DWTS 14 Week 2: Martina Navratilova at bottom

On the first week of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Martina Navratilova was stiff and seemed uncomfortable in her glamorous new persona as she performed the foxtrot. This week, she  and her partner Tony Dovolani were the low score in the jive with 17 points.

What does that mean? Gladys Knight, who isn’t an athlete, but is the Empress of Soul is a better dancer despite her age and lack of physical training. Navratilova on the tennis court is in command, but she hasn’t taken command of the dance floor. That’s not skill that a force of will or personality. After all, consider the horrible dancing, but inspiring performances last year of Carson Kressley.

Navratilova and Dovolani were dancing to “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel. There was no cute bits, but straight dancing. Okay, Navratilova started out behind the judges and kissed head judge Len Goodman.

I hated her costume. The net top didn’t give us a sense of the song’s story. The black bra also didn’t compliment her figure at all. Navratilova didn’t run with grace and also didn’t have good extension.

Carrie Ann Inaba loves Navratilova for her attitude, but noted that she missed some steps.

Head judge Len Goodman said Navratilova needed to attack the dance.

Bruno Tonioli also tried to get Navratilova to take charge of the dance floor.

I give Navratilova kudos for her courage and trying out a new look, but considering the costumes, which I think were chosen for her by her partner, I have to wonder if the chemistry was also a problem. I would have teamed her with Maksim who does well with tough ladies like Laila Ali.

This team was at the bottom and the last tennis player who was on the show was cut during the first elimination. I don’t think Navratilova will be around much longer.

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 and Tristan 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 28, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Martina Navratilova and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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