Before the big 100th episode extravaganza, the judges are going to present their top 10 dances in the show's history, so here we go! We've only been covering this show for one and a half seasons before this one, so I'll link to the original weecap for the routines we have covered previously.
Oh, apparently they can only choose from routines that got perfect 30s, so that narrows it down a bit and might (MIGHT!) stop some of the controversy over which routines got chosen for this...honor? I guess?
Carrie Ann introduces No. 10, which is from the only female champion the show has produced thus far, Kelly Monaco. They chose her freestyle routine with her partner Alec. It's interesting to see the changes in the show over the years -- it's in HD now, for one. But also, Kelly is...not that great. She doesn't do a lot of the facial acting that the pros and celebrities do these days, and Alec kind of drops her at the end. That got a perfect score? Man, talk about the bar being lowered. I guess in the first season, when there were fewer contestants to start with, things weren't that tough. All I remember from the first season is being disappointed when Joey McIntyre got eliminated. I loved him. In addition to the routine, we also get to see what the judges said about it. Overall, eh.
Bruno introduces the next routine, and reminds us of the shocking early elimination of Sabrina, and the No. 9 routine is Sabrina and Mark's paso doble. Man, I thought they put Marissa in unflattering dresses -- Sabrina's long purple gown was really terrible. The dancing is great though. I think Sabrina might have been better than Kristi; she's definitely better in the emoting department. In retrospect, it was a better routine that I thought on first viewing, and No. 9 seems about right.
Len gets to talk about No. 8, as he admits that Emmitt Smith wasn't always perfect, but he always had a lot of charisma, and now we're going to see his cha cha cha with Cheryl to "Dance to the Music." I always felt Emmitt, like Jason Taylor, benefits from good song choices. How can you listen to this song and not be happy. Emmitt's posture is worse than I remembered, and you can sometimes see him counting in his head, but he just looks like he's having so much fun out there, and it's infectious. It's kind of a treat for me to see these routines again, because I didn't have an HDTV until this season. There really is a huge difference. In the confessional, Emmitt says that he loves bringing joy to people, and they hope to make everyone in the audience feel like they want to get out on the dance floor and join in. Mission accomplished.