Dancing with the Stars 8: Top 9 Performance Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)
Dancing with the Stars 8: Top 9 Performance Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)
Dancing with the Stars is back for the fifth week of competition.

After a round of brand new styles and a double elimination last week, we're back to the usual formula we've come to know and love over these past eight seasons.  Tonight, we've got either the Viennese waltz or the paso doble, which are two of my favorite styles.  They are, respectively, super romantic and super dramatic, so I'm looking forward to tonight's dancing.

Stay with me, and I'll keep you up to date on what happens on Dancing with the Stars tonight!

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Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough - Viennese waltz

Last week, Chuck and Julianne performed a tepid lindy hop, and now Chuck really wants to rise to the top.  In rehearsal, Julianne makes him exaggerate all of his movements to help turn him into a real dancer.

Their performance tonight starts out pretty well.  They both look great - I love Julianne's pink flowy gown, but what are those things on her arms?  Chuck really looks different this week.  I think he really is stepping up his game here, letting go of some of his inhibitions and machismo.

Len says, "Finally, Chuck, you've come out of hibernation," and in response, Julianne mimes spanking him.  Bruno finally praises him about finally gaining confidence enough to leave the shadows of Julianne.  However, Carrie Ann is the lone dissenter.  She points out a questionable lift in the beginning, but points out that Chuck loses his focus often.  Bruno and Carrie Ann get into a huge bickering match.

Backstage, Samantha Harris awkwardly asks whether Chuck would be proposing to Julianne soon.  (Chuck responds with a terse, "No.")

The scores:
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 23

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska - Paso doble

Last week, the judges found Lawrence's Argentine tango not that impressive, so it's back to the drawing board with the paso.  In rehearsal, he gets really frustrated trying to connect with the beat of the music, and gets tangled up in his cape-work as well.  Edyta coaches him, telling him to have the same intensity as if he were trying to hit someone, and then he starts to get it.

Their performance tonight features super-dramatic and traditional Spanish bullfighting music.  Lawrence bobbles here and there, but when the tempo picks up, he starts to look more powerful and in control, and they end on a high note (even though Edyta is on the floor).

Bruno calls Lawrence the Prince of Darkness.  He points out that Lawrence started out like a block of granite, but at one point, he found his footing.  Carrie Ann thinks that Lawrence has a limited range of motion, but he does well with his motions.  She likes that he worked well with the difficult piece of music.  Len says that he still has to work on his dance quality, but it's still his best dance so far.

Backstage, Lawrence tells Samantha that his golf buddies are all requesting lap dances from him now.  Ha!

The scores:
Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 20

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas - Viennese watlz

If we'll recall, the judges really didn't like to see all of Shawn's gymnastics tricks so much, so in rehearsal during the week, Shawn and Mark really focused on technique.  She does a cute spin and then falls in rehearsal, but eventually she gets the hang of it.

Tonight, she's wearing this white plunging V-neck halter top with lots of ruffles that look great when she spins.  They have definitely stepped up the level of technique, and I love how precise she is.  Sometimes, the Viennese waltz can be slow and boring, but not them.  Woah, they ended with a humungus lift.  Carrie Ann will not be pleased.

Carrie Ann gets to comment first.  She loves that Shawn and Mark excelled in showing off her technique.  The simplicity of their choreography showcased all of their strengths.  And, she's even going to give them a pass on their final lift because it was more of an artistic finish, and they didn't go crazy with it.  Len's commentary is somewhat more sober, complaining that she didn't step forward on her heels, but Bruno brought back the positive.  Bruno, however, did critique her hunched shoulders.

The scores:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 8
Bruno: 9
Total: 26

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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of ABC)