Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas had been the top scoring team with the highest average, but after scoring two tens last week on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Jenkins fell to fourth.
Jenkins can play sweet and chirpy as in her first week foxtrot. She can play pert and sexy as she was with her jive. Last week, she was grandly elegant–dancing the waltz when most of the other teams danced a sensual rumba.
What she can’t dance is bold, staccato, simmering passion or rage. Her paso doble to “Time Is Running Out
” by Muse
was beautiful movement but lacked characterization. Yet, we know that Jenkins has that kind of passion in her voice having heard her sing a piece from Bizet’s “Carmen.” Maybe if they had let her portray the promiscuous Carmen she could have found her inner paso doble wild woman. With her costume and big hair, it was more like Barbie doll meets latex and pleather. The boots also seemed to be a bit of a problem.
Bruno Tonioli found Jenkins to have unleashed a whirlwind of fury, but that she often forgot to finish her moves and her performance wasn’t as clean and precise as a paso doble should be.
Carrie Ann Inaba thought her feet were off.
Head judge Len Goodman said her performance didn’t deliver. He thought she went for the attack and aggression but lost the artistry.
I think you can be a girly girl and still have that cat fight type of aggression like a mother fighting for her child or two girls fighting over a guy. Maybe Ballas should have helped her find her inner cattiness.
Not only did Jenkins and Ballas fall to fourth, they were just one point ahead of Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff. Now that’s a surprise. DeGraw needs to work on his posture, but he gave a fun performance with only Bruno Tonioli giving him a 7. That means Len Goodman thought DeGraw and Jenkins rated the same.
We think Jenkins and Ballas will survive this week’s elimination, but DeGraw and Smirnoff may be another question even though they were three points ahead of the lowest scoring team: Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus with 20 for their “Bohemian Rhapsody
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
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)