Dancing with the Stars: Week 5

Mario and Karina Smirnoff – (Samba): This was a really fun routine, although I didn’t care for the scantily clad tweety bird look that Karina had going. Scores: 9/9/9

Priscilla Presley and Louis van Amstel – (Rumba): I thought it was a romantic routine, but she made a lot of mistakes. I also thought that it was excruciatingly slow. Scores: 7/7/7

Marisa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani – (Samba): This is the routine that I knew she had in her. Fast, fun, and a lot of shaking going on. One of my favorites of the night. I thought the scores would good, but then compared to other couples that did not perform as well, it seems a bit low (or the other couples’ scores were too high). Scores: 8/8/8

Cristià¡n de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke – (Rumba):  I thought it was pretty romantic and sensual, but the judges did not all agree with me.  Scores: 7/8/8

Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez – (Samba) The routine was very fast and she got off from the music a few times.  I also thought that she did not have nearly enough hip movement going on. Scores: 7/7/8

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas – (Rumba):  The routine was good, although I didn’t think it was as good as some of her previous routines.  The judges said that it was because she focused on the emotional parts, but I am not sure.  I was annoyed how Mark was lip-syncing part of the song.  Scores: 9/10/10

Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough – (Samba): The bad luck continued or Derek Hough this week.  Last week he had a neck injury and today he nearly missed the show due to food poisoning.  The dance was just so-so.  Shannon also didn’t have much hip movement, blaming the fact that she doesn’t really have hips. Score: 8/8/7

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska -(Rumba): During the dance, I found myself focusing more on her, I think because she was moving a lot more than he was.  It was a pretty routine.  At one point the camera stayed on Len which was strange.   Scores: 9/9/9