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DWTS 14 Week 7: Was Melissa Gilbert underscored?

Due to a delayed flight and jet lag, we were unable to comment on Monday night’s performances. From reading other articles, there seems to be a perception that Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were underscored for their Argentine tango performance on Classical Week of “Dancing with the Stars” season 14.

The judges gave Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy 21 points (7, 7, 7), but the fans felt she deserved a better score.

Looking at this team’s performance, frame by frame, I agree with the judges.

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  • Her arms are stiff and inexpressive during the first lift and she looks fearful but not in a way that says this is my character being abducted.
  • The white dress high-waistline dress  isn’t what one would expect for Argentine tango and though it looks bridal enough, the dress would be better suited for a lyrical something like the rumba.

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  • Her ganchos (hooks as the DWTS judges call them) are shallow although we rarely see ganchos performed well even by the professional dancers on DWTS

0:42

  • Her foot is flexed both going into and out of this move. Consider the beauty of Katherine Jenkins’ performance.
  • Jenkins gives lift at 0:42 and 0:36 have better transitions and her leg extension is lovely.

0:44 

  • Her free leg (the one she isn’t standing on) is bent and not turned out. Her right arm is straight and not curved.

0:47 

  • Her position rising is an unflattering squat with her bum out and her shoulders up.
  • Her left arm is straight.
  • Her face lacks expression.

1:01-1:03

  • Her legs aren’t close together on take off.
  • Her shoulders are up.
  • She looks tense.
  • Her feet are flexed going in and out of this move.

1:05

  • Her legs are flexed.
  • Her shoulders are up.
  • The transition is awkward.

1:11

  • This lift is better suited for swing or jive, but not Argentine tango.

1:30

  • The walk doesn’t have expression.
  • Her free warm is straight and her fingers apart instead of gracefully together.
  • Her shoulders are up.

1:33

  • The transition into this lift is awkward  as is the transition out.

1:39

  • The sudden lift up to change position probably indicates that Gilbert doesn’t have the core strength to get to her next position by herself.
  • At the beginning of the drag, her core isn’t strong. Look at her waist. She can’t sustain the drag in a straight body position for long.

While the judges criticized this for the excessive number of lifts, the choreography also saves us from looking at her awkward footwork. There were no nuances in her upper body or expression on her face.

What did the judges say?

Bruno Tonioli commented that “You’re extremely brave” for taking on Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” However, the performance looked like she was “riding the Cyclone in Coney Island. It got messy. Up and down, the lifts it wasn’t clean.” I agree with this. The lifts are easier for the female celebrities because the male pros know what they are doing whereas with the male celebrities, they have to learn the techniques.

Carrie Ann Inaba compared the dance to “Cirque du Soleil that went terribly wrong.” Inaba felt that for the lifts, the routine went for quantity with a lack of quality, making the performance a  “lift-fest.”

Len Goodman said that “dance is a marriage between the music and the movement” but found the routine lacked dance quality.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1786 “The Marriage of Figaro” or “Le nozze di Figaro, ossia la folle giornata” is a comic opera with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte based  on an earlier comedy by Pierre Beaumarchais. The story, a continuation of “The Barber of Seville” several years later, is about how the Count Almaviva attempts to prevent his head servant Figaro from marrying Susanna on one particular day of madness.

The Count hopes to restore an old law whereby the lord has the feudal right to have sexual relations with his servant on the wedding night before she sleeps with her husband. The count tries to force Figaro to marry a much older woman, but his plans are thwarted and Figaro marries Susanna while the Count realizes that he really loves his wife.

In the opera, Susanna is not a damsel in distress. She shares snarky comments with the old housekeeper, Marcellina. She resists the Count and shelters the Count’s page against the Count’s anger. She cleverly conspires with the Countess.

There is nothing in Gilbert’s performance that suggests comedy or the sly servant duping a count. One supposed that Chmerkovskiy was portraying the Count. Gilbert’s face and body fail to express any character or mood and during week 7 this particularly problematic.

Gilbert was the weakest dancer on Classical Week, but White and Roshon Fegan have lacked the votes. This week when it came down to a rumba dance off, the judges were unanimous in voting to save Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower.

Fegan and Hightower have 25.1 for eight dances against White and Johnson’s 24.9. That’s pretty close. Compare that to the team of Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy whose average for eight dances is 22.3.

