DWTS 14 Week 1: Opera singer Katherine Jenkins fabulous on the dance floor

BURBANK, CA (Los Angeles County)–Dear Los Angeles Opera: I hope you were watching the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14 when that Welsh mezzo-soprano took the floor. Want to attract more subscribers? How about getting opera singers on to the ballroom.  Dear Ahmanson: Want to attract more theater goers to your musicals? Get a singer like Katherine Jenkins on board.

I admit I was faked out. I saw a YouTube video of Jenkins performing–singing–in concert, a piece from Bizet’s “Carmen.” She didn’t move. I thought she’d be stiff on the floor, but she was anything but.

I now hear Broadway and the West End calling.  I wish Jenkins was partnered with Derek Hough who HAS starred in a West End musical in London (“Footloose”), but we can’t have everything. It might have been too much blondeness.

Jenkins’ partner has won the mirrorball, but he has also shown some artiste (yes, with the affectation of an “e”) in some of his choreographic choices. One thinks he might be frustrated, but he is an amazing dancer. It’s too early to say if Jenkins can do sultry, but she was light and breezy in her yellow dress and effortless foxtrot to “The Show” by Lenka. I can easily imagine her as Laurie in “Oklahoma!” or, if we follow the Shirley Jones trajectory, “Carousel.”

Head judge Len Goodman complimented Jenkins on her “wonderful musicality” and lyrical movement. He loved the attention to the little details, yet he cautioned her to lift her rib cage while in hold. “That was cracking,” he summed up.

Bruno Tonioli loved the “exquisite quality of movement” and said her performance was surreal and she was “setting the bar to high” and had “a lot to live up to.”

Carrie Ann Inaba said it was “like watching two pros together” and told Ballas he had done a nice job.

Jenkins and Ballas were tied with Jaleel White and Kym Johnson. Johnson and Ballas both have won the mirrorball twice. This should be interesting. The season is off to a good start. Let’s hope that Jenkins has a fan base to carry her forward as she deserves.

  • 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, Katherine Jenkins and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hello There, thank you for your viewpoints, I enjoy your blogs, I will bookmark and keep coming back for upcoming articles and releases, Cheers, Laura.

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