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DWTS 14 Week 1: Martina Navratilova gets glamorous

When it was Chris Evert against Martina Navratilova who were you cheering for? I was an Evert fan because I like her style, but there’s no denying Navratilova was a tennis superstar. On Monday night as one of the “Dancing with the Stars” season 14 celebrities, she wowed, but mostly because she got glamorous.
Partnered with the diplomatic Tony Dovolani, she did well enough to score a 20, but this season, with no couple getting in the teens, that score only kept her tied for the bottom spot with Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and singer Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff. The last tennis player who was on DWTS didn’t do well.
That was Monica Seles during season 6. Seles was paired with Jonathan Roberts, but for the first week only. Seles and Roberts received a 15 for their foxtrot. Their team tied with the team of Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough for the lowest score of the evening, both for the foxtrot. Seles and Roberts were eliminated (along with  magician Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson) in the first round. Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas would win that season with football player Jason Taylor and his partner Edyta Sliwinska in second.
Navratilova admitted she’s not used to wearing a dress and she always seemed not to care how her hair looked. She seems a bit ill at ease in her new glammed up persona. She didn’t take command of the dance floor like she does on the tennis court. Dancing the cha cha cha to “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” by Diana Krall, she didn’t get into the text of the song. No flirting with Dovolani. No on stage persona. Her dress outshined her performance. Her feet and legs didn’t reach full extension and her heels were a bit dowdy.
Carrie Ann Inaba thought Navratilova was beautiful and refined. She told her to work on her turns and spotting.
Len Goodman was booed, but said he thought the routine was too careful and asked for the wow factor.
Bruno Tonioli mentioned that she was looking “stunning.” Tonioli said that she needed to work on her arm extension and fluidity. The footwork was another problem.
There’s nothing wrong with strong women dancing. Remember Laila Ali? Ali was paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy during season 4 and finished third. NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson were second and Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ono with Julianne Hough won that season.  Ali and Chmerkovskiy scored a 23 for the foxtrot.
The question is in this field with so many good dancers and good performers, will Navratilova continue on beyond week 2?

Overall ranking
  • 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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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 

You can vote by phone (AT&T customers) or online. If you vote online, better get registered at ABC.com. You have only one hour after the show ends to vote by phone, but up until the next morning to vote online (11 a.m. East Coast and 8 a.m. Pacific).

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

Phone:

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

Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff

Phone:

  • 800-868-3404
  • 800-VOTE4-04
  • Text-in code: 3404

Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus

Phone:

  • 800-868-3411
  • 800-VOTE4-11
  • Text-in Code: 3411

Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya

Phone:

  • 800-868-3402
  • 800-VOTE4-02
  • Text-in Code: 3402

Jaleel White & Kym Johnson

Phone:

  • 800-868-3412
  • 800-VOTE4-12
  • Text-in Code: 3412

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

Phone:

  • 800-868-3410
  • 800-VOTE4-10
  • Text-in Code: 3410

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

Phone:

  • 800-868-3401
  • 800-VOTE4-01
  • Text-in Code: 3401

Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani

Phone:

  • 800-868-3409
  • 800-VOTE4-09
  • Text-in Code: 3409

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Phone:

  • 800-868-3407
  • 800-VOTE4-07
  • Text-in Code: 3407

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

Phone:

  • 800-868-3405
  • 800-VOTE4-05
  • Text-in Code: 3405

Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy

Phone:

  • 800-868-3406
  • 800-VOTE4-06
  • Text-in Code: 3406

William Levy & Cheryl Burke

Phone:

  • 800-868-3408
  • 800-VOTE4-08
  • Text-in Code: 3408

Vote online. 

DWTS 14: Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova is one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Along with Margaret Court and Doris Hart, she earned a career Grand Slam in singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles–a Grand Slam “boxed set.”

In her career, she had 167 singles titles, 177 doubles titles and had the longest winning streak–74 consecutive matches. She won the Czechoslovakia national tennis championship in 1972 when she was only 15. The next year, she played her first match in the U.S. and turned professional in 1975. During her tennis career, she had an ongoing rivalry with Chris Evert  (1973-1988) with Navratilova leading 47-37 and later Steffi Graf with them tied 9 to 9.

Full name: Martina Navratilova

Partner: Tony Dovolani

Official website

Birthday: 18 October 1956

  • Age: 55
  • Libra

Hometown: Prague, Czechoslovakia

Currently resides: Sarasota, Florida

Navratilova came out as lesbian in 1981. She has been active in gay rights as well as animal rights and underprivileged children issues.

Navratilova previously appeared in the reality show, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here” in 2008, series 8. In this ITV British TV series, she finished second behind actor Joe Swash (Mickey Miller in “Eastenders”). George Takei finished third.

In 2010, she was treated for breast cancer the spring and also a high altitude pulmonary edema while attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in December.

Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani

Phone:

  • 800-868-3409
  • 800-VOTE4-09
  • Text-in Code: 3409

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