DWTS 14 Week 3: William Levy salsa sizzles for one ten (VIDEO)

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, William Levy continued to grow his fan club. In this case, it wasn’t just the audience, but the judges as well. He received a ten and two nines to take second place during the personal stories week.
This week the celebrities were to pick a year that was their most memorable and Levy picked the year he came to the U.S. Levy came to the U.S. in 1995. His stepfather was a political prisoner and was able to bring his family. Consider that they had been getting by on $20 a month and if you recall Levy already told the audience that they ate a lot of bread and rice, but not much meat. And it’s the way he said “meat” that let you know he can hardly get enough. Who doesn’t love a rags to riches story?
One of the questions in my mind was why the producers decided to bring in salsa this week and for only one couple? Usually you’d think the samba and the rumba would have been heating up the floor. Instead, the team of Levy and Cheryl Burke were the only couple dancing the salsa (just as Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas were the only couple dancing the waltz).
Levy and Burke were the second to the last couple to dance last night, performing to “La Vida es un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz. The routine starts with Levy in a white shirt and dark brown pants. He has a hat that Burke takes off AFTER she rips his shirt open. Yes. Great view of some great abs. I just have to complain about her dress. What was that? It didn’t look very salsa . I’d want ruffles that moved more. These were starched stiff. The routine itself was ambitious with a few tricks–not all of which were pulled off. But I don’t think that dress was really meant for between the legs tricks because it added too much volumn.
Head judge Len Goodman, after the audience cheers died down, compared Levy to William the Conqueror and told Levy he conquered the salsa.
Bruno Tonioli shook Levy’s hand and told him “I hate you” because “That was amazing.”
Carrie Ann Inaba thought the whole routine was ridiculously sexy. It was. Levy can shake his hips and gyrate and the routine gave him ample time to do so.
When you hear the audience scream like they do when Levy performs, you can safely bet he’ll be back next week. The judges want him back as well–he received a 10 from Tonioli and finished the night in second place–only one point behind the leader, Katherine Jenkins. We love Jenkins, but it’s Levy that makes my heart skip a beat.
  • 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, William Levy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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