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy  have never been in first on the leader board, yet they have been the low score for the cha cha cha (20), salsa (21), the paso doble (22), the Viennese waltz (tied with White and Johnson with 24), and the Argentine tango (21).
Of the two TV child stars featured on this season of “Dancing with the Stars,” the one with the lesser dance talent went forward. Unfortunately, it is also likely that Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy  will  outlast Fegan and  Hightower. Despite some great moves, Fegan and Hightower have been in the bottom-two three times while Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy have not once been in the dreaded spotlight of doom.

 

 

 

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DWTS 14 Week 6: Melissa Gilbert waltzes into sixth

Finally during Motown Week, Melissa Gilbert got a dance that suited her: the Viennese waltz. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy received eights from all three judges and was able to squeak by to be one point ahead of Disney star Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower.

Prior to this, Gilbert had danced the salsa, paso doble, jive, quickstep and cha cha cha. Head judge Len Goodman lamented that she hadn’t been given something that might bring out her graceful and elegant side. This week with the old world grace of the Viennese waltz Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy were able to again receive a 24. She received a 24 during Week 3 (Personal Story Week) when she jived to “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine and was in a five-way tie for last place.

This week a 24 was good enough for sixth place, above Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower who received a 24 for their rumba and above Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus who also rumbaed for a 21.

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy danced to “Ooo Baby Baby” sung live by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. She was dressed in a flowing green dress. At times she looked more relaxed, but she still has problems keeping her shoulders back and down. Usually the woman leans back with her shoulders down, but that’s a big strain on your back and besides her back surgery, remember Gilbert also had whiplash just two weeks ago and her neck must be slightly tweaked still.

Carrie Ann Inaba commented,  “You work so hard and it is finally paying off. I see the artistry growing in you.”

Head judge Len Goodman said he saw rotation romance, beautiful lyrical musicality through the arms.

Bruno Tonioli commented on the wonderful rotation and exclaimed, “Some of your extended lines were absolutely wonderful.” All the judges seemed to feel that Gilbert was going in the right direction.

Only one other couple has danced the Viennese waltz: Fegan and Hightower during Week 4. They received a 26. This week Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy beat Fegan and Hightower in the individual dance scores and even during the cha cha cha for the Motown Marathon.

So far Gilbert hasn’t been in the bottom two and hopefully she won’t be in the bottom two this week because she hasn’t danced the jive yet.  Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy received a 20 when they performed the quickstep during week 2–the week other teams were performing the jive.

LEADER BOARD
Individual dance + Motown marathon

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 10 = 39
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 8 = 37
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10) + 9 = 36
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) + 7 = 34
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9) + 4 = 31
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8) + 6 = 30
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8) + 5 = 28
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 21 (7, 7, 7) + 3 = 24

Individual Dances

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 21 (7, 7, 7)

Motown marathon

  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 10
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke:  9
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:  8
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:  7
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:  6
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 5
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 4
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus:  3

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DWTS 14: Compare V. waltz

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:

William Levy and Cheryl Burke:

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson:

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chermkovskiy

DWTS: Melissa Gilbert and conquering concussions

When it was first reported that Melissa Gilbert suffered a mild concussion, Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s performance of the paso doble was examined. At first people indicated that it was during one of her dips that her head hit the floor, but now it looks like it was during that full body spin (something that several teams are doing, including Jaleel White who turned the tables since it’s usually the woman/follower who is spun and not the man/leader).

During a full body spin, the follower has to be aware of where the leader is and places herself carefully and then may have to tuck to avoid hitting the partner. Gilbert might not have understood the mechanics of the move well enough to place herself and depended too much on Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Monday night (9 April 2012), Melissa Gilbert was taken to the hospital after her dance because she was feeling dizzy. She later tweeted: “I’m alright. Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.”

Concussions are a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or even another injury “that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull” according to WebMD.com. That means you don’t have to hit your head and there may be no cuts or bruises. PubMed Health  agrees that a concussion can result from jarring in any direction.

When you suffer a concussion, you don’t necessarily lose consciousness. Most people do not lose consciousness although the amount of time one is unconscious can indicate the severity of the injury.

The word concussion derives from the Latin concutere which actually means to shake violently or the Latin concussus which means the action of striking together. The more technical terms are mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or mild head injury (MHI) or minor head trauma.

The symptoms from a concussion vary and may go away after a few weeks, but if they persist there can be complications. For this reason, treatment usually is monitoring and rest. Repeated concussions, such as those suffered by boxers and football players, can results in cumulative brain damage such as dementia pugilistica or second-impact syndrome.

Dementia Pugilistica (DP) is more commonly known as punch-drunk syndrome. It develops progressively and becomes most evident after about a decade of regular boxing and is thought to affect from 15 to 20 percent of professional boxers. This isn’t Gilbert’s problem however.

