DWTS 14 Week 4: Gavin DeGraw wins hearts

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” Gavin DeGraw proved that he can perform and that he’s a true gentleman. He ended the night in fifth place with his partner Karina Smirnoff. They were just one point away from fourth place which was, surprise, the initial leading team, Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas.

For Rock Week, DeGraw shed some of his puppy dog awkwardness and was sort of hot as he performed a tango to  “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones. I have to admit, I spent too much time wondering just what was going on with Smirnoff’s face makeup. DeGraw need to keep his shoulders down and his back straight. For this style of tango, he needs to lean back more, but he was actually leaving forward from the waist. Those are typical beginner mistakes.

Head judge Len Goodman commented that his performance had flair and attitude but because he leaned forward his bum stuck out.

Bruno Tonioli also noted that his frame was bad and his shoulders were going up so much it made him look like a turtle.

Carrie Ann Inaba thought he created magic on stage and it was like watching Johnny Depp on stage, but the posture was a little strange. Pleae note, I don’t think Depp can dance either.

DeGraw and Smirnoff were the last team to perform. Before his dance, DeGraw was gracious enough to carry fellow competitor Melissa Gilbert (who with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was the fourth performance of the night) down to the green room. Gilbert suffered a mild concussion and whiplash during her dance routine and felt dizzy and nauseous.

DeGraw and Smirnoff have been in the bottom two for the last two weeks. It would be a shame if they were eliminated when he obviously is beginning to blossom. Week 1, DeGraw and Smirnoff were tied for the bottom with Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani. Week 2, they were tied for third from the bottom with Jack Wagner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Week 3, there was that five-way tie for the bottom, but it was Wagner and Trebunskaya who went home. I hated Rock Week, but loved DeGraw’s development. Let’s hope he had enough fans to keep him in the ballroom.

LEADER BOARD

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 23 (8, 8, 7)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22 (8, 7, 7)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 22 (7, 8, 7)
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 6, 7)

STANDINGS BY INDIVIDUAL DANCE
Jive
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8)
Levy and Burke had the fourth highest score for jive, tied with Jaleel White and his partner Kym Johnson.
Paso Doble
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 22 (7, 8, 7)
Tango
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 23 (8, 8, 7)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22 (8, 7, 7)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 6, 7)
Viennese Waltz
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)

Week 3

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Week 1

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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 10, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gavin DeGraw, Melissa Gilbert and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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