DWTS 14 Week 3: Katherine Jenkins waltzes to first

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins continued to the frontrunner of season 14. This third week was all about personal stories: the most memorable year of the celebrities’ lives. For Jenkins it was the year her father was diagnosed with cancer and died. Her performance was good enough to garner the season’s first tens.

The year was 1995 when Jenkins was only 15. Her father, Selwyn John Jenkins, however, was 70. Katherine and her sister Laura were actually his second family. Selwyn had children from his first marriage (two girls), but the two sets of daughters never met. Selwyn might not have been close to his older two daughters, but Katherine dedicates all the awards she receives to him.

Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas were the sixth couple  to dance and the only couple of the night to perform a waltz–the first waltz of the season.  Dressed in a flowing white gown to “To Where You Are” by Josh Groban, Jenkins was painfully expressive and you could feel the longing and loss, imagine how much she would have wanted to dance with her father and the joy that would have brought to them both.

Jenkins has lyrical arm movement, beautiful posture that doesn’t collapse when she is contracting to express sorrow and good core strength and control as seen in her pivoting turns and her dips. Her mother was in the audience.

Carrie Ann Inaba was reduced to tears because she said it was as if Jenkins was dancing with two partners–Ballas and her father. Iit was like your father’s arms were around you,” she gushed.

Len Goodman warned Mark Ballas because there “wasn’t quite enough dancing in ballroom hold.” This was true and as fans all know, Ballas likes to push the boundaries. Sometimes he goes a little wacko, but not this season so far. Goodman was in a good mood so he reminded Ballas that five bars in hold aren’t enough and the next American smooth dance choreography should have more. For Jenkins, he only had praise, “You are a wonderful dancer.”

Bruno Tonioli declared her “sensational.”

At this point, we really are seeing a new musical star in the making. Jenkins can do happy and light as she did week 1 with her foxtrot to “The Show” by Lenka. She can be modern and sassy as she was in that fringed dress during week 2 for her jive to “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. This week, she was dramatically overcome with emotion, transitioning from sad to happy so smoothly and didn’t we all go with her?

I feel nothing but joy watching her dance. She could easily go Broadway or West End and she might even be able to put some pizazz in opera. Jenkins received the first tens of the season for an almost perfect score. Perhaps if Ballas had put more ballroom embrace in the routine Goodman might have given her a ten as well. As it was, the team of Jenkins and Ballas were again the top scoring team.

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 25 (9, 8, 9)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24(8, 8, 8)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Foxtrot
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Knight has the third highest score for the foxtrot. She danced to “Cupid” by Sam Cooke.
Jive
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Dancing the jive to Jive “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine, Gilbert and Maksim received the second highest score for the jive.
Rumba
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 25 (9, 8, 8)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Salsa
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)
Samba
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24(8, 8, 8)
Waltz
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)

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Week 3

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WEEK 1

Foxtrot

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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 April 3, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Katherine Jenkins and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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