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DWTS 15: Week 3 has Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco tied for top spot

Last night (Monday, Oct. 8, 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” there was a tie for the top between  Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy. At the bottom again was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 22.5. Tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 9) is a double elimination so there’s double trouble.

Palin and Ballas improved over their score from last week (18), but still were at the bottom of the leader board with 22.5 after performing the paso doble that originally was performed by Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. That’s a controversial pairing–daughter of the family values Republican Sarah Palin and the Playboy model who has a reality TV celebrity habit and a live-in relationship still.

At least Ballas couldn’t go bonkers with this one. Still the oldest contestant, Kirstie Alley, scored better with a 24. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tied with Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough were in third place. Last week’s top scoring team, Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel were in a four-way tie for fourth with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff and Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower.

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  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  2. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)
  4. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  5. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)
  7. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Take iconic and be more iconic.

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Cha cha cha

Trebunskaya sexed it up with the costumes and stripping Lachey’s shirt.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

  • Crazy in Love“—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
  • Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso (Season 1)
  • Song: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
    Score: 20 (7,7,6)

Did you like Maksim with the long hair? Of course, we always like Maksim without the shirt. The strategy here was to improve the technique and camp it up.  This almost made iconic night worth it.

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

Foxtrot

Is it possible for Apolo Anton Ohno to be steamier than Gilles Marini? Marini and Burke received two tens when they performed this and here’s where being an actor really helps. Marini was suave but sexy as the devil. Ohno was sophisticated but not with the same intensity as Marini.

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)

Paso doble

With this dance and partner, Val finally rises out of the shadow of his brother Maksim. Kelly and Val have chemistry, but Kelly doesn’t bristle with the kind of powerful physicality that Laila Ali had–few women do. With Laila Ali, you thought that she and Maksim could punch it out and Maksim would lose. With Kelly and Maksim it’s more a match of forceful personalities.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Can Bristol Palin ever equal the sex appeal and technical skills of Joanna Krupa. You know the answer is no. Ballas goes kooky and they get to play white queen and black king. This is a chess metaphor and has nothing to do with race.

The judges felt it was their best dance of the season–that’s one out of three. It had the most content and attack.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Sabrina Bryan is a strong woman, even if she’s the youngest contestant. However, judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought this team brought nothing new artistically to this routine.

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Scary Spice was definitely scarier than Sabrina Bryan. Bruno called her an “adrenaline charged dominatrix.”

With Emmitt Smith, there were some awkward moments, but he is already a commanding presence. There was a scary moment, but it all ends well.

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke had already seen this paso doble–twice. He competed against Mario Lopez and won.

Quickstep

As expected Derek Hough decided to up the acrobatics and even included an illegal lift and a lot of drama at the end.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)

  • “Hey Pachuco”—Royal Crown Revue
  • Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough (Season 5)
  • Score: 30

I think Johnson and Hough lacked the sophistication that Castroneves and Julianne had.  When Castroneves and Hightower performed their own quickstep it had an amazing amount of joy–even with the slight bobble when Castroneves stepped on Hightower’s dress.

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

I can’t choose. I love both versions and both sets of costumes.

Samba

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Of course, Martinez didn’t have to perform all the drops and turns that Rycroft did because he’s the guy.

Tango

Don’t you love Gilles Marini doing the tango. Menacing and erotic, Marini delivered another solid performance, but lost points for his hold and some footwork mishaps.

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Week 1, it was Drew Lachey and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were in the bottom two. Week 2, it was Hélio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower who survived the bottom two.

I’m hoping that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be eliminated and most likely Drew Lachey will go as well. With Joey Fatone gone, the entertainment factor is low with this cast so I’m hoping that Kirstie Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will continue to dance.

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DWTS 15 Week 2: Sabrina Bryan quicksteps to top spot

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” was all about stamina as the teams faced the jive and the quickstep. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel led with 26.0 points in quickstep. The low score of the night was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 18.0 for their quickstep, but that doesn’t mean they will be out on Tuesday night.  You can still vote online through the ABC.com website or by Facebook.

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  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  4. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  5. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  6. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  8. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0

Palin brings out the weird in Ballas and here it was the country quickstep. She had the smile, but those not quite daisy dukes aren’t doing her any favors. some of that footwork is pain ful to watch. The ending is ridiculous. Judge Bruno Tonioli called the routine, quickstep gangnam-style via wild, wild west.

Tonioli also commented there wasn’t much in-hold position and when the couple were in hold Palin’s frame wasn’t good. Carrie Anne Inaba reminded Ballas that according to the rules, once the couple is in hold, they must stay in hold. Goodman also commented that while he liked the enthusiasm, he didn’t like the break in the middle. “I liked the hoe down, but the technique was low down.”

