DWTS 14 Week 8: Choreography hurts Maria Menounos score
Last night (8 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars,” Maria Menounos got scores that ranged from perfect (two tens) to average (a seven). What gives? Head judge Len Goodman wasn’t delighted with the content of Menounos’ professional dance partner Derek Hough’s choreography.
Usually, Hough is astute enough not to anger the judges too much, but he seriously misjudged both dance routines. In the individual dance, Hough went for expression and grand crowd-pleasing gestures over dancing in hold for the Viennese waltz. Dancing to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, Menounos and Hough too time to actually get dancing but this is a really lovely piece once it gets going.
Bruno Tonioli declared the routine heavenly with seamless transitions and total emotional involvement.
Carrie Ann Inaba said she heard “angels singing” and commented that the connection that Menounos has with Hough is very unique.
Then came the ballroom master’s critique. Goodman reminded Hough that Menounos is lovely in hold, but there were only five to six bars in hold and that wasn’t enough.
Hough won over Inaba and Tonioli. Those two judges gave Menounos and Hough perfect scores, but Goodman wasn’t happy and delivered an eight: 28 (10,8,10).
This is usually something that Mark Ballas does, going totally off into his own creative world as if thumbing his nose at the judges. With such a tough field, it doesn’t make sense to take such risks when this week has a double elimination.
For the Trio Challenge, Hough made another risky decision. He went Bollywood. There were fun visuals, but where’s the samba?
Tonioli and Inaba though the number was fabulous (so if you’re looking for a choreographer give Hough a ring), and there were a few slip ups. But where was the samba?
Goodman said, the dance had “no connection for me with the samba.” Again, Tonioli and Inaba overlooked the lack of samba content but Goodman did not: 25 (9,7,9). That put the samba threesome of Menounos, Hough and DWTS troupe member Henry Byalikov in last place in the individual dances. That means Melissa Gilbert and the Chmerkovskiys outscored Menounos, Hough and Byalikov by turning in her best dance ever.
Luckily the combined score pulled Menounos and Hough up to second to the last and after three trips to the bottom two, we’re pretty sure that one of the eliminated teams will be the second-placed Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower. Gilbert and Maksim have quite a following so Hough’s gamble may have put this team in danger.
In the samba for this season, Menounos and Hough are tied with Fegan and Hightower with the third highest score. But for the Viennese waltz, Menounos and Hough were the high score thus far this season with the team of William Levy and Cheryl Burke one point behind with 27.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10)
- “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 28 (10,8,10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (8,9,9)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8)
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (10,9,9)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 27 (9,9,9)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9,9,9)
- Tony Dovolani
- Paso doble
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9,7,9)
Individual dance + Latin Round
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 57
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) +28 (10,9,9) = 55
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (8,9,9) + 29 (10,9,10) = 55
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 28 (10,8,10) +25 (9,7,9) = 53
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8) + 27 (9,9,9) = 51