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'Dancing with the Stars' Episode 5 recap: '80s night

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The fifth week of Dancing with the Stars saw eight celebrities and their professional partners take the dance floor again in front of a live studio audience and panelists Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman.

Tonight was '80s night, which saw contestants perform to popular tracks from the decade. The show also included special live performances of 'Eternal Flame', 'Manic Monday' and 'Walk Like An Egyptian' by The Bangles.

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Here's what the judges had to say:


Hope Solo
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Tango to Bon Jovi's 'Livin On A Prayer'

Dance: Hope thinks that the tango is perfect for herself and Maks, though the pair fight throughout rehearsals when she falls short of his expectations. She struggles to get into character as she is not an actress, though Max insists that she can do it if she puts her mind do it.

Len congratulates Maks' choreography as the tango is about action and reaction, but he thinks that Hope was "too willowy in the body" and "too loose-limbed" when dancing. However he likes her aggression and attack and says that it wasn't all bad.

Bruno thinks that she got the "'80s super bitch" vibe down perfectly, saying that she was "strong, sexy and powerful" on the floor. Carrie Ann agrees with both of them, loving that she was in character and attacked it but admitting that her attack sometimes made her lines more awkward. She urges Hope to scale back her strength because "less is more".

Score: 24 out of 30


Carson Kressley
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya - Jive to 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' by Wham!

Dance: Carson is shocked that he survived elimination over Chynna Phillips and admits that he is afraid of having a bad week and going home. However, Anna thinks that he is the "heart and soul" of the competition. He admits that this is the most stressful week as he's not coordinated or athletic but vows to try his best.

Bruno calls it "loopier than a Loony Tune", admitting that Carson managed to squeeze a lot of "wacky fun" out of a minimal jive. He calls it a "crowning achievement in madness" and says that he absolutely loved it.

Carrie Ann thinks that it was definitely fun, but by week five he should have mastered his technique more and shown more improvement. Len agrees, saying that while he likes Carson, he's not sure that the routine was good enough to keep him in the competition. However, he admires his spirit and thinks that if the competition was being judged on heart, he would definitely stick around.

Score: 19 out of 30


Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus - Rumba to 'True' by Spandau Ballet

Dance: Nancy thinks that the rumba is the most difficult dance there is and struggles to master the moves. She and Tristan fight over the choreography but eventually make up, with Nancy saying that as long as she can master the moves, she will have no problem making a good impression on the judges.

Carrie Ann thinks it was "nice and appropriate" but wants to see "real passion" when he dances as she doesn't feel that Nancy connects with the dance and ends up giving "drab" performances because of it. She urges her to dig deeper for next week.

Len says that it was "simple but very effective" considering how difficult it is to connect with the material. He admits that there were some unstable moments but insists that overall, they did a very good job. Bruno agrees, saying that she pitched it exactly right, making it "sensuous" but "not sl*tty" and deeming it one of her best performances.

Score: 22 out of 30


JR Martinez
JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff - Samba to 'Conga' by Gloria Estefan

Dance: JR thinks that he has an advantage this week as he and his mother used to dance the samba together when he was growing up. Karina is anxious to make it to the top of the leaderboard, but JR has a hard time remembering to move his body "the way it's meant to be moved". In order to tap into his latin roots, he and Karina go to see a live Conga performance.

Len calls the standing ovation well deserved, admitting that he never thought he would be as good as he was since men usually struggle with the samba. However, he says that JR's performance will be a benchmark for the genre in the future.

Bruno calls him a "loin-shattering sex machine", admiring his hip action and joking that he has "so much fire down below" and made everyone in the audience want him. Carrie Ann says that it was "amazing" and that she wants to see more of that because he danced it perfectly.

Score: 28 out of 30


Rob Kardashian
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke - Rumba to Lionel Richie's 'Hello'

Dance: Cheryl wants Rob to get into the frame of mind to be sexy and sensual with his movements, but he finds it difficult as he doesn't look at her in that light. However, she doesn't accept this answer, telling him that he has to mean it. To help, previous Dancing with the Stars contestant and Rob's friend Romeo comes to give lessons.

Bruno loves that we're finally starting to see Rob as the "heartthrob" and using Cheryl as a partner rather than hiding behind her. "[A] very soft and sensual performance, very good," he adds.

Carrie Ann loves that Rob was strong, sturdy and totally in control of Cheryl, calling it "sexy as heck" and applauding him for finally showing visible improvement over past performances.

Len admits that it's difficult to be masculine in that dance genre, but thinks that he actually pulled it off and looked good doing so. He also agrees with the others that Rob took command and led Cheryl rather than the other way around.

Score: 25 out of 30


Chaz Bono
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer - Samba to Kool and the Gang's 'Get Down On It'

Dance: Chaz is nervous to "make a spectacle" of himself but Lacey doesn't accept his excuse and tells him to stop being shy and make the most of it. To help, she brings in her own father, who coached her when she was growing up. The lesson seems to help Chaz.

Carrie Ann thinks it's nice that he's still going strong and his confidence is still growing, also applauding him for doing more dancing than he's ever done in any of his other routines.

Len calls it a "gallant effort", saying that he really came out and gave it his all and didn't do bad in the technical department, either. Bruno agrees, congratulating him on doing very well but saying that it's unfortunate that he came after JR as the bar was set incredibly high.

Score: 21 out of 30


David Arquette
David Arquette and Kym Johnson - Tango to Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love'

Dance: David wants to "bring back the old school" with this week's performance as he is a massive fan of the '80s. He admits that things are starting to click, allowing him to pick up the choreography much more quickly than he used to do.

Len says that it had "great '80s feel" with great phrasing and choreography. He also says that while it's the halfway point at the competition, David "showed up and it was fantastic".

Bruno calls it a "tango with a rebel yell", loving that he was able to stay "in charge" of the movements. Carrie Ann also thinks it was "fun" but has reservations about his musicality, saying that while he's got a great hold and masters the choreography, he should focus more on connecting with that aspect of the piece.

Score: 25 out of 30


Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough - Foxtrot to Phil Collins' 'Easy Lover'

Dance: Ricki wants to "lighten it up and have fun" this week after last week's intense performance. However, she admits that she feels pressure to outdo herself and wants to "turn it up a notch" to ensure that she gives the best possible performance. She also receives a special visit from John Waters, who gave Ricki her start in Hairspray in 1987.

Bruno jokes that she brought back bad memories of him by doing the 'Roger Rabbit', saying that she doesn't need to do it because it 'didn't gel" with the routine in general. However, he says that they can't be geniuses every week.

Carrie Ann agrees, though she admires how well Ricki and Derek work as a team. She thinks it was "gorgeous" when they came together and thinks that they should have just done a long hold or something to keep the elegance.

Len also admits that he didn't really appreciate the more modern moves and that some of the footwork was hit and miss. However, he says that it wasn't her worst performance and was okay to watch.

Score: 24 out of 30

Dancing with the Stars continues Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.

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