"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" hoe-down celebrates country music
Just days before the Country Music Awards take place in Nashville, Tenn., the "Dancing with the Stars" studio in Los Angeles was transformed into a cowboy paradise Monday for the competition's Country Night.
The evening featured performances by Little Big Town, Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy, as well as the first perfect scores of the season.
Sabrina Bryan's rumba, evoking a past romance with a drug addict, brought the audience to its feet and earned the first 30, giving her a two-week total of 88.5 out of 90. (There were no eliminations last week.)
Also earning a perfect score was Apolo Anton Ohno, who said his Viennese waltz was about a woman battling cancer. It brought his two-week total to 86.5.
At the bottom of the leaderboard was soap star Kelly Monaco, whose "Gone with the Wind"-themed tango was called "ambitious" by one of the judges. She earned a 27 for a combined score of 78.5.
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Actress Kirstie Alley also is in the bottom two, despite earning the night's extra two points for performance in the episode-ending group dance. Her rumba earned 27.5 for a combined total (with the extra two points) of 82.
In the middle were former NFL star Emmitt Smith and reality TV star Melissa Rycroft. Smith's foxtrot was called "out of sync" but his solo was praised. His total: 26.5 for a total of 82.5. Rycroft, injured last week in rehearsal, worked through the pain with a Viennese waltz that earned her 29.5 or a total of 86.
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was injured in rehearsal this week, aggravating a knee injury that kept her from the summer Olympics. Her samba earned her 28 for a total of 86.5.
French actor Gilles Marini seemed out of his element with a western-themed cha cha. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who famously fell off her chair while commenting on Marini's routine last week, gamely tied herself to her chair before rendering judgment. Marini earned 27.5 for a total of 84.
Marini was among several of the participants who mentioned the monster storm Sandy and sent their best wishes to East Coast viewers who were weathering the storm.
A results show starts tonight at 8 p.m. ET and one star will be eliminated.
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