Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 5 Analysis

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 5 Analysis:


It’s Switch-Up Week on Dancing With The Stars! The celebs and the pros were given different partners, just for this week. According to Witney, the couples had only four days to rehearse. Certain celebs climbed back up the ladder, some maintained, and one was really cheated on scores.  We saw a quick shot of Peta waiting in the audience for Maks.


Singer/Host Tamar Braxton with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy

Backstreet Boys Singer Nick Carter with pro partner Sharna Burgess

Domestic Diva Paula Deen with pro partner Louis Van Amstel

Singer Andy Grammer with pro partner Allison Holker

Teen Social Media Geek Hayes Grier with pro partner Emma Slater

Actress Bindi Irwin with pro partner Derek Hough

Actress Alexa PenaVega with pro partner Mark Ballas

Actor/Singer Carlos PenaVega with pro partner Witney Carson

Army Hero Alek Skarlatos with pro partner Lindsay Arnold


Monday, October 12

Host Tom Bergeron was back, even though his father just died. A switch-up of couples, voted on by viewers, shook things up. The show opened with the pros dancing in front of a set of doors; one at a time, each celeb came dancing along, stopping in front of his/her ‘new’ pro. The new pairs were very interesting. Maks served as a guest-judge, sitting between Julianne and Bruno as judge #3 (not between Carrie Ann and Julianne, as I had supposed). Again, most judges’ scores were accurate tonight; one was grossly underrated.

  1. Tamar Braxton with Louis: Samba. Judges’ scores 7-7-8-7. My score 8.

The negative and the positive: The choreo was extremely detailed, ambitious, demanding, and difficult, esp. for only 4 days of learning. Although those facts produced an incomplete connection between the two, Tamar kept a good attitude and did well, with great hip work and foot work. Her arms and hands were not always finished, though. In my view, only Maks scored accurately.


  1. Hayes Grier: Vien. Waltz w/ Allison. Judges’ scores 8-8-7-7. My score 7.5.

The negative and the positive: An unusually fast waltz. Graceful, smooth and elegant to a point (with Hayes in full adult formal attire from head to toe!), but almost too fast and busy, almost frantic. It would have been better if the movements had been slower, more traditional and refined, with more of the necessary, perfected rise and fall. He was a gent in tails and she was a lady in a pretty gown. Timing, lines, and synchronicity were as good as usual.


  1. Paula Deen: Jive with Mark. Judges’ scores 7-7-6-6. My score 6.5.

The negative and the positive: Paula’s shapely legs were highlighted again; even Maks commented on them. This was a slow jive. Mark’s choreo focused on technique and safe, limited content vs. the traditional fast and highly demanding jive; it had no sharp kicks and flicks, nothing really difficult. Paula did not disappoint; her technique was accurate and the routine was cute. I agree with Maks that she could have handled more jive content.


  1. Alek Skarlatos: Rhumba with Emma. Judges’ score 8-7-7-7. My score 8.5.

Good choreo: flowing, sexy, smooth, properly continuous. Great lines and footwork. Alek was so attracted to Emma that he appeared to be afraid to invest himself fully in the dance—he was afraid to let himself go. What a gentleman! It was very impressive. He got ripped off on most of the scores, except for Carrie Ann’s, with which I agree.


  1. Bindi Irwin: Cha-Cha with Val. Judges’ scores 9-9-10-9. My score 9.

The positive, only: Cute, fast, accurate, fun, happy, energetic, enthusiastic; great lines and extensions, footwork, hip action, arms/hands. A pleasure to watch.


  1. Carlos PeneVega: Quickstep w/ Lindsay. Judges’ scores 10-10-9-10.

My score 10.

Another big comeback! It was an animated and true quickstep with some modern elements added. Great choreo, timing, musicality, footwork, etc. He was really into it and clearly had a good time! Very entertaining. I loved it!


  1. Alexa PenaVega: Tango with Derek. Judges’ scores 10. My score 10.

The positive, only: Intense, accurate, sharp; dramatic, deep, dark, determined. Connected and passionate. Fabulous choreo and technique. Knock-your-socks-off gorgeous and mesmerizing! For me, the dance of the night!


  1. Andy Grammer: Argentine Tango with Sharna. Judges’ scores 9. My score 9.

The negative and the positive: What a comeback! This dance quickly outshone the past two weeks of mostly sub-par performances. This dance was focused, invested, in character, intense, sexy, in sync, passionate and correct, with appropriately dramatic facial expressions. Easily his best dance so far! His footwork was a tad off here and there, but WOW overall! Great job, Sharna and Andy!


  1. Nick Carter: Paso Doble with Witney. Judges’ scores 9-9-8-9. My score 8.5.

The negative and the positive: His bum stuck out now and then, confounding the paso’s need for his hips to be ‘thrust’ forward. Who chose the song for them to dance to?! It was a major mistake and a disservice to Nick and Witney. The paso’s normal movements are very dramatic and long, and must be followed through to completion. By contrast, a fast pace can cause incomplete or exaggerated movements, esp. in the arms, which is what sometimes happened with Nick’s arms and made the couple’s movements somewhat less effective. Witney’s choreo was good and their performance was well done, considering what they were given to work with.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? No one. That will happen next week.


STATUS: In your book, who are the top performers?


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