'Dancing with the Stars' Week 5 Recap: Latin Week Comes to the Ballroom
'Dancing with the Stars' Week 5 Recap: Latin Week Comes to the Ballroom
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Are you ready to rumba?

Dancing with the Stars is entering Latin Week, which means it's all Latin styles in Dancing with the Stars week 5. Not that there are any rumbas. There aren't. It's just a good pun.

But Dancing with the Stars is not about wordplay. It's about dancing! Also sequins. So let's get to it!

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Before we begin, let us amuse ourselves with statistics. Going into Dancing with the Stars week 5, the overall standings are as follows:

1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 105 total points
2. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 100 total points
3. (tie) Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 99 total points
3. (tie) William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 99 total points
5. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 98 total points
6. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 95 total points
7. Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 88 total points
8. (tie) Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 86 total points
8. (tie) Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 86 total points

Will this pattern continue? Will the many, many injuries suffered by the celebrities at this point -- three of the DWTS season 14 competitors have reported injuries in the past week.

Hey, we're at the halfway point of Dancing with the Stars? That makes sense actually, seeing as it's week 5. Wonder when we're going to get the requisite double elimination... It has to be coming sooner or later. Maybe in the finals?

There will not likely be a double elimination this week though. Instead, we get Carlos Santana. That's better.

Maria Menounos is wearing a towering feathered headdress. Maks and Melissa seem strangely tanned. Even by DWTS standards.

Important Note: Tomorrow night, we will get the very first dance-off to avoid elimination. That should make things... different.

Need a quick summary of Dancing with the Stars week 5 performances and scores? Check out our performance rankings below!



First up in Dancing with the Stars week 5...

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
Dancing the samba

My Comments: They are very enthusiastic out there. Lots of big arm movements and almost-tribal stylings (think that PBS-inspired dance from Can't Buy Me Love). Even though there was a weird blip at the beginning of the broadcast that meant the beginning didn't happen, the dance was a lot of fun to watch.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I tell you what, you had rhythm in abundance. And the hips!" "Your bum was going like it was chewing a toffee."
Bruno: "You got the party started!" "That wiggle, it's like you had a Mini Me inside it."
Carrie Ann: "This week you came out with attack and fire." "Watch your arm when it's out of hold."

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

And Jaleel agrees with me on the darkness of Maks' tan.


Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the salsa

My Comments: Maks is wearing pink. Maks is really, really wearing pink. So much pink! And poor rehearsals-Melissa! There is absolutely no way to look sexy in a neck brace.

Melissa is a waitress in this dance. And then she dances. Maks is out-dancing Melissa out there. Not that she's dancing badly. Honestly, considering her injuries in the past week (and related lack of rehearsal time), Melissa is doing very well. She's just a little tentative on the dance floor and not quite as enthusiastic as she might be. Still, a very good dance.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I saw great rhythm and feel, but on occasions I saw untidy and rough."
Bruno: "What I like about you, you always go maximum thrust!" "You've got to be on it, precisely, all the way through."
Carrie Ann: "It's beautiful to see how much confidence you have gained over the past four weeks." "There's an element of control that is lacking."

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Dancing the salsa

My Comments: Maria got hurt again? That sucks. Maybe the giant feathers will make up for it. Maria and Derek don't seem to be too worried about the "sexy" factor. Nor should they worry. Even in the bubble wrap, Maria does sexy better than many of her competitors.

Boo! The headdress came off. Maria doesn't seem quite as into her dance as she did last week -- too many split second pauses between some of the moves. But the rest of the dance is great. Very fast, lots of tricks and kind of all over the place. A full-on kiss break in the middle of the dance -- plus a shirtless Derek -- also mean that there is no way these two are going home this week.

Judges' Comments
Len: "Two things were revealed out there: Derek's body and your talent."
Bruno: (silent tongue thing) "Was it legal? Want me to get you a room? May I join in? Salty and hot! That's the way I like it!"
Carrie Ann: "Whew!" "Maria, you are fantastic." "I'm going to say though, just being an old-fashioned fuddy-dud, like my good pal, Len, but I don't think you needed the kiss."

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

There is literally no one having more fun than Maria and Derek tonight.


Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Dancing the Argentine tango

My Comments: It's amusing how semi-British Mark sounds when rehearsing with his Welsh partner. Maybe it's just all her unfortunately placed kicks?

Mark is dancing with a bottle of booze in hand. This is easily the most precise of the dances so far -- everything looks like it's perfectly placed. The tango isn't as fun as some of the other dances for the night, but that honestly suits the couple better. All of the little kicks seem almost like afterthoughts and natural movements than dance steps. It's kind of amazing.

