'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17, Week 5: Dance By Dance Recap
Tonight "Dancing With The Stars" had the theme of "The Most Memorable Year" of the contestants' lives and boy was it a doozy.
The night was filled with a lot of emotional performances, uplifting routines, the first 10s of the season and a bit of a shocking elimination (find out who went home here). Also, Len Goodman is back!
Below is a recap from the highest to lowest scores.
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas -- 28 out of 30
Last week, guest judge Julianne Hough told Christina, "You have to stand in front to make sure you're seen." Even though it was kind of a jab at Mark, Christina said she felt like it was a diss to her.
Moving on ... Christina picked 2010 as her memorable year. The year itself was sort of a mixed bag for Christina. On the one hand, it was the year she welcomed her daughter Violet, but on the other hand, it was the year she divorced her husband, record producer and singer-songwriter The-Dream. She also found out he had been unfaithful during their marriage.
After dancing out her feelings in a Cha Cha Cha routine to a G-rated version of Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," Len told Christina that her performance was "fantastic" and she earned the first 10 of the season. Bruno Tonioli called the dance "indecently hot" and Carrie Ann Inaba complimented Christina and Mark as dance partners.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- 28 out of 30
Corbin tied with Christina for the highest score of the night and picked 2011 as his year. It was the year his little sister, Phoenix, was diagnosed with a severe scoliosis that year. Corbin dedicated his Foxtrot to Phoenix, now 12 years old, who was sitting in the audience. She got a hug from her big brother after the dance.
Bruno called Corbin the "love child of Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen," to which Tom Bergeron said he wished Bill Nye was still around to explain how that's scientifically impossible. Bruno gave Corbin the second 10 of the night.
Len said Corbin was a terrific dancer and Carrie Ann said she was torn because she swore she saw Karina's feet lift off the floor. She docked them a point and gave the two a nine.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber -- 27 out of 30
It comes as no surprise that Nicole chose 2012 as her year. It's the year she welcomed her son Lorenzo, and she has talked about him a lot on the show before.
Nicole admits that before she had Lorenzo, she "drank all the time" and was annoying. Anyone who has seen early seasons of "Jersey Shore" knows that to be a little true. However, after she had Lorenzo, Nicole said she is now responsible and loves doing things like laundry. She said she did a "180," but Sasha gets his math a little confused and tells her, "You mean a 360."
Nicole picked the Britney Spears song "Work B----" for her Jazz routine because she's a full-time mom who also works. Carrie Ann quotes "her favorite drag queen," aka RuPaul, and tells Nicole, "You better work!" Bruno called it an "exhilarating bundle of fun."
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd -- 27 out of 30
Brant picked 2009 as his memorable year. In February 2009, his mother called him to come home to Ohio to say goodbye to his dad. Brant's dad was dying of Lymphoma and was in a medically induced coma when Brant arrived. The actor stayed by his father's bedside for two weeks until his father died. After he came back to California, he booked his first acting job and later got the call for his role in "Pretty Little Liars."
Despite picking a sad moment in his life, Brant said he didn't want his Contemporary dance to be sad or depressing, but rather uplifting. Len said Brant's routine was "terrific" and he loved the passion and chemistry. Bruno said Brant threw himself into the dance with dedication and acted it wonderfully. Carrie Ann said she wrapped her heart around the routine and called it breathtaking.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke -- 27 out of 30
Jack also picked 2012 as his memorable year and much like Christina, it was filled with highs and lows. Jack and his wife, Lisa Stelly, moved into a new house and welcomed their daughter, Pearl, in April 2012. Two weeks later, Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Jack said he was scared for Pearl and had tears in his eyes while talking about his fears. Lisa and Pearl paid a visit to Jack in the dance studio and Jack said that he didn't know how he would have dealt with his diagnosis if he didn't have Lisa and Pearl in his life. He dedicated his Waltz to them.
Len said he appreciated how much they did in hold, but mentioned that Jack had to work on his hands. Bruno called Jack's dancing wonderful and Carrie Ann said everything flowed.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 26 out of 30
Elizabeth sort of picked two years for her dance. First she said 2012 was her memorable year because it was the year her son Sky Cole was born. Professionally, Elizabeth said 1989 was a memorable year because it was when she got her big break in acting with her role as Jessie Spano in "Saved by the Bell."
She and Val reenact an iconic scene from "Saved By the Bell" at the beginning of their Jive routine. If you had no idea what this was about, don't worry, just trust that it's a pop culture moment that inspired a thousand T-shirts.
Carrie Ann said Elizabeth's kicks were soft and noticed a few mistakes Elizabeth made during the routine. Len disagreed and thought Elizabeth's kicks were clean. Bruno admitted he used to do a few of those 1980s dance moves and the routine was fun.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough -- 26 out of 30
Before 2009, Amber Riley worked as a customer service rep at Ikea. She tried out for "American Idol," but didn't make the cut. While Amber said she was inconsolable after the rejection, she was eventually asked by a friend of a friend to audition for "Glee," which is why she chose 2009 as her memorable year.
Amber and Derek danced the Foxtrot and got the third 10 of the night. Len said he needed to see more Foxtrot content in their routine. Bruno called Amber a "performing powerhouse" and Carrie Ann said she was blown away.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- 24 out of 30
Bill dedicated his Viennese Waltz to his wife Gail and chose 1982 as his memorable year because it was the year they were married. Bill admitted that he had to work to get her trust because she had really high morals. They've been married for 30 years and he said she's made him a better person.
Before Bill's dance, Gail joked that since Bill's been doing "Dancing With The Stars," he's been tired all the time. After the dance was over, both Bill and Gale had tears of happiness in their eyes.
Len said the dance was "a little skippy" but complimented Bill's frame. Bruno noticed a couple of timing issues and Carrie Ann said that Bill touched their souls with his routine.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani -- 22 out of 30
In week 2 of "Dancing With The Stars," Leah opened up about leaving Scientology earlier this year, so it's not shocking she chose 2013 as her memorable year. Leah said this year she has found out what she's really made of and chose to dance to Katy Perry's "Roar" for her Contemporary routine.
Tony admitted he has a challenge as he's never performed Contemporary on the show. Leah joked that they should get Corbin to choreograph the dance. Len loved the concept and said the dance was "good, not great." Carrie Ann also loved the concept and message, but said the routine didn't feel like it was seamless.
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