DWTS 14 Week 1: Maria Menounos electric in blue

Maria Menounos is partnered with Derek Hough and he’s a smart choreographer. Last night on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Menounos was the first dancers and she was fringed in electric blue.
Hough took advantage of her youth and flexibility by doing dips instead of actual steps. She still looked good and was confident in her skimpy top. Menounos and Hough performed a cha cha cha to “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson.
We learned the Menounos has an unusual laugh.
Head judge Len Goodman said that he thought Menounos did good.
Bruno Tonioli called her curvaciously delicious, but told her to “work her hips.” He advised, “Go for sultry.”
Carrie Ann Inaba called her performance strong and solid but wanted for her to go confidently from one movement to another.  In other words, she failed to make the transitions as beautiful as the points she was hitting.
With straight sevens, the couple wasn’t at the bottom, but on the lower end of the pack and tied with Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd who also performed the cha cha cha.
  • 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, Maria Menounos and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Maria Menounos is dating a non-Greek. It is nothing new. The Frenchman, Jean-Baptiste Colvig’ne was married to a Greek woman. To this day, All Colvigs are Greek and French.

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