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DWTS 15 Week 4: DWTS breaks out the gimmicks

Usually “Dancing with the Stars” confines itself to one gimmick a week, but this is the All Stars season so why not pack one week with as many gimmicks as one can to jump the shark? That doesn’t diminish the first tens of the season that left Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and actor Gilles Marini tied for first.

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As if taking a few plays from “So You Think You Can Dance,” the week started with each team picking a dance for another team because it was Opponents’ choice week. The dances were not all new. DWTS has done Charleston, rock n’ roll, disco, bolero, mambo and jitterbug before. The Charleston and bolero were used on season 9. The mambo was performed during seasons 3 through 7. The jitterbug and hustle were seen on seasons 7 and 9. Rock n’ roll was performed season 5 and 11. Disco came back for season 3. What’s new is contemporary although that’s happened in the freestyle and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tried that with Erin Andrews (remember the bedroom dance). Hip hop has also come into a freestyle before as well as giving flavor to a few other traditional dances. Also Bollywood was performed and given to Gilles Marini who performed  it well enough to inspire many I Dream of a Male Genie dreams.

DWTS has had guest judges before, but this time they had Paula Abdul. At least we know that Paula Abdul can dance. That’s not always true for celebrity judge on other shows. What I loved was Paula Abdul playing around with Bruno Tonioli, particularly when she was giving her critique of Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough dancing or…hotter, for Gilles Marini and Petra Murgatroyd.

  1. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Mambo “Para Los Rumberos”—Santana (Hélio & Chelsie)/Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Bollywood “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)“—Pussycat Dolls feat. A. R. Rahman (Bristol & Mark)
  2. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 37.5 (9.0,9.5,9.5,9.5) Contemporary “Fix You“—Coldplay (Emmitt & Cheryl)
  3. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 37.0 (9.0,9.0,9.5,9.5) Jitterbug “This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof”—Brian Setzer Orchestra (Apolo & Karina)
  4. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 36.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0,9.0) Bolero “Better in Time “—Leona Lewis (Kelly & Val)
  5. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 35.5 (9.0,9.0,8.5,9.0) Disco “You Should Be Dancing“—Bee Gees (Kirstie & Maks)
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 34.5 (8.5,9.0,8.5,8.5) Hip-Hop “Poison“—Bell Biv DeVoe (Melissa & Tony)
  7. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 32.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0,8.0) Rock n’ Roll “At the Hop”—Danny and the Juniors (last option left)
  8. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30.0 (7.5,7.5,7.5,7.5) Charleston “Forty-Second Street”—from 42nd Street (Sabrina & Louis)

This is the first time that Palin and Ballas have beaten Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy although I’m not sure that I’d put Lindy hop and jitterbug in a rock n’ roll routine or perform to that particular song “At the Hop.” Alley didn’t flick her legs sideways and her movement could have been crisper. I don’t think this was one of Maksim’s most inspired routines. I think they should have gone for something down and dirty like the original, less refined Charleston.

Although I’ve truly hated this season, I have to admit that the Bollywood routine almost makes the week worthwhile. Please Disney. Find Gilles Marini a chance to be Aladdin. Broadway, how about Marini as the next King of Siam?  Also, any time you can pair Paula Abdul with Bruno Tonioli–totally watchable TV.

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Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Mambo “Para Los Rumberos”—Santana

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Bollywood “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)“—Pussycat Dolls feat. A. R. Rahman

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 37.5 (9.0,9.5,9.5,9.5) Contemporary “Fix You“—Coldplay

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 37.0 (9.0,9.0,9.5,9.5) Jitterbug “This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof”—Brian Setzer Orchestra

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 36.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0,9.0) Bolero “Better in Time “—Leona Lewis

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 35.5 (9.0,9.0,8.5,9.0) Disco “You Should Be Dancing“—Bee Gees

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 34.5 (8.5,9.0,8.5,8.5) Hip-Hop “Poison“—Bell Biv DeVoe

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 32.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0,8.0) Rock n’ Roll “At the Hop”—Danny and the Juniors

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30.0 (7.5,7.5,7.5,7.5) Charleston “Forty-Second Street”—from 42nd Street

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DWTS 15: Week 3 has Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco tied for top spot

Last night (Monday, Oct. 8, 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” there was a tie for the top between  Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy. At the bottom again was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 22.5. Tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 9) is a double elimination so there’s double trouble.

Palin and Ballas improved over their score from last week (18), but still were at the bottom of the leader board with 22.5 after performing the paso doble that originally was performed by Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. That’s a controversial pairing–daughter of the family values Republican Sarah Palin and the Playboy model who has a reality TV celebrity habit and a live-in relationship still.

