DWTS 14 Week 2: Empress of Soul quicksteps (VIDE0)

Empress of Soul was tripped up by the quickstep last night on “Dancing with the Stars” during her week 2 performance. Gladys Knight was having fun but she needed to find her regal highness and add a gallon of haughtiness to starch her frame into stiffness.

Knight allowed her shoulders to be loose like a blues or jazzy interpretation. That’s not ballroom. Knight really does feel the music, something that Melissa Gilbert doesn’t seem to yet. Last week, I thought Tristan MacManus made some bad calls last week with awkward dips, so I wonder if some of the problem is his inexperience with the tricks of DWTS. They danced to “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.

Bruno Tonioli loved her natural feel for the music and connection with her partner.  He cautioned her to be careful about the frame.

Carrie Ann Inaba complimented Knight that she was light on her feet and found her performance too casual.

Len Goodman explained to the audience and Knight that the quickstep, unlike the jive requires a lot of technique. We knew that Goodman really goes for content over performance. In the end, he didn’t appreciate the dance.

Knight got the second lowest score of the night, two points above Melissa Gilbert’s 17, but she was the lowest score for the quickstep. Combining the scores for week 1 and 2, Knight and MacManus were fourth from the bottom.

Cumulative scores

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26+26 = 52
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 24 + 25 = 49
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23+26=49
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 26+22=48
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23+23 = 46
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 21+ 25 = 46
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 21 + 24 = 45
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23+21 = 44
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 23+19 = 42
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 20 + 21 = 41
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20+20=40
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 20+ 17 = 37

Jive

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 21
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21
  • Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17

Quickstep

  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 19

Online voting 

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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 27, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gladys Knight and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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