DWTS 14 Week 1: Jack Wagner delights

Jack Wagner didn’t have a strong start– I blame the overly cute choreography of Anna Trebunskaya, but the couple had a light and airy feel to their foxtrot last night on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Wagner has experience in musical theater, but he didn’t always move with authority and his footwork seems a bit tentative. His shoulders weren’t always down and he leaned forward–hard to miss since he is so lanky. This made everything seem loose and casual.
Bruno Tonioli felt the performance was “beautifully acted, beautifully danced” and seemed generally happpy.
Carrie Ann Inaba told Wagner, “You just took me to a happy place” and loved the
“synchronized kicking” that I hated.
Len Goodman started out nice, saying “the feel of the dance was fantastic” and the overall effect was a0″ feel good factor” but also pointed out that Wagner didn’t always hold his posture. He was, according to Goodman, “over the top a bit” and Goodman found Wagner’s footwork “hapharzard.”
Wagner and Trebunskaya were dancing to Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra and the theme was bright as a turquoise blue sky. The couple ended the night in a four-way tie for fourth with 23 points. That grouping included the youngest contestant (Roshon Fegan) and the oldest (Gladys Knight). Age isn’t everything, at least, not this week.
  • 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, Jack Wagner and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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