Dancing With The Stars: Week 6 results
(S05E13) Holy crap! Halfway through the fifth season of Dancing With The Stars, I really shouldn't be surprised by things like this. It's something that we have seen before. Still, the results show tonight caught me totally off guard. In my post yesterday about the performance show I said that I didn't agree with Tom's opening line that anyone could go home. I'll take it back now. Anyone can go home, any week. And apparently, anyone left in the competition could win the whole damn thing.
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Things started out normally enough. Samantha got us into a recap of performance night. Mel called her three tens bloody amazing. Jennie said she wasn't really dirty dancing. It was more like frisky and fun. Helio and Julianne revealed that his smile is their secret weapon. Cameron said he was happy about their dance, despite the less than stellar comments from the judges. Sabrina said she didn't know what to make of Len's comments. Marie thought her performance had tons of passion, clearly a little taken aback by Carrie Ann's comments.
Tom announced that Jane wasn't on the stage because of a suspected case of food poisoning. Then it was off to Len to call the encore. He chose the group number from performance night. That was the perfect choice. The sheer volume of dancing going on there makes it very re-watchable. Jane's absence left Tony dancing solo for most of the number, but Julianne stepped in to cover Jane's solo spot rather seamlessly. It was just as much fun the second time around and got the show off to a great start.
Tom paused to give a hand to the L.A. County firefighters. Then Barry Manilow came out to perform while Louis and Cheryl danced. I could have gone for a little more dancing on the screen, and a little less Barry. He still sounds great, but there isn't a lot of excitement in his stage performance. For their part, Louis and Cheryl did just what you would expect. It was a fast and polished performance, proving once again just how valuable the pros are to the results shows.
The fans got their say next. Everyone seemed pretty impressed with the group number, although they disagreed over what Mel's score should have been. As with most fans here and around the internet, Jane and Marie seemed to be the consensus for the bottom two. With that, it was time for some results. Mel & Maks were the first couple put through to next week. That wasn't much of a surprise, given the perfect score. Far more surprising, Jane & Tony were the next pair that were safe. And that is the point where things started to get a little crazy.
Tom announced that January is going to bring the premiere of Dance Wars: Bruno vs Carrie Ann, and then we got a look at the audition process. They are looking for singer/dancers for the show. Carrie Ann said they are putting friendships aside and creating two rival teams to go into battle to become America's premiere singing and dancing group. That was followed up by an example of the choreography we'll be seeing on the show. It was a fun, high energy performance with a whole host of styles thrown in. I don't think Dance Wars is going to be able to maintain the DWTS numbers, because the celebrities are a huge draw, but based on that performance, it does look interesting. Bruno promised that the talent on the show will be incredible.
With that out of the way, Barry came back to sing a new version of "Mandy" from his latest album while Jonathan and Anna danced. They slowed things down for the second go round, which was a nice change. While the tempo was lessened, it was a very similar performance in that there was a little too much focus on Barry when we could have been watching Jonathan and Anna in what was a wonderful performance. It's still a great song, and I really enjoy hearing Barry sing it, but I really don't get anything out of watching him.
Tom tossed it to the backstage confessional segment, but this week, the judges were answering questions from the dancers. Len told Marie that he didn't think she could do the show because of her age, but he has taken it back. Bruno answered Sabrina's question about who the competition was harder for, the men or the women, by saying it depends on the dance. Carrie Ann got another question about lifts, and caused eyes to roll everywhere as she went over it all again. Helio asked what he needs to do to get the lead back. Len made a racing analogy and reminded him that it is only important who gets to the finish line first. Cameron asked if the judges take into consideration the training time when they score. Possibly a dig at Mel & Maks? He said no, but added that higher scores come with the polish that practice provides. Carrie Ann told Jennie that with more passion she could earn more tens.
Next came a taped package on how the stars have bonded. It wasn't amazing, but still one of the better taped pieces they have had this season. You really do get a sense watching the cast interact this year that they get along very well. Jennie asked who would think she would become friends with a spice girl and a race car driver. Sabrina was very sweet talking about Jennie. Mel said she loves Helio, but she has trouble with his thick accent. Sabrina let on about a running gag where the other cast members joke about her going home. Jennie said that she feels like she's the most nervous one, and she's probably right.
Back to the results, Helio & Julianne and Marie & Jonathan were put on the spot. Helio & Julianne were safe, as expected. And then Marie was left hanging as we had to wait through a commercial break to get the rest of the results. Cameron & Edyta were in the bottom two. Jennie & Derek were safe. And in a shocking turn of events, Marie & Jonathan were safe, leaving Sabrina & Mark in the bottom two. What the hell?
The judges were shocked. Carrie Ann said that Cameron has had incredible momentum the last few weeks and she would be disappointed to see either of them leave. Len said that there have been some bizarre twists, but this takes the biscuit. He added that Sabrina should be in the finals. Bruno called it madness, adding that Sabrina is the most consistent performer and Cameron is the most improved.
In the end, Sabrina & Mark are going home. I have no idea how that happened. The crowd showered boos throughout the studio. Tom dropped his guard for a moment and told Sabrina that he had her pegged for the finale. You could tell that Sabrina was caught completely off guard, but she handled it well. She said it was an amazing opportunity and that she has grown as a performer on the stage.
Good heavens, I just don't get it. I know, the fan vote is part of the game, but I think this goes down as the most ridiculous elimination in the history of the show. The only positive I can take from this wacky results show is that it was a second week with no Jimmy and Guillermo. Here's hoping that's a trend that continues.
Erin will be back next week for whatever craziness comes next. Until then, check out AOL's extensive Dancing With The Stars coverage, which includes photo galleries, a live chat (Mondays & Tuesdays, 7:30pm ET), and the chance to support your favorite couple by voting in AOL's poll!
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