Category Archives: Dancing with the Stars Season 14

DWTS 14 finalist: William Levy

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

  • Salsa
  • 28 (9,9,10)
  • “La Vida es un Carnaval”—Celia Cruz

Week 4: Rock Week

Week 5: Latin Week

Week 6: Motown Week

Motown Marathon: 9

Week 7: Classical Week

Team Paso Doble

Week 8: Trio Challenge

Week 9: Semi-finals

Week 10: Finale Week

Week 10: Night 2 24-Hour Challenge

DWTS 14 finalist: Katherine Jenkins

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4: Rock Week

Week 5: Latin Week

Week 6: Motown Week

Motown Marathon: 10

Week 7: Classical Week

Team Tango

Week 8: Trio Challenge

Week 9: Semi-finals

Week 10: Finale Week

 
 
Week 10: Night 2 24-Hour Challenge

DWTS 14 champion Donald Driver shows: DWTS fans love football players

Los Angeles may have a high-level basketball team, but it doesn’t have a football team. What are we missing? A field of possible “Dancing with the Stars” contestants because America has spoken: “Dancing with the Stars” fans love football players. Last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” Green Bay Packer Donald Driver became the third football player to win the mirrorball trophy.

  1. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
  2. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke

His partner Peta Murgatroyd was only on her second season of DWTS. Last season, Murgatroyd was paired with another athlete: Laker small forward Ron Artest who has just adopted the name Metta World Peace. Artest and Murgatroyd danced the cha cha cha to “Krazy” by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon
to a lackluster score of 14 (5, 4, 5). They were the low score for that week and the first team to leave.

Consider that during season 9, retired NFL star Michael Irvin received a 13 for his first dance and survived to be the eighth contestant out of 16 eliminated. Irvin played for the Dallas Cowboys (3 times Super Bowl champion) and in 2007 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played at the University of Miami for college and had worked as a broadcaster for ESPN.

Driver joins other sports figures who have won the mirrorball trophy, including Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (6), Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson (8), Olympic old medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (4), racer Helio Castroneves (5) and football players Emmitt Smith (3) and Hines Ward (12). Driver makes seven athletes  and three football players who have won the mirrorball trophy.

Driver, like Hines Ward at the time, is not retired. He was the seventh round pick for the Green Bay Packers in the 1999 NFL Draft. He’s been with the Packers ever since. In 2002, he was their MVP. He was an All-Pro selection  in 2006; he’s a three time Pro Bowl selection for 2002, 2006 and 2007. Last year, he was with the Packers when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, at Super Bowl XLV.

If DWTS fans love football players, they don’t particularly warm to non-Americans competing on DWTS. After tall, the show has incarnations in many European countries and Helio Castroneves is the only foreigner who has won the mirrorball trophy and he beat another non-American: Brit Mel B.  Second place finisher for this season, Katherine Jenkins is also from Great Britain. Either one could have competed on the U.K. version of the show, “Strictly Come Dancing.”

French man Gilles Marini placed second behind American Johnson during season 8. Other foreign nationals who have made the finals were: Brit Kelly Osbourne (season 9) and Chilean Cristian de la Fuentes (season 6). Both finished third just as William Levy did last night.

Yet from the audience reaction, Levy could be a real winner and become a cross over star. Perhaps we’ll see him soon guest starring in TV series in English as that super sexy Latin lover. Heck, what about a Latin James Bond?

Until the freestyle,  Driver wasn’t the high score in any of the dances and even then he wasn’t alone. He shared the top cha cha cha score of 30 with William Levy. Levy was the top score for the foxtrot (30), samba (30), rumba (27 with Maria Menounos and Katherine Jenkins), salsa (30) and tango (28).  Jenkins and Driver shared the top score for freestyle (30), but Levy earned a 29. Semifinalist Maria Menounos shared the stop score for the paso doble with Jenkins, but was the top score for the Viennese waltz (28) and Argentine tango (30).

