Dancing With the Stars Season 5 Episode 0 (10/08/07)
Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas (Jive) - Sabrina was feeling the pressure of competition after placing second behind Helio and Julianne Hough. The couple's Jive, performed to "Shake, Rattle and Roll," was a tremendous hit with the audience and the judges.
Len told Sabrina that she gave a full-bore performance, and that the Jive was her best dance thus far. Bruno called the couple's routine a "sismic" event, which Tom quickly changed to "seismic." He felt that Sabrina brought incredible power to the Jive and gave it 110-percent. We got a quick look at the audience, which included Monique Coleman, Lisa Rinna, and Louis van Amstel. Carrie Ann was relieved that Sabrina didn't overpower the dance, and called the end result "vibrant." Score: 27 (9, 9, 9).
Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska (Tango) - Cameron took last week's criticisms and average scores to heart, and resolved to break away from the pack. Edyta informed Cameron that, since the Tango is a dramatic dance, he would need to use his acting as a secret weapon. We guess Edyta doesn't watch All My Children. Nothing against soaps, but they aren't exactly a breeding ground for Oscar winners.
During the dance, serious props to Cameron for lifting Edyta and carrying her to the judges' table. Carrie Ann called the pair's Tango G-rated, but praised Cameron's improved posture. Len acknowledged that Cameron's posture and holds were good, but felt that he was missing the character of the dance. Bruno argued with Len about that comment, and called Cameron a lady-killer. He saw a lot of improvement in Cameron's performance this week. Score: 23 (8, 7, 8).
Mark Cuban and Kym Johnson (Jive) - Mark was thrilled to have escaped the dreaded "Bottom 2" curse. He and Kym were unfortunate to have drawn the Jive this week, which involves a lot of jumping. They performed to "New Shoes" by Paolo Nutini - and it was not very memorable. Mark dances very well when you consider his injury, but that might not be enough to keep him on the show for another week.
Bruno noted that Mark was more polished, clean, and in control. Carrie Ann felt that Mark was still awkward, and recommended that he pay attention to the placement of his shoulders. Len was entertained but thought that Kym and Mark lost their way towards the end of the dance. Score: 20 (6, 7, 7).
Jennie Garth and Derek Hough (Tango) - Just in case you didn't see one of the dozens of replays showing Jennie's fall, they showed it again. How much humiliation can a girl take?
This Tango was significantly better than all of her previous routines. Len called the couple's Tango sharp and tangy, like a pickle. while she had some heel and posture issues, she nailed the mood of the dance. Carrie Ann gave Jennie a much-deserved standing ovation and a high five. She said that the dance was passionate, elegant and well-done. Bruno called it the comeback of the season, and told her to be proud of herself. Score: 26 (9, 8, 9).
Melanie Brown and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Jive) - In order to reach the energy level necessary for the Jive, Maks took Mel to the Le Reve show in Las Vegas. Their Jive ("Sweet Soul Music") included tons of kicks and side-by-side moves. The entire routine looked very challenging.
Bruno praised Mel's ability to maintain control of her boundless energy. Len declared that this week's "B" was for bounce, and called it her best dance. Carrie Ann agreed with both sets of comments, and said that the Jive was Melanie's dance. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9).
Wayne Newton and Cheryl Burke (Tango) - Wayne admitted that he was confused when he landed in the bottom two last week. Meanwhile, the Tango really didn't sound like the right dance to showcase Wayne's strengths, and it wasn't. Cheryl was basically dancing around him for the majority of the routine.
Carrie Ann loved the look and character of the routine, but noticed that Cheryl was leading Wayne at certain points. Bruno praised the effort that Wayne put into his appearance this week, but told Wayne to take over the job of leading the dance. Len hated the feathery hat, and said that it reminded him of Puss in Boots from the Shrek movies. Score: 18 (6, 6, 6).
Floyd Mayweather and Karina Smirnoff (Jive) - Floyd approached the Jive with his usual positive, ready-for-anything attitude. Karina believed that the Jive would be the couple's breakout dance. It started with a neat jump-rope gimmick that matched Floyd's energy perfectly. There was a lot of bootie-shaking and pelvic-thrusting, and Floyd's personality made the dance.
Len scolded Floyd for rehearsing in tennis shoes, and blamed that choice on Floyd's lack of attention to his toes. Carrie Ann loved Floyd's approach to the dance, but wanted to see more structure, body placement, and detail. Bruno told Floyd that he could do anything, but that he still hadn't done much yet. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7).
Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani (Tango) - Their Tango was very passionate, sleek, and sophisticated. She's been criticized for being too prim and proper in her earlier performances, and we were afraid that the style of dance wouldn't suit her. We were way off.
Bruno told Jane that she reminded him of a silent movie queen, and said the dance contained drama, pathos, and passion. Len praised her for getting the acting elements of the dance down, and said that her Tango "could have been on Pay-Per-View." Carrie Ann got a bit choked up and told Jane that she created a special moment on the show and transformed her emotions into a gorgeous dance. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9).
Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough (Jive) - Helio was glad to still be in the judges' and fans' favor, but put a lot of pressure on himself for the Jive. Julianne called him a perfectionist, and said that he was obsessed with getting all the details right. We learned that Helio has a weak foot, and saw him fall down hard on it during practices.
Decked out in matching teal outfits, Julianne and Helio performed their Jive to "Kids in America." Their routine was fast, fun, and featured Helio's usual enthusiasm. But he overdid it this week, and got a scraped knee and torn pants for his efforts. He even limped his way to the judges' table.
Carrie Ann said that Helio's fun attitude is contagious, but asked for better posture. Bruno praised the couple for their charming stage presence. He was afraid that, by setting the bar so high early on, he didn't meet his own standard this week. Len thought the dance was well-done overall, but noticed a few bad kicks. Score: 24 (8, 8, 8).
Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts (Tango) - Marie was still thrilled about finishing so high last week. Her brother Donnie turned up at her rehearsals with Jonathan, and it was fun to see them goof off.
Len admitted that he didn't think Marie would be a very good dancer, but she proved him wrong. He thought her Tango was a marvelous musical interpretation, and commended her poise. Carrie Ann said that Marie reminded her of Lucille Ball (in a good way), and that the performance was elegant. Bruno called her a "mistress of characters," and was glad that she didn't cross the line into slapstick. He also dubbed her the Meryl Streep of dance. Score: 26 (9, 8, 9).