Dancing With the Stars Season 5 Episode 0 (09/25/07)
Jennie Garth and Derek Hough (Cha Cha Cha) - The actressis the proud mother of three girls. She also has great skin, according to her intro. We also got reacquainted with Derek Hough, brother of fan favorite Julianne. He refers to himself as “deadly on the dance floor,” which made us laugh. Jennie had some trouble getting comfortable during practices, and confessed to being nervous about taking center stage.
The couple performed the Cha Cha Cha to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,” always an adorable and fitting choice. They even looked the part: Jennie wore a sophisticated navy dress with some serious jewelry, while Derek sporting a matching mechanic’s outfit. The dance started out a bit slow, but overall was cute, flirty, and fun. Jennie had some decent moves for the first week, including a challenging drop and the splits.
Len began his assessment of the couple by commending Jennie on getting over her nerves. Bruno, ever the flirt, called Jennie a yummy mummy, but warned her about her leg work. Carrie Ann thought that the couple did very well for the first week, but told Jennie to work on her confidence and to be steadier on her feet. Score: 21
Josie Maran and Alec Mazo (Foxtrot) - Josie Maran supposedly signed on to do the show in order to fulfill her dream of being a rock star, minus the singing. Alec said that after following a win with an early elimination, he wants to be back on top.
The pair performed the first Foxtrot of the evening to “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” (Nat King Cole and others). Josie looked stunning in a low-cut, teal dress, but looked slightly less amazing on the dance floor. She didn’t seem to have a good sense of rhythm overall.
The judges’ comments were fairly consistent:. Len said that Josie looked elegant, but caught the couple trying to stay in a hold throughout the entire dance. Carrie Ann could tell that Josie was out of her element, but enjoyed her smile. Bruno admitted that the Foxtrot was a difficult dance, but said that Josie looked like a beautiful sailboat stranded on a sand bank. Score: 16
Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas (Cha Cha Cha) - Sabrina wanted to bring a fresher edge to the show, while Mark Ballas called himself a dancing ninja. These two should be an interesting couple to watch this season.
Dancing to “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls, Sabrina and Mark delivered a lively, unconventional routine. Sabrina is definitely one of the most natural dancers among the ladies, so that gives her an advantage. Carrie Ann acknowledged that the performance was “fierce,” but wanted a routine with less of a hip-hop influence. Bruno called Sabrina a “bewitching blonde dynamo,” and praised the couple’s precision. Len commented on the couple’s level of excitement. Score: 26 (9, 8, 9).
Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts (Foxtrot) - Marie declared that she was in the competition to show other single mothers over 30 not to give up. Jonathan called himself ballroom’s perfect gentleman, and claimed that he could teach anyone to dance.
The couple’s Foxtrot, performed to The Supremes’ “I Hear A Symphony,” showed off Osmond’s incredible stage presence. Her energy and spirit came through extremely well, and she wasn’t afraid to dance on her own. She even threw in a few kisses to the judges. Bruno thought the dance featured great storytelling. Len called the couple’s routine a “lovely present.” Carrie Ann noted Marie’s charisma and deemed the performance “adorable.” Score: 21
Melanie Brown and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Cha Cha Cha) - The handsome Maksim proudly called himself the bad boy of the show, and expressed his willingness to put his partners through anything to win. These two are well-suited to each other, especially because Melanie counted Maks’ vanity as a positive trait.
The couple performed their routine to a high-energy version of “Deeper Love.” Melanie, in an animal-print dress, showcased her personality more than her technical prowess. Her fiery attitude fit the tone of the Cha Cha Cha very closely. Carrie Ann brought out her first backhanded compliment of the season, stating that Melanie was a much better dancer than she expected. Len complimented Melanie’s hip action, and felt that the routine was well-performed. Bruno called Melanie a “feisty kitten,” and worried about Maksim’s ability to tame her. Score: 24
Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani (Foxtrot) - Tony and Jane agreed that their strategy would focus on class and grace. Jane pointed out that she was the oldest dancer the show’s history, and the cheers from the audience made it clear that she has the mature woman vote.
They danced to “Let’s Do It; Let’s Fall in Love,” by Cole Porter. The entire performance was very charming, and featured a difficult move where Jane fell into Tony’s arms (almost down to the floor). Bruno thought that the couple’s performance was the essence of elegance. Carrie Ann was glad that Jane didn’t look stiff because many contestants have made that mistake with the Foxtrot. Len enjoyed the mix of steps and holds, and instructed the couple to work on their turns. Score: 24