Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel are leading on 'Dancing With the Stars,' but for how long?(Photo: Valerie Macon, Getty Images)
Ready for a Week 6 hoedown on Dancing With the All-Stars?
somewhat-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, Paula
Abdul guest-judging and half the stars going Gangnam Style.
Palin, the subject of a lot of chatter early on, is gone (as is her
partner, USA TODAY blogger Mark Ballas, so we're trying to fill his Dancing
shoes). Sexpot Pamela Anderson, race car driver Helio Castroneves and
former boy banders Drew Lachey and Joey Fatone have all been sent home.
In past seasons, Halloween has been a big week for Dancing
costumes, but because the show airs tonight (ABC, 8 ET/PT) with results
Tuesday (ABC, 8 ET/PT), and the holiday isn't until Wednesday, our
eight remaining stars will have to settle for - yeehaw! - Country Week
instead and sport the usual spandex and spangles, with cowboy boots.
And honestly, isn't every night Halloween on DWTS?
couple will first dance to a country hit. Little Big Town will rock the
stage. And the stars will also perform together in a freestyle dance as
Big & 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 Bryan
tops the leaderboard with a score of 58.5. The Disney Cheetah Girl
singer and actress may be doing well now, and she could last a few more
weeks, 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 this
season, 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 the
heap right now.
Marini, Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson and Apolo Anton Ohno are
tied 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 fine
the next day) helped her to stand out in the crowd for a minute. But the
former Bachelor star isn't going to win the trophy over some of the more popular celebs. Is this her week to exit?
is a heartthrob fan favorite who has been hovering toward the top of
the leaderboard every week. He and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd always
put on a sexy, dazzling show. They should go to the end.
usually go far on the show, too, and Johnson is partnered with the
always-amazing Derek Hough. The two have great chemistry and athletic
ability. They also should wind up in the finals.
Ohno is a more
of a long shot because he has been toward the bottom of the scoring each
week. He'll likely stay this week, but he needs to turn up the heat to
Emmitt Smith, (score: 56), won the mirrorball trophy
when he competed in 2006. He obviously has fans, and he and pro partner
Cheryl Burke know their way around the ballroom. But is his heart in it
enough to win it? No matter what, the NFL star will not give up without a
Kirstie Alley (52.5) has made a valiant effort to
compete. She's 61 and is still pulling in scores that keep her in the
mix. She also knows how to handle the show's pro bad boy, Maks
Chmerkovskiy. Her humor and showmanship make up for a lot on the dance
floor. Oddsmaker Johnny Avello at Wynn Las Vegas puts Kirstie as the
long shot this week. It could be her time to exit, but let's hope fans
want to keep her around a few weeks more.
(51.5) was the Season 1 champ in 2005, but she's in jeopardy with the
lowest score going into Monday's show. The problem? While she looks
great as she swirls around the floor, she never smiles, unless she's
looking into partner Val Chmerkovskiy's eyes.The soap star seems to take
the whole thing way too seriously.
On Tuesday's elimination show, Taylor Swift will perform and Jason Mraz is scheduled to take the stage.
next week, ABC says we'll see the first live instant-elimination show
of the series on Monday, Nov. 5, with election coverage pre-empting the
results show, so it will all unfold on one night.