DWTS 14 Week 9: William Levy in second place

Does anyone doubt that the sexy, crowd-pleasing William Levy belongs in the finals on “Dancing with the Stars”? Season 14, has been high competitive and Levy has risen to the challenge. The ballroom audience has been very vocal in its approval of Levy’s performance. Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke ended Monday night (14 May 2012) in second place behind Maria Menounos and Derek Hough.
Levy has presence and can command the stage. When he doesn’t dance well, he at least has the kind of physicality that makes him utterly watchable.
Although one expected that head judge Len Goodman would be the deciding factor, he gave only one ten to Menounos and Hough for their Argentine tango to  “La Yumba” by Osvaldo Pugliese, but not for their jive routine to “Tightrope” by  Janelle Monae.

Goodman also gave one ten to the second-placed couple, Levy and Burke. He awarded them a nine for their tango to  “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by The Eurythmics and a 10 for their samba to  “Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes. But Carrie Ann Inaba gave Levy and Burke a nine and that scored landed them in second place.

For the tango, Levy and Burke were decked out in black, and very serious. Levy has the look, but he doesn’t fully extend his foot and ankle. That means he doesn’t have a definite heel or toe lead. A bit more turn out would also improve the look of his walk.

As Levy and Burke were the first dance of the night, head judge Len Goodman exclaimed he’d “not been as excited as when my mother put me in long trousers” because of the high level of this competition. Of Levy and Burke, he commented, it was”overall terrific,” but he would have like better position in hold and crisper movement. He noted that Levy was a bit flat-footed as well.

As expected, Bruno Tonioli was more effusive and said Levy’s performance was powerful and firm with convincing animal magnetism. Tonioli labeled Levy “the dictator of the tango.”

Carrie Ann Inaba reminded us that Levy was so much more than a pretty face and thought his lines were gorgeous but his chainé turns were a bit out of control.

Levy  tapped into his Latino machismo for the samba and let loose some serious bum shaking with his fun and sexy samba.

Tonioli said he caught the feeling of sexy Brazil and he had “bum envy.”

Carrie Ann Inaba said his bounce was more like a thrust which took the samba to  a whole new level.

Head judge Len Goodman confessed, “I’ve never looked at a man’s bum for so long in my life” and dubbed Levy “a hunk with the junk in his trunk.”

Did you catch the set mistake? The setting is supposed to be Brazil, but the background features the silhouette of an elephant and a lion. These animal aren’t native to the Brazilian rain forest. We give the set designers an A for effort, but an F in geography.

Here’s how the teams stood at the end of Monday night.
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) +29 (10,9,10) = 59/60
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) + 30 (10,10,10)  = 58/60
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) +29 (10,9,10) = 57/60
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56/60
The top two teams should advance into the finals and I’m looking forward to seeing  their freestyle performance. Over 13 seasons of DWTS, only one non-American has won: Hélio Castroneves who is Brazilian. Castroneves won over British singer Mel B. during season 5. French man Gilles Marini placed second behind American Johnson during season 8. Other foreign nationals who have made the finals were: Brit Kelly Osbourne (season 9) and Chilean Cristian de la Fuentes (season 6). Both Osbourne and de la Fuentes finished third.

Below you can compare the four semifinalists and their scores for the seven dances performed Monday night.

Argentine tango
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 5
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 5
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9) Week 5
Jive
  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough:29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (10, 9, 9) Week 8
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (9, 8, 9) Week 2
  4. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8) Week 4
Quickstep
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 9
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (8, 8, 9) Week 2
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 2
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24 (8, 8, 8) Week 2

Samba

  1. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9, 7, 9) Week 8
  2. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) Week 9
  3. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 29 (10,9,10) Week 9
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) Week 6

Salsa

  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 3
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 5
  3. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas:  27 (9,9,9) Week 9
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: N/A
Tango
  1. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 9
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 8
  3. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9) Week 4
  4. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: N/A
Waltz
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) Week 3
  2. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) Week 9
  3. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: N/A
  4. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: N/A
 For all the dances performed during season 14, here are the top scoring teams.
Argentine tango: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30)
Cha cha cha:
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson (29);
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
Foxtrot: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (30)
Jive: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (29)
Paso doble: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (30)
Quickstep: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
Rumba:
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke,
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas,
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (27)
Salsa: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (28)
Samba: William Levy and Cheryl Burke (30)
Viennese waltz: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (28)
Waltz: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (29)
As of tonight, the average score of the remaining teams for 12 30-point dances (excluding Motown Marathon scores) is as follows:
  1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 27.3
  2. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26.8
  3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 26.9
  4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 26.4
With the teams to closely matched, the votes of the viewers will really count.
Online voting will remain open until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time)/ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) the following day (Tuesday).
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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 15, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars Season 14, William Levy and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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