DWTS 14 Week 8 results: Roshon Fegan and Melissa Gilbert ousted

Tuesday night (8 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, the first ever double elimination didn’t bring any surprises. One strong dancer, Roshon Fegan,  who we already knew didn’t have a strong fan base was out, even though he and his partner Chelsie Hightower had a combined score for two dances that placed them second on the leader board.  The other star that got the boot had a strong fan base, but was not a good dancer: Melissa Gilbert.

Previously, Fegan and Hightower had been in the bottom-two three times (weeks 4, 6 and 7) despite high scores. The message was clear. Fegan’s fans either weren’t watching DWTS or other celebrities had stronger fan bases.

As of today (9 May 2012),  Fegan and Hightower have the high score this season for the quickstep with 26 points. This team doesn’t have the low score for any dance.

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy were a totally different story. This team had the low score cha cha cha (20), salsa (21), paso doble (22), Viennese waltz (with 24 and tied with the eliminated Jaleel White and his partner Kym Johnson) and Argentine tango (21).

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy had never been the high score, but they had also never been in the bottom-two.

Fegan and Hightower’s lowest score was 23 (cha cha cha and rumba).  Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy received their lowest score (20) for both the cha cha cha and the quickstep. Yet this week, Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy had surprising posted a 27 (9, 9, 9) for their Trio Challenge samba.  That score was higher than the 25 (8, 8, 9) that Fegan and Hightower received during week 3 for the same dance.

Although Fegan and Hightower’s combined score for Monday night placed them in second, they had a comparatively low score average: 25.7 (for 10 dances, excluding the Motown Marathon). Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy had a 22.9 average.

The averages of the four remaining couples are as follows.

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 27.2
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 26.5
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26.2
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26.0
While Jenkins and Ballas have the highest average, Jenkins has problems expressing aggression as seen in her paso doble performance and she has faltered performing certain tricks as in this week’s Viennese waltz performance. Both Ballas and Hough can take risks that seem more of a choreographer’s showcase than something that suits their dance partner well.
Driver shows in this week’s jive that he’s light on his feet, particularly in comparison with fellow hunk telenovela star William Levy.  Driver’s other disadvantage is his professional dance partner: Peta Murgatroyd. She’s never been in a DWTS semi-finals unlike the other three pros. Below are the dances for next week, Monday (14 May 2012).
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: quickstep/salsa
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: tango/samba
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: Argentine tango/jive
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: waltz/samba
The evening also included a dance tribute the Dick Clark who passed away in Santa Monica on 18 April 2012.

LEADER BOARD

Individual dance + Latin Round

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 57
*Tony Dovolani*
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56
*Sasha Farber*
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) +28 (10,9,9) = 55
*Karina Smirnoff*
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (8,9,9) + 29 (10,9,10) = 55
*Tristan MacManus*
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 28 (10,8,10) +25 (9,7,9) = 53
*Henry Byalikov*
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8) + 27 (9,9,9) = 51
*Val Chmerkovskiy*

INDIVIDUAL DANCE

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10)

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10)

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 28 (10,8,10)

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (8,9,9)

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8)

LATIN ROUND

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:  29 (10,9,10)

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (10,9,9)

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 27 (9,9,9)

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:  27 (9,9,9)

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:  27 (9,9,9)

  • Tony Dovolani
  • Paso doble

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9,7,9)

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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 May 9, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Donald Driver, Katherine Jenkins, Maria Menounos, Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, William Levy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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