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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 11, Episode 5 Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 5th 2010 6:50AM
Margaret celebrates pride.['Dancing With the Stars' - 'Story Night']

'Dancing With the Stars' attempted to add a storyline to the dances this week, but only half of the stories were believable. The band was having an off night. The vocalist mumbled some of the lyrics in Florence & Corky's waltz, there were sour piano keys at the end of Audrina & Tony's waltz, and the screeching vocals during Bristol & Mark's foxtrot were off-putting. They were some of the reasons why the storylines didn't work.

Pro Performance - Tom never actually explained that the dancers were doing a demonstration of the Foxtrot, Waltz and Samba. Several guest pros joined Jonathan, Kym and Dmitry. While there was a minor wardrobe reveal that previewed the samba dresses, it didn't hinder the performance.

Jennifer & Derek - Samba - Jennifer and Derek created an interesting student/teacher storyline. I liked that their storyline didn't take up all the beginning and ran through the whole dance. The beginning had a frantic quality that Jennifer's face couldn't hide, she knew there was something off and they never recovered. I thought Derek's jump was unnecessary and a waste of time. The samba roll was slipped in near the end, but only done once. It didn't make or break the performance, but it wasn't amazing either.

Len loved how the couple ran the story through the dance; part of the dance was wobbly. Bruno called her a cougar, but pointed out how she got tangled. Carrie Ann thought they were out of sync. Score: 24 (8,8,8).

Florence & Corky - Waltz - The couple decided to go with the obvious storyline from 'The Sound of Music' when they received 'Edelweiss.' The choreography was quite slow and pretty easy to learn. Florence had some trouble with her skirt whenever she needed to grab it. They ended with a very strong spin and it was nice to see some difficulty near the end of the performance when Florence was tired.

Bruno thought it was simple but effective. Carrie Ann loved how she danced with her heart, but Florence needed to push her boundaries. Len thought it was sweet, but she had no technique. Score: 20 (7,6,7).

Kurt & Anna - Foxtrot - The concept was trying to turn a bad day into a good one. The best part of the package was watching a 6'2'' former football player sit on a small chair and have a tea party with his daughters. The fake rain was really disappointing, but we liked the performance after Anna had intense speed in all her spins. She was so graceful that you could forget that Kurt was the focus of the dance. The little run the couple had near the end was awkward as Kurt shuffled along.

Carrie Ann saw great charm. Len thought Kurt's arm work was lacking, but everything else was fine. Bruno loved the story, but Kurt's arms were frying pans. Score: 23 (8,8,7).

Margaret & Louis - Samba - Margaret started her tour during the week and had to fit in practices in several cities in Canada. As the couple danced, Margaret was having fun during the whole performance even though she was slippery at points and then was dragged around during the rest of the performance. I was shocked by how her legs wrapped around Louis's and it showed there was some technique learned.

Len thought it started strong but she lost her timing. Bruno appreciated the pride, but her dancing was poor. Carrie Ann loved the whole story, but she went over the top. Score: 18 (6,6,6).

Audrina & Tony
- Waltz - Audrina was worried that she wouldn't unleash her emotions (let's face it: Her acting in 'Sorority Row' was rubbish). I loved the story from the beginning and Audrina glided across the dance floor with an ease and grace. I still thought her face was a blank canvas. I lost the moment when the pianist couldn't hit the right keys.

Bruno was compelled by the story. Carrie Ann thought it was beautiful, but she needed to point her toes. Len was touched by the dance. Score: 26 (8,9,9).

Bristol & Mark - Foxtrot - I'm impressed by Mark's hip-hop in the beginning, but the set-up of the whole homeless guy took up a lot of time and they wasted even more with the whole arm up sequence. The song was too fast for the foxtrot that they were trying to do, so it looked like a wedding where couples would dance the same slow dance to every song that played. The final arm release didn't work because Bristol still looked confused.

Carrie Ann loved the movement, but the story didn't work for her. Len thought the dance was too contemporary. Bruno thought the execution was good, but he needed more acting. Score: 19 (6,6,7).

Brandy & Maksim - Samba - Brandy brought duct tape for her to listen to Maks's teaching. The couple decided to use 'The Bodyguard' for their story. Maks tried out his teaching skills, which seemed to consisted of him spanking Brandy. The opening was similar to their reference, but watching Brandy lip-sync was odd. Brandy listened to Maks this week because she got the choreography down, but I didn't get any more of the story past the beginning. I hated the ending where they walked off the stage.

