'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 5 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 5 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's already the fifth week? Crazy, isn't it? And there are only eight couples left to dance in the competition, so we know that tonight's show should feature some fierce musical battles!

Last week, we finally said good-bye to The Situation and his abs. The acoustic week format proved a challenge to many of the couples, but the performances more than made up for any difficulties. After finishing second during week 3, Jennifer and Derek were especially brilliant during the fourth week. The couple received the first 10s of the season for their performance in the Argentine tango.

Can the performers match (or even top) that performance tonight?

Did you miss anything last week? Check out our week 4 recap, performance rankings and elimination results if you need to remind yourself!

We get yet another twist in the standard DWTS format tonight: TV theme week. For this week's dances, each pair got to choose a dance style (as long as they haven't yet danced it) and set their choreography to television-related themes and music. Is there any chance of a Brady Bunch foxtrot? We can only hope.

Audrina Patridge has already announced that she and Tony will be dancing to a Hills-themed rumba, set to "Unwritten" (the theme song for The Hills). As for the others, we'll just have to wait and see what television inspired them.

Which TV shows should the stars use? Click here to find out!

Whatever crazy and amazing dances are on tap for tonight, we have to watch the show to see them. So here we go!

Wow, The Situation just exploded in the recap... It's possible that there are more explosions to come from that whole preview. Drama! Excitement! Manufactured conflict! Yay!

Ooh, an old RKO logo. That's kind of neat, even if I don't know why it would be there. Is there a reason?

I guess we're starting with mini-biographies from the judges. I guess we're at the point where filler is necessary. The results?

Len is pretty enthralled by Audrina as a dancer and expects a lot.

Bruno thinks Kyle is a lot of fun and seems to want to train him in dancing technique.

Carrie Ann points out that Brandy can do all the dances better than a lot of the others and only lacks confidence. Also, she has long arms.

Len seems to have a man-crush on Kurt. This critique is all about manliness. Perhaps also musicality and footwork, but mostly manliness.

Bruno likes Bristol's movements and musicality, but he's not so impressed with the entertainment. He also seems to want a rather violent (and possibly messy) explosion out of Bristol.

Len is possibly in love with Florence. The kiss couldn't have hurt... He also likes her performance and musicality. He's a little worried about her age and knees.

Len is pretty happy that Rick didn't conform to his low expectations. Rick's embracing of character is a big plus for Len.

Carrie Ann is impressed by Jennifer. Of course.

OK, they're coming out! The stars are finally coming onto the stage! And... oh my. Those are some "interesting" costumes... Can't wait to see where Florence and Kyle in particular are going with this night.

First dance time!

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the quickstep to "I'll Be There for You" (the theme from 'Friends') by The Rembrandts

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I'm so impressed with that!" "It was full of energy, it was a little bit sassy here and there. It was without a doubt your best dance."
Bruno: "I broke my pen, it was going so fast!" "You were on it!"
Carrie Ann: "I see such an amazing new bond."

My Opinion: Hey, Maks shaved! Come on guys, get up and dance! There they go. It looks like their steps match, which I believe is a very good thing in this kind of dance. They're really going all over the place -- thank goodness the stage is big again! Overall, that was fun if a little dull. Maybe I just disliked the music choice. It never seemed to fit.

9+9+9 = 27

Next up...
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
Dancing the tango to "The 'Brady Bunch' Theme"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I wish I was a sexy senior." (Cue another Florence kiss.) "You have got to week 5 on merit. Parts of that tango were excellent." "I think that's possibly your best dance so far."
Bruno: "The beginning, when you started, it was a classic, beautiful tango. Then..." "It looked fabulous at the beginning!"
Carrie Ann: "I liked it. You were doing moves just like all the younger people." "Some of the moves threw you off on your timing."

My Opinion: So they brought Greg Brady out for the practice section. We get to rehash that whole scary relationship! Yay? But yay! that the horrible dressing gown is gone! They're having a lot of fun out there, but it doesn't look much like the tangos we saw last week. Can you have a perky, smiling tango and still be legitimate? Guess we'll find out from the judges. Still, I'm liking this dance. It's just as happy as the song!

