Monday night's show for Week 7 of "Dancing With the Stars" All-Star Season 15 seemed like a combination of frustration mixed with confusion, tinged with hysteria. First, there were the individual dances -- fusion dances combining two dance styles in one piece of music -- followed by an AT&T Spotlight performance by 10 young dancers from Utah with Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower leading the way. A swing dance marathon capped the night with all seven couples dancing at the same time for four minutes until only one pair was left standing. Add in constant reminders to donate to the Red Cross for the "Day of Giving" to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and spice things up with hilarious "campaign hit pieces" by the dancers against each other. It was crazy, crazy, crazy.

For those waiting in eager anticipation for the results, I've got some bad news. Due to the coverage of the election returns by ABC, there will be no show Tuesday night and no elimination. Instead, all votes will be added to next Monday's votes and there will be a -- gasp -- double elimination next Tuesday, Nov. 13. A double elimination is also on tap for the Nov. 20 results show, since that's the only way to pare down the number of dancers to get the three finalists for the final performance show Nov. 26.


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Having the couples do the swing dance marathon after the fusion dances was a real test of their endurance -- the first couple out only received four points and so on, until the final couple added 10 to their score. Between the two dances, it was obvious this week is that the elimination of Sabrina Bryan and partner Louis Van Amstel last week -- after the pair received a perfect score of triple 10's from the judges -- made all of the celebrities and their pro partners raise the bar a bit to impress the judges and viewers. Time will tell if they succeeded.

One high-scoring fusion dance was a tango/paso doble by Shawn Johnson and her original partner from Season 8, Mark Ballas. Although doctors told her current partner, Derek Hough, to take a week off because of a bulging disc in his neck, he was a part of the choreography, the rehearsals and was sitting in the front row for the dance. Shawn's dancing was an awesome display by a young woman who has matured a lot since Season 8, and Len called the dance "a firecracker: tango was the fizz and paso doble was the explosion." The judges rewarded their efforts with a perfect score of 30. In case Shawn had ideas of switching partners permanently, Derek let everyone know that he has been cleared to dance next week. Sorry, Mark.

The second fusion dance was a super-sexy tango/cha cha by Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani that head judge Len Goodman said was "beautiful all the way through." Judge Bruno Tonioli added, "You were on fire, you've never been sexier." They received a score of 29 from the judges, and by swing dancing until they almost collapsed in the marathon, the couple outlasted and outdanced everyone else to add a full 10 points to their total to take the top spot on the leaderboard. I thought Tony's smile was going to split his face in half.

On the other end of the scale, Kirstie Alley and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, who danced a quickstep/samba, received perfectly respectable 8's from the judges. But with all of the others scoring much higher, the couple was at the bottom with 24 despite Kirstie's best efforts to blend dance steps with comedic entertainment. To her credit, she spent much of the week organizing a donation drive for victims of the superstorm on the East Coast, and it remains to be seen if her large fan base will reward her for that.

The rest of the celebrities and their partners were bunched up in the middle of the leaderboard, all dancing well and scoring well but not taking the top spot. In fact, Gilles Marini was complaining to his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, that he gets good scores but ends up in the middle. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, especially, praises his dancing but picks on the shape of his hands. The leading couple shifts from week to week, and no one is standing out as a sure bet to win that tacky Mirror Ball Trophy.

Speaking of judges, if you haven't caught Bruno in the commercial for Dole fruit juices, you should. It's a hoot to watch Bruno as a tiny Mariachi, accompanied by a traditional Mariachi band and dancing, singing the praises of Dole and hopping around from shelf to shelf inside a refrigerator. At least, it answers the question of whether Bruno can actually dance.

And the betting is on as to whether Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy really have something simmering romantically between them or not. Last week, there was a long liplock between the two, there were cute snatches of conversation about relationships and such, and when co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet asked, considering all that was going on, what could we expect for the finale, Val answered, "Children." Hmmmmm.

This was a great night of dancing, with many of the couples making the fusion dances really exciting and well done. Host Tom Bergeron leaked no clues to what devilish dance styles the judges have in mind for next week, so we'll have to wait and see. Who do you think will be in the Final Three?

Celebrities and combined scores (individual dance + marathon = total):

Melissa & Tony -- Carrie Ann, 10; Len, 9.5; Bruno, 9.5 = 29 + 10 (marathon) = 39

Shawn & Derek -- 10; 10; 10 = 30 + 8 = 38

Kelly & Val -- 9; 9; 9 = 27 + 9 = 36

Emmitt & Cheryl -- 8.5; 9.5; 9.5 = 27.5 + 7 = 34.5

Gilles & Peta -- 9.5; 9.5; 9.5 = 28.5 + 5 = 33.5

Apolo & Karina -- 9; 9; 9 = 27 + 6 = 33

Kirstie & Maks -- 8; 8; 8 = 24 + 4 = 28