Week 5 of “Dancing with the Stars,” which aired on Monday, October 18, held its first ever Television Theme Night. It featured a few outrageous costumes as dancers performed to some the most popular television theme songs. The show began with a critique of the remaining dancers on the show. From this point onward, the judges will expect crisp precise movements of all the couples; they will also become harsher in their reviews of the dances. So, was this week all flash and no substance or did the dancers deliver well-rounded performances?
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed the quickstep to “I’ll Be There for You,” the theme song from “Friends.” She earned the top spot for the first time with a 27, getting her highest score to date. Despite her top score, I wasn’t crazy about the beginning and end of the dance. The middle, though, was energetic, and they kept step with one another.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were in second place for the second time this season, receiving a 25. They danced the foxtrot to the theme song to”Married with Children.” Jennifer and Derek dressed like a traditional couple of the 1950s. Jennifer looked like a woman dancing in one of those home appliance commercials of the era. Although it’s not directly related, the dance would have been a perfect tribute to the late Barbara Billingsly, the mother on “Leave it to Beaver” who died on Saturday, October 16. I don’t think they intentionally wanted to send a tribute to her.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya earned a personal best of 24 for their quickstep. The couple danced to the theme song for “Bewitched.” Kurt had to explain what the show was about because she grew up in Russia. They received a standing ovation for their fun dance. It was probably their best dance of the season.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke dance the rumba to the theme song to the 1980s cop drama “Hill Street Blues,” earning a 24 for their performance. The best thing about the performance was the fact that they are two attractive people who look good on the dance floor. I didn’t like the costumes. Police officer costumes evoke images of people who dance for money. I expected to see dollar bills thrown on the stage. It was a little distracting for me.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani slipped from the top of the pack this week, receiving a 23 for their rumba to the “The Hills” theme song. The dance was technically good but boring to watch. Bruno told her, “Don’t be plastic, be fantastic.” Audrina’s costume reminded of some of the clothing worn by former “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska. The eating onion during practice was a little odd.
Of course, I figured “Dancing with the Stars” would work in the theme song for “The Brady Bunch.” Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas earned their best scores of the season, a 21, for their tango to the song. During their practice session, Barry Williams (Greg Brady) showed up. Carrie Ann described Florence as a “sexy senior.” She may not be able to do some of the same moves as her younger competitors, but she does really well with slow dances.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer performed the foxtrot to the theme song of “Charlie’s Angels.” Kyle didn’t even know that there was a television show before the movie version. They received their lowest score of the season, a 20, for their performance. They looked like an odd couple on the dance floor. In her blonde wig and Farrah flip, Lacey looked like she was headed to Studio 64. Kyle, in his afro wig and moustache, looked like Lamont on “Sanford and Son.”
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas fell to the bottom of the pack. Last week, they were second to last, following The Situation and Karina. During the practice footage, Mark took Bristol to a clown school in an effort to get Bristol to loosen up. It didn’t help. They danced to the theme song for the 1960s show “The Monkees.” They came out dressed in gorilla suites. All the potential Bristol displayed in the previous weeks seemed to have diminished.
This week was not a fun as I had hoped it would be. Because the show has to fill two hours, “Dancing with the Stars” started with a lot of talking and very little dancing. They also had to make up for time because television theme songs are not that long. It was after 7:30 before anyone hit the dance floor. It made me wish I could fast forward through the first part using my DVR. I actually went to the bathroom and got a drink. I can’t wait until they do two dances instead of fillers to take up time.
The result show aired Tuesday, October 19.
Scores and Rankings:
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy = 27
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough = 25
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya = 24
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke = 24
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani = 23
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas = 21
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer = 20
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas = 18