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Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Week 5 Live Performance Recap 10/17/11

Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Week 5 Live Performance Recap 10/17/11

It’s week five of Dancing With The Stars, and we’ve seen the eliminations of Ron Artest, Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari and Chynna Phillips. So who’s going to go home next? Stay tuned, we’re covering the show LIVE!

Tonight’s musical guest is The Bangles. They’re singing a medley of Eternal Flame and Walk Like An Egyptian. It’s 80’s week!

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are up first, doing the Tango to Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi. I’m not sure that I’m sold on this performance, but Maks looks good. It’s awkward with them trying to avoid dancing on her cape.

Len said the Tango is about action and reaction. He said there was no sprint in her. He didn’t know how Maks controlled her and she was too loose. Bruno said she got the “80’s super bitch” down to a T. Carrie Ann said she was strong and in character, but Len is right. She attacked it so hard that her lines were awkward. She has to learn that less is more. Scores: 8+8+8 = Total: 24/30

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya are up next, doing the Jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! It’s a bit disconnected and he seems to be looking to her for direction. It looked like they had fun, though.

Bruno said that was loopier than Looney Tunes. He said it was a crowning achievement in madness. Carrie Ann said Richard Simmons was envying his outfit. Everyone was smiling and she didn’t see the technique anywhere and he was out of sync. Len said he likes Carson, if he was judging with his heart, Carson would be back next week, but that wasn’t good enough. Carson said to let America decide. Scores: 6+6+7 = Total: 19/30

Dancing third is Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus doing the Rumba to True by Spandau Ballet. Poor Tristan is really trying hard to make Nancy look sexy and good, but it’s failing miserably. I love this song, though.

Carrie Ann said that it was nice and appropriate, but she wants to see real passion when she’s dancing. She doesn’t feel a connection to the dance. It was a little on the drab side. She wants to see more and Nancy is consistent. Len said that he thought it was simple, yet effective. There was an ease and an elegance that he liked. Overall, he thought she did a good job. Bruno called her a southern belle and she pitched it exactly right tonight. It was sexy, but not slutty. For him, it was her best performance. Scores: 7+7+8 = Total: 22/30

Up next is J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff doing the Samba to Conga by Gloria Estefan. They did a fantastic job and looked like they were having a good time. Len said way to go Jose. He said he didn’t think he would come out and perform anything like that. Bruno said, “Talk about hip action!” He said he had so much fire down below that it was like a volcano. Carrie Ann said, “Muy caliente” and she wants more of that because it was amazing. Scores: 9+9+10 = Total: 28/30

Dancing next is Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke doing the Rumba to Lionel Richie’s song, Hello. It’s a sensual and soft dance, but he appears to be going too quickly at times. Bruno said, “We start to see Rob the heartthrob” and he wasn’t hiding behind her. Sometimes soft and gentle when necessary. Carrie Ann said she saw potential in him and every week he makes progress. She said he was in control of the woman and how sexy is that? Len said this dance is hard for guys, because you have to be masculine and he pulled it off. He said Rob looked good and he took command in that dance. Scores: 9+8+8 = Total: 25/30

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer are up next, doing the Samba to Kool & The Gang’s song, Get Down On It. This dance is a trainwreck, as usual, but perhaps fans will vote because they want Cher to come back. It’s heinous and truly awful. Carrie Ann said it was the most dancing she saw him do during the competition. Len called it a gallant effort and he came out and really gave it a go. Bruno said he was giving the wiggle, which is hard to do. He said that J.R. was a tough act to follow, but he did very well. Scores: 7+7+7 = 21/30

David Arquette and Kym Johnson are up next, doing the Tango to Tainted Love by Soft Cell. What a great performance, I loved it! Nice. Len said he’s the old fuddy duddy, but it had a great eighties feel and the choreography was great. He said David has to show up or shut up and David showed up and it was fantastic. Bruno said it was a Tango with a rebel yell. He said that’s the way to go. Carrie Ann said he’s improving tremendously over the weeks. What he needs to work on is musicality and he’s coming up to be a contender. Scores: 8+9+8 = Total: 25/30

Dancing last are Ricki Lake and Derek Hough doing the Foxtrot to Easy Lover by Phil Collins. It was a great and fun dance, I loved it! Ricki said she looks ridiculous. Ha.

Bruno said that she did it wrong, when she did her hold, she did it well. He said you can’t be a genius every week. Carrie Ann said that she loves how amazingly they work as a team. When they came together, in a hold, it was excellent. Len said no one likes funk like he does, but there was no contact in the holds. He said it wasn’t their best dance, but it wasn’t their worst. Scores: 8+8+8 = Total: 24/30

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