‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ recap and review: Second chances, iconic dances

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Three weeks in and there have already been a number of twists on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars."

On Monday, the all-stars took iconic dances of the past (think Gilles Marini's sexy Season 8 foxtrot) and put their own spin on them. Next week the stakes are even higher as the all-stars turn the tables and choose dance styles for each other! But with the judges playing hard ball this season, it's been no dance in the park for our seasoned all-stars.

Whose iconic dances stood out this week, and who's in danger of going home in tonight's double elimination?

Stand Outs

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani scored their highest score of the season with a 27 point takeoff on J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff's Season 13 samba, while Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy tied them for first place with a redo of Laila Ali and Maks Chmerkovskiy's Season 4 paso doble to "Espana Cani."

But it was Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson who stole the show. Johnson and her partner Derek Hough pulled off an energetic quickstep (adapted from Hélio Castroneves and Julianne Hough's "Hey Pachuco" dance) that incorporated gymnastic-style moves and flips. While Hough feared they would get slammed for taking such artistic license ("Is there enough quickstep in it?" Johnson asked him), the couple scored 26.5 points and the highest praise from the judges. "You gave me happy feet!" Carrie Ann Inaba gushed. "This is by far the best dance we've ever seen on 'Dancing With the Stars.'"

This week the 8.5 paddles got a mega workout, as four couples scored triple 8.5s and a tie score of 25.5 points. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgartoyd's "Sweet Dreams" tango featured a mid-air harness, while Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff's sultry foxtrot channeled the Olympic speed skater's "inner sexy." Sabrina Bryan and her partner and Louis Van Amstel, and Helio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower also scored 25.5 points.

Danger Zone

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke nailed Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff's Season 3 "Cancion Del Mariachi" paso doble, but with this week's stiff competition, a 25-point score puts them in danger. (This isn't called "All-Stars" for nothing!)

Ditto for Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya, who dared to take on the very first "DWTS" dance ever (Joey McIntyre and Ashly DelGrosso's Season 1 "Crazy in Love" cha cha ), but scored "only" 24 points -- the same score Lachey received on Week 1 of his first season!

Meanwhile, Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy had tons of fun with their 24-point "Moves Like Jagger" cha cha (courtesy of Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya's Season 13 dance).

And while underdog Bristol Palin and her partner Mark Ballas are no strangers to the bottom of the leaderboard, this week proved to be especially trying. The pair got into a heated spat during rehearsals, with Palin accusing Ballas of wishing that one of his front-runner former partners -- Sabrina Bryan or Shawn Johnson -- were his partner instead of her. "I feel like you want to go home," Bristol said, before she stormed out of the rehearsal studio. In the end, they went back to the future with Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough's Season 9 paso doble, scoring 22.5 points.

The big question is, will voters keep the struggling Bristol on the show, or will this be her last chance for an iconic dance?

Of course, the bottom-dwelling Bristol isn't the only star in jeopardy tonight. Two couples are going home in that dreaded double elimination, and at this point (with the show's notoriously fickle voters), it's still anybody's mirrorball to lose.

The next episode of "Dancing With the Stars" airs on Tuesday, 10/9 at 8 PM EST on ABC.

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