It’s LATIN NIGHT on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (4/16/12) – Who Sizzles? Who Fizzles?

It’s Dancing with the Stars week 5 and Latin Nights take the floor with Carlos Santana starting off with a rendition of “Evil Ways” to get the crowd in the mood. Let’s hope the performances of the DWTS troupe is setting the pace fr tonight’s ballroom performances because they were HOT and by far the best choreography seen this season!

It was great to see that Melissa Gilbert has indeed returned but it looks like Maria Menounos suffered yet another injury this week in practice when she smacked her face on the floor…ouch! This to go with the broken ribs and stress-fractured foot’ this woman is a dynamo!

The first couple to take the floor tonight is Jaleel White and Kym Johnson with a samba. The song is “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estafan and the Miami Sound Machine. There appeared to be no real emotional connection between the partners which made this dance so-so and kind of boring. Len Goodman stands up and gives White props for his hip action stating “Hip Hip Hooray!” The score is an average 24 with straight 8’s. You can vote for them at 800-868-3412. The next couple to lay down steps is Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with a salsa that was rather tame even though the move which caused Melissa’s concussion last week was included. The song was “Aguanilé” by Marc Anthony. Carrie Ann Inaba states Melissa is getting lost in the steps which are too big for her which is agreed; she always seems as through she is stretching. The scores is 21 with straight 7’s. If you would like to keep them in the competition, vote at 800-868-3407.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough bring a HOT salsa to the floor but what could have been a perfect set of 10’s was made less appealing by the forced kiss midway through! Maria, however, looked like she was going to completely jiggled right out of her costume as the audience (at home and in the studio) were probably just waiting for the maracas to fall! Dr. Drew was even experiencing heart palpitations. Carrie told them to keep the sensual and lose the kiss with Bruno asking three questions:

  1. Was it legal?
  2. Did they want a room?
  3. Could he join in?

All in good fun but it was one of the best performances of the night. The song? “The Cup of Life” by Ricky Martin! Yes, Maria was a tall glass of steamy coffee! The score is 27 and if you want to see them return, vote at 800-868-3401.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas perform next with an equally awesome Argentine tango which was very sexy, fantastic form, and unbelievably believable. It was perhaps the best performance of the night and should have gotten straight 10’s, but they will settle for a score of 29. Bruno states it was a choreographed story played to perfection and Carrie Ann announced it was “poetry in motion.” The song was “Tanguedia II” by Astor Piazzolla. In order to keep them safe this week, vote at 800-868-3410. Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff gave a valiant effort in the samba that was all over the place with no form to speak of but plenty of fun. The entrance in the boat, Len Goodman says, is where Gavin should have stayed; they have a score of 19. The song was “Sweetheart from Venezuela” by Harry Belafonte. In order to save them this week, you have to vote at 800-868-3404.

Carlos Santana plays during a short intermission in between dances. This time is is one of his biggest hits, “Maria Maria” with the dancing accompaniment of Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya. Lovely…simply lovely! There feet were going so fast you think they would have started a fire on the dance floor! Wait…they did!

William Levy and Cheryl Burke brought down the house with a hot and steamy Argentine tango to “Buttons” by the Pussycat Dolls. Carrie Ann Inaba called Levy the Latin “James Bond.” He was definitely on point tonight with great form and attitude as well as sultry movements. They tied for first with a score of 29 but they should have gotten a perfect score because this dance was perfect! You can vote for them at 800-868-3408.

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus perform a decent samba to “Fiebre” by Cesar Costa and Gladys was really skin it on the floor! She was graceful even though there were several errors. The score is a 22 but you can save them from elimination by voting at 800-868-3411. Roshon Fagen and Chelsie Hightower drew the salsa and Chelsie shook it for all she was worth and it almost appeared as though she shook herself right out of her dress as Tom Bergeron asked if she was “together!” The song was “Bumpy Ride” by Mohombi and it was anything but a bumpy ride for this duo. Roshon really kept pace through the entire number with the professional. LOVED the stage rain forest set! No one can accuse them of not leaving everything out on that dance floor tonight! They get a score of 26 and you can vote for them at 800-868-3405.

The final dance of the evening was an Argentine tango to “Sin Rumbo” by Otros Aires for Donald Driver and partner, Peta Murgatroyd, who wowed the judges last week. Did they do the same this week? It was suave…it was filled with a spectacular lift and spin toward the end, but as Len Goodman started, it was flat but it did build to a crescendo as Bruno stated. They receive a score of 27 and you can vote to keep them in the running for the mirrorball trophy at 800-868-3403.

Tune in tomorrow night for the results show where the bottom two will compete in a “dueling dance” for their lives with the judges’ decision as final! Selena Gomez and the Scene as well as Train will be performing; should be an interesting night!

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