DWTS 14 Week 1: Gavin DeGraw gentle but goofy

As a musician, you’d expect Gavin DeGraw to understand and be able to interpret music. Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, DeGraw with his partner Karina Smirnoff was lovable like a puppy dog, but just a little clutzy.
DeGraw doesn’t always keep his shoulders down and back and his hands need some finess–they sometimes are stiff and spread like spatulas. Yet he does have a goofy, gentle smile that charms.  DeGraw and Smirnoff were dancing the foxtrot to  “I Run to You” by Lady Antebellum. DeGraw ended up being the youngest person with the lowest score. He was in a three-way tie with Melissa Gilbert and Martina Navratilova with 20 points.
Len Goodman was kind and said he felt DeGraw “coped well with a difficult dance” but complained about his stiff in arms and legs and though he lacked musicality in in his upper body. I thought he had a bit of the deer-in-the-headlights look.
Bruno Tonioli said DeGraw had great charm and a very gentle quality to his dance but agreed with Goodman that DeGraw needed to link his moves.
Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed and said DeGraw gave a great musical interpretation
that was filled with tenderness. She thought his problem was he hyperextended his arms instead of keeping them rounded.
DeGraw and Smirnoff were at the bottom with two other couples and that’s not a good place to be.
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: 26
  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26
  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
  • Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Gladys Knight &Tristan McManus: 23
  • Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 21
  • Donald Driver &Peta Murgatroyd: 21
  • Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20

Foxtrot

Cha cha cha

Online voting 

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on March 20, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gavin DeGraw and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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