Jenkins was also the top scrore for the quickstep (30), jive (30) and waltz (29). Just by performance scores and season average, Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas should have won, but Jenkins, more than Driver, has built bright future for herself. Broadway and West End musical producers are surely now considering her for a role in some bright and cheery musical. Think “Guys and Dolls,” “Oklahoma!” or something that another DWTS finalist has starred in “The Sound of Music” (Marie Osmond pre-DWTS).

Last night on DWTS, besides reviewing the 10 weeks for high-level performances including live performances by Maria Menounos and Derek Hough of their perfect-score earning Argentine tango, fan favorite Sherri Shepard and Jaleel White in separate new dance numbers, the three remaining couples were required to perform the 24-hour dance challenge. White performed a paso doble to the theme for “Shaft.”  Shepard dance to “It’s Raining Men.”

Gladys Knight returned to sing “The Way We Were.”  Kelly Clarkson appeared and sang “Dark Side” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” as Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya and Tristan MacManus danced.

When the finalists performed the 24-hour challenge dances  they all received perfect scores, leaving the leader board positions the same: Jenkins and Ballas only one point ahead of the tied Levy and Burke and Driver and Murgatroyd. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced the cha cha cha (30) to “Beggin’” by Madcon. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas performed a fun jive (30) to “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin. William Levy and Cheryl Burke sizzled in their salsa (30) to “Juventud de Presente” by Tito Puente.

So in the end, for season 14, it was up to the audience members who voted and they picked Driver and Murgatroyd. Expect football players to continue to be featured DWTS celebrities, proving that real men do dance and America loves them when they do.

This fall, “Dancing with the Stars” fans will see many familiar faces as season 15 will be the first ever all-stars version. Surely the producers of DWTS will bring back a football player to keep DWTS fans happy–perhaps Emmitt Smith who has remained involved in DWTS as a humorous commentator, but who else? Who are you hoping will make the cut?

Donald Driver

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4: Rock Week

Week 5: Latin Week

  • Argentine Tango
  • 27 (10,8,9)
  • “Sin Rumbo”—Otros Aires

Week 6: Motown Week

Motown Marathon: 7

Week 7: Classical Week

Team Paso Doble

Week 8: Trio Challenge

Week 9: Semi-finals

Week 10: Finale Week

  • Argentine Tango
  • 29 (10,9,10)
  • They“—Jem
  • Freestyle
  • 30 (10,10,10)
  • “I Play Chicken with the Train”—Cowboy Troy
Week 10: Night 2 24-Hour Challenge

DWTS 14 Week 10 finale : Vote now

On “Dancing with the Stars” season 14 tonight (21 May 2012), the three final couples are so closely matched it won’t be the judges who decide the winning couple. The audience will have to determine who wins as only one point separates the first-placed Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas from the two teams tied for second place: telenovela star William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke and football star Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd. The judges awarded 15 tens in all.

In a night that had a decidedly Latin flavor, the judge who cast the deciding vote was head judge Len Goodman. He gave Levy and Burke a nine for their freestyle to  “Objection (Tango)” by Shakira and Driver and Murgatroyd a nine for their Argentine tango to “They” by Jem.

Jenkins and Ballas had a perfect score of 60 out of 60. They performed paso doble to “España Cañí” by Erich Kunzel. This team had previously performed the paso doble during Week 4, Rock Week, to “Time Is Running Out” by Muse. They earned a 24 (8, 8, 8).

For their freestyle, Jenkins and Ballas went light and breezy, performing to “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” by Andrews Sisters.

Levy and Burke previously performed the cha cha cha during Week 1 to “International Love” by Pitbull feat. Chris Brown. Although Levy was at a disadvantage having less practice time than the other celebrities, he pulled through to earn a decent score of 24 ( 8, 8, 8).  Levy and Burke heated up the dance floor this week by performing their cha cha cha to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” for a perfect score of 30.

