DWTS 14 Week 6: Roshon Fegan’s rumba leaves him near bottom

Roshon Fegan is the youngest contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, but he isn’t as popular as some of the other stars. He turned in a respectable rumba but he ended the night second from the bottom. Could he be in the bottom two, destined to dance the jive to survive?

Fegan problem was projecting sensuality. He didn’t have to be smoking sexually like William Levy, but he also needed the slow smooth movement for his rumba to “Cruisin’” sung live by Smokey Robinson. He also seemed to be mugging too much, not unusual for a Disney kid used to TV. He looked like he was hyper-extending which is better for gymnastics and acrobatics.

Carrie Ann Inaba thought his movement were over-exaggerated. Inaba thought the drag turn became a lift.

Len Goodman found the movement was clipped and jerky, too much syncopation. “Don’t speed it up with syncopation,” Goodman warned.

Bruno Tonioli said it was hip hop meets rumba and the resulting rumba didn’t work.

The top score in the rumba belongs to William Levy and Cheryl Burke for their steamy performance this week which earned a 27 (9, 8, 10) and Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who performed their routine during week 3 to Madonna’s “Material Girl” during personal story week.  Fegan and Hightower were the second lowest score thus far for that dance this season. Below them is Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus with 21.

Fegan and Hightower didn’t fare that well in the Motown Marathon. They were the third couple eliminated, but at least they lasted longer than Maria Menounos and  Derek Hough. Fegan attempted lifts, but he needs some work and some working out.

Only Fegan and Hightower and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson have been in the bottom two and survived. This fall so close to the bottom for Fegan and Hightower might mean farewell to Fegan and Hightower although they have the stamina to perform a good jive should they have to dance off.

Who should go is Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus. I’m not enjoying MacManus’ choreography. His newness shows and as a result, he doesn’t show Knight at her best. I would have expected more progress.

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, Roshon Fegan and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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