Week 6: Getting down country style

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Week 6: Getting down country style

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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani (source: ABC Television/Dancing with the Stars) Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani (source: ABC Television/Dancing with the Stars)

By Jamie Fromberger
WATE's Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Super Blogger

Grab your partner, dosey doe! Week 6 is here, and what a show! Country, solos, and a big team dance. Sticking around meant taking a chance.

Enough with the rhyming and on to the writing.

This week our eight couples were faced with not one, not two, but three tasks to tackle for a night of performances that were remarkable and remember able.

To start us off I must begin with who I thought did the best overall, and that would be the stunning Melissa Rycroft. The couples were given the job of creating country style routines, and also incorporating a solo in to the dance for the celeb to perform. Most couples either shined in the duet part or the solo part, but Melissa dominated both.

Her attire was gorgeous, she and Tony looked amazing, and their set was phenomenal. She began her dance with a lyrical routine that allowed her to take the challenge of a solo and turn it in to an eye opener for anyone who may have doubted her ability. Her lines were gorgeous, her technique was undeniable. She gracefully made use of the entire dance floor when dancing with Tony.

While her small duet in the group dance may not have been her best performance, it was clear there was so much chaos going on in that routine that I highly doubt that score would hurt her leaderboard score from the end of the night. She may have just knocked both Kelly and Gilles out of the competition with this routine. Without jinxing her, she might want to clear a spot on her mantle for that mirror ball.

Speaking of Gilles, what was he wearing? Now, if anyone in the competition could pull off leather pants, it would be him, but I prefer to see him looking suave and sophisticated rather than right out of a dominatrix music video.

His duet was incredible, as always. His footwork was fast and precise, and he played into the musicality with the dance, yet his solo was seriously lacking tonight. I would have preferred to see a lot more from him in that regard.

In that same category were Sabrina and Shawn, two of my favorites of this season. They were gorgeous, and their duets were on point, but I was seriously disappointed in their solos they performed during the routine! Both of these girls have much more to them, than hip sways and arm swirls, yet I felt like that was the extent of the dance we got to see, and I WANT MORE!

Coming out of the woodwork and winning my "most improved" award would be Apollo and Karina. They connected tonight better than any previous week. While he said showing emotion was a struggle, I thought he successfully allowed himself to be vulnerable in this routine. This dance brought him out of the shadows for me.

Along the lines of improvement, Kirstie Alley has drastically improved in this competition. While her fun personality is dwindling, and we see her chemistry with Maks is becoming less and less, I'm noticing her technique and movement are slowly coming around. This dance was not by any means a favorite, and slightly boring to be frank, but I will give props where props are due when it comes to someone noticeably improving in the competition.

What is going on with Kelly and Val? They held strong for so long, and seem to have just plummeted down to the bottom in the past two weeks. Their costumes were horrible. For a tango we should have at least seen her legs to appreciate the footwork and sharp movements she had going on under that long red dress (with horrible boots!).

Her solo was boring, and other than the kiss at the end, nothing about this dance kept my attention. During the team dance they finally pulled a little something spectacular out. They were the only couple that actually seemed to have a duet that was choreographed, went to the music, and was performed flawlessly, but that group score may not be enough to help them stay around another week.

And lastly, the one who always keeps me guessing is Emmitt Smith. His duet was "eh," but his solo was great. His group dance let him blend in to the background. While he didn't do anything that had me thinking he should be going home next week, I didn't see anything that had me thinking he should stay around next week either. 

It's a toss-up for the results show tomorrow, it truly is anybody's game. At this point in the show it doesn't matter what the scoreboard reveals as much as it matters who people take the time to vote for.

I'd be concerned if I were Kelly or Emmett that this may be the week where they are in the bottom two, so if you'd like to see them, or whoever your favorite is stick around another week, please make sure to take the time and vote by phone, text or Facebook!

You are allowed eight votes now people, so get on that!

Until next time...


I am writing this blog as the winner of WATE's Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Super Blogger Contest. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of WATE, ABC, Dancing with the Stars or any related persons.

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