Week five on Dancing with the Starswas Latin Week. The contestants stepped up their game this week. Some teams hit it out of the park, while others fall flat.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are up first, dancing the samba. Jaleel’s abs alone deserve some sort of trophy. Len is overjoyed at their rhythm. Up next is Melissa Gilbert and Maks doing the salsa. It’s still not clear exactly how severe Melissa’s injuries were last week. During their dance, they’re doing several moves that look rough on her head and neck. Maks hints that the injuries were exaggerated last week. To me, Melissa seems as awkward as Jack Wagner was on the dance floor. Bruno tells her to go with it, but reminds her again that she needs to show more control. Carrie Ann gives her credit for her increased confidence from week one. The judges give them a 21.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough bring the heat again this week with their salsa. In rehearsal, Maria face plants during a move where she’s coming through Derek’s legs. She freezes there and is upset because she’s expecting that she’s a bloody mess, but there’s nary a scratch on her. After their dance, Carrie Ann declares that their kiss was too much. It should be about what you don’t show. And Len isn’t impressed with Derek taking his shirt off. It felt forced.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas dance a hot Argentine tango. Len says it had beauty and it was bittersweet. Bruno loved the choreography. They award them the highest score of the night so far: a 29.
Karina Smirnoff and Gavin DeGraw pick the samba. Len dubs it a ‘Shamba’. Ouch. They’re given the lowest score of the night: 19. Unless the voters light up the phone lines, I think these two are doomed tomorrow night.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke do the tango and it’s hot and perfect. Carrie Ann needs a bucket of ice after their dance, calling William the Latin dancing James Bond. They tie Katherine and Mark’s score of 29.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus do a sweet samba and the judges praise her stage presence.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower knock it out of the park, as do Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd with their Argentine tango. Donald says he analyzes each dance like a football play. Len praises them for their lifts and Bruno gushes about the sexy build up of their dance.
Friday night marked the kickoff of the new Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas show at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The show will run for 12 weeks and will feature current and past pro dancers, former celebrity contestants and anyone else loosely related to the show and in need of a paycheck/publicity.
We’re given the update that Melissa Gilbert was whisked off to the hospital right after she left the dance floor last night. She’s doing well, resting up at home. She should be able to continue on with the rest of the competition if she gets proper rest.
After some recaps and an encore performance of Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s “Purple Haze”, a few of the safe couples are announced.
All of the ‘pros’ share that this season has been one of the toughest they’ve experienced because the ‘stars’ are all so good and the competition is fierce.
A few more safe couples are announced and we watch two more performances and FINALLY we get to the elimination! When it was all said and done (after a LONG dramatic pause), we bid farewell to Sherri Shepherd and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy.
Sherri was in tears and devastated, but took it much better than I thought she would. “I just want to say thank you for letting me live a dream that I’ve always had.” And she gave some words of wisdom, telling people to go and tackle the thing that scares them the most.
The Dancing with the Stars contestants got their rock ‘n roll on tonight. It was a sea of black satin, big hair, and lame fauxhawks. And no season of DWTS is ever complete without at least a half a dozen injuries or so. Oh, and pretend “groupies” gyrating on the judges table.
Brooke Burke really got into the spirit of the night with some huge ’80′s hair that would make Dee Snider jealous.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus tried their hardest to dance to a difficult song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which the judges gave them credit for attempting, but they weren’t impressed. Carrie Ann didn’t think it came together well and their posture wasn’t strong enough. I gave them an extra point for Gladys’ costume!
Cheryl Burke and William Levy received stern words about their goofs, which included a fumble or two that threw off their rhythm and caused them to go on too long. Carrie Ann told them they needed to stay focused.
Chelsea Hightower and Roshon Fegan gave it their all and the judges were thrilled. Carrie Ann gushed that she thinks Roshon is the best dancer among this season’s men.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced an incredible tango to “School’s Out”, despite Maria’s foot injury. Maria was a trooper and never let us see how much pain she is in, but all Len could muster for her was a “just pretty good”. Carrie Ann was blown away by their chemistry. Derek did his best to get a few sympathy votes by carrying Maria upstairs for their score reveal.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff drew criticism for the form/posture, dancing to ‘Paint it Black’.
