DWTS 14 Week 5: Gavin DeGraw sambas gringo style

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Karina Smirnoff hit just the right note for Gavin DeGraw when she cast him as a tourist on a boat arriving on shore. She was the sexy Latina. He was the gringo in love. It made a great love story for Latin night.

In a white hat and faded shirt and white pants, DeGraw was charming in his aw-shucks way as he stumbled through “Sweetheart from Venezuela” by Harry Belafonte. The song is about a man telling how much he loves his girlfriend from Venezuela, but we aren’t sure if she understands anything he says because all she can say is “Si, señor.” His hands were going everywhere and he was getting the full body bounce instead of the hip shake. At points, I was sure I could see him counting. He was pretty much flat footed throughout and he also sickled here and there when he had to pivot.

Still, I have to credit Smirnoff. I could imagine this scenario: gringo dancing with a hot native girl.  The entrance on the boat was great.

Bruno Tonioli said “I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.” He enjoyed it but it was between balmy and delirious.

Carrie Ann Inaba said it was hard to tell if it was a samba because he was lacking form.

“It was more of a struggle than a samba,” DeGraw explained good-naturedly.

Len Goodman called it a gallant effort. He labeled it “more shamba than samba.”

DeGraw brought joy to the ballroom and he was fun to watch if you didn’t think it needed to be a samba. DeGraw is such a good sport and even when he’s bad he’s entertaining.

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 18, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gavin DeGraw and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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