Will the cowboy hat prove to be a lucky charm this week? "Dancing with the Stars: All Star Edition" tackles the country music scene and half the guys in the competition decided to go all out with country costumes... hats, belt buckles for the jeans, and yes, a few even wore boots.
The eight remaining couples perform to country tunes, and within each dance, the celebrity must spend a few bars "solo in the spotlight." The dancers also all join together for a country-fied group number.
Remember - no one got eliminated last week, so those judge's scores are being combined with tonight's scores. The couples are also able to earn "extra points" from the judges during the group number.
Here's a rundown of the scores, from highest to lowest:
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel - 30 out of 30 for solo; 88.5 out of 90 total
Last week, Sabrina hinted to us after the show that she would have a hard time this week because she needed to be very open and very vulnerable and she is not comfortable in that arena.
She and Louis van Amstel danced the rumba to Hunter Hayes' hit song "Wanted," and just the thought of that song brought her to tears during rehearsal. Apparently, its story hits close to home with one of Sabrina's past relationships. Louis asks her to bare her emotions on the dance floor - and she does. The judges are blown away. Just how blown away? How about a perfect 30!
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff - 30 out of 30 for solo; 86.5 out of 90 total
Redemption! Apolo and Karina Smirnoff had an off night last week - they knew it, the judges knew it, the audience knew it. It looks like the two talked it out, which was nice to see. And they sure had to find a common ground to be able to do this dance. They had the Viennese waltz, and Karina's storyline involved dealing with breast cancer (its breast cancer awareness month, folks!) Both stars have family members who have dealt with the disease so it was particularly personal to them.
Apolo and Karina found their chemistry kit and danced an elegant, emotional routine. Len loved it; Carrie Ann called it poetry in motion. Another perfect score.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani - 29.5 out of 30 for solo; 86 out of 90 total
Lady luck is with Melissa this week; she's dancing the Viennese waltz, which means not a lot of neck movement. She's still nursing her injury from last week. You can tell she and Tony Dovolani each want to do well for each other.
Melissa mixes things up with this "solo" idea and starts her routine with beautiful ballet steps. Bruno later said it reminded him of Cyd Charisse. But the real compliment came from Len Goodman - a standing ovation!
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough - 28 out of 30 for solo; 84.5 out of 90 total
That Olympic spirit in young Shawn usually serves her well; however, during rehearsals she got a bit too rambunctious and tweaked her knee. The knee that kept her out of the Olympics! She's upset; she doesn't want to tell Derek Hough; he gets it out of her; they realize the knee is only sprained and she can press on.
There are no visible issues during the performance. And the duo divides the judges yet again! 8.5, 9.5 and 10. Bruno loved the fusion of country and cha cha cha they brought to Kenny Chesney's "She Thinks my Tractor's Sexy." But Len thought there were too many gimmicks.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd - 27.5 out of 30 for solo; 84 out of 90 total
Androgynous Gilles! He and Peta Murgatroyd are dancing the cha cha cha to Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like a Woman." They both don costumes that are equally masculine/feminine; not many could pull it off but these two do! Gilles was filming on the set of "Switched at Birth" so he and Peta had to sneak a few rehearsal steps between takes wherever they could.
Len complimented Gilles' commitment and control; Bruno told him he was ready for dancing's center stage and Carrie Ann called it creative and sexy.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke - 26.5 out of 30 for solo; 82.5 out of 90 total
Emmitt always seems to start the rehearsal process in a state of bewilderment and always ends up with a fun routine. He and Cheryl Burke do a fun foxtrot to the classic Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers tune, "Islands in the Stream."
Emmitt had the most fun with his solo time, and kicked up his heels like any good cowboy would! And his wife gets a flower at the end! Awwww! Len liked the dance, and while it lacked finesse, called it very entertaining.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 27.5 out of 30 for solo; 80 out of 90 total; PLUS 2 BONUS PONTS FOR GROUP DANCE
You gotta love Kirstie's honesty. Whether she's upset, angry, frustrated or even in a good mood, she lets it all hang out and it's rather refreshing. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are supposed to do the rumba, which she likes because as she says "I have hips, I can do it!"
I think a lot of women continue to relate to Kirstie because of that honesty. I laughed out loud when Maks reminded her that she'd learned some particular step two years ago. "I'm 60 years old!" she shot back. Kirstie entranced the judges and earned two near perfect scores, with Carrie Ann dubbing her the "queen of sexy."
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy - 27 out of 30; 78.5 out of 90 total
Kelly said she's in unchartered territory right now; when she was here at the beginning of this "dancing" madness, the season was only six weeks long! She tells Val Chmerkovskiy she's physically and mentally exhausted but is determined to push through.
They have the tango, and their song is Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl." Kelly is a very good girl this week, and all the judges dub her the comeback kid.