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DWTS 14 Week 5: Gavin DeGraw sambas gringo style

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Karina Smirnoff hit just the right note for Gavin DeGraw when she cast him as a tourist on a boat arriving on shore. She was the sexy Latina. He was the gringo in love. It made a great love story for Latin night.

In a white hat and faded shirt and white pants, DeGraw was charming in his aw-shucks way as he stumbled through “Sweetheart from Venezuela” by Harry Belafonte. The song is about a man telling how much he loves his girlfriend from Venezuela, but we aren’t sure if she understands anything he says because all she can say is “Si, señor.” His hands were going everywhere and he was getting the full body bounce instead of the hip shake. At points, I was sure I could see him counting. He was pretty much flat footed throughout and he also sickled here and there when he had to pivot.

Still, I have to credit Smirnoff. I could imagine this scenario: gringo dancing with a hot native girl.  The entrance on the boat was great.

Bruno Tonioli said “I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.” He enjoyed it but it was between balmy and delirious.

Carrie Ann Inaba said it was hard to tell if it was a samba because he was lacking form.

“It was more of a struggle than a samba,” DeGraw explained good-naturedly.

Len Goodman called it a gallant effort. He labeled it “more shamba than samba.”

DeGraw brought joy to the ballroom and he was fun to watch if you didn’t think it needed to be a samba. DeGraw is such a good sport and even when he’s bad he’s entertaining.

LEADER BOARD

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

By Individual Dance

SALSA

  • ***William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)*** Week 3
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)

SAMBA

  • ***Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)***Week 3
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • ***Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskay: 24 (8, 8, 8)***Week 3 ELIMINATED
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)

ARGENTINE TANGO

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

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DWTS 14 Week 4: Gavin DeGraw wins hearts

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” Gavin DeGraw proved that he can perform and that he’s a true gentleman. He ended the night in fifth place with his partner Karina Smirnoff. They were just one point away from fourth place which was, surprise, the initial leading team, Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas.

For Rock Week, DeGraw shed some of his puppy dog awkwardness and was sort of hot as he performed a tango to  “Paint It, Black” by The Rolling Stones. I have to admit, I spent too much time wondering just what was going on with Smirnoff’s face makeup. DeGraw need to keep his shoulders down and his back straight. For this style of tango, he needs to lean back more, but he was actually leaving forward from the waist. Those are typical beginner mistakes.

Head judge Len Goodman commented that his performance had flair and attitude but because he leaned forward his bum stuck out.

Bruno Tonioli also noted that his frame was bad and his shoulders were going up so much it made him look like a turtle.

Carrie Ann Inaba thought he created magic on stage and it was like watching Johnny Depp on stage, but the posture was a little strange. Pleae note, I don’t think Depp can dance either.

DeGraw and Smirnoff were the last team to perform. Before his dance, DeGraw was gracious enough to carry fellow competitor Melissa Gilbert (who with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was the fourth performance of the night) down to the green room. Gilbert suffered a mild concussion and whiplash during her dance routine and felt dizzy and nauseous.

DeGraw and Smirnoff have been in the bottom two for the last two weeks. It would be a shame if they were eliminated when he obviously is beginning to blossom. Week 1, DeGraw and Smirnoff were tied for the bottom with Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani. Week 2, they were tied for third from the bottom with Jack Wagner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Week 3, there was that five-way tie for the bottom, but it was Wagner and Trebunskaya who went home. I hated Rock Week, but loved DeGraw’s development. Let’s hope he had enough fans to keep him in the ballroom.

LEADER BOARD

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 23 (8, 8, 7)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22 (8, 7, 7)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 22 (7, 8, 7)
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 6, 7)

STANDINGS BY INDIVIDUAL DANCE
Jive
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 7, 8)
Levy and Burke had the fourth highest score for jive, tied with Jaleel White and his partner Kym Johnson.
Paso Doble
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 22 (7, 8, 7)
Tango
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (9, 8, 9)
  • Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 23 (8, 8, 7)
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22 (8, 7, 7)
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 6, 7)
Viennese Waltz
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

DWTS 14 Week 2: Gavin DeGraw channels Brando

Did you ever imagine Gavin DeGraw as a “Wild One” in the mold of a young Marlon Brando? With Karina Smirnoff in a red dress with full skirt, DeGraw was Brando meets Elvis although I can’t imagine either one of those men doing the jive.

DeGraw was in tight jeans and a motorcycle black leather jacket with a hat that he kept on throughout the dance. I’d give him props for that. DeGraw was able to do some posturing that made one think of Elvis, but did Elvis every stand straight–neck long, shoulders down and back? That’s where DeGraw as lacking besides the timing of those dastardly kicks and flicks. Probably not used to that at all.

Bruno Tonioli gave a campy leer and purred, “Leather does wonders for you” and immediately saw that it was Brando doing Elvis.  He did point out that while DeGraw feels the music, he doesn’t always kick to the music.

Carrie Ann Inaba liked that DeGraw was pushing his boundaries, but noted that his posture was a little funky. That might have been where his Brando was playing cool biker dude.  Still she said DeGraw gave an animated and lively performance.

