Dancing With the Stars 2012: Week 5 Recap and Rankings!

On Dancing With the Stars 2012 Monday night, the remaining celebrity contestants are shaking it out with hot Latin dances. Who will end up voted off Dancing With the Stars 2012 this week after tonight’s hot, steamy performances? After last week’s shocking elimination of Sherri Shepherd, it’s anyone’s guess who could be in danger of being voted off DWTS 2012 this week.

We will be live blogging Dancing With the Stars 2012 week 5 for you here and we’ll bring you videos of all the performances from Monday night as soon as we can get them up. Stay tuned for all the dish on Monday night’s DWTS 2012 Latin week performances on the way right now!


Here are the current DWTS 2012 rankings going into week 5:

1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 105 total points
 2. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 100 total points
 3. (tie) Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 99 total points
3. (tie) William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 99 total points
 5. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 98 total points
 6. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 95 total points
 7. Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 88 total points
 8. (tie) Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 86 total points
 8. (tie) Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 86 total points

The guest musician for the evening is the always awesome Carlos Santana, who will perform throughout the evening. Now let’s get to the live rundown of this week’s Dancing With the Stars live performances!

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson — Samba

Jaleel White and Kim Johnson’s samba is fun, but had a few little awkward moments that kept it from having a perfect flow. Len Goodman thought the dance had a lot of rhythm and gave Jaleel’s hips a ‘hip hip hooray’ even though he said there were a few liberties taken with the technique. Bruno Tonioli thought Jaleel “got the party started” and his “wiggle” was unstoppable. Carrie Ann Inuba thought Jaleel really attacked the dance, but told him to watch his arm to make his next performance perfect.

The best quote about Jaleel White’s performance? “Your bum was going like it was chewing a toffee.” – Len

Scores: 8 + 8 + 8 = 24

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Salsa

Unfortunately, it is hard to look like a sexy Latin lover when you are wearing a neck brace like Melissa Gilbert did during her dance with partner Maksin Chmerkovskiy tonight. Plus, Maks was wearing pink in spades. The combination just kind of made me want to giggle.

The judges were not strong with the praise, although you have to give a tiny bit of leeway to Gilbert after smacking her head on the floor last week and ending up with whiplash and a concussion.

Len Goodman said the dance had a good rhythm and feel, but was also “untidy and rough.” Carrie Ann Inaba said it was “beautiful to see how much confidence” Gilbert has gained over the past four weeks, but there is “an element of control that is lacking.

Best quote on Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s performance? “What I like about you, you always go maximum thrust!” – Bruno

Scores: 7 + 7 + 7 = 21

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough — Salsa

This week Maria Menounos was dealing with a brand new foot injury as well as still working around some cracked ribs, so it was frankly amazing she got around the dance floor at all. Although there were a few jerky pauses and Maria’s headdress came off, the dance is fast and hot. Plus, you can hardly do wrong with a full on make out session in the middle of your dance and Derek Hough showing off his sexy chest.

The judges are thrilled with the performance, although they thought the kissing was a bit over the top. Len Goodman joked to Maria that “two things were revealed out there: Derek’s body and your talent.” Carrie Ann thought Maria was “fantastic” but told her she was an “old-fashioned fuddy-dud” and didn’t think they needed the kiss.

The best quote about Maria Menounos and Derek Hough from the judges? “Was it legal? Want me to get you a room? May I join in? Salty and hot! That’s the way I like it!” – Bruno

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas – Argentine Tango

This might just be the best performance of the night. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas swirl around the dance floor in a flurry of precise movements and smooth steps. The dance is perhaps not the most roaring fun of the evening, but there is no question they have nailed the technique of the routine.

The judges are all over this dance and Carrie Ann even calls it “perfection.” Len Goodman loved it. Bruno said it was “dancing and choreography of the highest quality” and had “perfect pitch in the acting and the storytelling. Carrie Ann said Katherine had “the best legs I’ve ever seen in any contestant.”

Best quote about Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas’ performance? “This for me was like a rose. It had beauty, but underneath the surface is the thorn. – Len

Scores: 10 + 9 + 10 = 29

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff — Samba

Will this be the week that Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff finally get voted off Dancing With the Stars 2012? After Monday night’s performance, that just might be the case. The dance was stupid rather than sexy and just kind of a mess all around. The judges are less than impressed with Gavin’s parody of the samba.