Len loved the energy and rhythm, but he didn't get the introductory package. Bruno saw potential, her placement improved from last week. Carrie Ann attempted to spank Maks, but thought the dance was strong. Score: 24 (8,8,8).

Kyle & Lacey
- Waltz - Shame on Lacey for not knowing who The Eagles are! Kyle's challenge was finding softness, and he was actually pretty good. He was gentle by the chair and he showed restraint in his performance. His shoulders weren't as bad as previous weeks. From a costume standpoint, I'm disappointed that Lacey was wearing pants, but she danced well. I wished she had a spin where she could have held on to her skirt.

Bruno loved the expressiveness. Carrie Ann was like a schoolgirl, but loved his arm movements. Len thought his footwork stayed the same and was still atrocious. Score: 23(8,7,8)

The Situation & Karina - Foxtrot - Karina wanted to make a 2.0 version of The Situation. My only gripe of the story was that Karina mysteriously walked into the time machine as well: Did that mean she was Karina 2.0? The Sitch's steps were really wide and their dancing didn't fit the tone of the song. He looked like he was counting and looked down several times, but continued to put in as much effort as he could.

Carrie Ann thought he made baby steps to progression. Len admired his passion, but the performance was bizarre. Bruno thought the performance was entertaining. Score: 20 (7,6,7).

Rick & Cheryl - Samba - Cheryl created a very easy story about a basketball loser finding a hooker. In the package, Rick complained that Cheryl was simplifying steps, but she explained that she has to see the steps while he was dancing to adjust them to his height. While the song was used before (Cody & Julianne's samba) this dance was definitely more fluid than Cody could ever have been. While Rick tried to use his abs as a selling point, I wasn't impressed at all: His height still seems detrimental.

Len thought his quality level improved. Bruno wanted more heat. Carrie Ann thought it was really sexy. Score: 24 (8,8,8).

Final Scores

Audrina & Tony - 26
Jennifer & Derek - 24
Brandy & Maksim - 24
Rick & Cheryl - 24

Kurt & Anna - 23
Kyle & Lacey - 23

Florence & Corky - 20
The Situation & Karina - 20
Bristol & Mark - 19
Margaret & Louis - 18

I can see Margaret still being safe because of her gay fan base. She managed to refer to a relevant news story and could possibly use that as leverage to keep her safe for a week. I just want to see what Margaret can get Louis to wear next week.

Both Bristol and the Situation should also have strong-enough fan bases to keep them going. I see the actual bottom two as Florence & Corky and The Situation & Katrina, with Florence & Corky getting the surprise boot. Who do you think should be eliminated? Leave comments below.

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mon., 8PM ET on ABC. Results show airs Tues., 9PM ET on ABC.

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microdog

Bristol needs a TALLER partner. She seems to be getting used to all the close contact, she needs more time----like Kelli Osborne.

October 05 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Creid

The story line and dance were too subtle for Bristol who is already shy. Everything needs to be exagerated to bring her out as a performer.

October 05 2010 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Navas

I would have to say Margaret's time is up. There is one thing that bothered me about Audrena and Tony's performance however. The ballroom was very dimly lit,and the smoke made it difficult to see what the dancers were doing. I think the story line brought out everyones patriotism, and loaned it self to higher scores. Perhaps the judges were compairing this seasons waltz with Tony to last seasons If that's a fact, then Audrena must have come across like Anna Pavlova. GO TEAM JENOUGH.

October 05 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Creid

Having trained many a dancer/gymnast it looked to me as though Florence got caught up in the "feel" and emotion of the dance near the beginning and lost her concentration. When she tried to get back in focus, she messed up a couple of more times. You have to concentrate on every move.

October 05 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Janet

I would like for Bristol to stay a while longer but I'm afraid it's not going to happen until you gets rid of the ol' woman clothes. They portray a virginal "Goody, Miss Two Shoes" which we all know she ain't. The first week was the best. She's got gorgeous legs and should play that up. She should go for more sex appeal and show the ex up.

October 05 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

Bristol needs to go

October 05 2010 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

Margaret Cho must go home! She looked like a buffalo last night and has no grace whatsoever. The Situation has ruined Boom Boom Pow for me forever. What a joke. And, he thinks he has musicality?
Florence Henderson loooked liked Corky was driving Miss Daisy- yes, she's old but her performance would be nice at a Senior Center.
I thought Mark Ballas' choreography was basic and uninspiring, too. Yikes.

October 05 2010 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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