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'Dancing With the Stars': Shawn Johnson says 'offbeat' routines 'mentally shut everybody down'

The "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" semi-finalists were definitely assigned some "offbeat" routines this week -- but the most bizarre was probably Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough's "Knight Rider" bhangra. They earned a perfect 30 score from the judges for their almost indescribable performance, which Shawn told us backstage only came together at the very last minute. "This has been the week from hell," she said, "I think for the entire cast." "We were thrown stuff we weren't used to," added the Season 8 champ about the offbeat routines. "At the semifinal, you really want to take this week to show the world what you're capable of, and when you're given a 'Knight Rider' bhangra, that kind of limits you to what your abilities are. And mentally it shut everybody down." "As of two days ago we didn't have an Argentine tango [their second routine] or a bhangra," Shawn laughed. "So we kind of threw... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/11/dancing-with-the-stars-shawn-johnson-says-offbeat-routines-mentally-shut-everybody-down.html

'Dancing With the Stars' backstage: Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy on 'irresponsible' judges, the Speedo and that kiss

In what might be the strangest semifinal week "Dancing With the Stars" history, the five remaining All-Stars were tasked with performing both an "offbeat" routine and a tribute to Michael Jackson's "Bad." Kelly Monaco and her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy provided two of the night's most memorable moments: a passionate kiss at the end of their rumba and Val stripping down to a Speedo and splashing in the water for their "surfer flamenco" routine. Unfortunately, the pair were not rewarded by the judges, who gave them the night's lowest score (25.5) for their offbeat entry. When we caught up with Kelly and Val backstage after the show, our first question was about that kiss --which will undoubtedly fuel more rumors of a show-mance between the sultry couple. Was it spontaneous? "No, it was planned," Kelly told us. "It was part of the choreography." When a reporter jokingly asked how long they rehearsed the kiss, Val... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/11/dancing-with-the-stars-backstage-kelly-monaco-and-val-chmerkovskiy-on-irresponsible-judges-the-speed.html

Paula Abdul Returns to the Ballroom for an Exclusive Performance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on November 20

The dance number will be to her new single, "Dream Medley," a medley of four of her No. 1 hits. //www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/11/19/paula-abdul-returns-to-the-ballroom-for-an-exclusive-performance-on-abcs-dancing-with-the-stars-on-november-20-928025/20121119abc05/

DWTS All-Stars: Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Fight Back Against Low Judges’ Scores

Watching Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s "Surfer" Flamenco on the Dancing With the Stars All-Stars Semifinals Performance Show, we thought high scores were coming. It was sharp, fast, sexy, fun, and actually seemed to fit its insane theme. The Speedo was a bonus!   But then the judges decided it didn’t have enough Flamenco, saying it was mostly a Paso Doble. Since they had decided Emmitt Smith didn’t have enough Lindy Hop and still gave him... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/5FzNC9_h5nQ/dwts-all-stars-val-and-maksim-chmerkovskiy-fight-back-against-low-judges-scores

‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’: The Final Five Dance to Michael Jackson

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke-Charvet on "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars." Yeah, we know Michael Jackson is "Bad." But what will the quality of the dances done to his music this week be? And how "bad" are such things as "surfer flamenco" and "big-top jazz?" //blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/11/19/dancing-with-the-stars-all-stars-the-final-five-dance-to-michael-jackson/?mod=WSJBlog

'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' Week 9 Preview: Semi-Finals with the King of Pop

Can you believe we're almost to the end of the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars season? Only two weeks remain until the show crowns its champion of champions, and only five celebrities remain in contention for that coveted honor. Check out what to expect from the DWTS semi-finals here! //www.buddytv.com/articles/dancing-with-the-stars/dancing-with-the-stars-all-sta-48477.aspx