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'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' recap: More guilty pleasures, Gangnam Style

October 24, 2012|By Allyssa Lee

Guilty Pleasures Week and the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” halfway point continued on Tuesday night with the members of Team “Call Me Maybe” performing their individual dances, while Team “Gangnam Style” added to their individual scores from Monday night with their group freestyle routine.

Launching themselves back to the top of the leaderboard were Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel. Sabrina chose “So This is Love” from the Disney classic “Cinderella” for her guilty pleasure so she could live out her childhood princess fantasy. Though as Louis Van Charming said, this Cinderella waltz required this normally fierce and fast Cheetah Girl to slow down the edge and be vulnerable. This was like a Disney cartoon come to life, with carbon copies of the Cinderella and Prince Charming costumes, and the disembodied British voice announcing “Once upon a time in a land far, far away...”

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The lilting dance ended with a clanging clock (which was distracting at first), and Sabrina running away at the end. “I loved the story … it had a beginning, a middle and an end. It was such a charming number,” Len smiled. “Cinderella, I think you’re going to the ball.” The dance had Bruno lilting back and forth and lost in his own fantasy reverie. “It was like a magic ride into an enchanted kingdom,” he swayed. So much so that Louis gave him the sparkly slipper at the end. “I think you fit the shoe!” Carrie Ann started off a downer: “I don’t think you quite got to vulnerability,” she said sternly. “But I think that was elegance personified.” Fake-out! Carrie Ann also said Sabrina was headed toward a happy ending. Sabrina and Louis received a 29 for their waltz and an additional 29.5 from their Team “Call Me Maybe” performance. Total: 58.5 out of 60.

Melissa Rycroft’s guilty pleasure: Britney Spears, of course. Melissa chose “Toxic” to tango to with Tony Dovolani. Turned out this week gave Melissa a bunch of firsts. She’d never done the Guilty Pleasures dance, and she’d never done the tango. All the new steps were getting to her head and resulted in tears during rehearsals. But the judges couldn’t find much amiss with the Dr. Frankenstein meets Sydney Bristow on a hamster-wheel performance. I felt it was a little slow compared to the pop beat of the song, but Len gave Melissa “a verbal pat on the back … it was crisp, it was sharp, occasionally I thought you could have snapped a little bit more.” Which led to a bit of a spar between Len and Tom Bergeron. Tom said Melissa's lack of snap was due to the fact that she was toted off in an ambulance for a neck injury two days earlier. Len snappily told Tom to “keep your witty comments to yourself.” To which Tom sassed, “That was more a factual comment in an attempt to find your beating heart.” Boom! Bruno thought Melissa was “a fascinating fantasy creature. It wasn’t toxic, it was intoxicating.” While he loved her character, he thought her top line could be better. Carrie Ann agreed. “Tonight, you were absolutely gritty,” she said, but “your torso could be a little bit tighter.”  Melissa and Tony received a 27 for their tango. Total: 56.5.

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