At least Ballas couldn’t go bonkers with this one. Still the oldest contestant, Kirstie Alley, scored better with a 24. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tied with Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough were in third place. Last week’s top scoring team, Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel were in a four-way tie for fourth with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff and Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower.

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  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  2. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)
  4. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  5. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)
  7. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Take iconic and be more iconic.

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Cha cha cha

Trebunskaya sexed it up with the costumes and stripping Lachey’s shirt.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

  • Crazy in Love“—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
  • Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso (Season 1)
  • Song: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
    Score: 20 (7,7,6)

Did you like Maksim with the long hair? Of course, we always like Maksim without the shirt. The strategy here was to improve the technique and camp it up.  This almost made iconic night worth it.

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

Foxtrot

Is it possible for Apolo Anton Ohno to be steamier than Gilles Marini? Marini and Burke received two tens when they performed this and here’s where being an actor really helps. Marini was suave but sexy as the devil. Ohno was sophisticated but not with the same intensity as Marini.

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)

Paso doble

With this dance and partner, Val finally rises out of the shadow of his brother Maksim. Kelly and Val have chemistry, but Kelly doesn’t bristle with the kind of powerful physicality that Laila Ali had–few women do. With Laila Ali, you thought that she and Maksim could punch it out and Maksim would lose. With Kelly and Maksim it’s more a match of forceful personalities.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Can Bristol Palin ever equal the sex appeal and technical skills of Joanna Krupa. You know the answer is no. Ballas goes kooky and they get to play white queen and black king. This is a chess metaphor and has nothing to do with race.

The judges felt it was their best dance of the season–that’s one out of three. It had the most content and attack.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Sabrina Bryan is a strong woman, even if she’s the youngest contestant. However, judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought this team brought nothing new artistically to this routine.

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Scary Spice was definitely scarier than Sabrina Bryan. Bruno called her an “adrenaline charged dominatrix.”

With Emmitt Smith, there were some awkward moments, but he is already a commanding presence. There was a scary moment, but it all ends well.

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke had already seen this paso doble–twice. He competed against Mario Lopez and won.

Quickstep

As expected Derek Hough decided to up the acrobatics and even included an illegal lift and a lot of drama at the end.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)

  • “Hey Pachuco”—Royal Crown Revue
  • Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough (Season 5)
  • Score: 30

I think Johnson and Hough lacked the sophistication that Castroneves and Julianne had.  When Castroneves and Hightower performed their own quickstep it had an amazing amount of joy–even with the slight bobble when Castroneves stepped on Hightower’s dress.

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

I can’t choose. I love both versions and both sets of costumes.

Samba

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Of course, Martinez didn’t have to perform all the drops and turns that Rycroft did because he’s the guy.

Tango

Don’t you love Gilles Marini doing the tango. Menacing and erotic, Marini delivered another solid performance, but lost points for his hold and some footwork mishaps.

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Week 1, it was Drew Lachey and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were in the bottom two. Week 2, it was Hélio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower who survived the bottom two.

I’m hoping that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be eliminated and most likely Drew Lachey will go as well. With Joey Fatone gone, the entertainment factor is low with this cast so I’m hoping that Kirstie Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will continue to dance.

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DWTS All-Stars: Foxtrot

The full leader board for Monday night:

  1. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
  3. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
  4. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0/Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
  5. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5/Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5/Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
  6. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
  8. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
  9. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
  10. Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

