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Dancing With The Stars: Week 6

by Brett Love, posted Oct 30th 2007 2:30AM
Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough - Dancing With The Stars
(S05E12) And then there were seven. The competition continues to progress, but it feels just a little different this week. With the exit of Mark Cuban last week, the level of the competition ratcheted up another notch. We're not into the all out race to the finale just yet, but it's getting very close. Tom said in his opening that with one misstep, anyone could go home this week. I'm not sure about 'anyone', but I'll agree that the potential for a shocking result Tuesday night is out there.

It's also the time in the competition where the workload increases for the remaining dancers. This week, not only did each couple have to do their normal performance. After that, all of the couples got together for a big group swing number. It all made for a heck of a show.

Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas (Foxtrot) - In the taped piece before the performance, Sabrina talked about her hectic schedule. It included 16 hour days working on a Cheetah Girls video, and left her worried about how the performance would go. It's an old gem we've heard plenty of times on the show. And usually everything works out just fine. That wasn't exactly the case this week. Although, luckily for Sabrina, even when things go wrong, it's still a pretty impressive performance. That's what we saw here. Their foxtrot was very aggressive and powerful, as we have come to expect from Sabrina. She has a natural movement that is very polished. The things going wrong amounted to one small moment where Sabrina messed up the steps, but they recovered quickly. Overall, it was another very nice outing for the team.

Len brought up the idea of light and shade again, calling the performance too hard. Bruno said that Sabrina has proven that she can be a leading lady, but he agreed with Len. Carrie Ann disagreed with both of them. She noted that Sabrina lost her footing the one time, but other than that she thought it was a great job. Talking with Samantha, Sabrina said that she thinks she can keep up with the hectic schedule. Score: 25 (9,8,8). Sabrina was pleased with the score, and getting through the performance.

Jennie Garth and Derek Hough (Mambo) - Jennie had one of the more interesting training videos I have seen so far this year. She talked about how being out on the dance floor just freaks her out. It's interesting because you can occasionally see it on her face during the judges comments. Also, because it's just so odd for someone in her line of work to be so taken aback by performing. After some practice out on the stage, she was determined to put her nerves aside and do a great mambo. With one small exception, that's just what she did.

Derek made it a little tougher on Jennie this week by upping the intricacy of their choreography. It made for a very impressive performance as their intertwined arm work and spins really were impressive. Unfortunately, there was one moment toward the end of the performance where Jennie lost her place and it stood out. They did recover and finished off what ended up being a great routine, but I think that mistake could have cost them at least one ten.

Bruno said that Jennie had steam heat, and called it dirty dancing. He added that she really surprised him and the choreography was incredible. Carrie Ann agreed saying she looked like she was having a great time and did a great job. Len said all the couples have more strengths that weaknesses, so to progress you have to come out with an incredible performance, and she did that. Jennie did still seem a little overwhelmed by it all during her interview, but she was excited by the performance. Score: 27 (9,9,9).

Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani (Jive) - As you would expect, Jane was shocked to find herself in the bottom two last week. She took it in good stride though, adding that she was looking forward to having fun with the jive this week. Given the history of the dance, Tony took Jane to a naval base to dance in front of the troops. When it came time for the performance, unfortunately, it turned out that the jive just doesn't play to Jane's strengths. She did well enough, but the performance suffered a couple of stops and starts, and just didn't play as well as her earlier performances have. Jane is a beautiful, graceful, woman, but the jive just isn't her cup of tea.

Carrie Ann praised Jane's energy, but added that the dance didn't bring out the best in her. Len said that Jane was pretty nifty for fifty. He then hedged by saying that some dances are not on certain people's wavelengths, and this one didn't fit her. Bruno agreed, saying it wasn't her most comfortable dance. That didn't bode well for the scores, or for Jane's prospects for a week 7. Score: 22 (8,7,7) Jane said that she loves every minute of being on the show.

Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska (Samba) - Cameron was the dancer I was most looking forward to this week. He made big strides last week and it's always interesting to see how they will follow up. He was initially scared by the samba, asking Edyta, "What are they doing down in Brazil?" To help, Edyta took him out to get a taste of the flavor of Brazil. I think the taste worked, and Cameron's follow up was quite good. It would seem that Cameron has finally turned that corner where he has started dancing, as opposed to doing the steps. It's a subtle change, but it makes all the difference.

