The audience wants William Levy to survive this week’s elimination, but this Latin heart throb needs to get to work. During Rock Week on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Levy learned about hair bands of the 1980s, but he didn’t learn his routine and landed in a three-way tie for third from the bottom with 22.
Levy has the potential to wow like Gilles Marini, but he makes mistakes as head judge Len Goodman noted. Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke danced the jive to “We’re Not Gonna Take It
” by Twisted Sister
. He was a bit sickled footed and his missed a major trick which, I’m not sure, but it didn’t look like a particularly hard one. His kicks and flicks needed to be sharper.
Goodman told him that he really needs to nail his routine and he seemed to lose his timing. Is it performance anxiety?
Bruno Tonioli noted that he has the power to rock the house, but he has to be sharper and has to carefully place his hands and feet.
Carrie Ann Inaba remarked has he has something special and he can uplift a room, but he must stay focused.
Levy admitted that is has been a most frustrating week for him. And it couldn’t have helped that Burke lost her shoe during the routine. A pro might have known how to cope with his partner losing a shoe and being a bit off balance, but as an amateur it can’t be easy to stay cool.
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.
This early in the season, I doubt that Levy has to worry about being eliminated, but with other hunks–some who are better known such as football player Donald Driver who was the high score of the night, Levy can’t depend upon his hunk factor to keep him in the competition.
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)