Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 5 Analysis

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Week 5 Analysis


It’s Switch-Up Week!  Who’s paired with whom?  Which new pairings will be beneficial, and which will backfire?  Which new couples should have been together all along?  Maks is back as a guest judge.

Eliminated pros Edyta, Tony, and Artem danced together. Artem and Jenna did a steamy dance.


The customary lineup for the season:

Antonio Brown: NFL/Pitts Steelers wide receiver/punt returner (like Hines Ward, season 12, Kym Johnson). Brown wants Steelers fans nationwide. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess.

Nyle Dimarco:  Deaf actor; an “America’s Next Top Model.” Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd.

Kim Fields: TV/film actress (“The Facts Of Life”).” Pro partner: Sasha Farber.

Doug Flutie: FB commentator (was NFL Q’bk/Chargers/Patriots); Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff.

Von Miller:  Denver Broncos def. linebacker/SB50 MVP 2/2016.  Pro partner: Witney Carson.

Wanya Morris: 1990s H.S. to Boyz II Men (bestselling R&B). Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.

Jodie Sweetin: Actress (“Full/er House” & author). Pro partner: Keo Motsepe.

Paige VanZant: UFC straw-wt. mixed martial arts; lifelong dancer. Pro partner: Mark Ballas.

Ginger Zee: ABC GMA chief meteorologist, new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy.

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  1. Wanya Morris with Witney: Tango. Judges’ scores 8-7-7-8. My score 8.

The positive: A good job, although not as well done as usual. It was correct with full tango content, good holds/hip action/turns. Wanya attacked this dance as enthusiastically as he has all others.  He’s such a joy to watch!  Ya gotta love this guy and his appreciation for dance.

The negative: His excessive energy produced too much movement beyond the traditional tightness/control. Because he’s so happy to dance, some of the movements and facial expressions weren’t dramatic enough.  His footwork was a tad off here and there, too.


  1. Kim Fields with Keo: Viennese Waltz.   Judges’ scores 8-6-6-8. My score 8.

The positive: It was smooth, romantic, graceful, and sufficiently dramatic, which combined to make it very pretty. Kim’s fully extended arms/movements and hands were gorgeously graceful. Keo is doing a fine job as a pro, even if the judges did bicker over content.

The negative: Its content wasn’t sufficiently traditional, which Nyle’s truly was with Sharna, but it had enough that we knew what they were going for, and it was a pleasure to watch.


  1. Doug Flutie with Peta: Tango. Judges’ score 7. My score 8.

The positive: He tried so hard, with such commitment and determination!  Good frame, footwork, hips, turns, etc. in a difficult dance.  Really a good job!  I like him a lot!

The negative: His posture could have been better in spots.


  1. Ginger Zee with Mark: Salsa. Judges’ score 8. My score 9.

The positive: A lot of good, traditional salsa content. It was fun and exciting. The two were very connected. She showed good hip & overall shimmy action, and good footwork.  Very entertaining.  Excellent!  This girl can do anything, look joyful, and have fun in the process.

The negative:  Nothing specific noted.


  1. Antonio Brown with Karina: Cha-Cha. Judges’ scores 7-6-6-7. My score 6.5.

The positive:  He showed some good footwork and an impressive performance. This man smiles all the time and nothing seems to ruffle his feathers.

The negative: His timing was off too many times.  For me, the biggest problem was that Karina’s choreography clearly was low on traditional cha-cha content, which is surprising and disappointing from her; that lack and the inconsistent style made for a jarring presentation.


  1. Paige VanZant with Sasha: Rhumba. Judges’ scores 8-8-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: It was flowing/continuous with beautiful extensions/lines and hands. Well done and a pleasure to watch. She’s so talented, she just needs to let her emotions meld with the music and the movements.

The negative: Although the two got along well and worked well together, the required obviously loving, deeply romantic, and passionate connection for this dance wasn’t fully there (even though she was sexy), which limited the sensuality that we expected. She’s used to having her defenses up and needs to let her guard down.  Still lovely and enjoyable, though.


  1. Von Miller with Lindsay: Jive. Judges’ score 8-7-7-7.  My score 7.

The positive: It was lively and fun. Good hip action. Content not fully traditional, which was disappointing; to me, the jive is not a dance that has much leeway for content.

The negative: Von gave no sharp kicks/flicks and showed no pointed toes or bounce, all of which the jive requires; “flatfootedness” doesn’t fit in the jive.  CAI inflated her score.


  1. Nyle Dimarco with Sharna: Viennese Waltz. Judges’ scores 9-10-9-9. My score 10.

The positive: Mesmerizing and stunning!  What gorgeous, romantic flow in an easily believable love story!  So exquisite that it moved many of us to tears.  This wonderful man does not cease to amaze.  Top-of-the-line choreography, Sharna! THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT!

The negative: Somehow, Maksim’s and Bruno’s written and verbal scores became confused, but the rules dictate that the written scores outrank the verbals.  Unfortunately, their written scores were a point lower than their verbals, though I can’t imagine why.


  1. Jodie Sweetin with Val: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 9-8-9-9. My score 9.

The positive: A true paso: aggressive, passionate, powerful and strong, with sharp movements. Not quite as exciting as Maksim’s paso with Mel B some years ago, but excellent.

The negative: Nothing particular noted.  Maybe her sweet face, blonde hair, and royal-blue dress threw it off a tad versus the more-common wearing of black or red clothing alongside more-dramatic dark hair and stronger facial features.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? No one.  According to the numbers, it should be Doug next week (darn it!) or maybe Von.  Von’s nice and entertaining, but I’d rather keep Doug.

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