DWTS 14 Week 1: Jaleel White ties for first

Jaleel White was born in Pasadena, a place that I hold fondly in my heart as it’s the place where I owned my first collie, learned to dance Argentine tango and met my husband. White was compared to Gregory Hines. He was anything but Urkel when he took his turn on the dance floor for an elegant foxtrot with his partner Kym Johnson. White and Johnson ended the night tied for first place in the foxtrot and overall.
White was dressed in an understated gray vest with matching pants and a striped tie and white shirt. Johnson was dressed in a frothy long white skirt and a nude top with some white trim. They were the last couple out. White and Johnson danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.
Carrie Ann Inaba told White, “You are the icing on the cake” and complicated his smooth moves. She mentioned the 1985 movie “White Nights.”
Len Goodman said he loved how seamlessly he moved in and out of hold. It had elegance and sophistication. Goodman felt last night was the best premiere in 14 seasons.
Bruno Tonioli agreed with Inaba saying it was like watching the great Gregory Hines.
White and Johnson ended the night tied for first with opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas who also performed a foxtrot.
  • 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, Jaleel White and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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