Dancing with the Stars: Season 17 Week 5 Recap

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On Monday night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, each star relived the most memorable moment of their lives. Each star had very touching stories and matched that emotion with great performances. To get the stars ready for the emotional packed night, the hosts announced that one female star would be eliminated based on the viewer votes. Which star will that be? Let’s review.

Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff- High School Musical star Corbin Bleu dedicated his Foxtrot to his sister who was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2011. Bleu is by far the best dancer on the show, he’s so amazing and fluid in every movement he makes. And what sets him apart from the other men is how he continually takes control during each dance. Len thinks he’s a terrific dancer, Bruno loves his slick and stylish movements and Carrie Ann had nothing good to say because she was too busy worrying about a lift, again. Bleu scored 28/30 points.

Christina Millian & Mark Ballas– Singer Christina Millian’s most memorable year was 2010 when she gave birth to her daughter and went through a very publicized divorce. Millian danced an attitude induced Cha Cha. She had a great solo entrance giving her a chance to shine, and her technique throughout the dance was near perfect. I just find her so boring, she is a great dancer and she does everything right, but nothing about her style of dancing is exciting. She’s losing my interest very quickly but the judges love her. Len thought it was a fantastic Cha Cha, Bruno felt flustered and Carrie Ann thought it was a special dance that was tuned up to perfection. Millian earned the first ten of the season scoring 28/30 points.

Nicole Polizzi & Sasha Farber– Reality Star Nicole Polizzi celebrated the birth of her son and how it changed her life with a Jazz routine. Even though the message of the dance wasn’t exactly conveyed in the most conventional way, it was an energetic and fun dance. This is by far Polizzi’s best dance so far. Carrie Ann loved how they were always in sync, Len enjoyed the energy and vibrant nature of the dance and Bruno thought it was an exhilarating bundle of fun. Polizzi scored 27/30 points.

Jack Osborne & Cheryl Burke- Reality Star Jack Osborne’s most memorable year was last year. In 2012 his daughter was born and when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He dedicated his Waltz Monday night to his wife and daughter for giving him strength. His Waltz was so beautiful and emotional. His best dance yet. I’m blown away with Osborne’s improvement and he has truly taken my breath away. Bruno thought his dancing was wonderful, Carrie Ann felt there was an exceptional quality to his movements and Len said it was a fabulous Waltz. Osborne excelled at the Waltz and scored 27/30 points.

Brant Daugherty & Petra Murgatroyd- In 2009, Brant Daugherty moved to Hollywood with his father to pursue a career in acting and unfortunately his father passed away that same year. Daugherty danced a passionate and emotional Contemporary routine. I thought at times his movements were really forced and made the routine sort of awkward, but those movements were filled with emotion and dedication. Len loved the passion and chemistry throughout the routine, Bruno complimented his dedication and Carrie Ann felt his passion instigated every move he made. Daugherty scored 27/30 points.

Amber Riley & Derek Hough- In 2009, Glee star Amber Riley auditioned for American Idol and got turned away. Yea I know, ridiculous right? Instead of getting down on herself she auditioned for Glee and now has a career on one of the most popular shows on television. Monday night she performed the Foxtrot with sass and attitude. She’s a natural born performer and she shows it every week when she hits the dance floor. Bruno thought her routine was aboslutley sensational, Carrie Ann is continually blown away with how natural she is at dancing and Len wanted to see more elements of the Foxtrot, but feels she’s a star. Riley scored 26/30 points.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Val Chmerkovskiy- TV star Elizabeth Lauren celebrated the birth of her son and the year she hit it big on Saved by the Bell. I absolutely loved the Saved by the Bell inspired opening because I always admired that episode where Jessie Spano takes those pills and Zack comes to her rescue. Lauren is such a talented dancer and always hit every move with such precision. She deserves to stay on the show and compete. Carrie Ann thought she made some minor mistakes, Len thought it was a clean and tight routine and Bruno thought it was incredible fun. Lauren scored 26/30 points.

Bill Engvall & Emma Slater- Comedian Bill Engvall dedicated his Viennese Waltz to his wife whom he married in 1982. His Viennese Waltz was so beautiful and had so much heart. It was fluid throughout the dance and even though he lost timing at a few moments, it never once took away from the beauty of the performance. I’m so impressed with him. Bruno thought he had timing issues but loved the heart of the dance, Carrie Ann felt he was off time at points but managed to touch everybody’s heart and Len loved the romance of the dance. Engvall scored 24/30 points.

Leah Remini & Tony Dovalani- TV star Leah Remini was celebrating a year of change and independence. Dancing Contemporary was a bit difficult for Remini, but it was the most dedicated she’s ever been to a dance. She was intent on telling a story about breaking free and doing what she felt was right for her family and her dance was powerful and effective at telling that story. Carrie Ann loved the concept but wanted more fluidity, Len complimented the movements throughout the dance, but thought the lifts weren’t great and Bruno thought her story telling was effective. Remini scored 22/30 points.

After hearing the news at the beginning of the show that a female star would be eliminated, Leah and Christina found themselves in the bottom two facing elimination. The next star eliminated off Dancing with the Stars is…

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Christina Millian.

I saw this elimination coming after weeks of being in jeopardy. It’s a shame she scored the first ten of the season but it happens. Next week I think Leah Remini will be the next star to go.

Tune in Monday night at 8pm ET on ABC for Dancing with the Stars!

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  • jmlatinsir

    Yeah, Leah should go next week. I thought she’d be the one to go this week, since her dance was not that great as opposed to Cristina’s which wowed the house. I would hate to see Bill go. He has the most winning personality of the whole lot. I’m rooting for Amber Riley since a Glee geek.