DWTS 14 Week 4: Gladys Knight goes Bohemian (VIDEO)

On “Dancing with the Stars” season 14 for Rock Week, Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus went Bohemian and the results weren’t worth rhapsodizing. They were at the very bottom with only 20 points.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” wasn’t the worst song picked that night for a ballroom dance, but it didn’t help the Empress of Soul with her tango. There is a tango-fied version of the Queen song, but that’s not what was played on DWTS. The judges and Tom Bergeron performed the beginning phrases before Knight and MacManus launched into their ambitious routine. I don’t think Knight didn’t get to personify anything and the ending pose was just plain awkward.

Head judge Len Goodman praised MacManus for the choreography, but to my eyes MacManus still betray inexperience in choreographing for a celebrity. The moves he uses aren’t always flattering for Knight. Knight’s timing was off which is unusual for her, but the musical phrasing for this particular song is tricky. Knight steps too wide and her posture suffered.

Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was the couple’s most ambitious routine thus far, but also noted that it was a hard song to dance to and it didn’t quite come together.

Goodman wanted stronger posture and crisper movement with the feet.

Bruno Tonioli mentioned that Knight is always a class act, but the tempo changes in the music were problematic.

MacManus still hasn’t quite got the kind of strategy that some of the more experience professional dancers have, and I wish we could have seen Knight dancing to something more tango-appropriate.

 

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)

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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 11, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gladys Knight and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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