Len Goodman thought it was an improvement over last week and liked the feel of dance, DeGraw’s attitude and his energy.

DeGraw is lovable in a lost puppy dog kind of way so we like him well enough to hope he continues into week 3.  His 21 points put him third from the bottom, just ahead of actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and bottom-dweller Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani.

Cumulative scores

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26+26 = 52
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 24 + 25 = 49
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23+26=49
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 26+22=48
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23+23 = 46
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 21+ 25 = 46
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 21 + 24 = 45
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23+21 = 44
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 23+19 = 42
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 20 + 21 = 41
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20+20=40
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 20+ 17 = 37

Jive

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 21
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21
  • Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17

Quickstep

  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 19

Online voting 

DWTS 14 Week 1: Gavin DeGraw gentle but goofy

As a musician, you’d expect Gavin DeGraw to understand and be able to interpret music. Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, DeGraw with his partner Karina Smirnoff was lovable like a puppy dog, but just a little clutzy.
DeGraw doesn’t always keep his shoulders down and back and his hands need some finess–they sometimes are stiff and spread like spatulas. Yet he does have a goofy, gentle smile that charms.  DeGraw and Smirnoff were dancing the foxtrot to  “I Run to You” by Lady Antebellum. DeGraw ended up being the youngest person with the lowest score. He was in a three-way tie with Melissa Gilbert and Martina Navratilova with 20 points.
Len Goodman was kind and said he felt DeGraw “coped well with a difficult dance” but complained about his stiff in arms and legs and though he lacked musicality in in his upper body. I thought he had a bit of the deer-in-the-headlights look.
Bruno Tonioli said DeGraw had great charm and a very gentle quality to his dance but agreed with Goodman that DeGraw needed to link his moves.
Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed and said DeGraw gave a great musical interpretation
that was filled with tenderness. She thought his problem was he hyperextended his arms instead of keeping them rounded.
DeGraw and Smirnoff were at the bottom with two other couples and that’s not a good place to be.
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: 26
  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26
  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
  • Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Gladys Knight &Tristan McManus: 23
  • Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 21
  • Donald Driver &Peta Murgatroyd: 21
  • Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20

Foxtrot

Cha cha cha

Online voting 

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Pasadena’s Jaleel White lead

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas were tied with Jaleel White and Kym Johnson with 26 points. Both got nines from Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba; it was head judge Len Goodman who only thought the two worthy of eights.

Both couples danced the foxtrot.

This week there was no one celebrity that was so awful your eyes hurt. Three couples were tied for last place, but with a respectable 20. Tennis great Martina Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani performed the cha cha cha; Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff performed the foxtrot.

Navratilova is 55; Gilbert is 47 and DeGraw is 35. Quite an age spread at the bottom. Jack Wagner is 52. It’s Gladys Knight who at 67 is the oldest contestant this season.

Knight received the same score as the youngest contestant, Roshon Fegan. They were in a group of four couples tied for fourth with 23.

  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: 26
  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26
  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
  • Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Gladys Knight &Tristan McManus: 23
  • Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 21
  • Donald Driver &Peta Murgatroyd: 21
  • Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20

Foxtrot

Cha cha cha

Online voting 

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Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

Phone:

  • 800-868-3403
  • 800-VOTE4-03
  • Text-in Code: 3403 

Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff

Phone:

  • 800-868-3404
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  • Text-in code: 3404

Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus

Phone:

  • 800-868-3411
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Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya

Phone:

  • 800-868-3402
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Jaleel White & Kym Johnson

Phone:

  • 800-868-3412
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Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

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  • 800-868-3410
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Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

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  • 800-868-3401
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Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani

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  • 800-868-3409
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Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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  • 800-868-3407
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Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

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  • 800-868-3405
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Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy

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  • 800-868-3406
  • 800-VOTE4-06
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William Levy & Cheryl Burke

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  • 800-868-3408
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  • Text-in Code: 3408

Vote online. 

DWTS 14 cast

Season 14 begins on 19 March 2012 on ABC with a two-hour special.

Men:

  1. Singer Gavin DeGraw (Age 35, New York born) with Karina Smirnoff
  2. Football player Donald Driver (Age 37, Houston, TX) with Peta Murgatroyd
  3. Singer Roshon Fegan (Age 20, Born in Los Angeles) with Chelsie Hightower
  4. Actor William Levy (Age 31, Havana, Cuba) with Cheryl Burke
  5. Actor Jack Wagner (Age 52, Missouri) with Anna Trebunskaya
  6. Actor Jaleel White (Age 35, Pasadena, CA) with Kym Johnson

Women:

  1. Melissa Gilbert (Age 47, Los Angeles, CA)  with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  2. Singer Katherine Jenkins  (Age 31, Wales, UK) with Mark Ballas
  3. Singer Gladys Knight  (Age 67, Atlanta, GA) with Tristan McManus
  4. TV personality Maria Menounos (Age 33, Medford, MA) with Derek Hough
  5. Tennis player Martina Navratilova (Age 55, Prague, Czech) with Tony Dovolani
  6. Actor Sherri Shepherd (Age 44, Chicago, Illinois) with Val Chmerkovskiy