Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dancing with the Stars - Week 5

After letting go of Adam Corolla last week (no real surprise here) and having the big shock of seeing Priscilla Presley in the bottom 2, things got quite a bit messier this week.

Latin week is usually touted as being a hot and sexy night... and spray tans aside, I was pretty disappointed in the over all performance level last night. Some of the teams did very well, but if you didn`t do well it was, well, pretty crappy.

I was happy to see that Marissa is really getting her groove back. After pulling out a great performance last week, she was my favorite again this week with her very sassy Samba. I have to say that this is the first year that I really like Tony (he usually grates on me, but this year we are seeing a lighter, funner side of him) and they are doing a great job together. Seeing Tony all excited and happy for Marissa makes each performance even more memorable, and I really hope to see them around for several weeks still. They got medium scores (all 8s) but had some of the best energy last night.

Mario & Karina started off the evening with their Samba.... and I have no idea what the judges were seeing, because it was not one of the highlights of the evening for me. I have completely lost interest in Mario`s performances and didn`t understand why he scored well.

Priscilla Presley & Louis tried to do a pretty intricate Rumba... but it was too difficult and felt forced and awkward. As much as I love Priscilla I think that she will be finished after this week and it may be the right time. She still looks great and works like a demon, but that isn`t always enough. She is still the classiest act on the dance floor this season.

Cristian de la Fuente & Cheryl did an adequate Rumba, but it was lacking the `oomph` that they had last week. They have weird chemistry.... if they could fix that they could probably go a lot further.

Marlee Matlin & Fabian did an amazing job for an intricate Samba that must be impossibly difficult for some one that can`t hear. Seriously-- I have no idea how Marlee does so well and keeps such a positive attitude with such a big challenge. They didn`t get the best score, but deserve to stick around and show the world more of their great attitude and effort.

Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark are still the couple to beat, and did another amazing Rumba last night. They got the highest scores (2 10s-- wow) and work so beautifully together. I always look forward to seeing what they will do, and they made it all look so effortless last night compared to other teams. It may be hard to know them off the top spot after this week.

Shannon Elizabeth & Derek got bad comments from the judges for their Samba, but I really think the judges were being too harsh. They put together a great routine, and although Shannon didn`t shake it as much as some of the other girls (she has less to shake), they did a great job and you can tell how much she puts into it by her level of exhaustion at the end of the performance. Poor Derek got hit with food poisoning this week (bad season for him) but there seems to be some kind of connection happening with his partner and I wonder if there is another romance in the works?

Jason Taylor & Edyta finished off the performances with a Rumba that was very smooth and had some interesting extensions done by Edyta (good lord...). They got great scores and are sure to be around for the next while as they are pretty much the number 2 team. Why is it that all the girls wear such mini costumes yet we are not treated to the same thing with the guys? Seems a little sexist to me....

I think that Priscilla will be eliminated tonight.... but stranger things have happened and you never know...