Burke capitalized on Levy’s sex appeal by choreographing a freestyle routine to “Objection (Tango)” and left the audience screaming.

Driver and Murgatroyd had previously performed an Argentine tango during Week 5, Latin Week to “Sin Rumbo” by Otros Aires. That routine left the judges divided with Carrie Ann Inaba giving the couple a 10, but Goodman only begrudging them an 8. Tonioli gave the pair a nine for a total of 27. This time, there wasn’t any argument. Their routine was rewarded this week with a 29 (10, 9, 10).  For their freestyle, Murgatroyd took them to a different musical genre: country rap. Did you know there was a thing such as country rap?!

Cowboy Troy, aka Troy Lee Coleman III, is a 41-year-old Texas-born rapper with a bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His “I Play Chicken with the Train” reached 48 on the U.S. Country charts in 2005, but for Driver and Murgatroyd, the song was pure gold. They earned a perfect score of 30 for their freestyle routine.

Driver may play for the Green Bay Packers who are based in Wisconsin, but the 37-year-old Driver was originally born in Texas.

With the teams so closely matched, the votes of the viewers will really count. What do we know about the DWTS audience? Over 13 seasons, six women and seven men have won the mirror ball trophy.
The largest group of winners have been sports figures: Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, Olympic old medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, racer Helio Castroneves and football players Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. That would give Donald Driver an advantage. Three actors have won (Monaco, Grey and Martinez) and three singers (Scherzinger, Lachey and Osmond).

Only one non-American has won: Helio Castroneves who is Brazilian. Castroneves won over British singer Mel B. French man Gilles Marini placed second behind American Johnson. Other foreign nationals who have made the finals were: Brit Kelly Osbourne (season 9) and Chilean Cristian de la Fuentes (season 6). Both finished third.
Vote now, because with the teams so close the audience votes count more than ever.

During the live shows, the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges’ scores alone do not decide a couple’s fate.

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online voting will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open until 60 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following day.

TEAMS:

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

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Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

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William Levy & Cheryl Burke

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DWTS 14 Finals: Can Katherine Jenkins win?

Last night, 15 May 2012, Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her professional dance partner learned early on that they had survived the cut and were moving on to the finals. That’s despite posting the lowest combined score for two dances on Monday night. TV hostess Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough were eliminated instead, leaving two hunks in the finals: telenovela actor William Levy and NFL wide receiver Donald Driver.

Maria Menounos would have been a long shot because only one winner has been a TV hostess (Brooke Burke).

  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) + 30 (10,10,10)  = 58/60
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) +29 (10,9,10) = 57/60
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56/60

Jenkins suffered from a back muscle spasm and that may be critical to her performance in the finals. Ballas will have to choreograph in a way that will not cause further pain or damage, but Ballas can be unpredictable. It wasn’t so long ago that Disney star Chelsea Kane had to have a heart-to-heart with Ballas about his artistic risks during season 12. Kane and Ballas finished third behind the winer Hines Ward and Kym Johnson and the runner-up Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The belly dance-themed salsa routine on Monday night was risky, but did include salsa moves, however, it was that unsupported back bend that caused Jenkins to break out in tears, unable to complete the move. Ballas making a butterfly over Jenkins didn’t add to Jenkins’ difficulty level and at that stage in the performance was a high risk as her back was unsupported. Further, earlier Ballas and Jenkins had performed on their knees and Jenkins obviously wasn’t wearing knee pads–another risky decision.

Of course, Ballas isn’t the only professional dancer who takes risks in choreography. Burke and Levy’s rumba during week 6 (Motown Week) was deemed too steamy by head judge Len Goodman. He gave the team an 8 compared to the 9 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba and the 10 from judge Bruno Tonioli.

Derek Hough’s Bollywood-inspired samba had too little samba for Goodman and the team got marked down to a 7 compared to the nines the other judges awarded. Peta Murgatroyd was more successful with her R&B inspired samba for Donald Driver this last week. That allowed Driver to samba without being compared to the kind of hip movement we already know Levy has.

