Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Results
(S04E09) After three weeks of watching women get sent home, it was about time that a male contestant got the boot. Samantha mentioned that the show has reached its midpoint, and it is time to get rid of the lackluster dancers and focus on the real contenders. I have a feeling that the next few eliminations will be as predictable as this week's.
As many fans guessed, the judges chose Apolo and Julianne for the encore performance this evening. The couple's Samba was called the dance of the season. No arguments here. Apolo and Julianne's performance was just as exciting and sexy as it was last night, and it was great to see it again.
The contestants are set to perform the Swing and the Jive next week, so the pros came out to demonstrate the Swing style of dance. Alec, Edyta, Louis, Cheryl, Brian, Julianne, and another pair I didn't recognize danced to "Zoot Suit Riot" by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. The performance reminded me of those old Gap commercials, except it didn't make me want to buy a pair of khakis. I wish there had been more professional performances during this results show. It was a little slow for my taste.
Backstage, Samantha interviewed Heather, Joey, and Apolo. Heather discussed what happened with her fall last night, and Samantha made a bizarre comment about how gracefully she got back on her feet. Yes, Samantha, Heather's ability to recover her balance was the talk of the message boards. After a brief interview with Kym's gigantic cleavage, Joey showed off his bunny slippers. Way to man up, Joey. They can't call you feminine now. Apolo and Julianne were still incredibly grateful for their perfect score last night. I think it's impossible to say anything bad about this couple, buy why would you want to?
A few celebrities in the audience weighed in on last night's performances. Florence Henderson called Apolo a "hot number," and got choked up over Heather's fall. Only Mrs. Brady could have such genuine sympathy for Heather Mills--good for her! Sugar Ray Leonard naturally supported Laila Ali and Maksim. Lance Bass gave Joey a little grief, joking that Joey needs a "kick in the pants" every once in a while. The audience comments marked Clyde and Billy Ray as the bottom two this week, and they were half right.
The first two couples saved from elimination were Laila & Maksim and John & Edyta. This was a big surprise, especially for John. He seemed happy to be returning, and his fellow contestants were happy for him. So much for my bottom two trend prediction! This meant that there would be a fresh pair of celebs in the bottom two. Cue dramatic music.
Former contestant Lisa Rinna will be playing Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago, alongside Harry Hamlin. Lisa showed up tonight to perform a song from the musical, proving that she is, at the very least, a good dancer. I might not pay money to hear her sing, though. But I love Lisa Rinna and wish her well. Afterwards, Samantha talked to John and Laila. John was truly humbled to be returning, and had the class to ask permission to mention his book. This was a welcome change after all of Billy Ray's shameless self-promotion. Laila complimented Apolo's performance and vowed to get a 10 of her own.
Jimmy Kimmel's demonstration was mildly amusing. I liked the random detail of having Jennifer Lopez's signature include a heart over the "i." After that, the show really started to go south. Macy Gray performed. No dancing. A segment on makeup. Snooze. I was amazed that the women's makeup takes about three to three-and-a-half hours to apply but that was the only memorable factoid. Apolo & Julianne and Joey & Kym were put on the safe list.
The stars got to give their opinions of the judges' comments, and the responses were pretty tame. Billy Ray expressed his desire to get an 8 before he goes home. Reach for the sky, Billy Ray. Ian & Cheryl and Billy Ray & Karina were spared the shame of the bottom two. The bottom two was a mixed bag; Clyde was a no-brainer, but Heather? I did not see that coming. It could have been the backlash from the fall, or perhaps the novelty has worn off. People wanted to see her mess up, and she did. Now that certain audience members have gotten what they wanted, will she continue to get votes? Only time will tell, since Clyde & Elena were sent home.
Clyde took his elimination with good humor, like the nice guy that he is. He even submitted to Heather's pageant-like hand-holding during the announcement. I'm just glad that he went out gracefully. Judging from Billy Ray's embarrassing pelvic thrust, his elimination will be slightly less classy. No major upsets this week, and the show itself was a little low on entertainment value. All in all, I would give this episode a 4 out of 7. The producers have Macy Gray to thank for that score.
Check back next week for Brett's review of the Jive and Swing performances. Be sure to vote for your favorite celebrity dancer in AOL's poll!