DWTS 14 Week 1: Melissa Gilbert is sexy in black (VIDEO)

How do you remember Melissa Gilbert? Is she still that little girl from “Little House on the Prairie”? That was a long time ago although in reruns, she’ll be forever young. Gilbert is coming off of a divorce and she was once the president of the Screen Actors Guild. “Dancing with the Stars” is a chance for people to re-connect with Gilbert on an adult level. Gilbert is paired with the bad boy of the ballroom, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She did well enough, but in season 14, no couple scored below 20 points and three teams, including Gilbert and Chermkovskiy were tied for the bottom spot.
Dressed in a black lacy number, Gilbert was a bit stiff and her shoulders tended to be up. She doesn’t have that calm upper body to keep her frame and thus her free arm tends to go wild. I don’t know if all that hair helped her. Maybe another ‘do would do better. She also didn’t find a persona to express the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell for her cha cha cha. She danced to the song and was on beat, but she didn’t use the song to be someone or something.
Len Goodman asked for more hip action and better shaping of the free hand, something that Bruno Tonioli agreed with. Both Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba saw great potential in Gilbert.
The question is: Will she do better next week and will her fans keep her and Maksim on the dance floor? Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy at least have company at the bottom and who could have predicted that Gilbert would get the exact same score as tennis great Martina Navratilova?
Overall ranking
  • 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 21, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Melissa Gilbert and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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