Yet Hough, Burke and Murgatroyd’s risk taking weren’t physical, but thematic.

Driver has stage presence, but he doesn’t emote or smolder as much as Levy. Driver also doesn’t have that sensuous and fluid hip action that Levy does. Both men suffer from a tendency to be flat-footed (not extending their feet and ankles) and sickle footed. Jenkins almost always has turn out, beautiful lines and extension in both her hands and feet. Driver and Levy don’t always reach full extension as consistently as Jenkins. Jenkins, however, has problems projecting anger or a commanding, dominating presence as is required for the paso doble. Both of the men are capable of that as well as the lighter mood that Jenkins is best at projecting.

Katherine Jenkins holds the high score for the cha cha cha (29), quickstep (29) and waltz (29). She’s tied with Maria Menounos and Levy for the high score in the rumba (27). Menounos has the high score for jive (29), paso doble (30), Viennese waltz (28) and Argentine tango (30). Levy has the high score for the foxtrot (30), samba (30), salsa (28) and tango (28). Driver doesn’t hold the high score for any of the dances.

The team who posts the highest score during the freestyle usually has the advantage. There’s always the possibility of complete disaster such as artistic meltdown between Anna Trebunskaya and Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek who finished second during season 10. Can you remember Marie Osmond’s doll-themed freestyle with gentleman dancer Jonathan Roberts without cringing? That was season 5 and Marie Osmond finished third (Hélio Castroneves and Julianne Hough won).
Julianne Hough won twice–with Ohno and Castroneves in seasons 4 and 5 respectively. Her brother Derek has won three times: season 7 with TV hostess Brooke Burke, season 10 with singer Nicole Scherzinger and season 11 with actress Jennifer Grey. Ballas has won twice: during season 6 with Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and season 8 with Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson. Cheryl Burke has also won twice: with Drew Lachey during season 2 and Emmitt Smith during season 3.
Burke has finished second twice: season 3 with actor Gilles Marini and season 13 with reality star Rob Kardashian. Burke has finished third once–during season six with actor Cristián de la Fuente (who had an injured shoulder).
Ballas has finished third twice: during season 11 with political advocate Bristol Palin and season 12 with Disney star Chelsea Kane.
While both Ballas and Burke have experience planning and training a celebrity successfully into the finals, Peta Murgatroyd is only in her second season as a professional dance partner and this is her first time in the finals. Yet she has proven to make smart choices and takes fewer big risks than Burke who went too raunchy for Len Goodman. Then there’s Ballas who sometimes seems choreographing more for his own personal gain or self expression than as a strategic plan for his celebrity.
With the teams so closely matched, the votes of the viewers will really count. What do we know about the DWTS audience? Over 13 seasons, six women and seven men have won the mirror ball trophy.
Maria Menounos would have been a long shot because only one winner has been a TV hostess (Brooke Burke). Three actors have won (Monaco, Grey and Martinez) and three singers (Scherzinger, Lachey and Osmond).

Only one non-American has won (Castroneves who is Brazilian). Castroneves won over British singer Mel B. French man Gilles Marini placed second behind American Johnson. Other foreign nationals who have made the finals were: Brit Kelly Osbourne (season 9) and Chilean Cristian de la Fuentes (season 6). Both finished third. Katherine Jenkins and William Levy would be at a disadvantage here.
The largest group of winners have been sports figures: Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson, Olympic old medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, racer Helio Castroneves and football players Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. That would give Donald Driver an advantage.
Yet looking at Google Trends, the hot topic in America last night and early this morning was Katherine Jenkins with neither Donald Driver nor William Levy making the top 40 search list. This DWTS finals will be hard to call and expect incredible routines and high emotion on Monday night.

DWTS 14 Finals: Two guys and one gal survive

Last night (15 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars,” the threesome who moved on to the season 14 finals was announced. It was no surprise that super sexy William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke moved forward, but Levy was joined by the other hunk football player Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd and one woman celebrity.

