DWTS 14 Week 3: Maria Menounos takes on Material Girl

Who would have thought the “Material Girl” as a romantic rumba? Derek Hough and Maria Menounos made this song less crass than the original last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14. It was all about personal stories and Menounos remembers Madonna as being her inspiration.
Seriously? Madonna? I’d want someone with more class and less crass. But as a young girl Menounos had to go with her parents on their janitorial cleaning jobs because they couldn’t afford a babysitter. When she found a quarter, she’d pop it into a jukebox for some Madonna to inspire her. She was cleaning up nightclubs so I guess I could see it in the late 1980s.
Menounos looked every bit the lady, despite some rather steamy choreography. It was sensuous but not down dirty and raunchy. I think Hough got the feeling just right.  If you really think about it, Menounos is a Cinderella story.
Bruno Tonioli said “he felt” it and he was impressed that Menounos did it on a melodic line without a beat. Here Hough was doing better than his friend and rival Mark Ballas. He took his celebrity and did the dance because both Menounos and Ballas’ partner, Katherine Jenkins, have the ability to be in hold. I’d assume that Hough helped keep Menounos on time by a subtle lead with his hands.
Carrie Ann Inaba said it was “the vertical and horizontal expression of the true horizonal desire.”
Len Goodman found it a mix of the ballroom with a bit of the bedroom.
Don’t you want to see more of Menounos? She ended the night with three nines for a 27.  This was the top score for the rumba. Menounos and Hough were in third, but only one point behind telanovela star William Levy and Cheryl Burke who were in second with 28 and one point ahead of football star Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd. This is a tight field at the top.
  • 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, 9)
  • 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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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, Maria Menounos and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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