DWTS 14 Week 2: Melissa Gilbert stiff quickstep

Melissa Gilbert look good, but she still is a bit stiff and I’m not sure if there’s good chemistry between her and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Gilbert had a great song (“Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol), but she didn’t express any persona on stage which is bad for an actress.

At times, she seems to have problems with her core. That’s particularly evident when she’s being dipped.

Carrie Ann Inaba said that her shoulders aren’t down because of her nerves. When she’s thinking too hard, it shows in her performance.

Len Goodman found that while she began well enough, she then lost a bit of energy and as a result her posture suffered.

Bruno Tonioli found that the performance had great speed and was overall a good performance, but it still lacked confidence.

Consider how much confidence Donald Driver exudes on stage during his cha cha cha. What about Sherri Shepherd. That’s the kind of extra pizazz that Gilbert doesn’t have at this point. Gilbert and Maksim weren’t the low score of the night or of the quickstep. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus scored one point lower in the quickstep and Martina Navratilova was the low score of the night for her jive with 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 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, Melissa Gilbert and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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