Despite her back injury and posting the lowest combined score on Monday night, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins survived, ousting TV hostess Maria Menounos. Menounos and her partner Derek Hough has posted the highest combined score on Monday night, including one perfect score for their Argentine tango.

Maria Menounos and Hough were the highest scoring team for jive (29), rumba (tied with William Levy and Katherine Jenkins with 27), paso doble (30), Viennese waltz (28) and Argentine tango (30).

Still Menounos had injuries: two broken ribs and stress fractures in both feet.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4: Rock Week

Week 5: Latin Week

Week 6: Motown Week

Week 7: Classical Week

Team Tango

Week 8: Trio Challenge

Week 9

DWTS 14 Week 9: William Levy in second place

Does anyone doubt that the sexy, crowd-pleasing William Levy belongs in the finals on “Dancing with the Stars”? Season 14, has been high competitive and Levy has risen to the challenge. The ballroom audience has been very vocal in its approval of Levy’s performance. Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke ended Monday night (14 May 2012) in second place behind Maria Menounos and Derek Hough.
Levy has presence and can command the stage. When he doesn’t dance well, he at least has the kind of physicality that makes him utterly watchable.
Although one expected that head judge Len Goodman would be the deciding factor, he gave only one ten to Menounos and Hough for their Argentine tango to  “La Yumba” by Osvaldo Pugliese, but not for their jive routine to “Tightrope” by  Janelle Monae.

Goodman also gave one ten to the second-placed couple, Levy and Burke. He awarded them a nine for their tango to  “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by The Eurythmics and a 10 for their samba to  “Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes. But Carrie Ann Inaba gave Levy and Burke a nine and that scored landed them in second place.

For the tango, Levy and Burke were decked out in black, and very serious. Levy has the look, but he doesn’t fully extend his foot and ankle. That means he doesn’t have a definite heel or toe lead. A bit more turn out would also improve the look of his walk.

As Levy and Burke were the first dance of the night, head judge Len Goodman exclaimed he’d “not been as excited as when my mother put me in long trousers” because of the high level of this competition. Of Levy and Burke, he commented, it was”overall terrific,” but he would have like better position in hold and crisper movement. He noted that Levy was a bit flat-footed as well.

As expected, Bruno Tonioli was more effusive and said Levy’s performance was powerful and firm with convincing animal magnetism. Tonioli labeled Levy “the dictator of the tango.”

Carrie Ann Inaba reminded us that Levy was so much more than a pretty face and thought his lines were gorgeous but his chainé turns were a bit out of control.

Levy  tapped into his Latino machismo for the samba and let loose some serious bum shaking with his fun and sexy samba.

Tonioli said he caught the feeling of sexy Brazil and he had “bum envy.”

Carrie Ann Inaba said his bounce was more like a thrust which took the samba to  a whole new level.

Head judge Len Goodman confessed, “I’ve never looked at a man’s bum for so long in my life” and dubbed Levy “a hunk with the junk in his trunk.”

Did you catch the set mistake? The setting is supposed to be Brazil, but the background features the silhouette of an elephant and a lion. These animal aren’t native to the Brazilian rain forest. We give the set designers an A for effort, but an F in geography.

Here’s how the teams stood at the end of Monday night.
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) +29 (10,9,10) = 59/60
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) + 30 (10,10,10)  = 58/60
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) +29 (10,9,10) = 57/60
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56/60
The top two teams should advance into the finals and I’m looking forward to seeing  their freestyle performance. Over 13 seasons of DWTS, only one non-American has won: Hélio Castroneves who is Brazilian. Castroneves won over British singer Mel B. during season 5. French man Gilles Marini placed second behind American Johnson during season 8. Other foreign nationals who have made the finals were: Brit Kelly Osbourne (season 9) and Chilean Cristian de la Fuentes (season 6). Both Osbourne and de la Fuentes finished third.