Len Goodman said the dance was “more of a sham-ba than a samba,” but gave Gavin props for a “gallant effort.” Bruno said that even with “all the madness, I actually enjoyed it.” Carrie Ann Inaba said she loved the way Gavin just went for it, but said it was hard to tell it was a samba and the singer lacked form.

Best quote about Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff’s performance? “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry — you should have stayed on the boat.” – Bruno (It’s always Bruno isn’t it?)

Scores: 6+6+7 = 19

William Levy and Cheryl Burke – Argentine Tango

Okay, I might just have been wrong about that last dance being the best of the evening! Despite having a painful ankle injury, Latin heart-throb William Levy and Cheryl Burke pulled out a wickedly fabulous dance routine on Monday night. William Levy has a few tiny, wobbly moments probaby due to his ankle, but the dance is a serious hit all around. Well, if Levy had sucked on Latin night, that just would have embarrassed the hell out of him, so it is good he doesn’t!

Len Goodman thought the dance was fabulously well done and said he saw plenty of “sensuality and color.” Most of what Bruno said was totally overwhelmed by the screaming from the audience, but I’m sure it was probably pretty positive. Carrie Ann called the dance “ridiculously amazing” and said William Levy was “so convincing. All I could think of was the Latin James Bond.”

Best quote about William Levy and Cheryl Burke’s performance? “Throbbing intensity!” – Bruno (Does he ever say anything that doesn’t have a sexual connotation?)

Scores: 10 + 9 + 10 = 29

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus — Samba

This is just one of those couples you know is going to drag along until they are finally eliminated without any real chance of winning. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus give a rather boring and safe routine with some off balance moments and seem out of sync at times. Another night of not really being the worst, but being nowhere near the top either.

The judges are about as lukewarm as the dance, but they make pretty sounds at Gladys Knight because it is the polite thing to do. Len says the dance was “simple, but it was effective.” Bruno tells Gladys she plays to the audience and has “incredible stage presence.” Carrie Ann notes there were some mistakes, but says there is something about watching Gladys Knight because she commands the stage.

Best quote? Well, nothing really because there just wasn’t all that much interesting to say about this one.

Scores: 7+7+8 = 22

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower — Salsa

Roshon Fegan is cute and this means he tends to look better on the dance floor than perhaps he really is. This week, his performance with Chelsie Hightower is energetic and fun, but it lacks a bit in the way of fancy footwork and totally fails on sex appeal (which is fine because honestly, he just looks too young to get too sexy). Still, the judges seem pretty pleased with the routine.

Len Goodman says he really likes Roshon’s enthusiasm. “You’re like a young guy with his first car,” Goodman said. Bruno said Roshon is “wired for salsa” and his timing was “unbelievable.” Carrie Ann thought Roshon had his “own mojo” and was “on the beat every single time.”

Best quote on Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower’s performance? “You were sexy — I’m not being a cougar. You were sexy in a Disney way.” – Carrie Ann

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd — Argentine Tango

Last up for the night, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd received the widest difference in scores from the judges for the night. The first part of the dance was wildly sexual, maybe too much! The rest was sultry and gorgeous, although perhaps a bit slow in places. Overall a great performance, but not quite as fabulous as last week.

Len Goodman though the lifts in the dance were “spectacular” but said the rest of it was “nearly but not quite” there. Bruno thought “the build up was amazing” and overall it was “a fantastic job.” Carrie Ann said the dance was “divine” and Donald was “so in control of Peta the whole time.”

Best quote on Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s performance? “The predator playing with the little animal, waiting for the kill…” – Bruno

Scores: 10+8+9 = 27

With the final dance of the night finished, our Dancing With the Stars 2012 recap is over and it looks like Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, and William Levy and Cheryl Burke are tied for first place for the evening in the judge’s scores with 29 out of 30. On the losing end, Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff score the lowest from the judges with a rather pathetic 19 out of 30.

Join us again on Tuesday night for our Dancing With the Stars 2012 elimination results night recap for week five!

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