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

Who are you rooting for on the show? Sound off in the comments below!

Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Week 5 Live Performance Recap 10/17/11 was last modified: October 17th, 2011 by Megan Lindsey
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  • Jenastrup

    Someone at ABC ought to give Brooke a couple of pointers as to how to speak as a presenter…….her nasal droning, whining voice in that monotone is driving us all crazy……get her to change her delivery or replace her….

    • Trucking

      I totally agree with Jenastrup.  Brooke needs to go. She is NOT a good announcer.  She acts like she is SCARED TO DEATH WITH HER PHONY SMILE.  She needs to be replaced.  She is not good at what she does!!!

    • Renee

      I also agree.  Also, whoever dresses her needs to get a new career.  Her dresses are always SKIN tight and though she’s small, she still has a bit of pooch in the middle and it shows through those painted on outfits.  She is annoying and is constantly throwing in comments about when she was a contestant.  I didn’t like her as a contestant and I don’t like her now.  As far as the contestants, I’m rooting for J.R.  That guy has the moves, naturally, I love his attitude, he’s cooperative, disciplined and one of the few contestants they’ve ever had that they don’t have to BLEEP out when taping the practice sessions.  He is true class.

      • Trucking

        J.R. is a decent ALL AMERICAN with respect for himself and others.  He represents us all well. He is truly the BEST dancer in the contest. He learns his dance routines like they were intended.  He is a very humble and genuine person. He is a class act!!  Wish more people were like J. R.

      • Trucking

        Brooke is NOT at ease being an announcer. She makes me nervous just watching her. She stumbles and stutters with each interview trying to come up with something to say about each contestant.  She has such a PHONY smile and look.  Her dresses are entirely too tight. She is not a classy person and certainly is not a good announcer. She needs to be replaced.

  • Guesy

    Ahh, the dancers! Well, if this were truly a ballroom dancing contest, we know who would have been long gone. The scoring system needs revising so that dancing is the basis of the scores.

  • Carolae11

    Just a suggestion……leave out the 2-3 mins. showing of practice.  I think I’ll tape it so I can fast forward through it myself.  

  • granny1

    Wish the judges would actually judge instead of combating for face time. Instead of coming up with nasty comments & comparisons, give the contestants real feedback on their dancing skills. It’s disgraceful how they drool over some of the dancers & hatefully rude to others. Although, it’s enjoying to watch all the dancers, there’s only 3 or 4 actually doing any real dancing. Listening to the announcers keep saying how last week’s decision was a surprise, is getting old. People aren’t voting on just dancing skills, but attitudes as well. So, whoever leaves week after week, is not truly a surprise. Total package.

    Go Nancy & Tristan, J.R & Karina, David & Kym, Chaz & Lacey, Ricki & Derek, and Carson & Anna. 

  • Lorraine B

    I agree Brooke needs to go.I’ll almost bet she picks out the dresses she wears, no ward robe person is going to put her in the dresses she wears.I enjoy watching all the dancers but my favorite is J. R., the guy can dance.