DWTS 14 Week 6: Katherine Jenkins leads during Motown Week

Week 6 on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14 was Motown Week, but the top spot went to the Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas. You wish that Gladys Knight would have owned Motown Week, but she is currently the weakest dancer despite her definite feel for the music.

Motown Week saw five tens awarded. Three by judge Bruno Tonioli and two by Carrie Ann Inaba.

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)

That left Jenkins and Ballas and White and Johnson tied. Levy and Burke were also tied for third with Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd who received straight nines for a 27.

Head judge Len Goodman hasn’t yet given out a perfect ten so he actually rated four teams the same:

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough

That’s two men and two women.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas performed the samba and became the high score for this dance this season.  Jaleel White and Kym Johnson who performed the cha cha cha also became the high score for that dance this season.

SAMBA

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24 (8, 8, 8)

Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 22 (7, 7, 8)

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

CHA CHA CHA

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)

Driver and Murgatroyd and Maria Menounos were tied for the high score for the foxtrot.

The big surprise of the night was Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy outscored the Disney kid Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower. Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy finally had a more fluid dance and although Gilbert still has problems keeping her shoulders down, they looked fairly good together and she held her frame.

Fegan put the staccato where it didn’t belong…in the sensuous and slow rumba.  This team was only two points ahead of the bottom scoring team–Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus. They are the lowest scores of the season for the rumba for this season. William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke were able to tie with Maria Menuonos and Derek Hough whose week 3 score 27 remains the high.

Yet remember that Knight and MacManus haven’t been in the bottom two. Fegan and Hightower have been there before.

Usually the marathons favor the teams with the male professionals and so it was no surprise that during the Motown Marathon, Mark Ballas led the Jenkins to a win. I don’t think they needed the lime green outfits. The other surprise was just who was pulled off the dance floor. Sure, we expected that the first off would be Knight and MacManus, but the second couple off was Maria Menounos and Derek Hough. What happened there? Then Fegan and Hightower.

Motown Week featured live performances by The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations which I appreciated much more than Kiss for Rock Week. Dancing to live music is hard, but to live music and a singer? Even harder.

Knight and MacManus should go, but will they? It would be ironic if they are eliminatd during Motown Week. MacManus really doesn’t know how to show off Knight. That dip he did during their rumba was awkward. Her costume was a beautiful graceful purple number, but I didn’t get why MacManus looked so nerdy in his matching purple suit with glasses.

I’d rather have Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy off but she seems to have a strong fan base. That might mean it is time to say goodbye to Disney kid Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower.  That would be a shame because they can really dance and I would love to see them freestyle.

LEADER BOARD
Individual dance + Motown marathon

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 10 = 39
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 8 = 37
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10) + 9 = 36
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) + 7 = 34
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9) + 4 = 31
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8) + 6 = 30
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8) + 5 = 28
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 21 (7, 7, 7) + 3 = 24

Individual Dances

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 21 (7, 7, 7)

Motown marathon

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 10
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke:  9
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:  8
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:  7
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:  6
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 5
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 4
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus:  3

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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.

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