'Dancing With the Stars' Week 6: Look ahead

Ready for a Week 6 hoedown on Dancing With the All-Stars?

Asomewhat-crazy Season 15 has already given us precious moments,including judge Carrie Ann Inaba falling off her chair with excitement,suave actor Gilles Marini stripping down to his white undies, PaulaAbdul guest-judging and half the stars going Gangnam Style.

BristolPalin, the subject of a lot of chatter early on, is gone (as is herpartner, USA TODAY blogger Mark Ballas, so we're trying to fill his Dancingshoes). Sexpot Pamela Anderson, race car driver Helio Castroneves andformer boy banders Drew Lachey and Joey Fatone have all been sent home.

In past seasons, Halloween has been a big week for Dancingcostumes, but because the show airs tonight (ABC, 8 ET/PT) with resultsTuesday (ABC, 8 ET/PT), and the holiday isn't until Wednesday, oureight remaining stars will have to settle for - yeehaw! - Country Weekinstead and sport the usual spandex and spangles, with cowboy boots.

And honestly, isn't every night Halloween on DWTS?

Eachcouple will first dance to a country hit. Little Big Town will rock thestage. And the stars will also perform together in a freestyle dance asBig & Rich, along with Cowboy Troy, perform a medley of Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) and I Play Chicken with the Train. This is the first time the show's group dance will be accompanied by musical guests.

Here's what to expect:

Going into Monday's show, Sabrina Bryantops the leaderboard with a score of 58.5. The Disney Cheetah Girlsinger and actress may be doing well now, and she could last a few moreweeks, but she was sent home early in 2007 in a "shocking" upset.Although she won a fan vote to get a spot in the competition thisseason, it's unlikely she has enough support (and talent, sorry,Sabrina) to carry her to the end. Is this her week to exit? Could be,just for that seeming "surprise" factor since she's at the top of theheap right now.

Marini, Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson and Apolo Anton Ohno aretied for second place with 56.5 each. Rycroft is spunky and spirited,and her trip to the hospital last week for a neck injury (she was finethe next day) helped her to stand out in the crowd for a minute. But theformer Bachelor star isn't going to win the trophy over some of the more popular celebs. Is this her week to exit?

Mariniis a heartthrob fan favorite who has been hovering toward the top ofthe leaderboard every week. He and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd alwaysput on a sexy, dazzling show. They should go to the end.

Olympiansusually go far on the show, too, and Johnson is partnered with thealways-amazing Derek Hough. The two have great chemistry and athleticability. They also should wind up in the finals.

Ohno is a moreof a long shot because he has been toward the bottom of the scoring eachweek. He'll likely stay this week, but he needs to turn up the heat towin.

Emmitt Smith, (score: 56), won the mirrorball trophywhen he competed in 2006. He obviously has fans, and he and pro partnerCheryl Burke know their way around the ballroom. But is his heart in itenough to win it? No matter what, the NFL star will not give up without afight.

Kirstie Alley (52.5) has made a valiant effort tocompete. She's 61 and is still pulling in scores that keep her in themix. She also knows how to handle the show's pro bad boy, MaksChmerkovskiy. Her humor and showmanship make up for a lot on the dancefloor. Oddsmaker Johnny Avello at Wynn Las Vegas puts Kirstie as thelong shot this week. It could be her time to exit, but let's hope fanswant to keep her around a few weeks more.

Kelly Monaco(51.5) was the Season 1 champ in 2005, but she's in jeopardy with thelowest score going into Monday's show. The problem? While she looksgreat as she swirls around the floor, she never smiles, unless she'slooking into partner Val Chmerkovskiy's eyes.The soap star seems to takethe whole thing way too seriously.

On Tuesday's elimination show, Taylor Swift will perform and Jason Mraz is scheduled to take the stage.

Andnext week, ABC says we'll see the first live instant-elimination showof the series on Monday, Nov. 5, with election coverage pre-empting theresults show, so it will all unfold on one night.


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