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'Dancing with the Stars' - 'Performance #5: Results' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:30PM
Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
(S10E11) We're at the halfway point on 'Dancing with the Stars' and I still can't tell much of a difference between Brooke's execution with Samantha Harris'. Her clothing choices are still questionable and only once in this episode did she have any genuine emotion. The show quickly announced that Erin & Maks are safe. Later on in the episode, when several safe couples got interviewed by Brooke, I realized that Erin should take Brooke's job; her sarcasm and quick wit could match Tom's.

Encore - Chad & Cheryl's Argentine Tango - I'm still convinced that Chad stands too long for several bars in the dance while Cheryl does more of the work, but that is the standard in couple dancing. The dance is smoldering and with Chad not flirting with Cheryl as much, it wasn't bad.
Musical Guest - Melissa Etheridge, 'Fearless Love' - I'm happy that the results show has been getting higher caliber performers, but it makes me wonder why Harold Wheeler couldn't hire better performers. To coincide with the idea of fearless, Anna and Chelsie are basically flung around by Maks and a very happy looking Tony. Chelsie has such a carefree nature as she is turned by the professionals. After the score breakdown, Chad & Cheryl are safe.

Musical Guest - Benise, 'Salsa Salsa' - Salsa is what Nicole was actually thinking of and she probably would have fit better with the gyrations of salsa. The performance had the essence of a Latin party. Not surprisingly, Carrie Ann looked like she had the most fun at the judges table, matching white hat and all. I was a bit surprised that the only live performer was Benise; the over-dubbed trumpet confused me.

Sport Science - We get to see a lot of unnecessary, but very pretty, graphics of skeletons and mannequins. Watching Dmitry and Edyta dancing, it doesn't matter, they are smoldering and precise. The people of Sport Science didn't have to convince me that dance was heavily athletic. If that wasn't true, shows like 'Dance Your Ass Off' wouldn't have existed or Kelly Osbourne's amazing weight loss last season wouldn't have happened.

Musical Guest - Melissa Etheridge, 'Come to My Window' - Melissa Etheridge is still amazing after all her trials and tribulations and I have to admit that she's maintained that strong voice. The long hair is great on her and marks a return. After the Sport Science analysis, Edyta and Alec give a very sexy performance. The eliminations continue and Nicole & Derek are safe. Jake & Chelsie is still in limbo. Somehow Tom's teasing is easier to deal with than Ryan Seacrest.

The competitors continue to talk about how hard the competition is, now that they've made it to the halfway point. Pam & Damian are safe. We get another score breakdown where we watch Jake trip and look awkward shaking, Evan looking like a contemporary dancer, and Niecy hitting Louis in the crotch. With Evan & Anna safe, the bottom two are Jake & Chelsie and Niecy & Louis. Len comments about Niecy's bubbly personality and Jake's willingness to win. He suggests polishing the routines for whomever returns. Jake & Chelsie are eliminated. Jake gets as as emotional as Kate and thanks everyone. Brooke is equally as choked up, probably the first time I saw actual emotion from her.

I am happy to see that the Free Tony voters must have banded together to free Chelsie. Jake was on limited time when he showed his passive-aggressive nature to Chelsie and it was on video. Also his choice of costumes for Chelsie was atrocious and that in itself deserved elimination.

Next week, Pam has the Samba, Chad has the Viennese Waltz, and the rest will have an unperformed dance from the previous weeks. There is also the Team Challenge; this season it's the Cha-Cha.

How did you find the eliminations and performances? Leave comments below.

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joannejap1

Unfortunately on Dancing with the Stars, I think Derek and his partner is going to win, however, I do not think that they should have had two professionals dance together. It is not fair to the other couples.

May 25 2010 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Why do people still say "Erin has no dance experience"? It's all a huge lie that they continue to perpetuate. The girl was a College Dance Team (Cheerleader) Member for her entire 4 year career at Florida. She's had PLENTY of dancing and performance experience. It's a joke that they continue to act as if she's never danced before. HER SISTER IS A PROFESSIONAL DANCER, and you're telling me that she's never had any experience? Really?

April 28 2010 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathleen

Michael Pascua - please. You are not the best judge of anything. Your reveiws are boring and completely off the mark. What happened to the other guy? He was much better. I think you are too yong and inexperienced to be writing these reviews

April 28 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Preston

I think that when Jake stumbled on that step during Monday's dance, that ended it for him and his partner on the show. In the future, I hope that ABC doesn't try to get someone on The Bachelor to immediately go on Dancing with the Stars. They were expecting this success factor of someone succeeding on both Monday- 8pm run shows from January to May and it backfired this year. Plus, Jake is too much of a Texas guy and he still talks aviation talk given that he's a pilot--he'd rather live in Dallas instead of L.A. He just didn't feel comfortable with the Hollywood lifestyle--he looks like he'd rather be with his fiance and head back to Dallas instead. I thought his Twitter pages were fun to read anyway.

April 28 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

Right on, Michael P., I thought the same thin last night about Brooke. Yes, she is better than Samantha, but, I am not liking her as a host. It also seems she doesn't want Derek to go far with Nicole. Ego's are always involved.

April 28 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

Not sure what show the reviewer is watching but Brooke has been a great addition to the show this year. Samantha was so annoying with that fake smile etc. At least when Brooke asks a question she actually listens and cares about the answer. Samantha just asked questions to hear her own voice and had no interest in what the answer was. With regards to the dancing the next few eliminations really make no difference. Neicy, Pam and Chad will go in whatever order. The rest will fight it out for the win.

April 28 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

Maybe I find it a bit annoying, but Brooke looks like she wants to keep the ball rolling, but doesn't know when to cut off an interview so there's always this "well, uh okay, vote for so and so..." Just because she is able to connect with the contestants since she herself was a contestant doesn't mean she uses the experience well. She tends to be closer (naturally) to Derek, but is awkward with everyone else.

Brooke/Samantha/Lisa Canning were all fed their questions to ask, or at least given a generality to work with. Lisa had poor microphone skills, Samantha was a potato sack with a dress, and Brook still emits an odd nervousness which is odd because she was very good hosting 'Rock Star: INXS.'

April 28 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

Yippeee! I am glad to see Jake go home! He was unlikeable and smug, and somehow, thought he was better than he was. Hmn?

I like Niecy over Pamela because Niecy's tango actually had good footwork. Pamela smirks and preens and thrusts out her chest but dance? Not so much.
I am still rooting for Evan- he is humble and works hard.

April 28 2010 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Pascua

I'm not sure if Niecy is actually gaining weight, but clearly she has maintained a very similar diet to pre-DWTS. She probably continues to eat high carb food (burgers, cookies) and the dancing doesn't compensate for enough calorie burn.

Niecy said she didn't want to lose any of her "jiggly parts" so unlike people like Kelly Osbourne or Marie Osmond, I assume she didn't change her diet and probably didn't do as much cross-training.

April 28 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marlene

Why does Tom have to carry that goofy card in his hands? It is distracting and he uses it for nothing...

April 28 2010 at 8:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chester

How is it everyone talks about losing weight on this show and Nash looks likes she is gaining?

April 28 2010 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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