7+7+7 = 21

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

Dancing the quickstep to the "Theme from Bewitched"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "After last week, the only way is up, and up you have gone!"
Bruno: "The magic is back!" "You managed to get all the musical accents."
Carrie Ann: "I think I just saw the spirit of Gene Kelly enter the body of Kurt!"

My Opinion: They're nowhere near the stage. What's up with the quickstep that they need the whole theater? This may actually be a good dance for Kurt. That slight stiffness he always has actually looks about right tonight. Either he's loosened up or the dance fits better. I liked that.

8+8+8 = 24

Monkey suits!!!

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the rumba to "Unwritten" (the theme from 'The Hills')

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "That was an excellent rumba." "I could see a connection and a bit of chemistry going on."
Bruno: "Technically, you have improved... But, I wanted pulsating with passion! Rumba has to smolder!"
Carrie Ann: "I saw you go leaps and bounds into a whole new level." "Everything was gorgeous from the hips down."

My Opinion: I don't think Audrina likes onions much. Well, they've certainly got the "sex" part of the dance here. Audrina's lovely as usual, but I wouldn't be surprised if she gets dinged again for lack of emotion. It seems like she should have more expression during a rumba. Also, it looks like they're not doing very much. What they did was very pretty though!

7+8+8 = 23

Next up...

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the foxtrot to the "Theme from 'Charlie's Angels'"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "It started bad and it gradually got worse and worse and worse." "You're crazy! That was a joke!"
Bruno: "One thing is for sure, you bring home the feel-good factor. Nevertheless, this was a foxtrot possessed by disco fever."
Carrie Ann: "I thought you made a groovy Charlie!"

My Opinion: Just for the costumes alone, I want Kyle and Lacey to rock this. This is the best beginning for a dance ever. Ever! The slow bit didn't have much going on, but speeding up works for these guys. I hope the 70s moves won't hurt the judging, because they're pretty much incredible to me. Kyle's Angels, baby!

8+5+7 = 20

Stupid Len. A 5? Really, Len?

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the rumba to the "Theme from 'Hill Street Blues'"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "There's an ease and elegance about your dancing." "I didn't really get the feeling of a developing romance. It was more like a couple staying together for the sake of the children."
Bruno: "The children are going to be beautiful!" "You went from Megatron to mega-smooth..."
Carrie Ann: "It should be a crime that you can look that good and rumba so well!"

My Opinion: Basketball players in rehearsal! Sound pedagogical method or shameless ratings ploy? Hmmmm... OK, this is incredibly good music for a rumba. Probably the sexiest cop-show theme ever. Predatory look there, Rick! This is a much sexier rumba than Audrina's. Rick is nothing but sexy, which helps. But I honestly couldn't tell whether or not it was good dancing. Enjoyable anyway.

8+8+8 = 24

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Dancing the jive to the "Theme from 'The Monkees'"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I like the monkey suits, in fact I would have liked you to keep them on a bit longer." "I thought I saw a higher degree of performance."
Bruno: "You really tried to perform, and it worked, but the technique went down the Swamee."
Carrie Ann: "I saw a real transformation!" "You forgot a lot of the moves, it looked like."

My Opinion:  Clown lessons? Monkey suits? Wow. That's daring. That stripping may have thrown Bristol off. I actually liked how she danced in the ape suit. It was the fun thing they were going for. She's not being very consistent after the costume is off. When she's on in this dance, it looks neat. But if I can see her missing the beat, won't that be a bad thing for the judges?

6+6+6 = 18

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Dancing the foxtrot to "Love and Marriage" (the theme to 'Married, with Children')

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "The actual dance is lovely, but for me it's all a little too theatrical."
Bruno: "It was like watching the perfect housewife!" "Look at you, pristine, elegant, beautifully danced."
Carrie Ann: "It wasn't nearly your best." "There were moments when I saw your eyes go blank."

My Opinion: I have to stop giggling about the song choice, right? They actually look like something out of an old sitcom. Very cool. Also, the dancing is nice. It always is with these two. They seem more classic than a lot of the dancers. Probably helps with the judges.

8+8+9 = 25

So that's the night. Len was in a bad mood. The costumes were awesome. And next week is Rock n' Roll week. With 2 dances apiece! See you there!!! 

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