Monday night’s edition of Dancing With The Stars was the show’s 200th episode, and to commemorate the milestone, many celebs from past seasons returned to introduce, judge and comment on this season’s remaining six participants.
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The night’s special twist was that each current competitor had to re-create a dance done by a previous contestant. Spice Girl Mel B, reality star Kelly Osbourne and NFL rushing king Emmitt Smith all returned to the set of the ABC ballroom hit in different capacities.
The remaining six competitors also padded their scores via a group cha cha cha at the beginning of the show, with teams selected by Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi (Bristol Palin, Kyle Massey, Rick Fox) and Apolo Ohno (Brandy, Jennifer Grey, Kurt Warner); Ohno’s team, with 27 points, edged Yamaguchi’s team, with 24 points.
Fox, Grey and Brandy all tied for the high score of the night with 37 points each, while the competition – Massey with 35 points, Warner with 34 points and Palin with 33 points – remained hot on their heels.
A teary-eyed Grey was seen in a clip practicing with partner Derek Hough, as she was upset at losing so much momentum after her hot start ; you’ll recall she was almost eliminated last week. After a splendid tango modeled after the one Drew Lachey pulled off in the show’s second season, she received high praise from judge Bruno Tonioli.
“You’re a phoenix rising from the ashes,” Tonioli told her. ‘The most splendid thing ever. You should have some confidence … I think all that frustration you vented in this tango.”
Despite receiving the night’s lowest score, Bristol Palin turned in a second consecutive respectable performance, two weeks after her ill-received monkey suit fiasco. She modeled her Viennese waltz after another contestant with famous parents, Kelly Osbourne.
“You have that power, to touch us — I find you very endearing,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, while a svelte Osbourne also gave the young Alaskan words of encouragement.
“There’s something about you that gave me goose bumps,” Osbourne told Palin. “And I know that you were so scared about this but you did fantastic, you really did.”
Warner, with his partner Anna Trebunbskaya, modeled his dance after Smith’s season three tango, garnering a perfect ten from his NFL colleague (who was a guest judge), as well as praise from Tonioli.
“You went from last week Mission: Impossible,” Tonioli said, “to this week Mission: Accomplished.”
Taylor Swift will perform when Dancing With The Stars‘ eleventh season continues with the results show on ABC Tuesday at 9/8c.