Dancing with the Stars / Reality TV

DWTS Week 5 Recap: Len’s Side by Side Competition

Len challenged the dancing duos to his side-by-side challenge this week. Each couple would be assigned a dance and two professional dancers to work with and ultimately be compared to in each dance. That meant the couples would have to practice extra hard and be extra precise, considering they would be dancing next to pros who do this for a living. It’s the halfway mark of the competition, so the judges want to see the stars step up their game. They did just that! The judge’s had positive things to say about Sean-Lowe-and-Peta-Murgatroyd-Quickstep-Dancing-with-the-Stars-16-622x349 every couple, for the most part. This week really proved that there are four couples that are very tough contenders, who could potentially win it all. The four couples that showed this were Aly and Mark, Sean and Peta, Kellie and Derek, and Zendaya and Val.




Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson (with Tony and Emma Slater) Cha Cha

Len: “I thought you kept up with the stamina and energy all the way through.”
Bruno: “Lady Marmalade got you in a bit of a jam.”
Carrie Ann: “I saw no intimidation on your face… But you have to work on below the belt.”

Score: 21

Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff (with Maks and Anna) Jive

Bruno: “It was like watching two stallions at the peak of their power, fighting for supremacy!”
Carrie Ann: “A little bit flat-footed, a little bit turned-in. But I like some Jacoby!”
Len: “Your personality radiates throughout this ballroom … You’ll never get a 9 from me with those feet.”

Score: 26

Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold (with Tristan and Emma) Viennese Waltz

Carrie Ann: “Victor, I say that was a victory.”
Len: “This is better than last week, and that’s the way to go.”
Bruno: “You had a wonderful pert stance, you were erect …”

Score: 21

Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas (with Tony and Witney Carson) Samba

Len: “Your bottom is the tops.”
Bruno: “You had very strong technique … You have a lovely, effortless, carefree attitude.”
Carrie Ann: “I liked seeing you bring out your little sex kitten.”

Score: 25
Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd (with Tristan and Chelsie) QuickStep 

Bruno: “You’ve always been a bit of a lumberjack … tonight you turned into a swan!”
Carrie Ann: “You’re back, my friend.”
Len: “Last week a statue, this week a pigeon!” “I think he’s more like a pigeon than a swan.”

Score: 24

Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough (with Henry Bialikoff and Anna) FoxTrot 

Carrie Ann: “That was fabulous! You are a million-dollar dancer.”
Len: “That wasn’t a foxtrot, that was a hot-trot.”
Bruno: “Baz Luhrmann would use this!”

Score: 27

D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke (with Sasha Farber and Chelsie) Tango

Len: “It was like a decaf coffee … You got through it okay.”
Bruno: “I think you went for the aggression and disdain.”
Carrie Ann: “You were a little bouncy — the tango is very smooth.”

Score: 18

Zendaya & Val Chmerkoskiy (with Maks and Anna) Argentine Tango

Bruno: “Next to Anna, you were as good and as strong.”
Carrie Ann: “Every move you do has a story.”
Len: “It was like a lemon tart — sharp and tangy at the top, crisp and tasty down below.”

Scores: 29

Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess (with Sasha and Emma) Paso Doble  

Carrie Ann: “That entrance will never be forgotten, ever! That was the best entrance I’ve ever seen!”
Len: “It wasn’t quite Hollywood. It was nearby. It was more Pasadena than paso doble.”
Bruno: “The only thing missing was Cloris Leachman, I tell you.”

Score: 18

The first 10 of the season goes to..ZENDAYA & VAL dwts-pits-contestants-against-pro-pairs-zendaya-gets-first-10s


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