‘DWTS’ Power Rankings Week 5 – When You Dance Aside a Star

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas (Photo: ABC)

Despite showing vast improvement over the past couple of weeks, football player Michael Sam and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd became the third team eliminated from season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars” last Monday.

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How did the rest of the teams fare last week? Here is a recap of all the celebrity scores from Week 4 in descending order: Willow Shields – 39, Nastia Liukin – 36, Rumer Willis – 35, Robert Herjavec – 34, Riker Lynch – 34, Noah Galloway – 32, Patti LaBelle – 30, Suzanne Somers – 28, Chris Soules – 27.

Tonight is “Disney Night” in the ballroom, and teams will be dancing to their favorite tunes from the Mouse House. How will the contestants fare? Check out predictions and rankings from XFINITY.com editors Chelsea Badeau and David Onda, who are teaming up with #DWTSAllAccess host and former “Strictly Come Dancing” contestant Gethin Jones for a weekly dissection of the remaining couples.

How Does It Work? Each week before the live performances, Chelsea, David and Gethin will rank the “Dancing with the Stars” couples from best to worst based on how they think the duos will finish in scoring and audience votes.  This week, no. 1 will be the safest couple, and no. 9 will be the couple most likely to be eliminated. The ranking of the eliminated couple will determine how many points Chelsea, David and Gethin will earn.

Chelsea still leads with 33 points after correctly predicting Michael’s elimination last week, David is close behind with 31 points and Gethin, who also predicted Michael’s ousting, has a total of 24 points.

Here are the power rankings for Week 5:

Chelsea’s Score = 33

Any questions for Chelsea? Drop her a line on Twitter: @ladybugchels

David’s Score = 31

Any questions for David? Drop him a line on Twitter: @david_onda

Gethin’s Score = 24

Any questions for Gethin? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gethincjones