Foxtrot

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19

DWTS 14 Week 9: Donald Driver gets three tens for third

Three tens would make a perfect score, but last night (15 May 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars” football player Donald Driver and his professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd received three tens, but not for the same dance. Their combined score for two dances gave them a 57 out of 60 and put them in third place on the leader board.
The top-ranked team of Maria Menounos and Derek Hough received one perfect score and were two points ahead of Driver and Murgatroyd. The second-place team of William Levy and Cheryl Burke were only one point below Menounos and Hough and one point ahead of Driver and Murgatroyd.
 It was Bruno Tonioli who was the deciding score between third and fourth. For their waltz to “Kissing You” by Des’ree, Driver received a 10 from Tonioli. For the samba to “Mr. Big Stuff”  by  Jean Knight, Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli both gave tens.
This is one tough field of dancers.
Driver performed the waltz dressed in a white suit with Murgatroyd in an all white dress. Over the season, his frame and extension, particularly in the arms, have definitely improved. He needs more extension in his feet and turn out. Still he expressed tender romance well.
Carrie Ann Inaba called it “dreamy.” His feet needed to finish the step and not have extra steps and shuffles.
Len Goodman thought it was charming, but noted that Driver need to look left and not at his partner as ballroom rules dictate. In all, Goodman found Driver to be a “big rough, tough cream puff.”
Bruno Tonioli noted that “It is much harder to impress with a waltz than a tango or a quickstep,” and he loved the gentle, soft quality that Driver has. For such a big guy, Driver is light on his feet. Tonioli also noted that Driver extended lines better than ever and the performance was like “watching romance blossom in front of my eyes.”
For the samba, I think Murgatroyd made a wise choice. Knowing that both Driver and Levy would be performing the samba and that Levy can really move those hips, she tried a non-traditional samba.
The routine made Murgatroyd the aggressor in their tangle of love. Driver lacks the fluid hip movement, but consider the beat of the song and that he did have elements of the samba. Instead of being half-dressed and ready to partyin the streets of Rio, Driver begins in a grey three-piece suit. He would use more extension in his feet and more turn out.
Instead of ending in a happy, heated jungle festival, Driver ends up being taken for major money by Murgatroyd’s gold digger girl.
Goodman thought it was a bit careful.
Tonioli thought it was a risky move taking the samba out of Brazil and party-hardy, but he felt it worked.
Inaba just smiled and said it was A plus game.
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. The question of the third team might come down to who gets more votes from the bottom two. While Jenkins and Ballas have a better season average, that won’t be taken into account when the votes are tallied Tuesday night. In addition only one non-American has won the show over the past 13 seasons and he was competing against another non-American.

That was Helio Castroneves who is Brazilian during season 5. Castroneves won over British singer Mel B. During season 8, French man Gilles Marini placed second behind American Johnson. Other foreign nationals who have made the finals were: Brit Kelly Osbourne (season 9) and Chilean Cristian de la Fuentes (season 6). Both finished third. This trend might mean that Katherine Jenkins and William Levy would be at a disadvantage.
However, the largest group of winners have been sports figures: Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6), Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson (season 8), Olympic medal speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno (season 4), racer Helio Castroneves (season 5) and football players Emmitt Smith (season 3) and Hines Ward (season 12). That would give Donald Driver an advantage.
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.
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DWTS 14 Week 6: Donald Driver in fourth

Donald Driver might have been disappointed. During Motown Week, he finished fourth overall, but he also got special advice from head judge Len Goodman that made Driver drop to the floor with joy.

Goodman felt that NFL player Driver performed better than the telenovela star William Levy. Goodman’s top score so far this season has been a nine and last night he gave nines to Driver, Katherine Jenkins (with Mark Ballas) and Jaleel White (with Kym Johnson).

Driver had a little bobble during his routine, but he can really do Motown. His ballroom isn’t bad either. He has to watch the positioning of his feet and the straightening of the knees. What was lovely to watch was his on-stage personality. It fitted both the foxtrot and the Motown sound. Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd danced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” to The Temptations singing live.

Bruno Tonioli declared that Driver had pizazz, confidence and a powerful stage presence. “You should be in the theater,” he advised. I agree. Imagine Driver as a musical headliner? I’d go to see him.

Carrie Ann Inaba gushed,  “You’re so in the zone.” She also noted that his transition from funk to traditional hold was flawless.

Len Goodman does have a sense of humor and it makes for good TV. Goodman said he knew that Driver was disappointed last week. This week Goodman claimed that he felt Driver would come out tonight and “show me some fireworks and you didn’t” and, wait for it, Goodman exclaimed, “You exploded on the floor.”

With that he gave Murgatroyd some advice.  “This man can give more…the routine wasn’t as big as his talents. This guy can be a great dancer.” I agree.

Consider that during the Motown Marathon, which is usually dominated by teams with a male professional dancer saw only Mark Ballas guide his celebrity, Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins, to the top spot.  The three teams after that were with male celebrities. Could we call them the three hunk-ateers? That’s TV actor and Pasadena-native Jaleel White and his partner Kym Johnson, telenovela star William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke, and Driver.

Consider that from these four teams, the team of Driver and Murgatroyd is the only team where the professional partner hasn’t won a mirrorball trophy. Murgatroyd has to be a quick study because Burke and Ballas really know how to get the best of their celebrities and Johnson isn’t so bad at it either.

We don’t see Driver in danger of being in the bottom two so we look forward to his performance next week. Driver and Murgatroyd are tied with the high score for the foxtrot with Maria Menounos and Derek Hough.

