Week 5 of “Dancing with the Stars” Television Theme Night was filled with flashy costumes and lots of theatrics. We saw gorilla suites, costumes that were flashbacks and a little bit of fancy footwork. Brandy & Maksim took the top spot for the first time and a few contestants received their highest scores while contenders for the prize faltered. Mark wasn’t able to pull the confident dancer out of Bristol, placing her at the bottom of the pack. On the fans would be able to save her from being axed from “Dancing with the Stars.”
At the beginning of the show, the fans saved the two lowest-scoring couples — Kyle & Lacey and Bristol & Mark. That meant that someone who received high scores would be going home, a common occurrence on the fifth and sixth week of “Dancing with the Stars.” Following the surprising results, the judges wanted to see Brandy & Maksim do an encore of their quickstep.
Sadly, Corky & Florence were sent home although they received their best scores of the competition and were favorites of people in the audience. She said she did the show to inspire people to get up and move no matter what age they are. I think it was a little too on-spot that they chose the theme song from “The Golden Girls” to end the show. I’ll miss the audience shots of her former television children and wondering why the cameras panned to Jamie Lee Curtis after Corky & Florence’s dances.
The show did a fake “Bring it Like Bruno” dance DVD. I hoped it was just a bit for the show. It was weird and a little creepy, somewhat like Bruno Tonioli’s performance on the Elton John music video to his 1983 song “I’m Still Standing.” For anyone interested, you can find it on YouTube. You can’t miss Bruno. It’s such an 80’s music video, full of kitsch and camp. Actually, they did another fake commercial, which set my mind at ease. The fake commercials were a continuation of television theme week.
R&B singer Jason Derulo performed his song “In My Head” and his adaptation of the Ray Charles classic “Georgia on My Mind.” I didn’t think he did this classic song any justice. He wasn’t a bad singer, but nobody does it like Ray Charles. Shakira performed her latest song “Loca,” doing her signature belly dancing hip shakes. On a side note, Shakira recorded a song with Dora the Explorer, which will air on a Nickelodeon television special entitled “Dora’s Explorer Girls” on November 7, 2010.
The tearjerker moment of the show was the single mother from the Congo and her five sons. Her husband, their father, was assassinated in the Congo, lived in refugee camp and immigrated to the United States. The boys surprised her with a performance on “Dancing with the Stars.” It was mixture of hip-hop and the cha cha with some of the professional dancers.
I hated to see Florence & Corky go home, but as the competition draws to a close, more surprises are in store. Tune in to “Rock Week” Monday, October 25, 2010 on ABC.