During season 11, Palin and Ballas did the quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes for a score of 22 (7, 8, 7). During that season, they posted the lowest score during week 5, 7, 8 and 9 and still made it to week 10, where they again posted the lowest score to finish third. That meant that week 5, Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas were eliminated instead. Week 7, it was former NBA forward Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke. Week 8, it was former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya who got the axe. And the worst elimination was Grammy Award-winning Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during week 9.

This season, Palin and Ballas danced to “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson and received sixes. The team was the low score for their dance and for the entire night.

The high score, 26  was also in the quickstep with Bryan and van Amstel performing to “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. this team received the only nine of the night from Carrie Ann Inaba (9.0, 8.5, 8.5).

Tonioli thought this routine was a dazzler. Inaba thought the topline was incredible. Goodman liked the upper body was calm. Bryan looked glamorous and while I had doubts about this partnership, I like it better than the original Bryan and Ballas. She was elegant and vivacious and sharp.

The highest score awarded by head judge Len Goodman was 8.5 to the following teams: Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Goodman awarded Johnson and Hough an 8.0.

Marini and Murgatroyd  performed the jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen which started out with Marini at the piano. He was sporting a pompadour like Elvis and she was too. Marini decided to go shirtless which judge Inaba appreciated.  Murgatroyd was also showing a lot of skin (but not like the infamously uncovered Edyta Sliwinska) and swished that fringe.

Johnson and Hough performed their jive to “The Nicest Kids in Town” from “Hairspray.” Len Goodman wanted more content and that’s after host Tom Bergeron commented that Johnson wasn’t breathing hard, but Hough was. Bruno Tonioli felt differently. For him it was vibrant and eye-popping. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed and dubbed them the All-Stars sweethearts. It was a fun athletic routine that starts off with hairspray and a cartwheel (down the steps).

Kirstie Alley also at the bottom again. She was barely recognizable with that black bob wig. The theme was French streetwalker and the song was “Non Non Rien N’a Changé” by Les Poppys. Inaba had one suggestion–to match arm movements stylistically. Goodman called her flirty and dirty, but a great improvement over last week. Tonioli called her a raunchy mama.  I hope the curse of Palin doesn’t push Alley out of the competition while allowing Palin to continue.

Last week’s leaders, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke went for a cool cat and played on Smiths fearlessness as far as color. Smith was in a fire engine red tux with tails with a leopard print bow tie and cumberbund while Burke had a long dress in matching leopard print. Goodman faulted Smith’s upper body movement in his quickstep. Tonioli noted a timing miss.

Smith and Burke received a 22.5 to tie with Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson who performed a quickstep to a Hollywood Charlie Chaplin theme. Fatone

Quickstep:

  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  3. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  4. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  5. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0
  • Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  • 24.5 (8.5,8.0,8.0)
  • “Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days”—Louis Prima
  • Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  • 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)
  • “A Cool Cat In Town”—Tape Five

Jive:

  1. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  2. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  3. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  4. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  5. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  6. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  • Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  • 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  • “The Nicest Kids in Town”—from Hairspray

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DWTS All-Stars: Foxtrot

The full leader board for Monday night:

  1. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
  3. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
  4. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0/Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
  5. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5/Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5/Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
  6. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
  8. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
  9. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
  10. Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

Foxtrot

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19

DWTS 15: Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower

Did you know who Helio Castroneves was before he won “Dancing with the Stars” during season 5? Who thought an Indy 500 driver would be able to captivate an audience and have a fan base?

Teamed with Julianne Hough, he charmed. Julianne Hough won’t be returning, although we expect her to show up during training, so his new partner Chelsie Hightower is the right height, but does she have the right chemistry?  Does she have the experience to win? Her highest placement was with Ty Murray during season 8 when they made the semi-finals and finished fourth. During season 12, she was paired with Romeo for a fifth place finish. Roshon Fegan and Hightower finished sixth last season.

Hightower has had some judgement errors like the infamous dog house choreography with Michael Bolton.

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Season: 5

  • Winners: Hélio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
  • Second: Mel B. and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Third: Marie Osmond and Jonatan Roberts

Best dance:

  • Cha cha cha (30)
  • Foxtrot (30)

Worst dance:

  • Rumba (23)

Castroneves and Hough started season 5 with a 25 (8, 9, 8) for the foxtrot to “Bewitched” by Steve Lawrence. Castroneves was suave and had the high score for the men in a two-night (women first, then men) first-dance premiere. The only team that did better was Cheetah girl Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas with a 26 for their cha cha cha (9, 8, 9).

Week 2, Castroneves showed his Latin roots by earning a 27 (9, 9, 9) for a mambo to Santana’s “Para los Rumberos.”  That was the high score of the night. Bryan and Ballas were one point behind after received a 26 (9, 8, 9) for their quickstep to “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson.

