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Recap: Dancing with the Stars - Performance 5

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 20th 2009 1:05AM
Mya and Dmitry react to the judges(S09E10) After reading news about Derek Hough getting sick, we start Dancing with the Stars with Joanna walking down the stairs with Maksim Chmerkovskiy in hand. Turns out that flu-like symptoms hit Mark, as well, but he recovered quickly enough.

It's a night of passion and hi-jinks with the Argentine Tango, Paso Doble, and the Hustle. I was disappointed with the order. The last five solos consisted of four Argentine Tangos and one Paso Doble.

I don't often like complaining about Samantha Harris but I really have to suggest that she goes back to classic straight hair and tasteful dress. She's no Cat Deeley.

Natalie & Alec - Paso Doble - Natalie is more excited about using her power and aggression, but she's worried about nuances. Although I dislike the use of "American Woman," I think that Natalie was strong. She was holding her breath. The technique was sharp, but I'm tired of the fact that she uses the back-kick move in every dance.

Len thinks that her dancing is clean, but he finds a pattern: she's lacking character in her dances. Bruno agrees, there isn't enough conviction and artistry. Carrie Ann understands that Natalie can learn, but she needs flow. She deducts a point for a questionable lift (near the end sequence which I didn't see) Score: 22 (7,8,7).

Aaron & Karina - Argentine Tango - Karina reminds Aaron that the Argentine Tango is about sexuality with sophistication. I disliked the military jacket Aaron wore in interviews. There was tension in Aaron's legs. I didn't believe the face that he held the whole dance, but he kept the same emotion throughout. I think Karina's half was amazing and it covered up any of Aaron's flaws.

Bruno thought that he was magnetic and in character. He compares it to Twilight. Carrie Ann gives Aaron a kiss and calls it excellent. Len thought that he was previously a lost boy without a father, but he found him (Len) this week. Score: 24 (8,8,8).

Michael & Anna - Paso Doble - Anna compares the posture of the Paso with holding a coin between Michael's butt cheeks, so he shoves a nickel in. I like Anna's brunette hair. The two had an easier time translating their song than Natalie. I still saw a little bit of pedestrian walking to place, but the slides and the arched back were strong.

Carrie Ann thought it was her favorite dance so far. It had all the elements. Len liked the posture and expression and thought this was better than last week. Bruno thinks that he should have a nickel in his ass more often. He gives the coin to Bruno. Score: 21 (7,7,7).

Mya & Dmitry - Argentine Tango - Dmitry is happy that lifts are allowed; unfortunately, Mya keeps kicking him in the crotch. The two take some time off and help with Habitat for Humanity and build a house. I liked the storyline and all the work that they did on the stage section. I didn't think the lifts dominated the dance either.

Len thought that the stage work was acceptable in Argentine Tango. He liked tonight's performance. Bruno liked the intricacy and sophistication; he suggests Mya work on her connection. Carrie Ann loves the movements, but she lacked emotional connection. They need inner dialogue. Score: 27 (9,9,9).

Mark & Lacey - Paso Doble - Lacey hopes that Mark would have aggression but he's more passive than she expected. Lacey decides to give him a solo to boost his confidence. Mark starts the dance with the solo and it isn't near as long as I expected. Unfortunately, the camera cuts away to Lacey. Two fire up the dance floor. The two show a lot of passion and sharp movements.

Bruno thought that his devilish moves were great. Carrie Ann sees power and not force. She also appreciates the Flamenco moves that the camera cut away from. Len thought that he had the posture, passion, and performance required for the Paso Doble. Score: 26 (9,9,8).

Donny & Kym - Argentine Tango - The two start practicing right after eliminations because of Donny and Marie's Vegas show. He's stressed out but Kym makes sure both his dances work well. Donny has the charisma to handle the character, but I do think that Kym was adding as much of her own flare as he stood there. The finale kick sequence was repetitive but strong.

Carrie Ann fell in love with Donny's transformation. Len loved the intensity of the dance and thinks it was his best. Bruno thought that Donny has channeled the darkness. Donny quickly retorts that Bruno took him there. Score: 29 (10,9,10).

Louie & Chelsie - Argentine Tango - Chelsie wants to see the same focus of snowboarding into his dance and he channels his inner macho man. The two get a faster song but the passion remained. He shows strength with their lifts, and I was happy to see improvement in his steps from walking to place last week.

Len was pleasantly surprised about how he got the emotion and it was his best performance. Bruno loved the storyline, but he still is stepping through paces. Carrie Ann thought it was a little pedestrian, but their partnering skills were great. Score: 22 (7,8,7).

Melissa & Mark - Argentine Tango - Mark got sick and wore a mask for practices. Anna Trebunskaya comes in to help teach while Mark recovered and provided womanly advice. I was annoyed by Mark's chaps/legwarmers, but it helped display their sharp movements. Staying in hold was smart as Mark held Melissa from mistakes and led her through the performance. At the end Melissa got caught on Mark, but it was quickly remedied.