Second-impact syndrome (SIS) occurs when a person suffers a second concussion before recovering from the first concussion. This condition is rare, but can results in death or severe disability. SIS is more likely to occur in young people (under 20) except for boxing and commonly occurs in football. That’s why rest is highly recommended and that old school of thought to shake it off and get back up and “into the game” is a dangerous practice.

A concussion differs from a cerebral contusion in that a contusion is a traumatic brain injury that involves a bruise to the brain tissue. Bruises are the bleeding of small blood vessels. A contusion may result in enough bleeding as to be life-threatening.

  • Thinking and remembering
    • Not thinking clearly
    • Feeling slowed down
    • Not being able to concentrate
    • Not being able to remember new information
  • Physical
  • Emotional and mood
    • Easily upset or angered
    • Sad
    • Nervous or anxious
    • More emotional
  • Sleep
    • Sleeping more than usual
    • Sleeping less than usual
    • Having a hard time falling asleep

Treatment may include (PubMed Health):

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a headache. Do NOT use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen, or similar drugs.
  • Eating a light diet.
  • Avoiding exercise, weight lifting, or heavy activities. Light activity around the home is okay. You do not need to stay in bed.
  • Avoiding alcohol until you have completely recovered.

From TexasHealth.org, some interesting additional suggestions about what NOT to do include:

  • Do not drive.
  • Do not use a computer.
  • Do not send text messages.
  • Do not watch TV for long periods of time.
  • Do not listen to loud music or conversations.
  • Do not attend dances, parties or music concerts or anywhere there are loud noises and light stimulation.
  • Do not take hot baths.
  • Do not engage in heated or emotional discussions.

PubMed Health also advises:

An adult should stay with you for the first 12 – 24 hours after the concussion. Going to sleep is okay. However, someone should wake you up every 2 or 3 hours for the at least the first 12 hours. They can ask a simple question, such as your name, and then look for any changes in the way you look or act.

Special care should be taken in younger and older people who experience concussions.

Signs that you need help immediately include:

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away.
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Extreme drowsiness or you cannot wake them.
  • One pupil that is larger than the other.
  • Convulsions or seizures.
  • A problem recognizing people or places.
  • Increasing confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • In children: Will not stop crying.
  • In children: Will not nurse or eat.

For parents, if you’re thinking about entering your child into a sports program, watch and see if the coach is old school (stop crying and get back into the game) or understands the 3 Rs advised by TexasHealth.org:

  1. Remove players with concussion symptoms from athletics and competitive sports
  2. Restrict athletes from competition until symptoms completely resolve
  3. Return to play gradually when you are without symptoms

What this all means for Gilbert is that she might not be able to practice as much as the other uninjured contestants this week. Gilbert can expect to be in pain and she also might suffer from dizziness which would make controlling her turns problematic. Because Gilbert’s concussion and whiplash is considered mild, we expect her to return to the dance floor, but suspect that the injury will only add to the stiffness that her dancing already suffers from.

DWTS 14 Week 4: Melissa Gilbert ends ‘Conquest’ with a concussion

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” week 14, two celebrities were on the injured list, but only one had to be rushed to the hospital. Going into Monday night’s Rock Week, Maria Menounos had a stress fracture that made those high heels particularly painful, but it was Melissa Gilbert who was injured on stage, suffering a mild concussion and whiplash.

Gilbert had performed an impassioned paso doble to “Conquest” by The White Stripes. This was one of the few songs of the night that actually fit the dance but not, perhaps, the celebrity dancer. In the rehearsal reel, we saw how demanding Maksim Chmerkovskiy was being, trying to help Gilbert find her inner demonic diva. He wanted her to “get pissed and get annoyed” but not step on his family jewels.

But Gilbert suffers from lack of core control which is most apparent on the dips where she doesn’t keep her back straight and stable. She doesn’t brace herself well for the end of the drop or dip. She also loses her frame so that Maksim actually has to push her harder than is really necessary. I loved her white dress with the split skirt of ruffles. Maksim slipped at the end, but Gilbert’s concussion happened before then.

On the dance, Len Goodman said he liked it, but he was concerned that she’d be a bit unsure and unsteady. He’d like to see her in more lycical dances because up to this point, she had quick (jive for week 3, quickstep for week 2 and cha cha cha for week 1) and hectic. She hasn’t had a chance to show her graceful, lady-like side.

Bruno Tonioli commented that he loved the “flavor of Spain” but noted that besides messing up the ending, Gilbert tended to do better at the slower parts.