Week 3 was a different story. The quick moving jive wasn’t Castroneves’ dance and they earned a 24 (8, 8, 8) dancing to “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde. The high score that night was 27 in what was a three-way tie for first between Bryan and Ballas, Mel B. and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani.

Week 4, Bryan and Ballas reigned supreme with a perfect score of 30/30 for their paso doble (to “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)) but Castroneves and Hough were tied for second with Jennie Garth and Derek Hough (paso doble) and Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska. Garth and Hough split the judges (8, 10, 9) with the paso doble to “Because We Can” by Fatboy Slim. Mathison and Sliwinska received all nines for their paso doble to the theme from the movie “Superman” by John Williams. Castroneves and Hough also received all nines for their Viennese waltz to “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

By week 6, Castroneves was able to gain the respect of head judge Len Goodman with his cha cha cha. Goodman gave him a 10 while the other judges oddly game him and Hough nines for their routine to “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown. Castroneves wasn’t the high score during that week (Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy received a perfect 30) or week 7 when he and Hough were tied for third with Osmond and Roberts. Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy again had the lead with Garth and Derek Hough in third.

Week 8 and 9 were a different story. Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy was behind by one point after their tango to “Personal Jesus” by Depech Mode and mambo to “Mambo Jambo” by Perez Prado, receiing a 27 (9, 9, 9) and a 29 (9, 10, 10) respectively. Castroneves performed a paso doble to “Amparito Roca” by Unidad de Musica de la Guardia Real for a 27 (9, 9, 9) and their quickstep received a perfect 30.

In week 9, Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy (Viennese waltz and paso doble) and Castroneves and Hough (foxtrot and cha cha cha) received a perfect 60/60. The Viennese waltz was to Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and the paso doble was to The Stones “OI Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Castoneves and Hough danced to “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin for their foxtrot and to the Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster.”

The judges would give Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy a one point edge during the finals, but it was the viewers who decided on Castroneves and Hough. Mel B. performed a cha cha cha (to “Car Wash” by Rose Royce, a mambo to “Mambo Jambo” by Perez Prado and their freestyle to “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E. Castroneves and Hough went for stamina with their lively jive to “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checkers” and a quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” and their freestyle to “Land of 1000 Dances.”

Castroneves had definite chemistry with Hough, but we’ll have to see if Chelsie Hightower can push Castroneves to be competitive and take advantage of his natural charm.  He’s a solid dancers with stamina and he knows how to strategize and pace himself.

DWTS 14 Week 8: Melissa Gilbert improves but still last

One of the surprises Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14,  was how well Melissa Gilbert performed. Gilbert has finally hit her groove, but is it a bit late? Performing the foxtrot with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she earned a 24 which had previously been her best score for the season (received during Motown week for her Viennese waltz). When both Maksim and Val took her to the floor for the Trio Challenge, she had a major breakthrough and a well-deserved score of 27 for a samba.

To put thing in perspective, her 24 for the foxtrot put her on the same level as Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus who performed this dance during Personal Story Week (week 3). The top score this season for the foxtrot was earned Monday by the coolly debonair telenovela star William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke: 30.

Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovsky danced the foxtrot to “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart. The beginning set up was a bit forced and Gilbert failed to finish all of her moves, but she was notably more relaxed on stage. In the dips, she finally kept her core tight. Sometimes she hesitates walking backward. She finally was able to show how radiant she could be on the dance floor.

Carrie Ann Inaba felt it was her best dance ever despite a few stumbles.

Bruno Tonioli quipped, “The cougar got her prize and a much smoother ride.” He complimented her presentation and that she was beginning to finish her lines.

For the samba, however, Gilbert and the Chmerkovskiys earned the second highest score of the season, a 27. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas have the season’s high score thus far for the samba with a near-perfect 29.

That means Gilbert and the Chmerkovskys beat out Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower who received a 25 for the samba they performed during week 3 (Personal Story Week).  They also beat Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who performed a samba that was too Bollywood for head judge Len Goodman: 25 (9,7,9).

Gilbert was finally able to fulfill the promise she had the first week as the woman in black. There were a few problems. When she runs forward or backward she tends to lose character.

Carrie Ann Inaba proclaimed that she liked this Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy sandwich and the performance was Gilbert’s best number by a mile.

Len Goodman agreed, saying that usually “two’s company and three’s a crowd but  not tonight.”

Tonioli compared her to Rita Hayworth, adding “It apparently takes two to get the best out of you.”

Gilbert and the Chmerkovskiys dance to “Hard to Handle” by Otis Redding. Despite her good score, other teams have consistently done better.  Gilbert and Maksim were the only team Monday night that did not receive even one of the ten tens awarded. Their average score is 22.9. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower have the second lowest average with 25.7. That’s only three tenths behind Donald Driver and Peta Chmerkovskiy whose average is 26.

