DWTS 14 Week 5: William Levy performs passionate tango

One thing that William Levy can bring to the dance floor is command and passion. On “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, it was Latin night and Levy and Burke showed sensual passion in their Argentine tango.

In DWTS, the difference between the Argentine tango and ballroom tango is the hold (notice both are NOT leaning back in Argentine tango), the direction their heads are facing (in the direction they are heading) and lifts are allowed.

Burke has her own studio and traveled to Argentina to learn the tango and also performed as a special guest in the Argentine tango show, “Forever Tango.”

Levy was sickle-footed at times, but he did get that delayed action with his feet and he performed a lot of lifts, but what was really beautiful was his acting and physicality. Dancing to “Buttons” by The Pussycat Dolls, Burke’s conceit was two people meeting at some classy joint and she gives him the invitation to dance as a prelude to something more. Levy performed such typical Argentine tango moves as  boleos and a lapiz (tracing a circular motion on the floor).

At a real milonga, lifts are rarely performed at a dance party and not allowed in most ballroom nightclub Argentine tango competitions, but allowed in show tango but not salon tango. There would be more emphasis on displacements (sacadas) and you’d see giros, volcadas and colgadas.

Carrie Ann Inaba had to gather herself and wait for the screams to die down. She called him the Latin dancing James Bond and said it was ridiculously amazing.

Len Goodman said he saw mood, passion, sensuality and color

Bruno Tonioli called Levy’s performance pulsating passion, throbbing intensity and did he say “Clooney-licious”?

Inaba and Tonioli gave Levy tens, but Goodman gave him a nine. A nine is the highest score Goodman has given out thus far this season. In all, five tens were awarded last night with two each for Levy and Burke and for the team of Jenkins and Ballas. Inaba gave Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd a ten for their Argentine tango, but that team ended the night tied for third with Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who performs a salsa routine.

Levy and Burke could give Jenkins and Ballas stiff competition if Levy can perform at the same level. Jenkins and Ballas have been more reliable and consistent in their performances. The other problem is that Levy just joined the list of injured celebrities with a torn ligament in one of his ankles. Like Maria Menuonos who has an injured rib, stress fractures in her foot and this week fell on her face, he is still able to perform at a high level. But will their injuries stabilize or get worse? Anything can happen.

Both Ballas and Burke have won the mirrorball trophy before.  Burke won during season 2 with 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey and the very next season with retired NFL star Emmitt Smith. Ballas also has two mirrorball trophies: from season 6 with Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and season 8 with Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson.

William Levy, however, has a very vocal fan club in the ballroom and most likely off stage as well. He should be coming back and should make at least the semifinals.

LEADER BOARD

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

By Individual Dance

SALSA

  • ***William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)*** Week 3
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)

SAMBA

  • ***Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)***Week 3
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • ***Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskay: 24 (8, 8, 8)***Week 3 ELIMINATED
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

ARGENTINE TANGO

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on April 17, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, William Levy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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