Pro Chelsie Hightower and her partner Helio Castroneves perform on the Oct. 8 edition of 'DWTS.'(Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC)
Five stars. Two weeks. It's almost mirrorball trophy time!
We've come to the Dancing With the All-Stars
semifinals (ABC, Monday, 8 p.m. ET/PT). The performance show will be a
battle, as the remaining five stars have proved they are all great
dancers with seemingly solid fan bases. Each has landed at least one
perfect 10 score from a judge at some point during this season, with the
exception of Kelly Monaco.
We should also expect tonight's show
to be crazy - think Fusion Week on steroids, as the celebs have been
given wacky themes that must be incorporated into assigned dances for
one of their numbers. The other dance will be a tribute to Michael
Jackson, performed to a song from his classic Bad album.
only three spots open for next week's finale, it's a double elimination
week. Paula Abdul and The Wanted perform on Tuesday's results show. Dancing
pro Chelsie Hightower, whose partner Helio Castroneves was eliminated
in Week 3, helps assess the stars as they hustle and flamenco their way
to the finish line. She was "surprised" by Gilles Marini's exit last
week (as were a lot of our readers). "In my mind, he's been one of the
front-runners. I definitely saw him in the semifinals." But she added
something all loyal fans know: "You never know what to expect on the
Here's how the competition is shaping up:
reality TV star has been a dark horse in this race. "She was already a
great dancer before, but she's improved so much. She's had a boost of
confidence and that confidence is very noticeable," says Chelsie.
Melissa had perfect scores on two performances last week, so she's
riding high. "She could definitely be a finalist and a contender for the
mirrorball." Melissa and her pro, Tony Dovolani, must dance a "Caveman
Hustle." The name pretty much says it all. Says Chelsie: "I think
they're going to go a fun route." What else can they do?
Olympian is a firecracker on the dance floor, and Chelsie predicts
we'll see her in the finals. But this week, Shawn and her amazing pro
partner, Derek Hough, are tasked with dancing a "Knight Rider Banghra."
Chelsie says a banghra Indian dance is "similar to Bollywood, which is a
really, really cool dance." (Gilles and his partner were only a half
point away from perfect scores with their Bollywood dance during Week
4.) The twist will be the Knight Rider part. But, as Cheslie
points out, Derek will "make it look great no matter what." Derek has
been tweeting photos of David Hasselhoff, who starred in the 1980s Knight Rider show.
Apolo Anton Ohno
place is so up for grabs," says Chelsie, assuming Shawn and Melissa
will make it to the finals. Apolo, Emmitt Smith and Kelly have "'been on
the same level, I feel like, the whole season. Whoever can show the
strongest dances will take the spot. But it's going to be really tight."
With "Big Top Jazz" as their dance/theme, Apolo and partner Karina
Smirnoff might do some clowning around on the floor. Jazz was a big
dance in the 1990s, explains Chelsie, who says it's totally open to
interpretation. "It's not a ballroom dance at all." No matter what
happens, Apolo landed a spot on People's Sexiest Men Alive list, so even if he doesn't win the trophy, he can boast about that.
has been coasting this season in the ballroom. He's done a lot of
hip-wiggling, and it has served him well. But it's his personality and
fan base that have gotten the NFL star to the semis. "Emmitt is so
charming and so charismatic, and has a built-in fan base already, (so)
he's definitely a strong contender for the finale," says Chelsie. But
"as far as dance goes, he's not the strongest in the competition."
Still, she says, "At the end of the day, it's about who you are and how
many votes you can get." Chelsie says Emmitt lucked out this week with
his "Espionage Lindy Hop" dance/theme. "The Lindy Hop is a great dance
for anybody. There's not a whole lot of technique, but it's high energy
and fun." It bodes well for getting him to the finals.
be honest," says Chelsie of the soap star and her partner Val
Chmerkovskiy, "I saw them going home." Kelly has been near the bottom of
the pack and she's been near the top of the pack. "Nothing against
Kelly, but Gilles is a natural dancer," says Chelsie. Gilles, however,
didn't have a romance. "America really loves Kelly and Val's story.
They've had chemistry from the beginning and America wants to see that.
They could surprise us all." The biggest problem is that they've been
given "Surfer Flamenco" as their dance/theme. "What a combination!" says
Chelsie. "As long as they don't come out on surfboards. As long as they
aren't doing the Flamenco in bathing suits!" But wouldn't that help get them votes? Yes. "After all, this is Dancing With the Stars," she says.
pick for No. 1? Shawn Johnson, who is also the odds-on favorite,
according to the Bovada betting site. "My No. 1 has kind of always been
Shawn, just because I think she's consistently had the best
performances. She has really delivered. She's done things we've never
seen before and she's adorable." But, Chelsie adds, "I adore all the
contestants. I hope the best for each of them."