This week presented a challenging task for the eight remaining couples Tom affectionately referred to as Our "Y'All-Stars" -- pretend to know/care about country music and create a dance about it! Seemed easy enough. Many of the season 15 Sparkaliens excelled. We saw a drug-addled former relationship come to life via the rumba, a Viennese waltz about cancer, and a Frenchman very convincingly reenacting a Shania Twain video in a sheer scoopneck and pleather pants. But perhaps best of all was this sassy display from Emmitt Smith:
The best thing about being a former NFL running back is his prerogative to make a little fun of himself!
Due to Hurricane Sandy power outages across the Eastern seaboard, voting will remain open until 11 a.m. ET today on ABC.com -- you can watch the full performance episode there, too, of course.
So here's the complete JUDGES' LEADERBOARD heading into tonight's elimination -- taking into consideration the eight remaining couples' Week 5 and Week 6 solos, plus the Week 5 Team Freestyles and the Week 6 group dance.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel: 88.5 out of possible 90
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 86.5
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 86
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 84.5
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 84
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 82.5
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 82
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 78.5
Will the judges please reveal the Week 6 solo scores? Carrie Ann Inahhhhhh-ber!
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel: 30 out of possible 30 First perfect score of the season, and well-deserved by Sabrina, whom I'm pretty sure Brooke called "Serena" so let's just say the score between those two is 30-Love. It's been a banner two weeks for this couple and what was even more important than the steps, and even more important than vulnerability (I know, hard to imagine) was that Sabrina and Louis also won this week for Most Valuable Costumes. I'm not sure if drapey jade material over a bedazzled nude bodysuit screams "country" but I do know it screams "this is the most flattering thing Sabrina has ever worn." She looked amazing.
For his part in this week's rumba, Louis rocked it in a simple plaid shirt, and when I say simple I do mean sparkly. Everything was on during this dance, the motivation for which had Sabrina all choked up about her drug addict ex in one of the All-Star season's signature motifs: an all-out weepin' 'n' whimperin' session up on the roof or in some zombie-thoroughfare alley or whatever. When you can really channel the tears away from the ballroom, that's when you know you're set up for "another magical moment" (sparklebarf) when tush comes to shove on the floor.
Carrie Ann needlessly hugged Sabrina during her critique, so Bruno hugged Len. Awww! It was good for Bruno.
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