Tonight is a double elimination and the two who should go are Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy and Fegan and Hightower. While Fegan and Hightower have the high score for the quickstep and isn’t the low score in any dance, they have been i the bottom two three times, most recently last week when they won a dance duel against Jaleel White and Kym Johnson.

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy have never been in the bottom two to date, but they are the low score for the cha cha cha (20 during week 1), salsa (21), paso doble (22) Viennese waltz (24) and the Argentine tango (21).  Monday night their combined score put them at the bottom of the leader board while Fegan and Hightower were second behind William Levy and Cheryl Burke.

Foxtrot:

  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas:26 (9, 8,9)
  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26 (9,8,9)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus:24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya:23 (8, 7, 8)
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20 (7, 6,7)

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

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus:

Samba

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 27 (9,9,9)
  • 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)

Compare samba performances

LEADER BOARD for week 8
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 Week 6: Melissa Gilbert waltzes into sixth

Finally during Motown Week, Melissa Gilbert got a dance that suited her: the Viennese waltz. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy received eights from all three judges and was able to squeak by to be one point ahead of Disney star Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower.

Prior to this, Gilbert had danced the salsa, paso doble, jive, quickstep and cha cha cha. Head judge Len Goodman lamented that she hadn’t been given something that might bring out her graceful and elegant side. This week with the old world grace of the Viennese waltz Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy were able to again receive a 24. She received a 24 during Week 3 (Personal Story Week) when she jived to “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine and was in a five-way tie for last place.

This week a 24 was good enough for sixth place, above Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower who received a 24 for their rumba and above Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus who also rumbaed for a 21.

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy danced to “Ooo Baby Baby” sung live by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. She was dressed in a flowing green dress. At times she looked more relaxed, but she still has problems keeping her shoulders back and down. Usually the woman leans back with her shoulders down, but that’s a big strain on your back and besides her back surgery, remember Gilbert also had whiplash just two weeks ago and her neck must be slightly tweaked still.

Carrie Ann Inaba commented,  “You work so hard and it is finally paying off. I see the artistry growing in you.”

Head judge Len Goodman said he saw rotation romance, beautiful lyrical musicality through the arms.

Bruno Tonioli commented on the wonderful rotation and exclaimed, “Some of your extended lines were absolutely wonderful.” All the judges seemed to feel that Gilbert was going in the right direction.

Only one other couple has danced the Viennese waltz: Fegan and Hightower during Week 4. They received a 26. This week Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy beat Fegan and Hightower in the individual dance scores and even during the cha cha cha for the Motown Marathon.

So far Gilbert hasn’t been in the bottom two and hopefully she won’t be in the bottom two this week because she hasn’t danced the jive yet.  Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy received a 20 when they performed the quickstep during week 2–the week other teams were performing the jive.

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 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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DWTS 14: Compare V. waltz

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chermkovskiy

DWTS 14 Week 5: Roshon Fegan gets advice on sexy (VIDEO)

When you’re the youngest guy on a show that features hunks like William Levy or Donald Driver, it can be intimidating. Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Roshon Fegan thought he might get some friendly advice from his fellow male competitors. As it was Latin night, he went to Latin heart throb William Levy.

In the rehearsal Fegan first dresses like Levy and then shows a poster of Levy. He also asked Fegan for some tips.

The conceit is that Chelsie is a tropical bird that Fegan discovers in the jungle. Fegan doesn’t exactly smolder, but he does a PG version of sexy that’s totally fun and funky. What’s great is that it is totally in keeping with his personality and he Hightower puts some hip hop funk in the salsa. They were dancing “from Hollywood and Vines” to “Bumpy Ride” by Mohombi.

Bruno Tonioli said he loved the energy and the timing. Fegan has great timing.

Carrie Ann Inaba said Fegan was sexy “in a Disney way” and that he was on top of the beat and liked his lines.

Len Goodman said Fegan was like a young guy with his first car–“full on speed and attack” and cautioned that while high energy was good, Fegan needed to calm himself on occasion and “enjoy the journey.” That’s true. Sometimes you need to contrast the slow with the fast and that can help build up suspense.

Fegan and Hightower’s score of 26 (9, 8, 9) was second highest of the night (out of three couples who danced salsa), but for this season, their score only ranks them third for salsa. Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke earned the high score during week 3–28 (9, 9, 10).

For Monday night, Fegan and Hightower were fifth overall. Levy and Burke were tied for first with Katherine Jenkins and Derek Hough. Both teams performed the Argentine tango.

What’s bad is that Fegan and Hightower were the surviving couple of the bottom two from last week. It would be a shame for this couple to be eliminated because he does dance so well and he’s fun to watch. With the dance off, the best couple at least will go forward. The only other couple that has been in the bottom two and gone forward is Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff and they were the low score of the night with 19 points.

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)

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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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