DWTS 14 Week 2: Gavin DeGraw channels Brando

Did you ever imagine Gavin DeGraw as a “Wild One” in the mold of a young Marlon Brando? With Karina Smirnoff in a red dress with full skirt, DeGraw was Brando meets Elvis although I can’t imagine either one of those men doing the jive.

DeGraw was in tight jeans and a motorcycle black leather jacket with a hat that he kept on throughout the dance. I’d give him props for that. DeGraw was able to do some posturing that made one think of Elvis, but did Elvis every stand straight–neck long, shoulders down and back? That’s where DeGraw as lacking besides the timing of those dastardly kicks and flicks. Probably not used to that at all.

Bruno Tonioli gave a campy leer and purred, “Leather does wonders for you” and immediately saw that it was Brando doing Elvis.  He did point out that while DeGraw feels the music, he doesn’t always kick to the music.

Carrie Ann Inaba liked that DeGraw was pushing his boundaries, but noted that his posture was a little funky. That might have been where his Brando was playing cool biker dude.  Still she said DeGraw gave an animated and lively performance.

Len Goodman thought it was an improvement over last week and liked the feel of dance, DeGraw’s attitude and his energy.

DeGraw is lovable in a lost puppy dog kind of way so we like him well enough to hope he continues into week 3.  His 21 points put him third from the bottom, just ahead of actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and bottom-dweller Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani.

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, Gavin DeGraw and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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