Len said it was good in parts, but he didn't capture the spirit of the samba. Bruno agreed, not really understanding some of the choreography. Carrie Ann once again disagreed, calling the performance very tribal, and very passionate. Score: 25 (9,8,8) Cameron said he knows they could have done a little better, and by we he meant he. Samantha asked if he would be taking his shirt off. Cameron responded that if it means he'll make the finals, he'll dance in a thong. Tom joked that episode would be pay-per-view.

Melanie Brown and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Rumba) - Melanie opened her training video by saying that the rumba suited the two of them because it is, "Yes, I like you. No, I don't." Then we were treated to another video of the two of them butting heads. It's becoming quite a theme for the pair. Of course, given how that translates on the dance floor, I think that's going to be just fine with both of them. The training difficulties added up to what was probably the performance of the night. Their rumba was very sultry and passionate. Maks choreographed it for Melanie very well, and she took what she was given and knocked it out of the park. Her steps, her attitude, it was all great. I'm still not convinced that Mel has the fan base it takes to win the whole thing. But she has sold me on her dancing.

Bruno said that it wasn't a dance, it was a cliffhanger. Beautifully paced and excellent. Carrie Ann said she was mesmerized by their performance and that was the rumba she has been waiting for all season. Len said it was perfected, inspected and dissected, and it wouldn't be rejected by him. Score: 30 (10,10,10) Samantha outed them after the scores for only training for six hours this week.

Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts (Paso Doble) - I'm sure Marie would rather just forget about last week's fainting spell. No such luck, as they kicked off her segment with yet another replay of the incident. Jonathan even got a joke in reminding Marie that for this dance, she needs to remain upright. Marie explained the whole thing again and said that she is still a contender. Given the other teams in the competition, I'm hesitant to call her a contender, but she did turn in a very nice paso doble. The choreography was a little on the tame side, but as we have seen from Marie before, she made the most of things with a great acting performance. She is a true performer.

Carrie Ann said she thought Marie played it safe this week, like she was still coming back. Len joked that he should email his critique, since the last time he gave her one it knocked her out. He added that he liked the beginning, got lost in the middle, but liked the end. Overall he called it well done. Bruno said she started like Catherine Zeta Jones and ended like Catherine Zeta Cranky. Backstage, Marie said that she was touched by the reaction to her fainting from fans. Score: 23 (8,8,7)

Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough (Cha Cha) - Coming off of his lowest score of the season, Helio needed big things from the cha cha. Just based on the idea of Helio and the cha cha, it sounded like a good idea to me. Helio said that the low scores last week were nerve wracking. Julianne's plan was to make sure that Helio's personality comes through. That's a solid plan. Despite looking like he raided Mr. Furley's closet from the old Three's Company set, this was a very engaging Helio performance. He had a lot of intricate footwork to do throughout the performance, and managed it well. They were helped along by the fact that the cha cha is a dance right in Helio's wheelhouse, but Julianne also put together a dance that really showcased him very well.

Len said that last week Helio tried to be something he's not, and this week he came back as the Helio we all love. He finished by saying it was fantastic. Bruno called it rebranded, repackaged, and regenerated. Adding that Helio is back in the race. Carrie Ann noted that the Latin booty was working overtime and said she was glad Helio is back. Helio said he had a great time and Julianne praised Helio for being the only athlete in the competition. Score: 28 (9,10,9)

And then it was time for the big group performance. First, we got a look at the training session with choreographer Christian Perry. It was clear from the training that this was not going to be the least bit conventional, as there were lifts and stunts being practiced all over the place. There were a few nervous looks as the stars watched each other learning the steps. Jennie was taken aback by just how fast Sabrina was able to pick things up. When the mats came out it was clear that the level of difficulty was going up. As Sabrina put it, "So much potential for disaster."