1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Cool, fierce Rumer will dance to “The Little Mermaid’s” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” during tonight’s Disney-themed show, but she’s been far from unfortunate this season with her scores. Last week, she revealed that she’s finally starting to feel beautiful after tabloid bullies ridiculed her looks, making her childhood in the spotlight rough. Sharing this vulnerable side made her even more likeable. Rumer is the truth. 1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: As a former Walt Disney World castmember, there is no “DWTS” theme that excites me more than Disney Night, and I love that Rumer and Val have chosen Ursula’s wickedly villainous anthem “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” After reaching new emotional heights last week, I think that Rumer is primed to have the best dance of the season so far with this epic “Little Mermaid” tune tonight. 1. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: She can’t skip! She can’t skip! She learned to skip this week, and thanks to Mark, she discovered it was an efficient way of traveling. It’s true! Although I’ve had some funny looks at the grocery store. And at work, and the golf course. Anyway. Disney week, Mark’s costumes, top of the leaderboard again.
2. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: Lifts and turns and spins, oh my! Last week, Nastia nailed the Argentine tango and got the first perfect 10 of the season. Len thought it wasn’t heartfelt and lacked the character of the dance, but the rest of the judges felt it and so did I. She was able to showcase some of her powerhouse gymnastic abilities and that final spin was nothing short of breathtaking. Tonight, she’ll heat up the floor dancing to a beloved song from Disney’s most recent megahit, “Frozen.”  2. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of gimmicky dances… ironic considering my love of Disney Night. However, I thought Willow and Mark’s “Hunger Games”-themed performance, which earned them a near-perfect score, was spectacular. Tonight, the duo takes on “Alice’s Theme” from Tim Burton’s version of “Alice in Wonderland,” which will not be as recognizable to fans as the other classic tunes. They’ll need to nail it to stay on top. 2. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: My co-host Emma Slater thought that Len was a bit harsh across the board last week. I just think he’s getting on a bit! But he scored these guys low. She’s playing a villain – lock your trailer Mr. Goodman! She’ll cast a samba spell and mesmerize us again. Val: “C’mon you’re an octopus” – possibly my favourite line of the season so far.
3. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Willow took the room by storm with a “Hunger Games”-themed contemporary number that felt better suited to “So You Think You Can Dance” than “Dancing with Stars.” The judges went nuts, awarding her with not one, not two, but three 10s. Personally, I don’t like when there are a bunch of other dancers in a routine, as it makes it difficult to really assess the celebrity. But, from what I could tell (I think that was her I was looking at) she did a bang-up job. Tonight, she will take on “Alice and Wonderland,” which should work well with her youthful energy. 3. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: We often hear Sharna talk about using Noah as a jungle gym, but it was Nastia who used Derek as her own personal pummel horse last week. Nastia took previous criticisms to heart, fixed her form and really used her gymnastics background to pull off dazzling lifts. The problem? Yes, they still lack chemistry. And they’ll need to fix that for the sweet and quirky tune “Love Is an Open Door” from “Frozen.” 3. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: The first 10 of the season! Nice to see her loosen up a bit in practice this week – there have been fits of giggles! But the laughing will be “Frozen,” and that incredibly competitive athlete will be back in the ballroom. To keep Len happy, don’t forget the fun!
4. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: I didn’t think it was possible for me to like Robert any more, but apparently it is. His segment was the point in the show where an eyelash must have fallen into my eye. Ahem. He dedicated his emotional waltz to his mother who died of ovarian cancer. The classic flow of it was so smooth and there were points where Kym literally looked like she was floating. His mother would have been proud. After seeing a “Matrix”-style practice photo on Twitter, I can’t wait to see them take on “Mary Poppins” tonight. 4. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: Miss Patti is back! The Godmother of Soul pulled out all the stops for last week’s jazz performance, incorporating fun hops and fast footwork that truly defies her age. Artem really plays to Patti’s stage presence, and creates choreography that allows her to seamlessly move in and out of synchronized group interludes and put her front and center. Can she still wow doing a waltz? We’ll find out tonight. 4. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: If we were judging him on his Jack Sparrow impressions, he could be eliminated this week! Rumour is he’s been staying “in character.” I just love the fact he embraced every week with the same gusto. Why are pirates called pirates? Because they “AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH.”
5. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: It’s a good thing he went last, as I don’t think there was a dry eye left in the room (or my room) after his intense performance. Noah’s biggest strength is his ability to interpret the music and connect his dance with it in a profound manner. Plus, his physical strength is out of this world. To me, his one-arm lift of Sharna was “the” moment of the show. It’s an honor to be able to watch his “journey of acceptance.” Tonight, he fittingly dances to “A Whole New World.” 5. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: Noah’s strength (both emotional and physical) is absolutely amazing. Last week, Sharna finally used Noah as a jungle gym, and he held her up with only arm – on a sprained wrist! The dance was beautiful and emotional, and you could tell that this routine really meant something to both performers, creating an inseparable connection. Tonight, they dance to one of my favorite Disney tunes, “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin.” 5. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: Despite all the emotion – the thought of dancing for his mother – the man in white delivered more than any other week. He’ll need a spring in his quick-step though, because Mary Poppins will insist. Can he close the gap on the leaders?
6. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Shut up! Riker was in jeopardy last week after tying for first place the week before?! I Just. Don’t. Get. It. This is worrisome, since his tango wasn’t a hit with the judges who wanted to see more passion, chemistry and space in his hold. Will his fans start voting?  6. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: I love Riker and Allison. As Julianne said last week, they really “pop.” I think they are among the top four couples still in the competition. But the audience at home does not seem to agree with me. Therefore, they are ranked a little lower than I believe they deserve to be. Tonight, they dance to the epic (yet instrumental) theme “He’s a Pirate” from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Dead men tell no tales! 6. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: I think this could be the highest we see her on the leaderboard so far this season. It’s a waltz, and with Artem in charge, this dance could really work in her favour. Add her level of performance, and Patti could be flying through Disney week!
7. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: In a remarkably well-designed set, Suzanne and Tony took us all on a trip down memory lane with their “Three’s Company” tribute to John Ritter. It was fun, it was flirty and it played right into the hands of her fans. The judges raved… and then gave them all sevens. Huh? We all scratched our heads. Tony was visibly baffled. What can they do to get their scores up? 7. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: Last week, Robert and Kym gave a truly beautiful tribute to his late mother. The dance was beautiful and elegant and classy and, as the judges said, a fairytale performance. I’d say it was their best dance to date, and they somehow improve their electric chemistry more each week. Unfortunately, someone has to be on the bottom of the list, and I just can’t see Robert and Kym in this for the long haul. I am, however, looking forward to seeing Kym play Mary Poppins tonight. 7. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: Stand up Hercules, and do a… erm… quick-step?! Big man needs nimble feet for this one. I always worry about him in the dress rehearsal, but he really performs when needed. (Apart from cha-cha). He should be a bit more aerodynamic at least, because Witney has been waxing his chest. Very hairy!
8. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev:  So, Patti got pregnant via sake in Japan? But of course. She dedicated her funky jazz routine to her son, who was in the audience. He wanted to see her do more dance steps and she delivered on that. She also jumped off the stage into Artem’s arms. Len liked it, saying it had “plenty of wiggles and jiggles.” I’m not sure the Disney theme will be a fit for her sassy style, but it should be interesting nonetheless. 8. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: Last week left Suzanne and Tony with somewhat of a riddle to solve. Their performance was just OK (far too kitschy for my liking), but the judges praised it. Even Len, who tends to frown upon gimmicky performances, said he enjoyed it. So they scored big, right? Wrong. The judges gave the duo sevens across the board. So what’s the deal? I think they have an opportunity to really wow tonight with the playful Peggy Lee classic “He’s a Tramp” from “Lady and the Tramp.” 8. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: 32 million hits on ABC’s Facebook after “that” dance last week. How does Sharna follow that up? Probably brilliantly, knowing her! This will be a “Whole New World” for him, but as you’d expect, he’s embraced it and will give it his all.
9. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: He’s up, he’s down, he’s up and he’s back down. The judges didn’t love his rumba. Len’s feedback? “That wasn’t that great.” Hopefully Chris can go back up his dancing rollercoaster tonight with his “Zero to Hero” routine from “Hercules,” or else he could be getting off the ride.  9. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: It is so frustrating to watch Chris and Witney dance. Why isn’t Witney creating choreography that requires Chris to show he can actually dance? A hand wave here. A hand wave there. And then Witney furiously dances circles around him, occasionally holding her leg or back. What’s worse is that the judges praise him for it. Tonight, he dances to the song “Zero to Hero” from “Hercules,” but that seems a little presumptuous. 9. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: You hate that I’m putting these guys here. She’s been doubting herself a bit, and I think Tony’s groin injury is worse than he’s making out. Based on the performances last week, I can’t see anyone else going home. I hope I’m wrong, only in the sense that they are just lovely people, and I love it when they pop up to #DWTSAllAccess.

Check out Gethin Jones live tonight on #DWTSAllAccess on abc.com starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. Gethin and his co-host will be interviewing the stars, couples and many more guests, as well as providing live commentary throughout the show.


The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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