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OTRC: 'Dancing With The Stars: All Stars' Season 15 Week 8: Dance By Dance Recap

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani appear in a still from 'Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars' on November 12, 2012. (OTRC)

The stakes were higher this week for the all-stars because tonight was their last chance to avoid tomorrow night's double elimination, so the cast really tried to give it their best.

This week the stars had a Veterans Day theme and their first dances honored the men and women who have served this country. Former champ and veteran J.R. Martinez was in the audience. The stars were also tasked with a second dance, a trio. The celebrities and their partners had a chance to pick an eliminated pro or a dancer from the troupe.

Keeping the challenge in mind, here's a rundown of Monday's scores, from highest to lowest:

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani - 30 out of 30 for their Quickstep / 30 out of 30 for their Paso Doble. Combined score with last week's score: 99.

Melissa and Tony's celebration of last week's high score was brief as Tony noted that the other couples are gunning for them. Melissa admitted she never thought she would make it this far in the competition but now that the semi-finals are in sight, she doesn't want her run on the show to end.

The pair the Quickstep danced to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" in cute matching Navy uniforms that looked like a throwback to the 1940s. Len said the dance was "the bee's knees" while Bruno joked that it made him want to join the Navy. He also compared them to Ann Miller and Gene Kelly from "On the Town."

Perfect 10s from the judges for their Quickstep.

For their trio dance, Melissa and Tony brought in troupe member Henry Byalikov, who seemed to fit perfectly with Melissa and Tony. Henry and Tony tried their best to help Melissa put away her smile and bring out her dominatrix side for the aggressive Paso Doble.

During their dance to Adele's "Rumor Has It," the three flowed well together and Melissa even nailed her aggressive "Ha! Ha! Ha!" for the routine. Carrie Ann said Melissa owned the dance and Len said Melissa impressed him the most for the night. Bruno said Melissa was a "jaw-dropping, whip cracking queen bee."

Their Paso Doble earned them another perfect 30. Combined with their scores from last week, the two are once again at the top of the leader board with a 99.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough- 29.5 out of 30 for their Viennese Waltz / 26 out of 30 for their Paso Doble. Combined score with last week's score: 93.5.

Shawn and Derek were reunited after Mark Ballas stepped in for an injured Derek. Last week Shawn and Mark scored a perfect 30 but Shawn said she was happy to be with Derek again to do their Viennese Waltz.

Derek mentioned on Twitter that the dance was "dedicated to all the soldiers who have been in a dark place and for the Angels who looked after them." Shawn said that showing her emotions was not easy for her but she was up for the challenge.

The two danced to "Angel" by Sarah McLaughlan. Len called it poignant, gentle, and fabulous while Bruno called it "heavenly perfection."

The dance earned them a 29.5 out of 30.

For their trio dance, Shawn and Derek brought Mark back into the fold. Derek and Mark picked out a percussion-infused song for their Samba with Shawn and so it was Derek's idea to mix it with tribal elements.

During their dance, Shawn executed a frontward flip and probably enough hip action to last her a lifetime. But their dance was a gamble, one that Len was not a fan of. He called the dance very self-indulgent and said it had little Samba content. "If you go home tomorrow don't blame me, blame those two," he added.

Bruno and Carrie Ann were a little kinder to the trio with Bruno saying it was art and creatively outstanding but agreed with Len that it didn't have enough Samba content. Carrie disagreed and the dance was executed with perfection.

Their Samba scored a 26 out of 30. Combined with the total from last week, the two hold steady at second place with a 93.5.

Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy 28 out of 30 for their Viennese Waltz / 28.5 out of 30 for their Jive. Combined score with last week's score: 92.5.

Kelly and Val had the Viennese Waltz this week and Kelly admitted she was not feeling confident. She just wanted to make it through the double elimination. She and Val ended up talking out her frustrations and Val assured her she will do better.

The two danced to "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain and definitely capitalized on the chemistry that has been building between the two since their first dance. Len said it was "sharp" on occasions but Bruno called Kelly a "twinkling twirler" and said she had wonderful drive. Carrie Ann said Kelly has been pushing herself and growing every week.

The two scored a 28 out of 30 for their Viennese Waltz.

Kelly and Val brought back Louis van Amstel to the ballroom for their trio dance to the Jive and Kelly said she though Louis was the best dancer.

Kelly, Val and Louis danced to "Animal" by Neon Trees and Kelly got kisses from Val, Louis and even Len! Len said the dance had "the F factor" meaning it was fun, fast, flamboyant, and fabulous. Both Bruno and Carrie noted the dance's difficulty and complimented Kelly's ability to work with the two boys.

Their trio scored a 28.5 out of 30 and combined with last week's score, Kelly and Val now tie with Emmitt and Cheryl for third place with 92.5.

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke - 28 out of 30 for their Viennese Waltz / 30 out of 30 for their Salsa. Combined score with last week's score: 92.5.

Emmitt took Carrie Ann's comments from last week about his posture to heart and so he and Cheryl worked on it for their Viennese Waltz. He still needed a little advice so he had a heart-to-heart with his old Cowboys teammate Daryl "Moose" Johnston, who said Emmitt is difficult to stop once Emmitt decides he wants something.

