Get your tissues ready — it’s time to get personal. Dancing With the Stars Season 17, Week 5 will follow the “Most Memorable Year” theme, so the Top 9 couples will be sharing stories and dances tied to significant moments in their lives. The couples have dropped a few hints so far in post-show videos and on Twitter, so we’re slowly getting an idea of what they have planned.
Here’s a look at who is dancing what. Update: E! News just added their song choices, in case you want a preview of the music!
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber: Jazz
Whenever Snooki has a bad day and wants to get away from it all, the one thing that makes her feel better is her 1-year-old son, Lorenzo. Just spending two hours with him, away from her phone, makes her happy. Lorenzo is directly tied to her Most Memorable Year. "It's when I gave birth to my son and I became a mother and my whole world changed," Snooki told On the Red Carpet. "I love him, he's amazing, he's my best friend, I frickin' love my son. I'm obsessed. I can't help it, he's so cute!" Can't argue with her on that! They told AfterBuzz their dance style is Jazz.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: Foxtrot
Corbin told Access Hollywood they have the Foxtrot, adding a couple of hints on his Most Memorable Year plans. "I'll tell you it does have to do with my family," Corbin said. “My family for me is everything. My mom has always said your friends will come and go, your family's always there. So, 2011 was a big year of change for us, so I'm doing this one for them."
Amber Riley and Derek Hough: Foxtrot
Amber didn’t share hints on her Most Memorable Year, but she told AfterBuzz she has Foxtrot next week, and her Week 4 Tango experience may help compensate for her hurt knees. "I think I'm a little more confident because at least I'm getting the frame part,” she said, “so I get an extra week of perfecting this." She held out her arms. Derek agreed that they’ve had good groundwork for the Foxtrot.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: Viennese Waltz
Here’s what Bill tweeted as a Week 5 teaser: “I can't tell you how much you tweets mean to me and @EmmaSlaterDance We are having so much fun this week waltz!!! @DancingABC #engvalldwts.” Waltz is a good one for serious, emotional Most Memorable Year stories, so right now we’ll just guess that’s the direction they’re taking. We’ll see! Update: Emma later tweeted that they have the Viennese Waltz, which is a little different from the slow Waltz.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: Waltz
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: Contemporary
Peta tweeted some relief after the stress of being under the “not necessarily the bottom two” lights: “Wow that was a close call tonight! @brantdaugherty IM SO PROUD OF YOU! U performed your a** off & nailed it in my eyes :) #contemporary now.” Contemporary could also be good for emotional Most Memorable Year storytelling.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: Contemporary
This year, 2013, is the most memorable one for Leah Remini. She's been through a lot recently, including a public split from the Church of Scientology. What can she tell us about her Most Memorable Year? "It's about strength and growth and courage and all the things that we're about," Leah told On the Red Carpet. Tony added, "Most people talk about being role models, she's not only talking the talk, she's actually walking the walk. She leads by example and I think a lot of people are going to learn from it." They didn't name their dance style, so we'll have to wait to see if they tweet about it or share another way. Update: The DancingABC Instagram account shared, "#TeamLeah with contemporary this week. Excited?? #dwts @leahremini @tonydovolani."
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas: Cha-Cha-Cha
Christina didn't share her dance style, but she told On the Red Carpet her Most Memorable Year has both highs and lows. That's all she said on the subject, but she defended Mark and reacted to the "harsh" comments from Week 4 guest judge Julianne Hough. She said she likes critiques and she didn't feel like she got a real critique, it just felt personal. They are now looking forward to judge Len Goodman's return! Update: According to E! News, they have the Cha-Cha-Cha and they'll be dancing to Cee Lo Green's "Forget You." At least she's still honoring her old buddies from The Voice!
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba
Elizabeth and Val didn’t say anything about their dance style or Most Memorable plans, but if you watch their On the Red Carpet video, you hear about Val's fears in terms of making the right choreography decisions and Elizabeth's argument for why people should vote for her. That's all we’ve got right now! Update: Elizabeth and Val were on her old Saved by the Bell co-star's show, Extra, and she told Mario Lopez they have the Samba. If you watch the video, you can even see Elizabeth and Mario dance a little together.
Which dance are you most looking forward to seeing on Monday, October 14? Tell us below, and catch the Most Memorable Year dances at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.