DWTS 14 Week 4: Jaleel White channels Jagger

Rock week on season 14 of “Dancing with the Stars” wasn’t kind to Jaleel White as he and his dance partner Kym Johnson didn’t get any satisfaction. They ended the night tied at the low end of the leader board.

Dancing the tango to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, White affected a George Jefferson walk in order to get on his Mick Jagger. It seems there was “zero rock in my house” he says. He did seem to lose character but he definitely got the rock feel, but not the tango sharpness.

Carrie Ann Inaba loved it, but thought that because White tends to be smooth, he needed to be a hair more staccato.

Len Goodman liked the humor White added, but thought the dance needed more tango attack. Tango needs that sensuousness. Goodman compared it to a panther, with delayed foot action.

Bruno Tonioli loved the Jagger beginning, but also wanted more drive and aggression in the footwork.

I think White got the rock feel, but not the tango feel and as he isn’t used to dancing tango, the real problem is Rock Week. This wasn’t the worst song choice, but I don’t think it helped White since he has no experience in the tango.

I hope this couple continues on. At the end of the night three couples were tied with 22 points: William Levy and Cheryl Burke, Jaleel White and Kym Johnson and Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Len Goodman favored Gilbert and Maksim, giving them an eight. But White and Johnson had Carrie Ann Inaba in their corner. Tonioli favored Levy and Burke.

White needs to work on getting Len Goodman in his corner because he’s a better dancer and performer than Gilbert. I’d pick White over Gilbert but I’m not sure how the majority of DWTS fans feel.

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, Jaleel White and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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