28April2015, Dancing With The Stars’ Week 7: Tenth Anniversary Special!

28April2015, Dancing With The Stars’ Week 7:  Tenth Anniversary Special!

On this exciting night, the ballroom was filled with current and former contestants and pros, and a huge audience that included many celebrities. The opening number dazzled with many on the floor, though not as many as we had anticipated.

Former host Samantha Harris also was present, but the host who replaced her, Brooke Burke (winner of season 6 with pro Derek Hough), was not.

DWTS showed clips from all past winners, in order from first to the most recent:

Kelly Monaco, with pro Alec Mazo

Drew Lachey, with pro Cheryl Burke

Emmitt Smith, with pro Cheryl Burke

Apolo Anton Ono, with pro Julianne Hough

Kristi Yamaguchi, with pro Mark Ballas

Brooke Burke-Charvet, with pro Derek Hough

Shawn Johnson, with pro Mark Ballas

Donny Osmond, with pro Kym Johnson

Nicole Scherzinger, with pro Derek Hough

Jennifer Grey, with pro Derek Hough

Hines Ward, with pro Kym Johnson

J.R. Martinez, with pro Karina Smirnoff

Donald Driver, with pro Peta Murgatroyd

Melissa Rycroft, with pro Tony Dovolani

Kellie Pickler, with pro Derek Hough

Amber Riley, with pro Derek Hough

Meryl Davis, with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Alfonso Ribeiro, with pro Witney Carson

 

Here are some of the other, many highlights:

Flubs and odd happenings: We were reminded of when judge Carrie Ann fell out of her chair a few times and Marie Osmond fainted.

Maks, who sometimes disagreed strongly over the years with Len’s comments of his choreography and performances with his celebs, rode a bicycle built for two with Len.

Someone said how incredible it was that actress Marlee Matlin had danced without being able to hear the music, and she actually did quite well.  In addition, celebs with physical disabilities were highlighted for their courage and accomplishments in dance.

Sharna remarked that choreography has advanced hugely since years 1 and 2 of the show, adding, “The sky is the limit!”

A really cool thing was that quite a few NFL players, from various field positions, got together and did a short paso doble, including, among others, Jerry Rice, Emmett Smith, Donald Driver, and Kurt Warner.

 

The current judges told us the top things they look for in performances, accompanied by clips of their favorite examples:

Len: technique (Helio Castroneves with Julianne in the quickstep)

Carrie Ann: emotional impact (Amy Purdy with Derek in a contemporary dance)

Julianne: artistry (Donald Driver with Peta in an Argentine tango)

Bruno: passion (Mel B with Maksim in a paso doble)

 

Visiting pros who were on the show for many years were Karina, Anna, and Ashley. I was disappointed that Edyta Sliwinska and husband Alec Mazo were not there.

Patti LaBelle sang what was said to have been her biggest hit, “Lady Marmalade” (from the 1970s), accompanied by Amber Riley and Lil Kim. Couldn’t sit still to that one!

The extravaganza ended with all the pros and many former contestants, judges, and hosts dancing together.  It was a lot of fun!

Vickie L. Weaver

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