Dancing with the Stars All Stars 2012 resumed October 22 with the first of two nights of Guilty Pleasures-inspired routines by the eight remaining celebrity/professional couples. So how did Cheers actress Kirstie Alley --who's no doubt the weakest link left-- fare during her Quickstep with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy?
Things didn't look particularly promising from the outset as the two got together to discuss their plan of attack. Maks rightly noted that with the week four ouster of activist Bristol Palin, the collective field of competition got much stronger. And that put significantly more pressure on Kristie and Maks to bring their A+ game to the DWTS ballroom.
Kirstie went on to stress mightily during rehearsals for their "Mrs. Robinson" number, admitting that she didn't remember much of the Quickstep and prompting Maks to tell her she was "scaring" him with her behavior. She finally cried in frustration during Sunday's camera blocking, desperate to just "do better". So did she?
Yes and no. Her black dress, shoes and hose were a great idea, since they concealed some moments of less-than-perfect footwork. It was a surprisingly tame offering from a pair who pride themselves on being great entertainers, but it was passable as an All-Star routine.
The judges were markedly more impressed. Carrie Ann Inaba called it her "best dance by miles" and loved her carriage, much to Kirstie's delight. Len Goodman agreed, and quipped "you were dancing to the Maks-imum". Bruno Tonioli liked her posture and thought she looked great.
Kirstie and Maks were delighted to receive a 25.5 for their Quickstep. They placed third out of the four couples who performed individual dances on October 22, and trail current leaders Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd by four points.
Tune in to Dancing with the Stars All Stars 2012 tonight at 8 PM to see Kirstie, Maks and the rest of Team Gilles perform their "Gangnam Style" freestyle for more judges' points.