Dancing With the Stars Review: Movie Night!

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On Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 5, the celebrities danced to a song from their favorite movie as part of the "Movie Night" theme.

Whose dances stole the show? And since we're back to one night a week, that means someone was eliminated at the end of the show. Who was it?

Alfonso Ribeiro on DWTS - Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 5

Truthfully, the one night a week shows are frustrating. It's not altogether clear how the elimination was even decided tonight. We were told it was based on votes and scores from last week's "My Jam Monday," yet there were different couples in the bottom than what we saw last week?

It all feels a bit rushed.

Even still, this was another entertaining night of dancing! And there were some fun moments as a part of the theme -- including Lea Thompson's hover board and the car from Back to the Future.

Comedian Kevin Hart joined the judges' table this week as guest judge, filling in for Len Goodman. As much fun as he was to watch-- plenty of jokes, and yelling his score loudly for each contestant-- I'm not fond of guest judges on this show. The scores are so important, I wish they only came from judges with professional dance experience.

Of course, this worked out pretty well for Betsey Johnson, since Kevin Hart was so impressed with her moves that he awarded her a 9-- a score much higher than what the other judges were willing to give.

Janel and Val managed to pull off an awesome Jazz routine, despite having to change the routine at the last minute due to legal issues. Julianne was especially impressed: "You just opened up so many doors to your career!"

Their scores? 10's across the board! Janel and Val received the first perfect score of the season. And rightfully so. I'm no expert, but I thought their dance was flawless.

But my favorite dance of the night also received perfect scores. Bethany and Derek offered a Jazz routine to "Singing in the Rain" that would have made Gene Kelly proud. This routine gave me chills. Truly. It's too bad that Bruno didn't have a chance to give his comments on this one.

Alfonso Ribeiro offered another fun performance, too. His quickstep to a song from Austin Powers was energetic and well done, and even included a super cute special guest.

Sadie and Mark did equally well with their Viennese Waltz. And how could you not enjoy a dance to Disney's Up? Sadie was even carried away with balloons at the end of the dance.

Also tied with a score of 32: Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker with their Great Gatsby themed Tango; and Jonathan's reaction to the good scores? Priceless.

I was really surprised to learn that Antonio Sabato Jr. was in jeopardy this week. His scores were good last week for "My Jam Monday," and have you seen that guy's smile? His Foxtrot this week did receive some criticism, but his dance was certainly fun to watch.

Michael Waltrip danced what Julianne said was his best dance of the season -- but you know, we're only on week three.

Tommy Chong has yet to disappoint me. He did really well tonight with his Argentine Tango. Carrie Ann thought he did well too, saying, "It was like watching Yoda dance." And yes, she did mean that as a compliment.

At the bottom this week was Randy and Karina, whose Paso Doble failed to impress the judges. It was a fun song choice, though -- their dance was to "Eye of the Tiger."

Overall, it was a great night of dances. I just wish there would have been more time with things like behind the scenes footage and judges comments. At least they didn't drag out the results too badly.

So... which couple was eliminated?

I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised that this week, Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff are heading home.

Is that who you expected? Do you think it was this the right choice? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

And here's where the rest of the couples stand after this week. Remember, the judges' scores only tell half of the story. Viewer votes are a part of this process too!

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovsky (Jazz): 40

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (Jazz): 40

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (Argentine Tango): 34

Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson (Quickstep): 32

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (Viennese Waltz): 32

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (Tango): 32

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev (Cha Cha): 31

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani (Contemporary): 29

Antonio Sabato Jr and Cheryl Burke (Foxtrot): 29

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (Waltz): 28

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff (Paso Doble): 26 - eliminated

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Ashley Bissette Sumerel was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in September 2017. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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