Triple perfection on 'DWTS'
November 20th, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Triple perfection on 'DWTS'

After stripping "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" down to just five semi-finalists, the ABC competition demanded some seriously ... interesting, we'll say, routines on Monday.

That included waterworks, and not because we were crying from laughter at a Carrie Ann Inaba fall. Instead, Val Chmerkovskiy and Kelly Monaco hit the wading pool to do something called a "Surfer Flamenco," with Val wearing a Speedo for the occasion. How thoughtful of him!

The pair's moves earned a score of 25.5, and their rumba brought out a 28.5, giving them a total of 54.

But while viewers at home may have been mentally giving Kelly and Val 10's because of their costume choice - regardless of how cold Val claimed it was in the studio - it was Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft and Apolo Anton Ohno who pulled in perfect scores. (Emmitt Smith and his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, wound up with a total of 54 after their two dances, leaving them tied for bottom with Kelly and Val.)

Apolo landed his 30 with his second dance, a rumba performed to the King of Pop's "Man in the Mirror" (which was nice cross-promotion for ABC, considering that they'll air Spike Lee's documentary on the making of Jackson's "Bad" album this Thursday).

Rycroft also earned her perfect score with an MJ hit, working out an Argentine tango with Tony Dovolani to the tune of "Dirty Diana."

Shawn Johnson, however, just missed a perfect score with her own Argentine tango set to "Bad," but her other routine with partner Derek Hough was a triple-10.

Johnson and Hough were tasked with performing a tough "Knight Rider Bhangra" - which meant dancing the Bhangra to the theme song of "Knight Rider" (seriously) - but they did it so well the judges couldn't help but award the pair with high praise and a total score of 30.

Tonight is another double elimination - who do you think is on the chopping block?

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  1. SEA 2

    did kirstie alley make it?

    November 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. My vote

    let's see...we have to think real hard about this one....

    November 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SEA

    My vote for chopping block = Smith & Monaco

    November 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NicoleI.

    it will be on forever

    November 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brian

    Is this thing still on the air? Pull the plug, please.

    November 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. San Jose

    I really hope Kelly and Val stay. Even though they have the lowest score, they are the ONLY reason I watch DWTS.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd

      I thought DWTS was about ballroom dancing. Trying to score these fusion dances using ballroom dancing criterion is ludicrous. The choreographers had their hands full trying to blend these abstract topics into some cohesive routine. I thought they all did a good job. The scoring should have been eleminated for this sequence.

      November 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |

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