‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Week 5, The Performances: TV Recap

Oh yes, it’s ’80s night, and the feeling’s right.

Oh yes it’s ’80s night, oh what a night. (Apologies to Kool and the Gang) Last season, “Dancing with the Stars” gave us “Guilty Pleasures.” This season’s version features only the 1980s, and the Bangles (with a croaking Susanna Hoffs reminding me how much I hate “Eternal Flame”) are the house band rather than Hanson. With movie night and now ’80s night, what will the dancers have left in their costume-creativity bags for the upcoming Halloween episode? Most of the couples already look ready for the Village Halloween Parade. As the early exits of Kristin Cavallari and Chynna Phillips prove, you need fans as much as talent on “DWTS,” and no one can afford to have a bad night. Expect many references to these themes.

For the second time, Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovsky lead off, this time with a tango. Before they dance, we discover how the producers plan to fill two hours with only eight couples: lots of commercials, photos of the stars in the 1980s and the judges’ opinions on how each couple can improve. Carrie Ann says the athletic Hope needs to focus on movement and music. Hope and Maks have their usual love/hate bickering in rehearsal – no surprise there. They have a herky-jerky tango to a wedding-band version of “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Sometimes Hope has the energy and sharpness the tango requires, but other times she looks awkward. Carrie Ann also uses “awkward,” though she and Bruno like the character Hope takes on. Len complains she’s willowy. Score: 24 (Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, Bruno 8). Read More...


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