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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dancing with the Stars: Week 5

So there was a shock in the ballroom last night as Christina Milian and Mark Ballas - who received the first 10 of the season and a high score of 28 - were eliminated instead of Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani, whom the judges gave a 22, the lowest score of the evening. I haven't been a fan of Christina and Mark's dances this season - last week I ranked them last - but I thought their cha-cha-cha to Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" was their best performance so far. They did not deserve to go home - but it all comes down to a popularity contest. Although Christina is a far better dancer than both Leah and comedian Bill Engvall (whom I predicted to be eliminated), they obviously have a few more fans voting for them, which doesn't surprise me.

Now here are my Week 5 rankings of the remaining stars and their dancing partners in order of preference as well as a prediction of who will be eliminated next week:

1 (Last Week #2) Elizabeth Berkley & Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Score: 26 out of 30 points)
I enjoyed their fun 1980s-inspired jive, which featured an amusing Saved by the Bell spoof, and I've always liked the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited". I wouldn't be surprised to see this attractive duo in the final three.

2 (LW #8) Amber Riley & Derek Hough (Score: 26)
Their foxtrot had great energy, and I'm so glad that judge Bruno Tonioli gave them a 10 to make up for Len Goodman's undeserving 7 (I would've given them a 9).

3 (LW #7) Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani (Score: 22)
The judges certainly didn't care for their creative contemporary dance to Katy Perry's "Roar", but I found it very entertaining. And Leah really seemed to be enjoying herself.

4 (LW #5) Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff (Score: 28)
The judges adore Corbin - and so do I - but I liked Amber and Derek's foxtrot more than Corbin and Karina's. However, I do agree with Bruno's funny line that Corbin could be the love child of Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen.

5 (LW #4) Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke (Score: 27)
They performed a good, graceful waltz.

6 (LW #1) Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd (Score: 27)
Brant did express his passion well during their contemporary dance, but it was my least favorite performance of theirs so far. However, I still enjoyed seeing his smile and bare chest.

7 (LW #3) Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Sasha Farber (Score: 27)
Their jazz dance to Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" just didn't do it for me.

8 (LW #6) Bill Engvall & Emma Slater (Score: 24)
So Len Goodman gave Amber and Derek a 7, while these two received three 8s for their boring and unexceptional Viennese waltz. I have to strongly disagree with these scores.

Who Should and Will Be Eliminated Next Week: The two weakest dancers left are Leah and Bill, and I predict (and hope) that he will be sent home.

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