Bruno thought that she lost her stepping and he didn't believe her character. Carrie Ann disagrees. She thought the character was strong. There were a few stumbles, but she did good. Len thought that there wasn't enough seduction, but the couple kept up with the difficult choreography. Score: 23 (8,8,7).

Kelly & Louis - Paso Doble - Louis tries to explain that Kelly will be the cape and she's confused. Their song is "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne and she hopes she can do her father proud. There are some nervous parts, but when the two get into hold, Kelly's strong. The intensity of the song made up for any of the deficiencies in her arms. Ozzy stands and applauds his daughter.

Carrie Ann thought that she needs to stick to her intensity. Len thought that there was authority in her dance. She needs to work on sharpening her character. Bruno thought she did a very difficult routine and she needs to stay sharp throughout the whole dance. Score: 24 (8,8,8).

Joanna & Maks - Argentine Tango - Derek was out of energy Wednesday. The next day Joanna found out that Derek had a 104 degree flu. Maks came to teach her while Derek recovered on a couch . Maks is surprised how well Joanna picks up choreography. It's nice to see when Maks gets a contestant who can keep up. There is passion and sensuality during the movements. Maks looked like he tripped, but since the two kept going, I shrugged it off. The camera angle only showed Maks' face.

Bruno saw the stumble, but he loved the performance before it happened. Len thought that getting a new partner was hard to deal with and Joanna did well. Carrie Ann liked that there was chemistry, she suggests working on her flexibility. Score: 24 (8,8,8).

Group Hustle - Corky Ballas taught the contestants the Disco Hustle. Everyone is excited for group interaction. Louie is the slowest learner. The group starts working on their solos and they pull out the crash mat for practice. Everyone tries their best to lift their partners, while Aaron and Louie have a flip battle. Louie wins.

The couples go down the stairs and say hello to America. They create a soul train and go down couple by couple. As each of the couples comes down I was surprised who took the dance seriously and who just had fun. I was impressed by all the lifts and how the guys with wigs managed not to drop them. My favorite lift was Mya's but I appreciated that Joanna did the trick where she slammed her hand in the practice. She didn't get it completely right, but it was admirable.

Bruno thought it was sublime and ridiculous. He loved the wigs. Carrie Ann laughed and didn't say anything important. Len thought Mark, Aaron, and Donny did well. He loved Michael's lift, as well.

Final Scores

High
Donny & Kym - 29
Mya & Dmitry - 27
Mark & Lacey - 26

Middle
Aaron & Karina - 24
Kelly & Louis - 24
Joanna & Maks - 24

Low
Melissa & Mark -23
Louie & Chelsie - 22
Natalie & Alec - 22
Michael & Anna - 21

Who is going home? I would have said Michael, but was his hustle enough to keep him around? Seeing Melissa in the lower half scares me, but last week should be enough to keep her safe. Seeing how Louie survived last week, he'll probably survive this week because of his above average performance and Chelsie's following. I'm hoping the bottom two are Michael and Aaron and Aaron's finally sent home.

Tomorrow a Michael Jackson tribute and Norah Jones perform. Who do you think will be getting the axe? Leave your comments below. Remember to catch the full episodes of DWTS on SlashControl.

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Debbie

I do agree with jaggok about the scoring, Donny - 10's,
are you kidding me? Is there a beef between Dmitry & the judges as you mentioned previously? I thought their Argentine Tango should have been no less than 30!
And, yes, it is nice to see Maks with a partner he enjoys.
He had no patience whatsoever for Debbie or poor Denise last year.

October 20 2009 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

Firstly to answer all these questions about the clapping. It is so obviously canned noise and not real audience clapping I am sure ABC just does it to keep everyone thinking the crowd is really enthusiastic. I hate to keep going over the same thing but obviously ABC and the judges want Kelly to be in this for a while. She continuosly gets one of the last spots to dance when the scoring is a little higher. They keep focusing on Ozzie or Sharon whoever decides to be there. And they continuously ignore all of the mistakes she makes along with the fact that she cannot dance. I hope next week she is first to dance and it is obvious that she is one of the weakest dancers left. Just like most of these so called reality shows they can certainly sway the voters in whatever direction they want just look at Idol and SYTYCD.

October 20 2009 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Why do they have the audience constantly clapping? When Tom Bergeron is talking, it's hard to hear what he is saying over the audience's clapping.

October 20 2009 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

Seeing how the end credits rolled with Aaron trying to hype the crowd, the upper risers must consist of uber-fans. I know that the crowds applaud on cue, but I have a feeling some of these people don't know when to stop.

I have a feeling that the sub-par celebrities that are sitting in the audience want to applaud loud to make sure that they may get a shot on this show (Florence Henderson), but they won't be on it.

October 20 2009 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

Maybe its because I don't like Donny Osmond but I thought Mya and Dmitry and Mark and Lacey were much better than Donny and Kim and should have received better scores.

October 20 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

Carrie Ann deducts a point for a questionable lift from Natalie and Alec

Yet a couple of weeks ago, Mya & Dmitry did a lift, but Carrie Ann said she was so caught up in the dance she let it slide. Two-face much.

October 20 2009 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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