Emmitt and Cheryl danced to "Love Letters" and Emmitt was so light and graceful on the dance floor. Carrie Ann thought it was smooth but said Emmitt slipped a little. She wants to see Emmitt push himself. Bruno said the dance was very nice and classy.

The two got a 28 out of 30 from the judges for their Viennese Waltz.

For the second dance, Emmitt and Cheryl welcomed Kym Johnson for their Salsa trio. Emmitt, Cheryl and Kim all cracked jokes about Emmit having two women all to himself.

Salsa really suited Emmitt because he loves to shake his hips and the crowd always goes a little crazy. Carrie Ann called Emmitt a red hot spicy jalapeno and Len called it a knock-out dance.

Emmitt's hips nabbed the three a perfect 30 out of 30 for the Salsa. Combined with last week's score, Emmitt and Cheryl now have a combined score of 92.5.

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd - 29.5 out of 30 for their Quickstep / 29 out of 30 for their Salsa. Combined score with last week's score: 92.

If you think Gilles has given up his quest for a perfect 30, think again. He's determined to score well with Peta on their Quickstep this week because they've been sliding down to the bottom for the last few weeks. He said he aimed to nail every detail.

Dressed in a flight suit, Gilles and Peta danced to Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" from the "Top Gun" soundtrack. Bruno said their dance was "definitely 'Top Gun.'" Carrie Ann said she noticed a few slips Gilles had in his footwork but Len said the dance was "thunder and lightning."

The judges gave Gilles and Peta's Quickstep a 29.5 out of 30. So close.

For their trio dance, Gilles and Peta invited Chelsie Hightower back for a Salsa. Gilles said that the dance was very sensual and hoped the judges liked that factor.

Not to be outdone by Peta and Chelsie's revealing outfits, Gilles left his shirt a open. Bruno said Gilles lost his timing a bit during the dance and Carrie Ann agreed saying that Gilles' musicality was a little off. Len complimented Gilles for not hiding behind the pros for the dance.

Gilles scored a 29 out of 30 for the Salsa, giving him and Peta a combined score of 92.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff - 29.5 out of 30 for their Tango / 29 out of 30 for their Jive. Combined score with last week's score: 91.5.

After scoring a 27 out of 30 last week, Apolo was itching to take their next routine up a level and stop playing it safe. That meant Apolo would do a zipline entrance before his Tango without a harness.

Karina, playing a damsel in distress, was tied up in a chair at the start of the routine and Apolo ziplined from the skybox to the dance floor without a hitch. The two danced to Bonnie Tyler's "I Need a Hero."

Carrie Ann loved it and mentioned, "I wanted to be Karina." Len said Apolo's frame got a bit wide and Bruno compared Apolo to Tom Cruise in one of the "Mission: Impossible" films.

The judges gave their Tango a 29.5 out of 30.

For their trio dance, Apolo wanted a challenge and was the only celebrity to pick a same-sex pro for the trio. Apolo and Karnia nabbed troupe member Sasha Farber to show that Apolo could perform right alongside another pro and look just as good.

The three performed a Jive to "Greased Lightning." Bruno said it was a huge risk but that Apolo conquered it brilliantly and said that watching Apolo and Sasha was like watching twins. Carrie Ann said there was a little mishap but called the dance one of Apolo's most vibrant.

Their Jive scored a 29 out of 30 with the judges and Apolo and Karina's combined score now stands at 91.5.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 27 out of 30 for their Viennese Waltz / 24 out of 30 for their Paso Doble. Combined score with last week's score: 79.

For their dance this week, Kirstie and Maks tried their hand at the Viennese Waltz. Maksim said Kirstie has improved the most out of anyone on the show and said they were liked the little engine that could. Kirstie said she still had a glimmer of hope that they could win.

The pair danced to "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Carrie Ann though it was beautifully done and Len said it was her best dance.

Kirstie and Maks nabbed a 27 out of 30 from the judges for their Viennese Waltz.

A trio dance was good news for Kirstie who brought Tristan McManus into the fold. She said Maks and Tristan were both of similar height and both hot. She also said dancing with two "gorgeous" men at the same time was a bit of an ego boost.

The three danced to Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life" but Tristan got a little caught up taking off his Angel wings. Alley, who danced barefoot, appeared to be a little out of step with Tristan but got back in the groove when dancing with Maks.

Carrie Ann thanked Alley for choosing Tristan but said the dance was a little sloppy. Len said it lacked finesse and Bruno said it was a little surreal.

Kirstie, Maks and Tristan scored a 24 out of 30 for their dance. Kirstie and Maks are at the bottom of the leader board with a combined total of 79.

Next week all the couples will be dancing to a song off Michael Jackson's "Bad" album for its 25th anniversary. "Bad" was the first to chart five No. 1 singles from one album. The hit singles include "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana."

Tomorrow TWO couples will be eliminated! Who do you think will get the boot? Who will win it all? Vote in our poll below.

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