DWTS 14 Week 8: Roshon Fegan almost perfect in foxtrot

Last night on DWTS, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower finished in second place over all with 56. Fegan and Hightower received two tens for an almost perfect foxtrot. Only head judge Len Goodman found the pair less than perfect. For their second dance, it was a Latin Trio and with the help of Sasha Farber, Fegan and Hightower earned 27.

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For the foxtrot, Fegan and Hightower were sweet and light as they danced to “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee.

Bruno Tonioli dubbed the pair “the sweetest of sweethearts” and commended Hightower for smoothing out Fegan’s hip hop popping because there was no jerkiness. Fegan had good form in hold and clean lines. Tonioli compared Fegan to a “young Mickey Rooney,” but I don’t think Rooney ever danced at Fegan’s level.

Carrie Ann Inaba told Fegan that he made his grandmothers proud and DWTS proud. Fegan’s grandmothers had peeked in during rehearsal and were in the audience.

Len Goodman felt the two did well and commented,  “Good job dog.”

For the foxtrot, Fegan and Hightower have the second highest score of the season. On top would be William Levy and Cheryl Burke who posted a perfect score last night.

In their Trio dance, Fegan and Hightower were paired with with Sasha Farber from the DWTS dance troupe for the paso doble (danced to Turn Me On” by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj). Hightower like Burke decided to include a male dancer to push Fegan to a higher level. Farber really helped Fegan find his inner machismo resulting in beautiful Spanish lines. The choreography mistake was having the two men perform moves requiring synchronization. Still, you’d expect that in team competition and this particularly forces improvement.

All the judges noted that Fegan fell out of sync.

Tonioli complimented Fegan for his strength, power and artistry as well as his beautiful Spanish lines.

Goodman joked that it was “two skinny fries chasing the ketchup,” but more seriously said he enjoyed the lovely, powerful lines.

The threesome received a 27 (9, 9, 9) and that was the second highest score this season for the paso doble. Fegan and Hightower were tied with William Levy and Cheryl Burke who also scored a 27 for the paso doble last night.

Two seems like Fegan’s lucky number, but Fegan and Hightower have posted high scores, but still been the bottom-two three times during the results show. Twice they won a dance duel, but Tuesday night is a double elimination. Fegan-Hightower have an average score of 25.7. Jenkins and Ballas have a 27.2 average and Levy and Burke a 26.5. The weakest couple is Gilbert-Maksim, but their fan base is strong. It would be a shame if Fegan and Hightower were eliminated, but considering the established pattern, they will likely be one of the two teams eliminated.

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Foxtrot:

  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas:26 (9, 8,9)
  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26 (9,8,9)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus:24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya:23 (8, 7, 8)
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20 (7, 6,7)

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10)

  • Week 8
  • Foxtrot
  • “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 27 (9,9,9)

Paso Doble

  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10, 10, 10)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 27 (9,9,9)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke:  27 (9,9,9)
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 24 (8,8,8)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 22 (7, 8, 7)

 Compare paso doble performances

Team Paso Doble: 26 (9,8,9)

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

Team Tango: 27 (10,8,9)

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower:
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:

LEADER BOARD
Individual dance + Latin Round

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 57
*Tony Dovolani*
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56
*Sasha Farber*
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) +28 (10,9,9) = 55
*Karina Smirnoff*
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (8,9,9) + 29 (10,9,10) = 55
*Tristan MacManus*
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 28 (10,8,10) +25 (9,7,9) = 53
*Henry Byalikov*
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8) + 27 (9,9,9) = 51
*Val Chmerkovskiy*

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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 May 8, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, Roshon Fegan, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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