Fortunately for the stars, disaster was averted. There were tricks aplenty, to be sure, but they all came off without a hitch. It's hard to describe the rock-n-roll battle between the greasers and the jocks. With everyone on the floor at the same time there was just more going on than you could really take in. It looked like everyone really did a good job with it, and I don't think there was anything that really stood out as helping or hurting any of the contestants. Of the brief solo moments that the teams each had, a couple did stand out as particularly good. Probably the most impressive maneuver was the lift that Cameron and Edyta did. Also in the mix though was little Sabrina tossing Mark over her shoulder. She is such a little firecracker. All in all, a very fun performance.

Bruno called it pure joy, saying that's entertainment, and thanked them all for making it the most exciting and competitive season to date. Carrie Ann said she loved it. Len said he could understand people not wanting to get voted off just for the pure camaraderie that all the performers have.

And there we are, with week six in the books. It really is getting tough to call. I think that Mel's 30 will make up for her lack of fan support and keep her safe this week. And I'm happy to see that because she really did have a fantastic performance this week. My best guess is that Jane and Marie will be our bottom two, with the power of the Osmond fans moving Marie through to week seven.

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The judges liked Mel & Maks, who was your favorite this week?
Mel & Maks498 (24.7%)
Helio & Julianne689 (34.1%)
Derek & Jennie283 (14.0%)
Sabrina & Mark210 (10.4%)
Jane & Tony89 (4.4%)
Marie & Jonathan120 (5.9%)
Cameron & Edyta130 (6.4%)

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Jessie M

I like Latin dances,i.e.,Rumba,Samba,etc. danced to Latin
music. That's the way I learned them. Jessie M.

November 08 2007 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was shocked by Sabrina's elimination as well. But the demographics of the shows viewers skew older. It appears not enough youngsters called in to vote for her. I know Julianne and Apolo won last year, but Apolo had a LOT of female fans from his gold-medal Olympics days. They were nearly rabid and voted him "The Sexiest Man in Seattle." Many of them even said they'd marry him if he asked. LOL Seriously though, I hope the best overall celeb dancer wins this year. That person is Mel B. And Maks seems to be having a lot of fun creating some dynamic moves. They deserve the trophy this season if they can keep up the good work!

November 07 2007 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oops, sorry about the repeats. Didn't think the first ones "took."

November 07 2007 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lachey, who actually WON the trophy on Dancing With the Stars, had dance experience just as Sabrina did. Why is it that when WOMEN, like Jane Seymour and Marie have some dance experience all of a sudden experience is so taboo?! If a MAN with some dance experience can win - so can a woman. Period.

November 07 2007 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is supposed to be a meritocracy and the best should win. That means Mel and Maks! I think it strange that people are allegedly so adamant about "no dance experience," now that WOMEN on the show finally have a little of that. The same kind of "dance experience" didn't keep Joey Fatone out of the final. Nor did his obvious previous dance experience keep Mario out of the final the year before. And Lachey, who had been in a boy band more recently than Mel had been in a girl group, actually WON the trophy! No, it's too late to start PRETENDING people can't have at least a LITTLE dance experience. Time for a woman celeb to win! Gooooo, Mel and Maks!

November 07 2007 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mel and Maks are magnificent and deserved all their 10's - and THEN some! They really captured the spirit of the rumba, just as they encapsulated the vibrancy and celebretory nature of samb ( even tho they were both ill)! Thanks for giving us your all despite the obstacles, Mel and Maks. I hope they win the trophy this season! Gooooo, M & M!

November 07 2007 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mel and Maks deserved their 10's for the rumba, and THEN some! They totally captured the spirit of the dance, just as they nicely exhibited the spirit of the samba the week before. We love you, Mel and Maks!

November 07 2007 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Travis, I'm not sure what you mean when you say the "producers selected" Jane's dance! Surely you know all the stars have to dance the same dances eventually. Jane lucked out because apparently "the producers" let her dance slower ballroom dances for so long week after week. She's finally having to dance faster and its harder for her. I think Mel and Maks are the best overall dancers by far. Gooooooo, M & M!!

November 07 2007 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i agree with don that the scoring needs to be changed.the dancing shouldbe judged on the dancers ability and not on their popularity. i try to watch the contestant and not the professional. i really do enjoy the show and look forward to it each week.

November 06 2007 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great team, excellent dancers. That guy is really hot. Hope to see him in a few movies.

November 05 2007 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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