Dancing with the Stars 5: Top 6 Performance Recap
Dancing with the Stars 5: Top 6 Performance Recap
Tonight's episode of Dancing with the Stars was packed full of a lot of great dancing.  The six remaining pairs, who are all very good, had to do two different routines tonight, one ballroom and one Latin, so there were 12 excellent performances.  With almost no filler at all, it was an enjoyable night of dancing all around, and thankfully, nobody fainted!  Continue reading for a recap of the night's events.

After taking into account both the ballroom and the Latin rounds, Melanie Brown and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are in the lead with 54 points.  They started the night with a mediocre foxtrot, earning them 24 points, but finished strong with a hot and kinky paso doble that gave them another perfect 30.  They are the frontrunners in the judges' eyes, but do they have everyone's vote?

Jennie Garth and her partner Derek Hough finished a hair behind with a night's score of 53 points  Jennie, who seems neurotic about performing especially the romantic numbers, had to perform two romantic styles tonight.  They started out with a middling Viennese waltz that failed to wow the judges, but their rhumba later on in the night was sexy enough to satisfy even the likes of Bruno Tonioli, who gave them a ten for the Latin round.

Two pairs are tied for third place: Helio Castroneves and his partner Julianne Hough, and Marie Osmond and her partner Jonathan Roberts.  Helio started the whole night off with a tango that he just wasn't feeling, but ended with a bang with the samba.  Marie was the opposite.  She and Jonathan started with a fantastic quickstep, which earned them a ten from Carrie Ann, but ended the night with a middling cha cha performance.

Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska disappointed me tonight.  They are my favorite couple right now, but they managed to get the second-lowest score.  They started with an uncontrolled quickstep, but improved later in the night with a solid performance of the jive.

Finally, there are are Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani bringing up the rear.  Both of their performances--they did the cha cha cha and the quickstep--were fine, but lacked the fireworks that are necessary at this stage of the competition.  Jane and Tony might just be the next to go, but as Sabrina Bryan's elimination showed last week, nothing is a given and it's all up to the voters now.

-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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