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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: 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: Maria Menounos and William Levy are 1, 2 in the semi-finals

Monday night (14 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars,” had a few surprises and 14 tens. At the top of the leader board by one point was TV hostess Maria Menounos and Derek Hough with 59 points out of 60 for two dances. William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke received 58 points.

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.

Football player Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd received three tens to Jenkins and Ballas’ two. It was Bruno Tonioli who was the deciding score between third and fourth. For their waltz to “Kissing You” by Des’ree, Driver received a 10 from Tonioli. For the samba to “Mr. Big Stuff”  by  Jean Knight, Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli both gave tens.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas did a flirty 1930s Chicago gangster inspired quickstep to “The Dirty Boogie” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Inaba and Tonioli loved it, but Goodman noted a misstep early in the performance. 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.

  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. What do we know about the DWTS audience? Over 13 seasons, six women and seven men have won the mirror ball trophy.

Women: six

  • Kelly Monaco (1)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (6)
  • Brooke Burke (7)
  • Shawn Johnson (8)
  • Nicole Scherzinger (10)
  • Jennifer Grey (11)

Men: seven

  • Drew Lachey (2)
  • Emmitt Smith (3)
  • Apolo Anton Ohno (4)
  • Helio Castroneves (5)
  • Donny Osmond (9)
  • Hines Ward (12)
  • J.R. Martinez (13)
That’s nearly an even split. Maria Menounos might be the 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 (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 medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, racer Helio Castroneves and football players Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. That would give Donald Driver an advantage.
Individual dances
Over this season, not all of the four semi-final teams performed all the dances seven of the dances (Argentine tango, jive, quickstep, salsa, samba, tango and waltz) as you can see below.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough are the high score for three dances: Argentine tango, jive and samba. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas are the top score for quickstep and waltz. William Levy and Cheryl Burke are the top score for tango and salsa.
Yet to be fair, Jenkins and Ballas performed their quickstep this week while the other remaining teams performed that dance during week 2.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd do not hold the top score in any of the dances performed tonight, but they have yet to perform salsa. Jenkins and Ballas have not performed the tango while Maria Menounos and Derek Hough and  William Levy and Cheryl Burke have not yet performed the waltz.
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. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 6
  4. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 8

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
Although Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd were in third place on the leader board at the end of Monday night (14 May 2012), they have the overall lowest average score. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas who placed at the bottom of the leader board have the highest average score of the season.
Who deserves to stay in the finals? Obviously the two top scoring teams of Maria Menounos and Derek Hough and William Levy and Cheryl Burke, but between the other two teams of Jenkins and Ballas and Driver and Murgatroyd, it’s a touch call that will be determined by the viewers.

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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Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

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William Levy & Cheryl Burke

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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)

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 Week 8: Choreography hurts Maria Menounos score

Last night (8 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars,” Maria Menounos got scores that ranged from perfect (two tens) to average (a seven). What gives? Head judge Len Goodman wasn’t delighted with the content of Menounos’ professional dance partner Derek Hough’s choreography.

Usually, Hough is astute enough not to anger the judges too much, but he seriously misjudged both dance routines. In the individual dance, Hough went for expression and grand crowd-pleasing gestures over dancing in hold for the Viennese waltz. Dancing to  “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, Menounos and Hough too time to actually get dancing but this is a really lovely piece once it gets going.

Bruno Tonioli declared the routine heavenly with seamless transitions and total emotional involvement.

Carrie Ann Inaba said she heard “angels singing” and commented that the connection that Menounos has with Hough is very unique.

Then came the ballroom master’s critique. Goodman reminded Hough that Menounos is lovely in hold, but there were only five to six bars in hold and that wasn’t enough.

Hough won over Inaba and Tonioli. Those two judges gave Menounos and Hough perfect scores, but Goodman wasn’t happy and delivered an eight: 28 (10,8,10).

This is usually something that Mark Ballas does, going totally off into his own creative world as if thumbing his nose at the judges. With such a tough field, it doesn’t make sense to take such risks when this week has a double elimination.

For the Trio Challenge, Hough made another risky decision. He went Bollywood. There were fun visuals, but where’s the samba?

Tonioli and Inaba though the number was fabulous (so if you’re looking for a choreographer give Hough a ring), and there were a few slip ups. But where was the samba?

Goodman said, the dance had “no connection for me with the samba.” Again, Tonioli and Inaba overlooked the lack of samba content but Goodman did not: 25 (9,7,9). That put the samba threesome of Menounos, Hough and DWTS troupe member Henry Byalikov in last place in the individual dances. That means Melissa Gilbert and the Chmerkovskiys outscored Menounos, Hough and Byalikov by turning in her best dance ever.

Luckily the combined score pulled Menounos and Hough up to second to the last and after three trips to the bottom two, we’re pretty sure that one of the eliminated teams will be the second-placed Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower. Gilbert and Maksim have quite a following so Hough’s gamble may have put this team in danger.

In the samba for this season, Menounos and Hough are tied with Fegan and Hightower with the third highest score. But for the Viennese waltz, Menounos and Hough were the high score thus far this season with the team of William Levy and Cheryl Burke one point behind with 27.

 

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)

 

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*

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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:

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