Below you can compare the four semifinalists and their scores for the seven dances performed Monday night.

Argentine tango
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 5
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 5
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9) Week 5
Jive
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (10, 9, 9) Week 8
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (9, 8, 9) Week 2
  4. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8) Week 4
Quickstep
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 9
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (8, 8, 9) Week 2
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 2
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24 (8, 8, 8) Week 2

Samba

  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 8
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 6

Salsa

  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 3
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 5
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:  27 (9,9,9) Week 9
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: N/A
Tango
  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 8
  3. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9) Week 4
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: N/A
Waltz
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 3
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 9
  3. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: N/A
  4. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: N/A
 For all the dances performed during season 14, here are the top scoring teams.
Argentine tango: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30)
Cha cha cha:
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson (29);
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
Foxtrot: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (30)
Jive: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (29)
Paso doble: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30)
Quickstep: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
Rumba:
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke,
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas,
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (27)
Salsa: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (28)
Samba: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (30)
Viennese waltz: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (28)
Waltz: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
As of tonight, the average score of the remaining teams for 12 30-point dances (excluding Motown Marathon scores) is as follows:
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 27.3
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26.8
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 26.9
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26.4
With the teams to closely matched, the votes of the viewers will really count.
Online voting will remain open until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time)/ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) the following day (Tuesday).

DWTS 14 Week 9: Maria Menounos overscored for Argentine tango

Monday night (14 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough received a perfect score for their Argentine tango, but it was less than perfect. Menounos and Hough added that 30 to a 29 to be the top couple on the leader board.
Although one expected that head judge Len Goodman would be the deciding factor, he gave only one ten to Menounos and Hough for their Argentine tango to  “La Yumba” by Osvaldo Pugliese, but not for their jive routine to “Tightrope” by  Janelle Monae.
The Argentine tango begins with the audience only able to view the bottom half of their legs. Her ochos are clumsy and her walks don’t have the delayed action. The ganchos are a bit high and don’t follow through to full extension. One of her lunges is with a bent extended let.
Len Goodman gave a silent fabulous.
Bruno Tonioli commented that “every step had a meaning and purpose like a series of caresses,” and concluded the performance was “absolutely utterly fabulous.”
Carrie Ann Inaba gave a long list of compliments.
We were less than impressed but DWTS has its own version of the Argentine tango that has nothing to do with real Argentine tango in competition.
I wasn’t sure about the beginning of this jive routine, but it was fun and peppy–well suited for Menounos. It would have been nice if Menounos gave as much facial expression as Hough. Hough almost looks like he’s singing the song.
Tonioli thought the choreography redefined the jive, but he loved the quirky, unexpected details that seemed to combine some Fosse steps and lambada.
Inaba said it was “another stunner.”
Goodman thought it wasn’t a traditional jive with a lot of kicks and flicks, but he liked the feel of it–the rhythm and the cleverness of the choreography.
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) +29 (10,9,10) = 59/60
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) + 30 (10,10,10)  = 58/60
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) +29 (10,9,10) = 57/60
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56/60
Menounos and Hough should advance to the finals and I’m looking forward to their freestyle performance.

Argentine tango
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 5
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 5
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9) Week 5
Jive
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (10, 9, 9) Week 8
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (9, 8, 9) Week 2
  4. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8) Week 4
Quickstep
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 9
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (8, 8, 9) Week 2
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 2
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24 (8, 8, 8) Week 2

Samba

  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 8
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 6

Salsa

  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 3
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 5
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:  27 (9,9,9) Week 9
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: N/A
Tango
  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 8
  3. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9) Week 4
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: N/A
Waltz
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 3
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 9
  3. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: N/A
  4. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: N/A
 For all the dances performed during season 14, here are the top scoring teams.
Argentine tango: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30)
Cha cha cha:
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson (29);
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
Foxtrot: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (30)
Jive: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (29)
Paso doble: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30)
Quickstep: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
Rumba:
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke,
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas,
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (27)
Salsa: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (28)
Samba: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (30)
Viennese waltz: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (28)
Waltz: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
As of tonight, the average score of the remaining teams for 12 30-point dances (excluding Motown Marathon scores) is as follows:
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 27.3
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26.8
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 26.9
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26.4
With the teams to closely matched, the votes of the viewers will really count.
Online voting will remain open until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time)/ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) the following day (Tuesday).

