Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 5 →
It’s Week 5, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy + Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer
Peta Murgatroyd + Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor”
Artem Chigvintsev + Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater
Val Chmerkovskiy + Normani Kordei, Singer
Sasha Farber + Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated)
Emma Slater + Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back
Lindsay Arnold + David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired)
Sharna Burgess + Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model
Gleb Savchenko + Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills
Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis (April 17, 2017)
This is Disney Week on Dancing with the Stars! Actor and Season 19 DWTS winner Alfonso Ribeiro (with Witney Carson) opened the show by singing and taking two young children, a girl and a boy, into ‘Disney.’ There, the cast, Mickey and friends waited. Overall, the performances ranged from good to excellent. Most of the pros choreographed appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content. The judges’ scores were about half fair and half low. CAI did not subtract points for lifts, maybe because dances to Disney songs have often contained lifts.
The positive: “Beauty and the Beast.” Rashad is one of my fave male celebs ever on Dancing with the Stars, not far behind Nyle DiMarco. He’s still easily the best amateur male dancer this season. His rhythm and timing, legs/footwork (could have used even more rise and fall), and his transitional flow were at 90-95%, and everything else at 100%. The dance—from easy cooperation and hard work—was graceful, elegant, and fully connected. Lovely, sweet, endearing, very impressive, and highly entertaining. He and Emma are adorable together and make me feel happy. I loved it! What a way to start Disney Week! CAI unnecessarily cheated him on his score, though. My DANCE OF THE NIGHT! Can’t wait to see them next week!
The negative/work on: Rise/fall in the footwork and maintaining smooth transitional flow.
He’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Rhumba, a Tango, a Samba, a Salsa, a Jazz, a Jive, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, or a Charleston.
The positive: “Pinocchio.” Another really good dance from Nick—cute, creative, playful. He kept up with Peta and had fun. I enjoyed it. In jeopardy (not too surprising) with Erika (appropriate) and Normani (What?!). I place him 4th on the male celeb likability chart.
He’s due for: a Samba, a Paso Doble, a Samba, a Salsa, a Tango, a Jive, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, a Viennese Waltz, a Contemporary, or a Charleston.
The positive: “Unforgettable” from “Finding Dory.” She opened up and connected emotionally with Gleb and viewers in a graceful and lovely dance that flowed pretty well.
The negative/work on: They spent too much time in the opening having Erika dance alone. In jeopardy with Nick (not too surprising) and Normani (What?!).
She’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Samba, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, a Contemporary, or a Charleston.
The positive: “Frozen.” She gets an A from me on most things, especially posture, lines, footwork, and being in character within a well-done story that was carefree and pretty. It could have had a little more dance content and much more difficulty, and she should convey genuine enjoyment of the dance rather than customary simple showmanship. Dancing with the Stars appears to be too easy for her. I repeat that she, Normani, and Simone have an extremely unfair edge over other types of athletes (who don’t regularly do graceful moves) and non-dancers such as Rashad, Bonner, and David. Again tonight, Max said that Alan’s doing a great job and should be a pro next year. Another lengthy post-dance interview with Erin, even though we knew the hosts were racing to finish the show on time.
She’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Rhumba, a Samba, a Salsa, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, a Contemporary, or a Charleston.
The positive: “Wreck-It Ralph.” This was a cute, fun Tango that this sweet guy was really into, doing his best. Surprisingly, judges didn’t complain that Bonner and Sharna may have spent too much time out of hold. He showed even more improvement in frame/hold and technique. His legs looked much better again rather than bow-legged, and he even had the required flexed knees much of the time. His attitude is fabulous, and he gladly invests as much as his body will allow him to do around the restrictions from his horrible bull-riding accident of 2015, which broke his neck. I like and respect him very much, and I liked the dance a lot! He deserved all 8’s and maybe an 8.5; CAI and Bruno cheated him. Rashad is a much-better dancer, but Bonner is still improving and I like him second. My third-favorite dance tonight. (By the way, Sharna and James Hinchcliffe really should have won last year. She gets some of the nicest partners!)
