Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 9, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The fifth week of performances features the Argentine tango and the paso doble. Also: a group performance of the hustle.
Original Air Date: Oct 19, 2009

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 Season 9, Episode 10

The top 10 couples hit the floor not once, but twice this week on Dancing with the Stars with an individual dance and a group hustle. How did they fare? Find out below!

So for one week only, Maks is back! As he mentioned in his TVGuide.com blog, Maks will sub in for the flu-ridden Derek after a crazy week of "will-he-won't-he-be-healthy-enough-to-dance?" confusion. If memory serves, this is the second time a ejected pro has subbed for a sick pro, following Edyta stepping in for Julianne last year. Why is it always the Houghs? Fragile kiddies. But D.Ho isn't the only ill pro this week: His BFF Mark is also fighting a bug. Stop hanging out together, guys. Mark, luckily, is not taking a sick day.

Meanwhile, The Berge and Sam, who's growing a Chia pet on her head, tell us Tom DeLay ruined their plans with his withdrawal, causing them to push up the group dance a week.

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: Paso Doble
No more "fighting" between these two, but there are too many questions from Natalie for Alec. He just wants her to intimidate, so that means no dimples. Nat keeps the dimples in check, but it looks like she's trying really hard not to laugh. Not exactly intimidating. She still has gorgeous lines and precision, but there's not much aggression going on here. It seems like she's still in her head thinking about the steps. On top of that, the music is just wretched. Who pasos to "American Woman"? Len thinks she's a very accomplished dancer, but doesn't think the dance had enough aggression. Bruno agrees and says something about Spain. Carrie Ann calls them out on a lift and wants Natalie to go out of her body.
Score: 22

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: Argentine Tango
Aaron wants to turn everyone back on this week. Ew, no thanks. Karina's not even turned on because she's a "cold-blooded bitch." (Can Maks vouch for that?) She brings in some buddies to help him tap into the mood of the dance and caress Karina's thigh. Luckily for both of them, it seems to have worked. Aaron seems to have stopped spiraling out of control and is totally focused and in the zone here. His moves are clean and the kicks are crisp. I don't think he's completely back yet, but it's an improvement from last week and unlike last week, there is some chemistry between them. Bruno says he was Robert Pattinson tango-ing in Twilight. Carrie Ann gets some kisses and calls him grounded. Len is glad Aaron came back to Daddy. Uh, yeah.
Score: 24

Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: Paso Doble

Mike, who feels like he has a new lease on life after escaping elimination last week, is having trouble sticking his hips out. Anna tells him it's supposed to be like having a coin between your buttocks, so dedicated pupil that he is, he sticks a nickel between the cheeks. I guess that's his secret weapon because dude is finally showing us what he's made of — and Anna as well. The choreography is good and actually gives Mike something to do. He's intense and has the stiff stride down. The posture is also looking great. He still needs refinement in his footwork, but baby steps, people. Carrie Ann calls it her favorite dance so far. Len loves the knee walk. Bruno wants him to keep the nickel in his booty. No-go. Mike gives Bruno his lucky nickel.
Score: 21

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: Argentine Tango
From the back to the front, Mya kicks Dmitry in the balls. Once he healed, the two did some do-gooding by visiting a Habitat for Humanity site. And now they're ready to tango. They start up on the top of the stage with a nice intimate number before moving to the main floor. Mya, is, of course, stellar as always and the taut back-and-forth kicks between her and Dmitry are jaw-dropping for their sharp execution and choreography. However, I'm still not feeling much chemistry between them. Or maybe she's so good that it's kind of boring now? (Shades of Kristi Yamaguchi?) Stop the presses! Len actually likes it — hallelujah! I don't think he'll give them a 10 though. Bruno calls her a great technician. Carrie Ann thinks the emotional connection is lacking.
Score: 27

Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: Paso Doble
Mark is struggling with the aggressive character despite his martial arts background. Weird? Lacey puts even more pressure on him by giving him a solo because she wants him to stand out. And thus, he starts off by himself on the stage with a bold little number before a fauxhawked Lacey steps in. Despite looking completely lost in rehearsals, Mark is totally channeling a domineering matador here. He's controlled, authoritative and his posture is perfect. The flip in the middle is a funky throw-in too that's bound to get him some points. And unlike the past few weeks, Mark doesn't flub once. This is his breakthrough, guys, and frankly, it's about time. Bruno thinks he's turning into the red devil. Carrie Ann thinks he was in his power zone. Len says he had posture, power and performance. So to summarize: The Charleston has the three Es and the Paso has the three Ps.
Score: 26

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: Argentine Tango
Donny understands the passion in the tango because he's got five kids. Does anyone have brain bleach? All kidding aside, Donny does know something about passion because he's bringing it here. I don't think I've ever seen so much chemistry between him and Kym. The dance is sultry, but not too much and Donny actually looks totally at ease and not hamming it up for once. His technique is also on point between the pace changes of quick flicks and long extensions. Carrie Ann thinks the Argentine tango loves Donny Osmond and thinks it was "so darn sexy." Len calls it his best dance. Bruno says it's bonanza dance because Donny is now Donny Darko. "You took me there," Donny says. Get a room, kids.
Score: 29

Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: Argentine Tango
Chelsie needs Louie to be sexy and macho. In Louie's mind, "macho" means another slicked-back 'do. These two break out the chair prop. I usually hate chair props since they're useless 99 percent of the time, but it actually works here as part of the choreography throughout. The sizzling chemistry between them has resurfaced and Chelsie has finally given Louie more to do than walking, but he's still more or less framing her. Louie's still hesitant on some steps, usually when he steps out from Chelsie, but he looks more mentally in this one than he was in the two-step. Plus, the whole thing is seductive and steamy, which gives them automatic points. Len admits he wasn't expecting a lot, but he likes how he set the mood. Bruno loves the storytelling, but doesn't want him to step through the movements. Carrie Ann wants him to stay in dancer mode, but loves the way he partners Chelsie.
Score: 22

Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: Argentine Tango
Mark gets sick, so he calls in Anna T. to fill in for a day to help Melissa — with the woman's part, not the man's. I'm not sure how much that helped because her hips are hardly moving and she's way too stiff for throughout the whole routine. The moves are too staccato, taking her out of character at times. But what looks the most unfortunate is the repulsed face she makes when she's smushed against Mark's face, like she's straining with her life not to kiss him. Honey, I know he's sick, but you're supposed to want to kiss him here. There's no heat here at all. Downgrade. Bruno thinks she lost her step a few times and that she looked grumpy. Carrie Ann disagrees, but thinks she sustained her character. Len thinks it lacked seduction, but loved it overall.
Score: 23

Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: Paso Doble

Kelly doesn't understand why she has to be a cape. But the bigger story is that they're dancing to Ozzy's "Crazy Train." Daddy will be proud though. Kelly and guylined Louis (who actually does look like one of Ozzy's long-lost relatives) are fierce as hell and attacking every move. She starts off a little bit slowly (nerves probably acting up again), but once she gets going, she's gone. The whole thing is dramatic and slightly odd, but it works for these two. Carrie Ann can't get over the Osbourne connection, but wants her to stay in character. Len likes that there were fewer nerves. Bruno wants her to stay on it.
Score: 24

Joanna Krupa and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango

The consensus is that Derek caught the flu from taking his shirt off last week for the first time ever. Leave the shirtlessness to the real men, D! Maks stepped in for Derek on Thursday and Joanna just wants to make Derek proud. Derek's got to be proud of this, considering J. and M. only had a day-and-a-half to do the routine from scratch. For two people with so little time together, they have great chemistry and you can feel the tension between them. Joanna's lines are pretty and her legs don't look as gangly as they usually do, but her extensions seem to stop short at times. It's all going to plan until she slips up — but recovers well. Nonetheless, she'll get sympathy votes thanks to the partner change. Bruno says he was living his fantasy until the stumble. Len thinks they did a great job under the circumstances. Carrie Ann agrees and wants Joanna to work on her flexibility.
Score: 24

Group Hustle
Kelly hurt her foot in her paso, but she will dance the group hustle — barefoot. The always groovy Corky Ballas is choreographing the number in his '70s gear. Donny's excited because he's basically the only one who remembers this time period. Louie totally blows off Aaron (who, according to Kelly's Twitter, was an hour late to rehearsal last week), which is kind of amazing. Something flew out of Louis' nose and into Kelly's mouth. Joanna breaks her watch when Derek drops her in rehearsals, but Maks will step in again for the actual number. And so we begin with more wigs, sideburns, bellbottoms and polyester I can ever dream of. Out of all of the group numbers I've seen (from Season 4 on), this one's a hot mess and totally underwhelming since everyone basically stood to the side while a couple solo'd down the middle of the floor. Or am I expecting too much from the person who was partnered with Cloris Leachman? It moved way too slowly and the music was too repetitive, but whatevs. They each get to showcase some cheesy move. The best was Mark D. playing bongos on Lacey's butt and Mark B. more or less dropping Melissa. I'm evil, I know. But don't tell me you didn't laugh. Bruno calls it sublime and ridiculous. Carrie Ann can't get over the hairpieces. Really, are any of them scarier than Sam's? Len gives them all kudos.

After all that, we have Donny and Kym topping the leaderboard for the first time, and Michael and Anna — again — bringing up the rear. The silver lining? This is the first time everyone's scored in the 20s.

What did you think? Did Aaron and Michael step up their games? Did you like the last-minute pairing of Maks and Joanna? Did you find Donny "so darn sexy" as well? Was the group hustle all that and more, or totally out of style like the hairdos? Are you happy Mark D. finally had a breakthrough? Who do you think will get the boot Tuesday?

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The top 10 couples hit the floor not once, but twice this week on Dancing with the Stars with an individual dance and a group hustle. How did they fare? Find out below!
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