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Dancing With the Stars (Season 25) - Week 5 Recap

Theme: Disney Night!

Drew Scott & Emma Slater (The Muppet Movie | Viennese Waltz) - 9, 8, 8 (25)
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson (Pirates of the Caribbean | Argentine Tango) - 10, 9, 10 (29)
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold (Moana | Foxtrot) - 10, 10, 10 (30)
Lindsey Sterling & Mark Ballas (Pinocchio | Foxtrot) - 9, 10, 9 (28)
Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd (The Jungle Book | Quickstep) - 7, 8, 7 (22)
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev (Coco | Jazz) - 9, 9, 9 (27)
Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko (The Little Mermaid | Rumba) - 8, 8, 8 (24)
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke (The Lion King | Quickstep) - 9, 8, 8 (25)
Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy (Snow White | Waltz) - 8, 8, 8 (24)
Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy (Steamboat WIllie | Jazz) - 9, 9, 9 (27)

Lowest Scoring Dance(s): Nick & Peta’s Quickstep (22)
Highest Scoring Dance(s): Jordan & Lindsay’s Foxtrot (30)
Eliminated: Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko

Favorite Outfit(s): Witney; Peta; Nikki and Artem
Overscored: No one
Underscored: Victoria & Val and Nikki & Artem by a point or two
Favorite Song: “Angelica” - Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Least Favorite Dance: Honestly, Vanessa & Maks’ Waltz
Most Favorite Dance: Nikki & Artem’s Jazz

Overall thoughts on the the night
Gahhhhh Disney Night!!! In the fall season! VICTORIA & VAL - what a great way to start the show! I love the older cartoons of Mickey, so I was so happy that they featured Steamboat Willie. It just bugged me to no end that they did not have the mouse ears… they had the gloves, whiskers, and the nose, but no ears? I still loved their Jazz, wish it had gotten a higher score, but it was the first out of the gate. VANESSA & MAKS - was it just me, or did it look like that Vanessa was about to pass out at any moment? I can tell that this couple is on their way out within the next few weeks and it’s really unfortunate because Vanessa could have gone far. Oh, I LOVED their package though! 8 Maks’?! LINDSEY & MARK - like the judges said, I’m glad to see a dance from these two that doesn’t really have a quirk to it - they’ve proven that they don’t need it! Beautiful dance to a classic Disney song. Made me wish I was at Disneyland. NICK & PETA - okay, that was super cute! I loved Peta’s outfit and it was clear that they were having a lot of fun with this theme. Was the 8 from Len a little generous, maybe. DREW & EMMA - wow, such a beautiful and uplifting dance. I love the friendship between Drew and Emma. He is improving so much and I can’t wait to see what else he and Emma could pull out. SASHA & GLEB - like I said last week, I’ve been struggling with this couple. I don’t know if it’s Gleb’s choreography, but I never have an opinion when it’s him and his partner. Sasha was a great dancer on the show, no doubt about it. However, I think she had a very specific fanbase and that just couldn’t carry her farther. TERRELL & CHERYL - like Drew, I think Terrell is improving very well in this competition. The Lion King was a great choice for them and as always, Cheryl choreographed an awesome routine. I liked how they incorporated the troupe into the dance, especially having Sasha in his zebra-print pants again! FRANKIE & WITNEY - WITNEY IS OFFICIALLY BACK! Her choreography was on point this week. These two executed their performance perfectly and I officially believe that Frankie is a contender and could end up in the final three. Great dance! JORDAN & LINDSAY - once again, I believe that this could be Lindsay’s season and I am so excited. I love this version of the song and it’s great that Jordan was able to perform to his own track. Jordan just keeps on amazing me every week. Love this couple. NIKKI & ARTEM - hands down, my favorite dance of the night! I love their outfits and Artem definitely rocked that sombrero. Knowing how much this performance meant to Nikki and her background gave the dance a little kick. I was smiling the whole time watching it and it’s something new that was brought to Dancing With the Stars. Can’t wait to see Coco!

Looking forward to Movie Night next week!

Who I think should be eliminated next week: Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd
Who I think will be eliminated next week: Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy

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“Father Comes Home From the Wars” (Parts 1, 2, & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks

Public Theater, 2014

Starring Sterling K. Brown, Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano, & Julian Rozzell Jr.