Carrie Ann Inaba commented that it was Gilbert’s best dance to date, but that Inaba didn’t feel Gilbert felt as an equal in hold. In my opinion, she looks like a ragdoll. The leader needs  a certain amount of resistance and that depends upon the dance. With enough resistance, it is less work for the leader and the follower, Gilbert can “read” the leader’s signals. Now it looks like Maksim is “shouting” instead of suggesting.

Of course, Gilbert had surgery to replace a disc on her lower spine in mid-2010. That fusion is bound to make her stiffer there, but also weaker. Strengthening that part of her body would help her posture, but it might be more learning the control over actual weakness due to surgery.

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: Melissa Gilbert stiff quickstep

Melissa Gilbert look good, but she still is a bit stiff and I’m not sure if there’s good chemistry between her and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Gilbert had a great song (“Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol), but she didn’t express any persona on stage which is bad for an actress.

At times, she seems to have problems with her core. That’s particularly evident when she’s being dipped.

Carrie Ann Inaba said that her shoulders aren’t down because of her nerves. When she’s thinking too hard, it shows in her performance.

Len Goodman found that while she began well enough, she then lost a bit of energy and as a result her posture suffered.

Bruno Tonioli found that the performance had great speed and was overall a good performance, but it still lacked confidence.

Consider how much confidence Donald Driver exudes on stage during his cha cha cha. What about Sherri Shepherd. That’s the kind of extra pizazz that Gilbert doesn’t have at this point. Gilbert and Maksim weren’t the low score of the night or of the quickstep. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus scored one point lower in the quickstep and Martina Navratilova was the low score of the night for her jive with 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 andTristan 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 and Tristan McManus: 19

Online voting 

DWTS 14 Week 1: Melissa Gilbert is sexy in black (VIDEO)

How do you remember Melissa Gilbert? Is she still that little girl from “Little House on the Prairie”? That was a long time ago although in reruns, she’ll be forever young. Gilbert is coming off of a divorce and she was once the president of the Screen Actors Guild. “Dancing with the Stars” is a chance for people to re-connect with Gilbert on an adult level. Gilbert is paired with the bad boy of the ballroom, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She did well enough, but in season 14, no couple scored below 20 points and three teams, including Gilbert and Chermkovskiy were tied for the bottom spot.
Dressed in a black lacy number, Gilbert was a bit stiff and her shoulders tended to be up. She doesn’t have that calm upper body to keep her frame and thus her free arm tends to go wild. I don’t know if all that hair helped her. Maybe another ‘do would do better. She also didn’t find a persona to express the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell for her cha cha cha. She danced to the song and was on beat, but she didn’t use the song to be someone or something.
Len Goodman asked for more hip action and better shaping of the free hand, something that Bruno Tonioli agreed with. Both Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba saw great potential in Gilbert.
The question is: Will she do better next week and will her fans keep her and Maksim on the dance floor? Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy at least have company at the bottom and who could have predicted that Gilbert would get the exact same score as tennis great Martina Navratilova?
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 

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

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DWTS 14: Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert was America’s sweetheart when she played Laura Ingalls Wilder on the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” between 1974-1984.

Born in Los Angeles, Gilbert was the adopted child of actor Paul Gilbert and his dancer/actress wife Barbara Crane. The couple also adopted Jonathan Gilbert who would play Willie Oleson on “Little House on the Prairie.” Jonathan went on to earn a BA at Hamilton College and a MBA from Baruch College.

Paul Gilbert and Crane divorced with Crane remarrying Harold Abeles and having a daughter who became actor Sara Gilbert.

This could make things interesting. Is there a “Little House on the Prairie” reunion in the making? Melissa Gilbert keeps regular contact with the woman who played Laura Ingalls’ nemesis, Nellie Oleson–Alison Arngrim. Arngrim still gets into touch with her inner Nellie Oleson, with Nasty Nellie Tours.

What about some action from Sara Gilbert’s show, “The Talk.” Sara Gilbert, who starred in “Roseanne” as the smart middle child (1988-1997) and had a recurring role in the hit comedy series “The Big Bang Theory, is the co-host and executive producer of the talk show, “The Talk” on CBS.

Gilbert was the queen of the mini-series in the late 1970s.

Gilbert was married to a cousin of Randy and Dennis Quaid, Bo Brinkman (1988-1992), also an actor. They divorced in 1992. She then married Bruce Boxleitner (1995-2011).

How dance worthy is Melissa Gilbert? Gilbert had a spinal disc replaced and her lower spine fused in 2010.

Full name: Melissa Ellen Gilbert

Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Official website

Birthday: 8 May 1964

  • Age: 47
  • Taurus
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Phone:

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

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