The top scorers of the evening, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd kicked up the heat in a paso doble to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. The judges were blown away, with Carrie Ann Inaba dubbing it “psychedelic, bizarre, sexy, raunchy, hot. One of the most memorable moments.”
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy disappeared after their performance because Melissa needed to be seen for an injury and it couldn’t wait. From updates shared this morning, Melissa was suffering from whiplash and a concussion.
I don’t know about you, but this season is just a little ho-hum for me. It needs a shake up. Get some Housewives on there. An entire contestant lineup of just Housewives.
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The ambassador of abstinence is back and heading to a television near you…maybe. Bristol Palin has landed another reality show and will get a chance to play house with her boyfriend.
Right after her stint on ‘Dancing with the Stars‘, the daughter of Sarah Palin taped a reality show with brothers Kyle Massey and Chris Massey, but after a little bit of press, we never heard another word about it. Not that we’re complaining. Honest.
It seems Bristol moved back to Alaska and bought a house across the lake from mama Grizzly and she’s been working to fix it up. Naturally, Bristol smelled a reality show pitch in there and is now dragging her boyfriend of a year, pipeline worker Gino Paoletti, along for the ride. The two are going to film the adventure of moving in together when the house is finished this summer and give their relationship a “trial marriage“.
“Bristol and Gino are crazy about each other. They’ve talked about getting married, but they think it’s a good idea to live together before making it official.”
In my part of the world, that’s just called moving in with your boyfriend. But I guess it sounds more respectable to call it a “trial marriage”?!
The new show is called ‘Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp”.
No word on whether Levi Johnston will be making any appearances on the new show. He’s in the news this week for knocking up another Alaskan woman, though. And making claims that the Palins are blocking him from seeing Tripp. Mama Palin lashed back at him, calling him a liar and saying that they haven’t heard a word from him since the summer of 2010. So, it makes sense why all of them are back in the news airing their dirty laundry…Bristol has a show to promote.
It sounds like Sarah Vs. Levi would be a lot more fun to watch. But that’s just me.
Jack Wagner and his partnerAnna Trebunskaya were sent on their way, despite a touching story about Jack reuniting with the daughter he never knew he had. The sweet story didn’t cover up the fact that their performance wasn’t one of the best of the night. Jack put in a good effort, but he seemed a little stiff and awkward and viewers agreed.
Jack took the news the best he could. “I just had a great time. It was fun to test myself and thanks to the judges. Good luck to everybody else, all the contestants.” “It’s been such a great ride. I love Anna. I’m so grateful for her.”
Next week is rock week and we hope the couples pull out all the stops and hopefully some of those low scoring duos will bring their A-game!
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It seems Urkel has a bit of a temper. According to reports, Jaleel White blew up at his dance partner,Kym Johnson, during Friday’s rehearsal, and things got so heated that other Dancing with the Stars contestants and producers needed to step in.
Jaleel became agitated after he stepped on Kym’s foot and she cried out “ouch”. He got in her face and told her to “stop acting like a baby” and at one point called her an “idiot”. Kym stepped outside while Donald Driver tried to calm Jaleel down. Jaleel claims that producers paired him with “a stupid partner”. When Mark Ballas approached Jaleel, he reportedly spat at him “You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone’s business!”
The source says that producers had to break things up and attempt to cool everyone down. Rumor has it that Jaleel has been refusing to step foot back in the rehearsal studio, and that he’s demanding his own space somewhere else.
Jaleel fired back this morning, saying that the reports have been “greatly exaggerated”. “We go to work every day, and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters. It’s not fair to us and that’s life, and I hope people can see through it. There’s no drama in my life.”
Also denying the extent of the blowup is Mark Ballas, who tells TMZ that it’s all crap. “We’re in L.A. man … everything’s fabricated.”