DWTS 14 Week 6: Will the Empress of Soul survive?

Everyone loves Gladys Knight, but she’s definitely the weakest dancer currently on  “Dancing with the Stars” season 14. Should Motown Week be her last?

I loved her flowing purple dress although I wasn’t sure what to make of her partner Tristan MacManus’ nerd in purple costume. I wish he worked Knight better and pushed her to at least create a persona because as a singer/performer, you know she can do it. And some of the moves MacManus uses look awkward for a woman of Knight’s figure and flexibility (that dip looks disastrous).

Knight’s performance of the rumba had style and grace, but was lacking in content just as I suspect MacManus seems to lack imagination.

Knight and MacManus were the first couple on for Motown Week, dancing a rumba to “My Girl” with the The Temptations singing live.  Can I say I hated MacManus’ white shoes? Knight, however, looked gorgeous.

Len Goodman said if he was judging purely from his heart, she’d be on top of his leader board. He called her the most charismatic dancer.

Bruno Tonioli said he liked his rumba steamier and while he didn’t expect Lady Gaga, at least a little Beyonce.

Carrie Ann Inaba said the hip action was fantastic but then there was that ending she forgot.

Of the eight couples who have danced the rumba thus far in season 14, Knight and MacManus have the lowest score with 21.

At the top are Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who received a 27 (9, 9, 9) during week one. They are tied with William Levy and Cheryl Burke who performed a extremely steamy rumba for a 27 (9, 8, 10).

Who doesn’t love Gladys Knight? Still this is a dance competition and she needs to be pushed more to channel all that natural grace and rhythm. Despite her low scores, Knight has never been in the bottom two so tonight could be interesting. Will her fans keep her in the ballroom or will she be dueling jive with some other couple? Tune in tonight and find about.

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 25, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Gladys Knight and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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