Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 11, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The second-round results show includes performances by Seal and Janelle Monáe. Also: a dance performance by an aerial theater company.
Original Air Date: Sep 28, 2010
Guest Cast Seal Janelle Monáe

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 Season 11, Episode 5

It's storytelling night on Dancing with the Stars, as the top 10 show off their best acting skills. So who told the best tale?

Whoa! Easy on the cleavage, Brooke! This is a family show, remember? I'm so taken aback that I can't even concentrate on the pro storytelling number illustrating the three dances on tap: samba, waltz and foxtrot (aka another way to fill up time.)

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: samba
Jennifer proposes that she be Derek's teacher whom he has a crush on. Derek's pushing Jen again with harder choreography and samba rolls, but she's not getting it. Jen is in a strategically cut top that exposes her bright red bra. So much cleavage this evening! She's sharp on her turns, but the fast footwork seems to be fumbling her, especially on the deep pivots. She gets through the samba roll, but seems to be playing catch-up the whole routine. Len loves the clever choreography, but noticed a "twiddly bit" in her moves. Bruno calls her the sexy mistress of Cougar Town's academy of samba. Hmm, future guest star? Carrie Ann says they were slightly out of sync, but loves that they carried the story out. Derek grabs Jen for a redo of their slip-up. No do-overs, guys!
Score: 24

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: waltz
Their music is "Edelweiss," and Florence says one of her favorite parts was in The Sound of Music. They're playing two people attracted to each other, but she's afraid of giving in — until the end. Florence says the dance reminds her of her late husband and says he's watching her. Florence still has a long way to go when it comes to technique, but this is the perfect dance for her in terms of emotional heft. It's sweet and totally tugs at your heart strings. The routine is perfect for, say, a wedding, but not a dancing competition. The choreography is simply too simple. Bruno calls it effective and "very, very sweet," but wants continuous progression in her movement. Carrie Ann thinks her husband is smiling down on her, but wants her to push her boundaries. Len calls it poignant and emotional, but the technique in her feet is "nonexistent."
Score: 20

Anna Trebunskaya and Kurt Warner: foxtrot
Their song is "Bad Day," so, Anna, being the "depressed, negative Russian" is going to be the one having a bad day, while Kurt cheers her up. Kurt is having trouble being delicate, so she makes him have a tea party with his two daughters. I think he forgot his princess dress. Kurt is, unsurprisingly, oozing charm yet again and is surprisingly light on his feet. His posture is way better than it was in his Viennese waltz, reinforcing his hold with Anna. Carrie Ann finds it charming and likes that they were connected. Len says he's lacking musicality in his arms, but everything else was well done. Bruno still hates his "frying pan" hands. They get a 23, which Brooke says it's the highest score of the night. Um, no it's not.
Score: 23

Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel: samba
They have "Copacabana," and their story is "coming out with joy." Margaret was on tour last week, so she's even more stressed-out. Margaret, dressed in a rainbow fringed dress, is full of pep and energy — perhaps a little too much. Her footwork's still flimsy and she falls out of sync with Louis too often. Her arm extensions are also weak. Len says they started off well, but she got heavy in the legs later on. He also doesn't get the story. For real? "It's about having pride while people are criticizing you," Margaret says. Ah, now he gets it! Bruno wants her to keep waving the rainbow flag, but thinks she went off after the "Copa." Carrie Ann loves the story, but says she lost control. "This is the gayest thing that I think has ever happened. I was so excited that I couldn't contain myself!" Margaret says.
Score: 18

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: waltz
Tony gave us Kate Gosselin and "Paparazzi" last season for storytelling week. This time, he's going to be dressed as a dead Marine coming home in Audrina's dream. Audrina is worried because she's not used to being emotional in front of people. This is hands-down the best dance so far. Audrina is floating, and her footwork, turns and holds are on-point. Her extensions are full-out, and this totally trumps Florence's dance in terms of emotion. Audrina has really established herself as a contender. After this week, I would fully support her in being in the final three. Bruno calls it compelling and touching and loves the story. Carrie Ann says it was beautifully acted and wants her to point her toes more. Len says it was the most touching dance of the night. Len and Bruno bust out the 9 paddles for the first time. To celebrate, we get footage of Tony's leg waxing. Next week, show off the legs, OK?
Score: 26

