Who’s at the top of the leaderboard in Week 5 of Dancing With the Stars?
On the Oct. 12 episode of Dancing With the Stars, the celebrities and their partners took a trip back to the ’80s to perform some ballroom dances with a modern spin.
Unfortunately, Jesse and Sharna’s ’80s-inspired dance would end up being their swan song as at the end of the night, they would be the next duo eliminated from the competition. However, there are still 11 duos remaining! With that being said, let’s recap the top three dances of the night on this week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars.
1. Johnny Weir & Britt
This week, Johnny Weir and Britt would be the first duo of the season to perform a contemporary dance to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler.
It wouldn’t be an easy week for them, however, as in their intro package, Johnny would find himself having trouble adapting to the counterbalance of their contemporary dance. To help him find his balance, Britt would take Johnny to an ice rink where he was finally able to gain the confidence he needed for this week’s performance.
And it worked! Judge Bruno Tonioli would praise Johnny’s ability to give meaning to his performances by being able to “feel the space” with his moves and emotions, while Carrie Ann Inaba would praise Britt’s choreography. Finally, Derek Hough would end by calling the dance perfect and praising the quality of Johnny’s movements.
The judges’ scores would align perfectly with their feedback with Carrie Ann and Derek awarding the duo their first 10s while Bruno would give them a nine, making their total for the week 29 out of 30.
2. Kaitlyn Bristowe & Artem
After the Viennese Waltz, judge Derek Hough told Kaitlyn and Artem that he was excited to see them perform a different type of dance that would bring out “a different side” to Kaitlyn.
He’d get his wish as Kaitlyn and Artem would dance a totally tubular tango to “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany.
Following the performance, which paid tribute to various ’80s dances, Carrie Ann would call their tango the best of the night and make note of the performance’s finale, which involved breakdancing. Derek would also praise the duo’s choreography, making note of the sharpness of their movements as well as their musicality and ability to hit the song’s accents, and Bruno would praise the performance for having an element of spontaneity.
When all was said and done, the duo would walk away with straight nines, making their total for the week 27 out of 30.
3. Monica Aldama & Val
During Week 4, Monica Aldama and Val got thrown for a loop after finding themselves in jeopardy of being eliminated just moments after being told they were safe by host Tyra Banks. Fortunately, Week 5 would more than make up for the mishap.
The pair would dance the tango to “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell. Bruno would commend Monica for being laser-focused on the choreography, noting her shapes and lines. However, he would warn her to be more mindful of how she held her arms.
Carrie Ann would then call Monica a dynamic performer while Derek noted that being in the bottom two last week seemed to give her the extra drive that she needed. With that, the duo would walk away with two nines and one eight, making their total for the week 26 out of 30.
What did you think of last night’s performances on Dancing With the Stars? Were you shocked by the elimination results? Were there any duos that you think should’ve been ranked higher?
Dancing With the Stars airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.