Monday night (14 May 2012), the competition was fierce and early leader had more to worry about than just her professional partner Mark Ballas and his ego. Was his routine too ambitious? Jenkins and Ballas, the initial frontrunners, ended the night at the bottom of the leader board, the scores show how tight the competition is.
For their first dance, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas did a flirty 1920s Chicago gangster inspired quickstep to “The Dirty Boogie” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Jenkins begins in a cage and Ballas breaks her out.
Jenkins looked fantastic in her hot pink flapper dress and long pearl necklace (which might have been more of a distraction than a pleasing accessory). The gangster with moll set up gave Ballas a chance to mug it up.
Bruno Tonioli told her she was outstanding and the routine had “all the energy and the razzle dazzle of the roaring 1920s.”
Carrie Ann Inaba did a fake out, beginning by saying “You have to bring your A game and I don’t think you did that…I think you brought your A plus game.”
Head judge Len Goodman I knew you could sing, but honestly Katherine, you can dance.” Goodman was noted that there was a footwork problem. I think it was in the first 30 seconds of the dance. Goodman has sharp eyes and Ballas admitted the slip, saying it was his fault.
For their salsa, Jenkins didn’t have the kind of heat to get a ten and had some trouble at the end with her back, so Jenkins and Ballas received straight nines for her performance to “Bananza (Belly Dancer)” by Akon. Jenkins belly dance performance was more perky and cutesy instead of sensuous and hotly sexy.
However this belly dance-themed salsa has more salsa content than Derek Hough’s Bollywood samba had samba. Unlike anything from William Levy who comes from the land that gave us this dance, Jenkins was totally Disney G-rated.
Here is where I think Ballas can be faulted. The segment where they are on their knees and Jenkins in her costume is unable to use knee pads, would have been hard on her knees and back. Toward the end, he meant to do a butterfly over Jenkins as Jenkins was leaning back. That kind of move tends to show more of what the man can do more than the woman and leaves the woman’s back vulnerable as it is unsupported.
Inaba said, it was like Jenkins “hung out with Beyonce over the weekend” and added, “I love seeing you push your boundaries.” Really, Beyonce and not the real belly dancing pop star Shakira?
Len Goodman just called her “Katherine the Great, the world’s Wonder Woman.”
Bruno Tonioli claimed she “unleashed the harlot.” He added, that “up to that point, it was absolutely wonderful.”
Actually it was more like a clean Disneyfied salsa. Jenkins later tweeted, “I’m with the Doctor, he says it was a reflectorical spasm in my lower back.” She might mean a reflectoral spasm. According to Cedars-Sinai, a back spasm is a sudden pain that occurs during twisting, pushing or pulling. A higher risk for this type of injury results when the pelvis tips forward more than usual and look at Jenkins’ position during the final dance segment. If the pain was enough to make her cry just after the dance, imagine what she’ll feel like today, Tuesday (15 May 2012) because the pain is supposed to increase.
At the end of the night, Jenkins and Ballas were at the bottom of the leader board, but the first-placed team of Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were only three points ahead of them.
- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 (10,10,10) +29 (10,9,10) = 59/60
- William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10) + 30 (10,10,10) = 58/60
- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 28 (9, 9, 10) +29 (10,9,10) = 57/60
- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56/60