DWTS 14 Week 1: Gladys Knight does nicely (VIDEO)

Excuse me Motown moguls. When you had a young Gladys Knight why didn’t you let her dance with her Pips? Knight took the floor with her partner Tristan MacManus last night on the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14 and she proved that she could groove the moves.
Knight is another thick woman who had confidence and sass when she was on the dance floor and with that hot fire engine red dress, she had to be. The Empress of Soul does have an air that’s more regal than just-wanna-have-fun Shepherd.
Bruno Tonioli gushed, “You got class, you got sass and you’re a star–a real one.”
Carrie Ann Inaba stood up and exclaimed, “I am so honored that you’re on our dance floor.”
Even head judge Len Goodman joined in this love fest and complimented Knight on the naturalness of her dancing and how it oozed rhythm.
Knight and MacManus performed their cha cha cha to “Best of My Love by The Emotions. Knight does need to bring her feet closer together; it will help with her quicker moves and I think MacManus made a bad decision doing the dips. The dips looked awkward and made Knight look stiff. Still, not bad for a 67-year-old empress. Imagine if she had started earlier–what kind of a hit she would have been on Broadway.
Knight may be a senior, but she’s still can bust a move. Let Knight and Kristi Alley inspire us all.
Knight and MacManus ended the evening as part of a four-way tie for fourth place. They received the same score for their cha cha cha that the youngest celeb, Roshon Fegan did with his partner Chelsie Hightower (and Fegan wasn’t wearing heels).
  • 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


Cha cha cha

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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, Gladys Knight and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. AWESOME! I’m the biggest fan of GK! I loved it!

  2. She’s elegant and a true empress with rhythm and soul!

    • I was pleasantly surprised with Gladys Knight’s dancing. Too bad no one thought to give her more choreography when she was singing with the Pips!

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