DWTS 14: Compare quickstep

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus

DWTS 14 Week 9: Katherine Jenkins injures back

Monday night (14 May 2012), the competition was fierce and early leader had more to worry about than just her professional partner Mark Ballas and his ego. Was his routine too ambitious? Jenkins and Ballas, the initial frontrunners, ended the night at the bottom of the leader board, the scores show how tight the competition is.

For their first dance, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas did a flirty 1920s Chicago gangster inspired quickstep to “The Dirty Boogie” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Jenkins begins in a cage and Ballas breaks her out.

Jenkins looked fantastic in her hot pink flapper dress and long pearl necklace (which might have been more of a distraction than a pleasing accessory). The gangster with moll set up gave Ballas a chance to mug it up.

Bruno Tonioli told her she was outstanding and the routine had “all the energy and the razzle dazzle of the roaring 1920s.”

Carrie Ann Inaba did a fake out, beginning by saying “You have to bring your A game and I don’t think you did that…I think you brought your A plus game.”

Head judge Len Goodman I knew you could sing, but honestly Katherine, you can dance.” Goodman was noted that there was a footwork problem. I think it was in the first 30 seconds of the dance. Goodman has sharp eyes and Ballas admitted the slip, saying it was his fault.

For their salsa, Jenkins didn’t have the kind of heat to get a ten and had some trouble at the end with her back, so Jenkins and Ballas received straight nines for her performance to “Bananza (Belly Dancer)” by  Akon. Jenkins belly dance performance was more perky and cutesy instead of sensuous and hotly sexy.

However this belly dance-themed salsa has more salsa content than Derek Hough’s Bollywood samba had samba. Unlike anything from William Levy who comes from the land that gave us this dance, Jenkins was totally Disney G-rated.

Here is where I think Ballas can be faulted. The segment where they are on their knees and Jenkins in her costume is unable to use knee pads, would have been hard on her knees  and back. Toward the end, he meant to do a butterfly over Jenkins as Jenkins was leaning back. That kind of move tends to show more of what the man can do more than the woman and leaves the woman’s back vulnerable as it is unsupported.

Inaba said, it was like Jenkins “hung out with Beyonce over the weekend” and added,  “I love seeing you push your boundaries.” Really, Beyonce and not the real belly dancing pop star Shakira?

Len Goodman just called her “Katherine the Great, the world’s Wonder Woman.”

Bruno Tonioli claimed she “unleashed the harlot.” He added, that  “up to that point, it was absolutely wonderful.”

Actually it was more like a clean Disneyfied salsa. Jenkins later tweeted, “I’m with the Doctor, he says it was a reflectorical spasm in my lower back.” She might mean a reflectoral spasm. According to Cedars-Sinai, a back spasm is a sudden pain that occurs during twisting, pushing or pulling. A higher risk for this type of injury results when the pelvis tips forward more than usual and look at Jenkins’ position during the final dance segment. If the pain was enough to make her cry just after the dance, imagine what she’ll feel like today, Tuesday (15 May 2012) because the pain is supposed to increase.

At the end of the night, Jenkins and Ballas were at the bottom of the leader board, but the first-placed team of Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were only three points ahead of them.

  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) +29 (10,9,10) = 59/60
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) + 30 (10,10,10)  = 58/60
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) +29 (10,9,10) = 57/60
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56/60
With the teams to closely matched, the votes of the viewers will really count.
Online voting will remain open until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time)/ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) the following day (Tuesday).
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