DWTS 14 Week 5: Jaleel White’s booty-bouncing samba (VIDEO)

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Jaleel White proved that had had the Brazilian party spirit in his samba. He and his partner Kym Johnson had the second highest score for the samba, but ended the night in the middle of the pack.

I thought he needed more sensuous movement, contrast between sharp and smooth and wondered why he waited so long to take his shirt off? Yes, it is a battle of the hunks. The man could belly dance. I loved Johnson’s dress–that little there was of it. White’s performance was more street than ballroom, but who didn’t love it?

Judge Len Goodman said he had “rhythm in abundance in your hips” but didn’t like that he took a few liberties with technique. “Your bum was going like you were chewing a toffee” is what Goodman said.

Bruno Tonioli said that White and Johnson, who were the first couple to perform last night, “got the party started.” Tonioli said that “wiggle was unstoppable” like he had a mini me inside those pants.

Carrie Ann Inaba liked the attack and fire in the performance but cautioned White to watch where he places his arms when he’s out of hold.

The judges agreed on this performance giving them eights for a total of 24. Although this couple finished the night in sixth place, for this season, they posted the second highest score for the samba. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie  Hightower posted one point higher during week 3. White and Johnson actually tied the score that Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskay received week 3 (24).

White and Johnson haven’t been in the bottom two, so I hope they’ll continue on.

LEADER BOARD

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

By Individual Dance

SALSA

  • ***William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)*** Week 3
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)

SAMBA

  • ***Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)***Week 3
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • ***Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskay: 24 (8, 8, 8)***Week 3 ELIMINATED
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

ARGENTINE TANGO

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

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 17, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Jaleel White and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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