Category Archives: Jaleel White

DWTS 14: Compare jive

Jive

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy:

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:

William Levy and Cheryl Burke

Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff:

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya:

Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani:

DWTS 14: Compare tango

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff

Sherri Shepard and Val Chmerkovskiy

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus

 

DWTS 14: Compare Viennese waltz

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower:

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

DWTS 14 Week 7 results: Jaleel White leaves

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson were early favorites on season 14 of “Dancing with the Stars” and while they did have the top score Week 1 and Week 6–both times tied with Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, they lacked the fan base to continue on.
White does have a certain style that judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli compared to Gregory Hines. White is handsome and loose; his posture doesn’t say ballroom, but nightclub dancing. Like many American men, his arms could be stiff, particularly his free arm and he doesn’t always reach full extension with either his legs or his arms.
Currently the weakest dancer is Melissa Gilbert, but White and Roshon Fegan have lacked the votes. This week when it came down to a rumba dance off, the judges were unanimous in voting to save Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower.
In the rumba, White was at a clear disadvantage.  Fegan had essayed the rumba as an individual dance during week 6 (Motown Week) for a score of 23 (7, 8, 8).  White had performed a rumba during week 3 (Personal Story Week) as the smooth Stephan Urkell for a 25 (9, 8, 8). Yet Fegan as a hip hop dancer had better hip movement, and, for the judges, needed to stop popping and make his movements smoother. Fegan also showed extension in his moves while White tends to me more lax.
Fegan and Hightower had been in the bottom two for week 4 and 6 while White and Johnson had been in the bottom two for week 5. Both had survived a dance off: Fegan and Hightower against Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus during Week 6 (jive). White and Johnson had danced the cha cha cha against Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff.
Looking at their averages, Fegan and Hightower have 25.1 for eight dances against White and Johnson’s 24.9. That’s pretty close. Compare that to Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy whose average for eight dances is 22.3.
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy were tied with White and Johnson for the lowest score in the Viennese waltz with 24. Fegan and Hightower currently do not hold the low score thus far this season for any of the individual dances. Fegan and Hightower have the current high score for the quickstep (26) while White and Johnson have the high score for the cha cha cha (29).
Contrast that with Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy who have never been in first on the leader board. The team has the low score for the cha cha cha (20), salsa (21), the paso doble (22), the Viennese waltz (tied with White and Johnson with 24), and the Argentine tango (21).
From our viewpoint, it’s unfortunate that of the two TV child stars currently on “Dancing with the Stars,” the one with the lesser dance talent went forward. It is likely that Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy will outlast Fegan and Hightower given that the latter has been in the bottom-two three times while the former never once.
Below are videos of White and Johnson’s performances, always delightful entertainment, especially compared to Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy’s dances.
Fans of Jaleel White can see him on “Total Blackout” on the Syfy channel.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3: Personal Story/memorable year week
  • Rumba
  • 25 (9,8,8)
  • “For the Cool in You”—Babyface
Week 4: Rock Week
Week 5: Latin Week
Week 6: Motown Week
Motown Marathon
Week 7

Team Tango

DWTS 14 Week 6: Jaleel White in second

Jaleel White has showed early promise “Dancing with the Stars” and the Pasadena-born TV star had a smooth dance style but in this highly competitive season 14, he needed something more. Last night during Motown Week, White and his partner Kym Johnson finally brought it to the floor.

White and Johnson were initially tied for first after the individual dances, but despite impressive lifts, they fell to second after finishing third during the Motown Marathon.

White and Johnson’s cha cha cha to “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations  was the season’s high score for that dance. Watching the rehearsal package, we saw Johnson drilling White on sharpening his moves and getting that free hand to place with conviction and control. This week his turns were so crisp they crackled and he hit his marks with a new sharpness.

The previous high score for the cha cha cha this season had been telenovela star William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke with 24 (8, 8, 8). If you want to compare the styles: White is cool and fun while Levy is hot with sex appeal.

Head judge Len Goodman expressed how disappointed he was that White had fallen off the contender path since week 1, but told him with this performance he was back.

Bruno Tonioli told him he  burned that floor and his performance was “the biggest sizzler of the season” and concluding by announcing, “You’ve come back big time.”

Carrie Ann Inaba warned that White has to bring his A-game every time and this time he brought it.

Head judge Len Goodman hasn’t yet given out a perfect ten so he actually rated four teams the same las night:

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough

Yet remember Levy had less time to practice for his week 1 performance and Levy showed just how much he had improved by beating White during the Motown Marathon which was also a cha cha cha.

Yet because Levy and Burke’s rumba was too raunchy they got an 8 from Goodman in the individual dances and that might have decided who was second at the end of the night.

Will White and Johnson survive? I hope so, but White and Johnson have been in the bottom two while lower scoring celebrities such as Gladys Knight and Melissa Gilbert have not. White and Johnson survived last week by outdancing Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff in the cha cha cha. I hope White and Johnson continue because he’s a hometown boy and I like his style.

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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DWTS 14: Compare samba

Samba:

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:

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

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9,7,9)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 22 (7, 7, 8)
 
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

DWTS 14: Compare rumba

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26 (9, 8, 9)

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 25 (9, 8, 8)

  • Week 3
  • “For the Cool in You”—Babyface

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8)

Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 21 (7, 7, 7)

DWTS 14 Week 5: Jaleel White’s booty-bouncing samba (VIDEO)

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Jaleel White proved that had had the Brazilian party spirit in his samba. He and his partner Kym Johnson had the second highest score for the samba, but ended the night in the middle of the pack.

