DWTS 14 Week 6: Was William Levy’s rumba too steamy? (VIDEO)

William Levy might not know Motown, but he knows how to heat up a room and last night during “Dancing with the Stars” season 14’s Motown Week, Levy finished the night third and that might be because Levy and Cheryl Burke’s rumba was too raunchy.

Levy obviously has a very vocal following and we’re not really worried if he’ll make it to next week, but he did show that he could bring the bedroom to the ballroom floor and had enough leading man instincts in the ballroom sense to finish second in the Motown Marathon.

Levy’s rumba score tied him for the high score for rumba with Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough.

William Levy and Cheryl Burke received a 27 (9, 8, 10) for their rumba to “Being With You” with Smokey Robinson singing live. This was one of five tens given for individual dances.

Levy needs to watch his hands which are often splayed but not always with the kind of sexual meaning that was sometimes expressed in the choreography.

Bruno Tonioli called it “absolute and other filth” and yet he loved every minute of it. “You two are wired for sex.”

Carrie Ann Inaba thanked Levy on behalf of all women. She’d like to see more dancing because “you’re not just a pretty face, you’re a beautiful dancer.” She didn’t think it was his best dance because there was some disconnectio.

Len Goodman demonstrated that he wanted to see forward and backward hip motion instead of just the side to side. Tonioli made a wisecrack that I couldn’t quite hear about Viagra.

Levy also has a commanding physicality on the dance floor and I can easily see him performing on stage in live theater productions.   Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke had until last night, the high score for the cha cha cha as an individual dance with 24 (8, 8, 8). Jaleel White and Kym Johnson eclipsed that with a near-perfect score (29). Yet remember that was week 1 and Levy had less rehearsal time than the other contestants.

If you want to compare the styles: White is cool and fun while Levy is hot with sex appeal. Levy did beat out White during the Motown Marathon. Levy and Burke finished second for the marathon for 9 points and their overall score left them in third, just one point behind White and Johnson.

As I wrote above, Levy and Burke have a strong fan base and we’re not worried about him surviving to dance during week 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, William Levy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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