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: foxtrot
They have "Just the Way You Are," and Mark is going to be a homeless person who gets Bristol's attention. Bristol is scared of acting, but Mark thinks this song is perfect for her to do so. Uh, how about also because it's storytelling week? Mark starts with a solo, which is fun, but you're the not the celebrity, dude. Bristol looks scared to death that alternates with a vacant stare. Somebody get this girl acting lessons, STAT! Bristol has nice rhythm, but is still too hesitant and is too stiff in hold. Mark looks like he's dragging her around half the time. Carrie Ann thinks her lack of entertainment experience hurt her. Len finds it too contemporary. Bruno thinks her execution is clean, but wants her to feel the dance. "Show it to me, baby!" he orders.
Score: 19

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: samba

Brandy's still peeved about their video package last week that portrayed them as the Bickersons. This week, she covers her mouth with tape scrawled with "I love Maks." They decide to act out The Bodyguard, which they both name as their favorite movie. Remember when Whitney Houston played Brandy's fairy godmother in Cinderella? Maks pushes Brandy hard in rehearsal, which Brandy says she needs. Brandy starts out singing. (Get it?) She gets in the groove quickly and has tremendous hip action. This is an improvement from last week's hot mess. She's crisp, stays in sync with Maks and "pops" on every move. Len loves the energy and hip action, but didn't quite get it because he thought Maks would be protective as a bodyguard. He also disapproves of Maks' teaching style. Tomato, to-mah-to. Bruno is starting to see the comeback of the diva. Carrie Ann calls Maks over and tries to smack his booty. Maks smacks Tom's booty, of course.
Score: 24

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: waltz
They get "Take It to the Limit" by the Eagles. "Who are the Eagles?" Lacey asks. Depressing. On so many levels. They get a new song, "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop," so Lacey decides to do a meet-cute. Kyle wants to prove that he can be romantic, so he feigns making out with himself. Kyle reins in the extra enthusiasm and sells the dance on his charm alone. This kid is one smooth operator. But he still isn't as polished as he needs to be. Bruno calls it "the happy picture of a blossoming teenage romance." Carrie Ann says he brings the fun to the floor and loves his expressive arms. Len wants him to work on his atrocious footwork, but says the performance and acting levels are high.
Score: 23

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: foxtrot
Their story is them stepping into a time machine, and they're dancing to the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow." A foxtrot to hip-hop? My head hurts. Sitch is really hard on himself this week, which impresses Karina. After they "travel through time," Sitch and Karina end up in mesh and black pleather. Maybe this would be better for the future theme during the "Through the Eras" week? Anyhow, this is easily Sitch's best performance. He seems to have finally discovered rhythm and has some musicality in his steps and turns. The whole routine itself is odd, for which I blame the abysmal music choice, but I'm still buying what they're selling. Carrie Ann says he's baby-stepping his way to becoming a dancer. Len admires him for trying to nail heal leads, but thinks it was a bizarre performance. Bruno thinks the time machine got Sitch in the land of the lost foxtrot, but finds it very entertaining.
Score: 20

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: samba
Their story is that Rick is feeling down because he just cost his team the whole game — which he says he can relate to — and Cheryl's cheering him up. Cheryl wants him to portray sexy. "I've got a 26-year-old pipsqueak telling me I'm not sexy enough," Rick says. Just talk to Eliza, dude! Rick — whose shirt magically unbuttons itself — is killing it with the booty-shaking, hip action and lightning fast footwork. He's still not as clean as he could be, but it's still awesome how comfortable he seems to be in every dance at his height. It's just a fun, flirty dance overall and a great way to wrap up the night. Len says it was well done. Bruno says he gets pretty hot when he lets it go. Carrie Ann finds it hot and she was feeling "goooood."
Score: 24

So that's that. Audrina and Tony take the top spot for the first time with a 26, dethroning Jennifer and Derek. Margaret and Louis bring up the rear with 18.

What did you think? Whose story was your favorite? What year did Sitch and Karina travel to? Does Audrina deserve the top spot? Do you wish Tony showed off more of his waxed legs? How badly does Bristol need acting lessons? Do you know who the Eagles are? (Please say yes.)

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It's storytelling night on Dancing with the Stars, as the top 10 show off their best acting skills. So who told the best tale?

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