DWTS 14 Week 6: Katherine Jenkins leads

Last night Katherine Jenkins was a vision in gold as she again reigned supreme as the queen of Motown Week, garnering three tens, but a not a perfect score. How is that possible? This week they had the infamous marathon competition and Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas were the last couple dancing in gloriously attention-grabbing lime green.

In the individual dances, Katherine Jenkins and Ballas danced the samba to “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations and to make is more special, The Temptations were in the studio giving a live performance. She was dressed in gold with long tassels and bright and smiling. During the rehearsal footage, we saw Ballas emphasizing that the bounce requires a straight leg to a flex (as opposed to a flex to flex) and Jenkins mastered that move.

Len Goodman dubbed her  the midwife because she keeps on “delivering week after week.” Still Goodman didn’t give her a ten and has get to give one out this season.

Bruno Tonioli congratulated Jenkins, saying “You can bounce and you can funk” and that she had easily fused the samba of Brazil with the funk of Motown.

Carrie Ann Inaba just said  her performance was amazing.

Thus far, Jenkins and Ballas had the best score for the samba this season with 29  points.  The samba was introduced this season during week 3 with Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower posting a score of 25 (8, 8, 9) to the music of another Motown star: The Jackson 5 during personal story week.

Jenkins and Ballas were tied with Jaleel White and Kym Johnson who performed a sharp cha cha cha to get the identical score, 29 (10, 9, 10). White and Johnson had been first during Week 1, but after that usually in the middle of the pack. We liked White’s smooth Gregory Hines-esque style, but it need just a bit more pizazz and Johnson polished White’s performance to add a new sharpness in his moves.

Yet in the marathon, Jenkins and Ballas reigned supreme. To be fair, the marathon tends to favor couples with a male professional dancer. I don’t believe it has ever been won by a couple with a professional female dancer. The leader needs to actually lead and help dominate the floor.

The surprise here was that Derek Hough and Maria Menounos were the second couple eliminated, but looking at their performance, they seemed to have a hesitant transition from a lift.  White and Johnson were doing lifts and finished third (8 points), but were able to hold on to second with their overall score. William Levy and Cheryl Burke finished second in the marathon for 9 points and their overall score was only one point behind White and Johnson.

Levy and Burke had danced a particularly raunchy rumba and that cost them Len Goodman’s vote. So at the end of the night that determined who was in second and who was in third.

Who should go? Ironically, the Empress of Soul, Motown’s own Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus should end their time in the ballroom, but while she’s had the lowest score before, she’s never been in the bottom two. That might mean it’s goodbye to Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower depending upon who they are matched up with in dance off.

We expect Welsh singer Jenkins to continue on to next week.

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)

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.

Posted on April 24, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Katherine Jenkins, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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