DWTS S25 Premiere Week 1 Recap / Review

DWTS S25 Week 1…Here we go..Here we go again

Recaps [Here]

  • Three Musketeers: Carrie Ann, Len & Bruno are back. You know as much as I love Julianne as a judge & I really do, as well as some guest judges, it’s nothing like the seeing the 3 original still kicking after 25 seasons. 
  • Only one judge speaking per couple, ehhh right. lol
  • Next Week: 2 Eliminations & 2 Dances. Monday: Ballroom Night & Tuesday: Latin Night

1.Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke - Cha Cha (5+5+5=15)

Cheryl was the secret 13th pro, no real surprise, she’s been away for a bit, but they almost always come back (looking at you too Mark Ballas). I’m just gonna put it out there, I’m not the biggest Terrell Owens fan but I won’t let it cloud my judgement of his dancing. I actually think he could do well, DWTS loooves a tall, dark, football player with twinkly toes.. Cheryl is a good pick for him. This was a nice, standard cha-cha for a premiere nothing too exciting, he’s got rhythm & musicality. His footwork was a lot cleaner than expected, obviously could be sharper among other things. He’s kind of flat-footed, but he has the work-hard mentality that could see him trend up mid-season.

2. Debbie Gibson & Alan Bersten - Foxtrot (6+5+6=17) I’m familiar with Debbie’s long career but knowing she struggles with Lyme disease & his pushing herself to the max for this show gives me a whole a new respect for her. Alan has been busting his butt in the troupe & as a stand-in for some seasons so it’s nice to see him get a chance to show his stuff as a pro. Beautiful foxtrot to debut with, her & Alan are cute together. Debbie is very striking on the floor, there are times when she was right on it & then a little stiff and weal posture at times. I can sense a breakthrough coming.

3.Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko - Cha Cha (6+6+6=18) I have never watched Pretty Little Liars so she’s a virtual stranger to me but I predict she’ll be around for some weeks with the PLL fan-base. She seems to have fun personality. Gleb is not my favorite, he has yet to truly impress me. I think Sasha was holding back her Fierce (prepare for season long Sasha Fierce puns, it’s happening…).She seems to be comfortable out there but hopefully she’ll really let loose sooner than later. There’s a lot more there. Best footwork so far, I just wished they used more of the floor…

4. Drew Scott & Emma Slater - Foxtrot (6+5+5=16) I’m one of the 10 people that don’t watch HGTV, but I do know who the Property Brothers but I don’t have an opinion on them, except Drew is the more attractive one, don’t @ me.  What I do know is Drew got lucky getting paired with reigning champ & DWTS sweetheart Emma. Their popularity should take them far. Easily my favorite choreography of the night so far, it was charming,, on the nose, but pretty jam packed, she made him work more than any other celeb so far. Len is right, that he’s pretty clunky with his feet & hands, hopefully that can be sorted over time. I can’t be too hard on him he had more to do than a lot of celebs. 

5. Barbra Corcoran & Keo Motespe - Cha Cha (5+4+5=14) I’m probably the biggest Shark Tank fan that exist, don’t ask why I just am. So I’m super jacked to see Barabra she’s one of the best and most entertaining sharks. I hope she doesn’t get cut too soon. What can I say about this dance, except I loved every minute of it. I love seeing people live their best life, especially people of a certain age. You got money, power, respect & fame, why not live as much as you can , what’t there to lose? Barbara totally embodies that. This dance definitely had Patti Labelle “In Da Club” vibes. Of course she can greatly improve& I hope she does, but most importantly I hope she continues to have as much fun as possible. 

6. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold - Tango (8+7+7=22) I’m not a jet setting millionaire so I never saw Hamilton, so I’m not familiar but he’s with Lindsay & that’s enough for me pay attention to him. They seem poised to go really far. He’s charming, cute & has a lot of promise. This tango was fast as we’ve come to like on this show, and pretty sharp. Best footwork, choreography & partnering so far.

7. Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatoryd - Cha Cha (6+6+6=18) Obviously, Nick’s brother Drew won Season 2 with Cheryl but who cares anymore, that was back when the show was less flashy & looked like it was shot on VHS. I’m not really in the mood to hear about this “rivalry” all season. Because, we unfortunately have to focus on Nick vs his wife Vanessa with Maks this season. I was over the competing couples when Alexa Vega & Carlos Pena were on & I’m over it now. It is cute they’re respectively paired with married couple Peta & Maks. Nick is not the most rhythmic celeb, with ironic because Peta is one of the more rhythmic pro’s. He’s stiff but what he lacks in technique, he makes up for in enthusiasm. I’m sensing Vanessa might be the better dancer of the two, at least I’m hoping.

8. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Cha Cha (7+7+7=21) I gotta say marriage & fatherhood looks great on Maks. I’m glad my prediction was right, Vanessa is better than Nick. She’s actually really good, one of the best of the night. Maks’ sharp footwork suited her well. Her placement is clean, swift & sharp. One of the most synced partnerships tonight, I want to see her go far.

9. Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson - Foxtrot (7+6+6=19) I haven’t heard much about Frankie since early 2000′s except his car crash some years back but he looks healthy, happy & wealthy (those Malcom in the Middle checks had to be nice). They really benefited from a great, emotional song (Sign of The Times). For someone who once broke his back you couldn’t tell, his extension was really good. To be so shy, Frankie dances very broad, he’s got a great early connection with Witney. Definitely a highlight of the night. 

10. Nikki Bella & Artem Chigventsev - Tango (7+7+6=20) Nikki is about the only name I recognize from the WWE Diva’s. It’ll be interesting to see if she can reign in her dominance to let Artem lead her. Len is absolutely right, her looking down almost ruined the dance, I thought she was uncomfortable at first then I realized she was just watching her feet. When she was in hold it was great, her legs are super long which make for great lines. She’s got great confidence & attack, can Artem contain it? 

11. Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess - Salsa (6+6+6=18) Derek is Laker legend, I’m excited he’s paired with Sharna who plays no games. NBA players need redemption on this show, Derek might be the guy to do it. His hips & footwork will need work, I think he needs to loosen up more, but he’s super enthusiastic about the whole experience. That ending was super close, Sharna almost ate it..

12. Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovksiy - Cha Cha (7+6+6=19) Victoria’s story is remarkable being paralyzed for 10 years, competing in the Paralympics, winning Gold & Silver & learning to walk a year ago & now DWTS & she can’t even feel her legs. Like what are you doing with your life right now? Victoria has a winner’s spirit, she’s incredibly resilient and partner with Val that can take her a super long way. Plus she can actualy dance, there’s no sympathy card in this pairing, Val gave her some challenging choreograph, not just for her situation. The routine was fun, uplifting & matched her spirit and personality. The fact that she can’t feel her legs just blows my mind when watching her dance and sync with Val. The placement was great & clean. These two are ones to watch, she’s got a great story, she’s got Val & she’s got moves. 

13. Lindsey Sterling & Mark Ballas - (7+8+8=22) Lindsey is an incredible violinist who is no stranger to the DWTS stage, having guest performed & she’s also close friends with the Hough / Ballas family already, so this seemed like a natural pairing all around. Obviously great to have Mark and his hair back on the show, he’s a personal favorite with Val. This was by far the single best performance of the night. Quick, sharp & technically sound. Mark took a risk with that hip-hop breakdown but Lindsey murdered it. It was complete flip on what you expected from her as Len noted, something Mark is good for. She’s such a natural and exuberant performer & Mark is such a seasoned pro, it’s a match made in heaven. Honestly, I believe Mark has been robbed many times (Chelsea Kane, Katherine Jenkins, Paige Vanzant) it would be nice to see him win his so long overdue 3rd mirrorball trophy & Lindsey might just be the partner to get it done. Tied for the top with Jordan & Lindsay

Honestly it’s so many celebs that I enjoyed Week 1, I can’t honestly imagine what 2 I would want go home next week.

Next Week: 2 Eliminations & 2 Dances. Monday: Ballroom Night & Tuesday: Latin Night

Recaps [Here]

Who were your favorites? Who do you think will or should go first?