DWTS 14 Week 6: Maria Menounos foxtrots to fifth

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough only did middling well for Motown Week. They did post the second highest score thus far for the foxtrot, but they were also the second couple eliminated during the Motown Marathon to the cha cha cha.

Menounos sparkles on the dance floor, but her lines aren’t as good as Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins.

We’d like to see Menounos project something on the ballroom floor more than perky.  What was weird about last night was the dark shadows on the right side of the camera. There were a few bobbles and missed timing. I did love her hair do and dress, but did you feel the funk? I didn’t. She didn’t out-mug her partner, Derek Hough.

Bruno Tonioli felt it had wit and elegance. He complimented her frame.

Carrie Ann Inaba mentioned that she thought Menounos lost her focus after her slip up and toward the end allowed her shoulders to creep up.

Len Goodman disagreed and said in hold it was correct and formal and out of hold it was fun.  He declared it a “joy to my eyes” while hearing Martha sing was a “joy to his ears.”

Menounos and Hough received 26 (8, 9, 9). Although they were fifth, consider that Goodman ranked her above William Levy and Cheryl Burke. His top teams were:

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)

Goodman ranked Levy and Burke on the same level as Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower:

  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8)
The top teams last night for Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are:
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Tonioli added fan fave Levy to that list.
Perhaps the most shocking decision last night came during the Motown Marathon to the cha cha cha. Menounos and Hough were the second team eliminated. That’s before Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy and Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower. Usually the marathon is dominated by teams with male professional dancers and celebrities of good dance ability, but aside from Ballas with his partner Katherine Jenkins, the marathon was dominated by the celeb hunks.
Menounos and Hough should be back as they’ve never been in the bottom two, but Menounos needs to bring something more to the floor because this competition is pretty stiff and other celebrities obviously have a strong and committed fan base.

LEADER BOARD
Individual dance + Motown marathon

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 10 = 39
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 8 = 37
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10) + 9 = 36
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) + 7 = 34
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9) + 4 = 31
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8) + 6 = 30
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8) + 5 = 28
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 21 (7, 7, 7) + 3 = 24

Individual Dances

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 21 (7, 7, 7)

Motown marathon

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 10
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke:  9
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:  8
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:  7
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:  6
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 5
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 4
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus:  3

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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 24, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Maria Menounos and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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