DWTS 14 Week 7 results: Jaleel White leaves

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson were early favorites on season 14 of “Dancing with the Stars” and while they did have the top score Week 1 and Week 6–both times tied with Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, they lacked the fan base to continue on.
White does have a certain style that judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli compared to Gregory Hines. White is handsome and loose; his posture doesn’t say ballroom, but nightclub dancing. Like many American men, his arms could be stiff, particularly his free arm and he doesn’t always reach full extension with either his legs or his arms.
Currently the weakest dancer is Melissa Gilbert, but White and Roshon Fegan have lacked the votes. This week when it came down to a rumba dance off, the judges were unanimous in voting to save Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower.
In the rumba, White was at a clear disadvantage.  Fegan had essayed the rumba as an individual dance during week 6 (Motown Week) for a score of 23 (7, 8, 8).  White had performed a rumba during week 3 (Personal Story Week) as the smooth Stephan Urkell for a 25 (9, 8, 8). Yet Fegan as a hip hop dancer had better hip movement, and, for the judges, needed to stop popping and make his movements smoother. Fegan also showed extension in his moves while White tends to me more lax.
Fegan and Hightower had been in the bottom two for week 4 and 6 while White and Johnson had been in the bottom two for week 5. Both had survived a dance off: Fegan and Hightower against Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus during Week 6 (jive). White and Johnson had danced the cha cha cha against Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff.
Looking at their averages, Fegan and Hightower have 25.1 for eight dances against White and Johnson’s 24.9. That’s pretty close. Compare that to Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy whose average for eight dances is 22.3.
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy were tied with White and Johnson for the lowest score in the Viennese waltz with 24. Fegan and Hightower currently do not hold the low score thus far this season for any of the individual dances. Fegan and Hightower have the current high score for the quickstep (26) while White and Johnson have the high score for the cha cha cha (29).
Contrast that with Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy who have never been in first on the leader board. The team has the low score for the cha cha cha (20), salsa (21), the paso doble (22), the Viennese waltz (tied with White and Johnson with 24), and the Argentine tango (21).
From our viewpoint, it’s unfortunate that of the two TV child stars currently on “Dancing with the Stars,” the one with the lesser dance talent went forward. It is likely that Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy will outlast Fegan and Hightower given that the latter has been in the bottom-two three times while the former never once.
Below are videos of White and Johnson’s performances, always delightful entertainment, especially compared to Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy’s dances.
Fans of Jaleel White can see him on “Total Blackout” on the Syfy channel.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3: Personal Story/memorable year week
  • Rumba
  • 25 (9,8,8)
  • “For the Cool in You”—Babyface
Week 4: Rock Week
Week 5: Latin Week
Week 6: Motown Week
Motown Marathon
Week 7

Team Tango


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 May 2, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Jaleel White and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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