I am SO EXCITED for Paula Abdul to be a guest judge on tonight’s show. She is a talent show veteran when it comes to judging and I think that she’ll actually be in her element with tonight’s challenge. Last week during the results show, the couples chose dances for each other. The catch? Each routine would be different and a lot of the dances have never been done on the show before. To say a majority of the pros will be out of their comfort zone is a complete understatement. Should be good.

Tonight, we are going to be seeing some Bollywood alongside fun dances like the Charleston and Jitterbug. Check out the evening’s performances and scores below.


Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Charleston

Song: 42nd Street by 42nd Street

My Thoughts: What a hilarious and fun little number. There is no denying that Kirstie Alley can really deliver on the comedy but when it comes to the dancing? It was okay. Maks’ choreography was pretty great when it came to the ACTUAL steps. But aside from that, I wasn’t blown away. I did love watching her climb outta that cake though.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Len: 7.5
Paula: 7.5
Bruno: 7.5
TOTAL: 30 out of 40

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – Rock & Roll

Song: At The Hop by Danny and the Juniors

My Thoughts: Okay, so Bristol CLEARLY isn’t the best dancer in the competition by far but I think that this was the first time I saw her have fun on the dancefloor. Her fast steps actually kept along with Mark and she seemed a little bit more focused. Her facials expressions were also a lot better this week too. Mark is such a pro.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Paula: 8
Bruno: 8
TOTAL: 32 out of 40

Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel – Disco

Song: You Should Be Dancing by The Bee Gees

My Thoughts: WORK! I love Sabrina in this competition. Because of the ability she can already bring to the competition, Louis keeps bringing it with the choreography week after week. I think that this was probably one of my favorite performances of the competition so far. That opening feather jacket in blue? Flawless.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Paula: 8.5
Bruno: 9
TOTAL: 35.5 out of 40

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke – Bolero

Song: Better In Time by Leona Lewis

My Thoughts: Bolero. The Cuban dance of love. I have some beautiful Boleros in the past and this one had some great moments. However, I felt like it was a little choppy in both the choreography and the execution. Some of the lifts and transitions felt a little weighted. However, Emmitt had a great connection with Cheryl throughout.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Paula: 9
Bruno: 9
TOTAL: 36 out of 40

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd – Bollywood

Song: Jai Ho by A. R. Rahman

My Thoughts: Bollywood is a very tough style to tackle. Even some of the best dancers struggle with this one. Did they nail? Not really but was it fun to watch? Absolutely. I love that Gilles just fully commits to any style and challenge that is before him. Despite the struggles they had this week, it didn’t show during the number.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 9.5
Paula: 10
Bruno: 10
TOTAL: 39.5 out of 40

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – Jitterbug

Song: The Cat’s On The Hot Tin Roof by Brian Setzer Orchestra

My Thoughts: Melissa really wanted to up the ante this week and really go head-to-head with Shawn Johnson and put in a lot of tricks to show they have what it takes to win this competition. I think that Tony’s choreography was absolutely insane and he really pushed her hard. I think they performed it well and it was a lot of fun to watch.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Paula: 9.5
Bruno: 9.5
TOTAL: 37 out of 40

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – Mambo

Song: Para Los Rumberos by Santana

My Thoughts: These two are freaking unstoppable. Last week, I thought these two had really hit their peak but then BOOM!, these two just come full throttle right out of the gate. The tricks were phenomenal and Derek’s choreography was absolutely stunning. I think they are both pushing each other and it’s doing them good.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 9.5
Paula: 10
Bruno: 10
TOTAL: 39.5 out of 40

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff – Hip Hop

Song: Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe

My Thoughts: To say that this was a little bit of a mess would be an understatement. This definitely wasn’t Karina’s forte in anyway shape or form but despite that adversity, they pulled through. Apolo had some SERIOUS issues with his mic pack and jacket but he handled it so well. Karina was pretty hard on herself. Poor girl.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Len: 9
Paula: 8.5
Bruno: 8.5
TOTAL: 34.5 out of 40

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – Contemporary

Song: Fix You by Coldplay

My Thoughts: Oh no! Kelly broke her toe this morning in dress rehearsal. YIKES! You could tell throughout the entire routine that it was bothering her. However, for Val not knowing anything about this style, they did a very reputable job. Their emotion and connection was on point, obviously and I think she should be proud of that routine.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9.5
Paula: 9.5
Bruno: 9.5
TOTAL: 37.5 out of 40

My Final Thoughts:

Despite the night’s challenge, I think everyone really rose to the occasion. So, who do I think is going home? I think either Bristol Palin should be given the boot or Kirstie Allen’s scores will get the better of her. Hopefully we don’t loose someone like Sabrina or Shawn. It pains me to say it but I can also see us losing Apolo Anton Ohno with the routine he had tonight. Can’t wait to see how America votes.