DWTS 14 Week 3 results: A gentleman leaves the ballroom

With five out of 11 teams tied for the bottom spot, it was a hard call this week on “Dancing with the Stars.” Consider that no one scored below 20 this week so the competition was tough. There was the indie musician Gavin DeGraw, the TV icon Melissa Gilbert, the Empress of Soul Gladys Knight, the bubbly talk show host Sherri Shepherd and the singer and soap opera actor Jack Wagner.

  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24(8, 8, 8)

Consider that Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy had the lowest average with 21. 3 for three dances, but DeGraw and his partner Karina Smirnoff were on a little bit ahead with 21.7. Gladys Knight, the oldest contestant, and her partner Tristan MacManus had a 22 point average. Not bad for a lady who sang while the Pips danced.  Of the five, this team had the lowest score–a 19 during week 2.

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya had a 22.7 average and were behind Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy who had a 23.3 average. But average scores don’t really count during the eliminations. Fan voting does.

At the end of the night it was Jack Wagner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were eliminated. Wagner had his own style and wasn’t a bad dancer–there are not really bad dancers this season. He had a tendency to raise his shoulders instead of keeping them down and serene. He didn’t have crisp kicks and flicks in his jive. He didn’t snap his legs to their full extension and his hands were somewhat awkward. His arms didn’t transition with fluidity. He sometimes overdanced, but in another season, he would have had time to overcome that.

For me, it was a real toss up between Wagner and DeGraw, but DeGraw has that awkward puppy charm and his fans obviously came through last night.

DWTS routines

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya:

Week 1: Foxtrot to “Sugar Town” by Nancy Sinatra 23 (8, 7, 8)

Week 2: Jive to “Gimme Some Lovin” by The Spencer Davis Group  21 (7, 7, 7)

Week 3: Samba to “Lighting Up the Night” by Jack Wagner 24 (8, 8, 8)

The samba is a touch dance for most men (maybe not William Levy) because it requires a lot of hip movement and straight knee to flexed knee. Len Goodman thought it was his best dance. His timing was much better. Wagner’s personal story was finding his biological 23-year-old daughter last year.

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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 4, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight, Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert, Sherri Shepherd and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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