The negative/work on: He might have shown even more facial expression versus periodic concentration on technique. Keep working on overall technique, legs, footwork, and posture.
He’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Samba, a Salsa, a Rhumba, a Jive, a Jazz, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, or a Contemporary.
The positive: “Mulan.” Entertainer Donny Osmond, who won DWTS with Kym in Season 9, sang a song from the movie. Val’s choreo was strong, dramatic, sharp, and somewhat different, with martial arts kicks and battle sticks included during attack/defense. Powerful! Don’t be surprised if this choreo gets nominated for an award. Everything about it was strong, determined, and intense, telling girls that they can do anything. Another lengthy post-dance interview with Erin, even though we knew the hosts were racing to finish the show on time. In jeopardy (What?!) with Nick (not too surprising) and Erika (appropriate). All except Bruno unnecessarily cheated her on her scores, though.
She’s due for: a Salsa, a Samba, a Tango, a Jive, a Jazz, a standard Waltz, a Viennese Waltz, a Contemporary, or a Charleston.
The positive: World premiere of “Cars 3.” Cute, creative, and fun with good kicks/flicks and a couple of high kicks. His jive was better than a few others we’ve seen, definitely much better than Erika’s in Week 3. He and Lindsay clearly had fun, and we did, too. Well done! Three judges unnecessarily cheated him on his scores, though.
The negative/work on: Needs to maintain posture, controlled footwork, a bit more bounce in his step at times, and technique.
He did not get a post-dance interview with Erin.
He’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Rhumba, a Samba, a Salsa, a Tango, a Foxtrot, a standard Waltz, a Contemporary, or a Charleston.
The positive: “Enchanted.” The quality and feel of their dancing matched the name of their movie: enchanting. It was lighthearted, joyful, feel-good, hopeful dancing that was very impressive and delightful to watch. Nancy easily fit in among the pros who surrounded her. Again, Artem looked as happy as she did, as though this is his favorite season as a pro on Dancing with the Stars. A joy to watch! Loved it! My second-favorite dance tonight.
She’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Salsa, a Tango, a Rhumba, a Jive, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, a Contemporary, or a Charleston.
The positive: Movie “Moana.” Simone is cute and sweet. Her dance with Sasha was fast, gymnastic, energetic, happy, strong, personally passionate and powerful. She did not get a post-dance interview with Erin.
The negative/work on: For me, this dance was a bit too gymnastic and could have had more beauty/poetry to it. She should continue to immerse herself in the music and the movement.
She’s due for: a Paso Doble, a Samba, a Salsa, a Rhumba, a Jive, a Jazz, a Foxtrot, a standard Waltz, or a Charleston.
WHO WAS ELIMINATED THIS WEEK? Erika, on the night that she finally let go and showed vulnerability; she went out on a high note.
WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED NEXT WEEK? It’s tough to decide. Could be Nick; although he has worked to make us more comfortable with him, Bonner and David widely have been more likable all along.
Long-distance contenders appear to be: Heather, Nancy, Rashad, Normani, Simone.
WHAT/WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE NEXT SEASON? I have to think about that. What I DON’T want to see are young gymnasts or other young Olympians and professional dancers who, yes, really do have a distinct advantage. What are your likes and dislikes?
What do you think? Let’s talk about Dancing with the Stars!
Today’s pro dancers vs. those of decades ago: Want to know what life for a pro ballroom dancer was like in the 1930s/1940s? It’s a stark comparison with the much-easier life of today’s pros! You can learn all that, historical facts, and much more by reading the biography I wrote: “Dancing in the Stars: Carroll Webster, International Luminary of Vaudeville and Hollywood.” It’s dance, romance, mystery, history, celebrities, and real entertainment.