Judges' Comments
Len: "This for me was like a rose. It had beauty, but underneath the surface is the thorn."
Bruno: "Dancing and choreography of the highest quality. But what really made me tingle was the perfect pitch in the acting and the storytelling."
Carrie Ann: "It was perfection. Your legs are the best legs I've ever seen in any contestant."

Scores: 10+9+10 = 29

Len really doesn't want to commit to a 10 this season, does he? It is early, I suppose...


Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the samba

My Comments: The tour footage would be more impressive if we could understand what Gavin was saying. Or if he sang. Oh well.

Gavin is in a boat. Karina is in a hammock. And then we get silly dance. It's probably a good choice of Gavin to play this a little silly instead of sexy. I don't think he could pull off Latin-sexy, but he does a great job with the funny guy having a great time. The dance itself actually looks reasonably good on the technical side. He's probably too loose and floppy for the judges, but it's fun to watch.

Judges' Comments
Len: "It was more of a sham-ba than a samba." "It was a gallant effort, so well done to you."
Bruno: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry -- you should have stayed on the boat." "With all the madness, I actually enjoyed it."
Carrie Ann: "I love the way you just go for it." "You were lacking a little bit of form... It was hard to tell that it was a samba."

Scores: 6+6+7 = 19

If this is Gavin's last dance, he's playing it for all it's worth.

Before we get anymore dancing, it's time for some Carlos Santana. This time it's "Maria, Maria."

William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the Argentine tango

My Comments: William has a shirt on. Sorry. At least it's open.

The passion needed for he tango is definitely there. Also the aggression -- William could believably kill Cheryl right now. He looks that angry. There are a couple of very brief moments in which you can see that William isn't completely secure in his dancing, but they are rare and fleeting. Mostly, he looks great. And the dance overall was lovely. The screamers are fairly justified this time.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I saw sensuality and color. Well done!"
Bruno: "Throbbing intensity!" (and a lot of other words that were drowned out by audience screams)
Carrie Ann: "That was ridiculously amazing. You are so convincing. All I could think of was the Latin James Bond."

Scores: 10+9+10 = 29

Nope. Len is not using that 10 yet.


Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
Dancing the samba

My Comments: Gladys looks slightly unsteady in her heels. Did they give her higher ones or something? She does seem to be having a great time out there, heels or no. There's a chance she's not exactly in step with Tristan in some of the faster parts, but she's carrying it off pretty well. The steps are fast, even if this is one of the least trick-filled of the night's dances.

Judges' Comments
Len: "This number was simple, but it was effective. So well done."
Bruno: "You play to your audience, you have incredible stage presence."
Carrie Ann: "You had a few tiny mistakes... but there's something about watching you dance." "You command the stage!"

Scores: 7+7+8 = 22


Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
Dancing the salsa

My Comments: I doubt the costume actually makes Roshon sexier, but you've got to admire the effort. I hadn't actually realized the number of V-neck t-shirts William wore...

Jungle dance. Roshon is technically as good as ever in this, and his moves look great. I'm not sure that I'm getting any "sexy" out of this though. The dance is energetic, fast and well-done. There is a surprising lack of fancy tricks, considering that Roshon could totally do them. But maybe tricks don't fit well into the salsa?

Judges' Comments
Len: "I like your enthusiasm. You're like a young guy with his first car."
Bruno: "Roshon, you're wired for salsa!" "Your timing! It's unbelievable."
Carrie Ann: "You've got your own mojo. You were sexy -- I'm not being a cougar. You were sexy in a Disney way." "You were on the beat every single time."

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26


And now we come to the final dance of the evening...

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing the Argentine tango

My Comments: Donald! Peta is cheating at cards! Don't trust her!

They kind of looked like they were about to have sex on that table in the beginning. That's not family-friendly, ABC! The dance is slower and more... stoic? than some of the other tangos we have seen tonight. That isn't a criticism -- it looks amazing. The tricks were cool, and the overall style was awesome.

Peta's bizarre backbend-while-being-spun thing is awesome, by the way.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I thought the lifts were spectacular. But the rest of it -- nearly but not quite."
Bruno: "Actually, I have to say, the build up was amazing. The predator playing with the little animal, waiting for the kill..." "Overall, a fantastic job. I liked it."
Carrie Ann: "That was divine." "You were so in-control of Peta the whole time."

Scores: 10+8+9 = 27

Bit of a disagreement there... And the audience disagrees too -- lots of booing in the ballroom.


And that's it for Latin Week on Dancing with the Stars! Who was your favorite? Who will be participating in that bottom-two dance-off tomorrow? Leave your comments below!

(Image courtesy of ABC)




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