I thought he needed more sensuous movement, contrast between sharp and smooth and wondered why he waited so long to take his shirt off? Yes, it is a battle of the hunks. The man could belly dance. I loved Johnson’s dress–that little there was of it. White’s performance was more street than ballroom, but who didn’t love it?

Judge Len Goodman said he had “rhythm in abundance in your hips” but didn’t like that he took a few liberties with technique. “Your bum was going like you were chewing a toffee” is what Goodman said.

Bruno Tonioli said that White and Johnson, who were the first couple to perform last night, “got the party started.” Tonioli said that “wiggle was unstoppable” like he had a mini me inside those pants.

Carrie Ann Inaba liked the attack and fire in the performance but cautioned White to watch where he places his arms when he’s out of hold.

The judges agreed on this performance giving them eights for a total of 24. Although this couple finished the night in sixth place, for this season, they posted the second highest score for the samba. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie  Hightower posted one point higher during week 3. White and Johnson actually tied the score that Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskay received week 3 (24).

White and Johnson haven’t been in the bottom two, so I hope they’ll continue on.

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

DWTS 14 Week 5: Five tens and a tie for first

Things were heating up on “Dancing with the Stars” on Latin night, with three teams receiving tens and a tie for the top spot. The celebrities for season 14 are all dancing well with the lowest score a 19.

Taking the top spot were two teams who performed the Argentine tango: Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas  and Latin telenovela heart throb William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke. They received the exact same score with only head judge Len Goodman refraining from giving them perfect scores, settling instead for a nine.

Goodman gave a nine to TV commentator Maria Menounos and and her partner Derek Hough. With nines straight across, that team was tied for third with last week’s leader, football player Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd. Driver and Murgatroyd received a perfect score from Carrie Ann Inaba, but an eight from Goodman and a nine from Bruno Tonioli.

Menounos and Hough performed a salsa to “The Cup of Life” by Ricky Martin. Driver and  Murgatroyd danced an Argentine tango to “Sin Rumbo” by Otros Aires.

Menounos and Hough were the high score for salsa for Week 5, but Levy and Burke, who performed a salsa during week 3, still have the high score for salsa this season.

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson scored a 24 (8, 8, 8) to be the highest scoring samba of the night, but were the second highest score for that dance. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower received a 25 (8, 8, 9) for this samba routine during week 3. Singer/actor Jack Wagner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya received a 24 (8, 8, 8) for their samba during week 3.

At the bottom, were Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus with a 20 (7, 7, 8) and Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff with  19 (6, 6, 7).  Both teams performed a samba with DeGraw and Smirnoff performing to “Sweetheart from Venezuela” by Harry Belafonte. I think DeGraw and Smirnoff is likely to go.

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

COUPLE NAME

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

Phone:

  • 800-868-3403
  • 800-VOTE4-03
  • Text-in Code: 3403 

Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff

Phone:

  • 800-868-3404
  • 800-VOTE4-04
  • Text-in code: 3404

Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus

Phone:

  • 800-868-3411
  • 800-VOTE4-11
  • Text-in Code: 3411

Jaleel White & Kym Johnson

Phone:

  • 800-868-3412
  • 800-VOTE4-12
  • Text-in Code: 3412

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

Phone:

  • 800-868-3410
  • 800-VOTE4-10
  • Text-in Code: 3410

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

Phone:

  • 800-868-3401
  • 800-VOTE4-01
  • Text-in Code: 3401

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Phone:

  • 800-868-3407
  • 800-VOTE4-07
  • Text-in Code: 3407

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

Phone:

  • 800-868-3405
  • 800-VOTE4-05
  • Text-in Code: 3405

William Levy & Cheryl Burke

Phone:

  • 800-868-3408
  • 800-VOTE4-08
  • Text-in Code: 3408

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DWTS 14 Week 4: Who’s George Jefferson?

On “Dancing with the Stars” season 4, during Rock Week, actor Jaleel White commented that he didn’t listen to rock and roll in his house so instead of channeling Mick Jagger for his tango to I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, White had to channel George Jefferson.

George Jefferson was a character originally from the Norman Lear sitcom “All in the Family” from 1973 to 1975. That character was popular enough to get a spin-off series called “The Jeffersons” which ran from 1975 to 1985. George Jefferson  was portrayed by Sherman Hemsley.

Hemsley who is now 74 was born and raised in Philadelphia. He was performing on Broadway in “Purlie” in 1971 when Lear asked him to play a role on Lear’s sitcom “All in the Family.” Hemsley didn’t want to leave his Broadway show, but Lear was willing to hold the role for him. Isabel Sanford (1917-2004) played his wife, Louise Jefferson.  George Jefferson was a successful dry cleaner, starting the business after winning a settlement after his car was rear-ended by a bus. He and his wife, Louise leave the working class Queens neighborhood that Archie Bunker lived in where they were neighbors and move into an upscale Manhattan apartment.

George is prejudiced against his neighbors who are an interracial couple, Tom and Helen Willis (Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker). The Jeffersons have a maid, Florence (Marla Gibbs).

Harry Bentley was played by Paul Benedict. Zara Cully is Mother Jefferson.

During season 11 (1984) Jaleel White was a guest star on “The Jeffersons” playing a  character called Van Van Morris in the episode “Ebony and Ivory.” A snobby socialite who beat Louise in the Volunteer of the Year award competition earlier is bragging how her grandson will win a piano competition. Louise is then determined to enter her granddaughter.

White was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his guest spot.

 

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