DWTS 14 Week 5: Gladys Knight in danger? (VIDEO)

Could Latin night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, be Gladys Knight’s last? She was second to the last on the leader board after her samba routine with her partner Tristan MacManus only earned 20 points.

Knight danced the samba to “Fiebre” by La Lupe which was Peggy Lee’s “Fever” in Spanish. While she looked stunning in green, I don’t think those ruffles that seems to be the current trend on DWTS does her any favors. She  lost her timing here and there and I don’t think MacManus choreographed to her strengths. I think she needed work on when to straighten her legs to get maximum hip motion.

Len Goodman said she had great musicality and thought the routine was simple, but it was effective.

Bruno Tonioli loved her stage presence.

Carrie Ann Inaba mentioned her mistakes, but thought that she commanded the stage and her own “samba-licious” style.

I think if MacManus had more experience he would have more ideas on who to get a better performance and improve on her natural stage presence. He really doesn’t have her playing a character or put her in a scenario.Still I think Knight has more than just the Pips voting for her.

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, Gladys Knight and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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