Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23/Fall 2016: Oct. 10, Week 5 Analysis 


The Cast: Pros + Stars

Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast

Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer

Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”“Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy + Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist

Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star

Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author

Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron”

Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver

Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer

Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis

Tonight’s show opened with the pros dancing to the theme from “Titanic.” Beautiful! Stars reflected on and danced in remembrance of their individual Most-Memorable Years. Stories from Maureen, Marilu, Jana, and Terra were heartbreaking while those from Calvin, Ryan, Amber, and Laurie were more upbeat. The real clincher was James, who is a living miracle; 18 months ago he survived a race-car crash that, according to his doctor, should have killed him or anyone else. James had to learn to walk again, and now he’s dancing as a natural, as if he’d always done so. Surprisingly, judging was pretty accurate.

  1. Maureen McCormick: Foxtrot. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 9.

The positive: The choreo and the execution were lovely, smooth, graceful, and flowing. Maureen was very happy, then emotional but controlled and deeply into the dance. Really enjoyed it!


Calvin Johnson: Jazz.             Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8.

The positive: A mix of traditional and modern, his dance was fun and well done. Jerry Rice was a surprise guest for him, which made it even more fun. This guy is adorable. What’s not to like?

The negative: He’ll need to keep monitoring his posture and to make his hands a bit more graceful.


  1. Jana Kramer: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 9-8-9. My score 9.5.

The positive: Gorgeous flow, transitions, lifts; etc., even a face-forward “fall” of trust toward Gleb, who caught her. WOW!


  1. Ryan Lochte: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8.

The positive: He’s still showing up and working hard, and it’s paying off.

The negative: Although he has improved and looked pretty good out there, I still consider him to be inconsistent. His dance truly was pretty. Jana’s contemporary was even better, though.


  1. Laurie Hernandez: Paso Doble. Judges’ scores 8-9-8. My score 9.

The positive: Sharp, strong, passionate, and well done.

The negative: Bruno and Carrie Ann said they saw a few small mistakes. It’s still clear that Laurie and Val need to establish a “couple connection,” which is hard for a 16-year-old to do. I liked it, but it won’t go on my list of favorite Paso Dobles.


  1. Marilu Henner: Viennese Waltz.             Judges’ scores 9-9-9. My score 9.

The positive: Hallelujah, she did it—she let go and lost herself in the joy of the dance! It was elegant, gentle, and flowing with continuous movement. Beautiful, and a joy to watch!


  1. Amber Rose: Samba. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8.

The positive: This pretty girl has come a long way and improved a lot. She really did a nice job of it.

The negative: She needs to keep the flow/movement flow while waiting to reconnect with Maks and while transitioning. She also still needs more confidence, more energy invested in the dance, and less dependence on Maks.


  1. James Hinchcliffe: Tango.             Judges’ score 10-9-10. My score 10.

This Miracle-Man is Amazing! The dance’s content and execution were perfect or quite nearly so. Loved it!


  1. Terra Jolé: Contemporary. Judges’ scores 9-9-9. My score 9.

The positive: She looked so cute with braids wrapped around her head and wearing a long, pretty dress. It was a lovely and emotional dance. I liked it a lot.



This week: No one. “Celebrate, celebrate—dance to the music!”

Next Week: Ryan or Amber; they’re still pretty equal out there and well enough behind the others.


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