13April2015, Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis
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It’s Disney week on Dancing With The Stars! We saw a night of many delights and a few disappointments, beauty and fun. The makeup and wardrobe departments outdid themselves. Some of the performances were mesmerizing and stunning. An occasional other was a bit off his/her usual mark due to an injury, a functional wardrobe issue, or something undefinable.
The positive: She keeps improving! To me, last week was her best, followed by this week. This dance was pretty, sophisticated, elegant, graceful, and showed good lines. Like Patti, Suzanne has a lovely, gracious, and professional attitude.
The negative: Unfortunately, her shoe got caught on the hem of her dress (which has happened to both pros and contestants over the years on this show). That threw her off sync/timing for several beats, but, as a seasoned pro, she handled it well until Tony took over and got her back on track.
The positive: This quick-footed and challenging Mary Poppins production was cute, happy, fun, enthusiastic, endearing, and entertaining. Robert’s magnetic personality, attitude, and basic skills do not disappoint. However . . .
The negative: Near the beginning he got off timing; in this fast-paced tune he had a hard time getting back on track. It happened to be an off week for him, but I’m betting that he’ll be back to normal next week with perfect timing and fabulous form.
The positive: Patti exhibited proper technique and elegance in much of the dance. It was pretty and quite an improvement. She has a hurt knee, which caused Artem to choreograph/limit accordingly, but she didn’t complain and instead showed her usual gracious and I-don’t-quit attitude.
The negative: Artem didn’t waste as much time as usual this week, but he still wasted some. Len usually calls the pros out on time-wasters but hasn’t done so yet this season.
The negative: Needs to focus a bit more on follow-through and maintaining form.
The positive: His timing was pretty good despite his calf injury. Good attitude. Nice job to a very-fast song!
The negative: Needs to focus more on musicality, allowing the music to engulf and lead him. Yes, it’s all about the music and becoming one with it; makes a huge difference.
The positive: Hard to top the winning attitude and inspiration he shows. This dance, due to the nature of its rises and falls and other necessary movements, was a major challenge for him. He did everything that Sharna taught him to do and his best.
The negative: The challenges of the dance and of Noah’s physical limitations/capabilities forced Sharna to choreograph too carefully, including, I think, to take the focus off what she thought Noah couldn’t do. Since the first moment Sharna joined the show a couple of years ago, I’ve been fond of her and her choreo. I could be mistaken, or some of you may just plain disagree with me, but I was disappointed tonight that Sharna’s choreo was so thin on foxtrot content and participation by the male. Although Noah’s left leg doesn’t function well enough to do the foxtrot’s proper rises and falls, I believe that Sharna should have made the dance more traditional and that in the process Noah would have done the job as well as possible to show us a complete and recognizable foxtrot, even if the rises and falls wouldn’t have been perfect.
The positive: An unusually fast paso, super-fast. Fab choreo, Allison! Riker was very skilled as pirate Jack Sparrow. Great technique, form, timing; tight, correct, passionate, strong, exciting, In sync all the way. Wow! I couldn’t look away, didn’t want it to stop, and want to see it again. Some will call it the dance of the night.
The negative: Nothing that I saw.
The positive: Stellar musicality, timing, technique, choreo/samba content. Beautiful/graceful form/lines/footwork/arm extensions and hands. Fun and gorgeous all at once. I couldn’t look away! Some may call this the dance of the night.
The negative: Didn’t notice anything. Did you?
The positive: Fast and fun but also elegant, athletic, cute and pretty; beautiful timing, frame, choreo, technique, footwork/pointed toes, arms/hands. Stellar choreography that we expect from Derek and excellent execution. As outstanding as it was, I somehow preferred Rumer’s samba with Val.
The negative: Did you notice anything?
WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? Suzanne Somers. Darn it! Like Patti, Suzanne has a lovely attitude/spirit and a graceful but fun presence. She had improved in the last few weeks, especially last week, so her departure is a disappointment. In my opinion her performances have exceeded Patti’s; as much as I like Patti, she should have been the one to go home tonight.
NEXT WEEK: Patti, or Chris, should go home. I like them both, but they’re “on the bottom.”
What do you agree with? Disagree with? Which dances did you like the most and the least? Have good points to add? Weigh in with your comments! Praise, slam, explain, inspire, or whatever. Let’s get a great conversation going!
Here’s my slightly updated ranking of the true contenders:
3-4. Riker Lynch, Willow Shields
How do you rank them? Tell us how you view it and why.