DWTS 14 Week 1: Sherri Shepherd dances with joy

I have to admit when I learned that Sherri Shepherd of “The Voice” wasn’t sure the earth was round, I knew she wasn’t a rocket scientist and worried that she might be too dense upstairs to get her downstairs moving well enough. Last night on the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Shepherd with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy was fun, flirty and every ounce a performer in her foxtrot.
Shepherd is a natural on the dance floor and another great example for thick girls. I don’t want to hear her talk on “The View” but I want to see her dance. She just sparkles and every moment she’s expressing joy. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she’s dressed in my favorite color. The couple danced to The Four Seasons classic “Sherry.”
What you don’t hear on this video, is her comments. She’s funny. She apologized for every critical remark she’d ever made about DWTS celebrity contestants and said that the only thing more painful was child birth. Then she added that she thought she lost a boob on the floor.
Maybe she’ll lose some weight, but hopefully not the joy she brings.
Carrie Ann Inaba exclaimed that Shepherd was “the happiest contestant we’ve had” in the 14 seasons and Shepherd just exudes joy. Inaba loved how Shepherd transitioned from sassy into beautiful and elegant.
Len Goodman mentioned there were one or two incidents, but otherwise, her performance was “fun, fun, fun.”
Bruno Tonioli exclaimed,  “I could so with a bit of Sherri every day of the week” and remarked that Shepherd was light on her feet with great timing. I hope she sticks around and we’ll get to see how Val Chmerkovskiy works with someone who has personality plus.
Shepherd and Val ended the evening in a four-way tie with 23 points.
  • 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, Sherri Shepherd and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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