DWTS 14 Week 2: Maria Menounos rises to fifth (VIDEO)

When you think Derek Hough do you think Clyde as in Bonnie and Clyde? That was sort of the premise of Maria Menounos’ second dance and she was a sweet Bonnie, but never dangerous. It was all in fun.

Dressed in a long peach-colored dress with a beret and a black eye mask, she got a kiss from Bruno Tonioli. If you think Argentine tango is close embrace, that’s nothing compared to the quickstep. Menounos was light and bouncy. They danced to “Sexy Sexy” by one of my favorite bands, Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Bruno Tonioli loved her frame. She did lose a step in the run, he noted.

Carrie Ann Inaba felt it was a huge improvement and noted they got the hold right, saying, “You guys were stuck like glue but not stiff.”

Len Goodman would have liked more body contact, but loved that they had both speed and control.

Their score tied them in the jive with William Levy and Cheryl Burke, but while that team was tied for second overall with the combined score, Menounos and Hough settled for a tie for fifth place.

Should this couple come back. A definite yes.

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, Maria Menounos and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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