DWTS 14 Week 2: Jaleel falls to fourth (VIDEO)

Last night on week  2 of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Jaleel White showed that he could be a leading man on stage as he performed a casual jive dressed as the guy behind the counter romancing a certain girl in an innocent 1950s sort of soda and burger joint. The performance wasn’t good enough for him to remain in first place. White and his partner Kym Johnson fell to fourth.

What went wrong? Footwork and posture. He’s light on his feet and nimble enough, but it lacked full extensions with his legs and feet.  There were times when it seemed like he missed the beat and his posture was too forward. He could have held his shoulders back.

Head judge Len Goodman commented that the routine “lacked real attack and speed” and there “wasn’t a crispness,” and he wanted more punch.

Bruno Tonioli commented, “You cooked a very good dish,” but also complained about the kicks and flicks.

Carrie Ann Inaba called it a fantastic performance but thought he was dancing flat footed.

White is still a delight to watch on the dance floor and although his 22 (7, 7, 8) to  “Marry You” by Bruno Mars left him in fourth place, behind first place Katherine Jenkins and Derek Hough and the two teams tied for second (Disney star Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower and Telenovela actor William Levy and Cheryl Burke), we want to see him back to dance some more.

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 andTristan 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, Jaleel White and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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