We had a bit of a rarity when it came to Tuesday night’s new episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” as the entire show was actually pre-taped from the night before thanks to the Presidential debate. In addition to that, it was also not a results show. Much like the first night, we had four “guilty pleasure” individual routines coupled with a group number, this time set to the pretty insane hit from PSY in “Gangnam Style.” (Everyone bust out your dance moves right now.)
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – First things first, let’s just give Melissa credit for having so many guts to even do the tango after the injury she suffered recently. Was it perfect? No, but just the mere courage to go out there and do this routine deserves some sort of a shout-out. It also deserved a decent score. Score: 27, or 56.5 when combined with the group number.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – After getting a few opportunities to go completely and totally berserk on the dance floor with some crazy routines, Shawn and Derek finally settled down this week and went the romantic route courtesy of their rumba. Ultimately, it was polarizing: while the routine itself was beautiful and romantic, it was almost like a rumba and a contemporary routine had a baby. Plus, Carrie Ann took some time out of falling out of her chair to remind us that there was a lift here. Score: 27, or 56.5 combined
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff – Apolo is coming off of a great group routine, but he also continued a trend that made us scratch our heads a little bit: all of these dancers getting the same scores tonight. Are the judges trying to level the playing field a little bit after giving their group routine high scores? That’s what it feels like. Score: 27, or 56.5 combined
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel – Finally, we turn to Sabrina to close out the solo round with a routine that was all about Cinderella, and it was in some ways pretty magical to watch. Score: 29, or a combined 58.5
The group dance (Emmitt Smith, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, and Kirstie Alley) – This was set to “Gangnam Styl,e” and it was more or less a hot mess. Fun, but definitely still a hot mess. Score: 27
Who was your favorite from the show this time around? If you want to look back at some of the highlights from the first night, all you have to do is click here.