for at least a few weeks.
3. Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff (7) – This was a banner week for Apolo, who proved that he can do far more than he showed the first time around given the competition. This is a guy who clearly wants to win, and if Gilles’ various injuries catch up to him, we could be looking at the real favorite here.
2. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel (5) – Sabrina may be the best dancer here, but she was also the best dancer the first time she went home before the bottom three. It’s hard to be skeptical given the history, but for the time being we have to at least reward the dance.
1. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd (1) – It’s interesting that our top two performers at the moment are people who have not won a mirrorball trophy, but that’s just the way it has worked out. The thing that has changed the most for Gilles over the years is not his dance ability, it’s his personality. He’s become even more likable, and this plus his leading man charm could finally give him the win this time.
Who do you have at the top of your ranking? We want to hear from you below! If you want to look back at this past week’s performances, be sure to visit the story here.