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 Week 5: Donald Driver tango lifts him to third

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, it was Latin night and Donald Driver’s Argentine tango split the judges. Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd got the last ten of the night but the pair ended up tied for third.

In DWTS, the difference between the Argentine tango and ballroom tango is the hold (notice both are NOT leaning back in Argentine tango), the direction their heads are facing (in the direction they are heading) and lifts are allowed.

At a real milonga, lifts are rarely performed at a dance party and not allowed in most ballroom nightclub Argentine tango competitions, but allowed in show tango but not salon tango. There would be more emphasis on displacements (sacadas) and you’d see giros, volcadas and colgadas.

The conceit of this dance is two people gambling and Donald Driver presents a more laid back masculinity than William Levy who projected a more forceful persona. In this scenario, it’s as if two attractive people are just having a little foreplay on the dance floor as they danced to “Sin Rumbo” by Otros Aires. Driver does a sacada (displacement) and a few double ganchos. He was leading with his heel which I always find a bit frightening when performing close intricate moves, but the routine is mostly lifts, dips and tricks.

Carrie Ann Inaba said that was divine and admired Driver’s control.

Len Goodman said he thought the lifts were spectacular.

Bruno Tonioli commented that the build up was amazing, a predator was ready for the kill.

Inaba gave Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd a ten for their Argentine tango, but Goodman scored them with an eight. Tonioli gave the team a nine. This team ended the night tied for third with Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who performed a salsa routine. Tied for first were the teams of Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas and William Levy and Cheryl Burke.

Inaba and Tonioli gave Levy and Jenkins tens, but Goodman gave both of them nines. A nine is the highest score Goodman has given out thus far this season.

With Levy nursing an ankle injury, Driver may be able to challenge him. As far as we know, Driver and Jenkins remain uninjured. Maria Menuonos has an injured rib, stress fractures in her foot and this week fell on her face.

Both Ballas and Burke have won the mirrorball trophy before.  Burke won during season 2 with 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey and the very next season with retired NFL star Emmitt Smith. Ballas also has two mirrorball trophies: from season 6 with Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and season 8 with Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson.

This is only the second season for Murgatroyd. During her first season, she was paired with NBA Laker Ron Artest who changed his name to Metta World Peace. They were the first team eliminated so Murgatroyd doesn’t have much experience training and choreographing for a celebrity as the professional dancers for the other top teams.

Driver and Murgatroyd had the highest score last week for their paso doble to “Purple Haze” and if there was more content in their Argentine tango, they could have possibly been part of the tie for first place. Murgatroyd might be taking Edyta Sliwinska’s place as the professional who dances with the least clothes covering her body. I suspect that Murgatroyd will have to give Driver more technique if they want higher scores from the judges as lifts are only allowed in the Argentine tango and freestyle routines on DWTS. This team should continue on to next week.

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

DWTS 14 Week 4: Donald Driver gets top score

Who would have thought that this week football player Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd would take the top spot? Dancing the paso doble to Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix, Driver was raw and sexy.

Beginning the piece alone, pretending to play the guitar, Driver had good frame and Spanish carriage–chest a little forward with shoulder blades drawn back hard. What would make his performance perfect? Small details in the feet and hands.

Bruno Tonioli called him muscular, masculine and magnificent with power and drive and a splash of humor.

Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was psychedelic, bizarre and just hot damn.

Head judge Len Goodman told Driver that after the show they could compare tattoos.

The judges gave him nines for a total of 27 points. It would be his highest score to date. Week 1, he had received a 21 for his cha cha cha, week 2 a 24 for his quickstep and last week, week 3 a 26 (9, 8, 9) for his rumba. This week was the first time head judge Goodman found him worthy of a nine which is the highest score Goodman has given this season thus far.

Goodman gave a nine to Maria Menounos and Derek Hough for their third week rumba, and to Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas for their waltz (also third week) and William Levy and Cheryl Burke for this salsa routine (third week). Goodman gave no nines out weeks 1 and 2. Goodman would only give Driver a nine this week. He gave out five eights this week.

With their top score, Driver and Murgatroyd should survive this week’s elimination.

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 13: Compare Cha cha cha

CHA CHA

  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (week 3)
  • 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”by Enrique Iglesias

David Arquette & Kym Johnson

  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 22 (8,7,7)
  • “Walk Like A Man” by The Four Seasons from Jersey Boys

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403
  • Score: 19 (7, 6, 6)
  • “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405
  • Score 16 (5, 5, 6)
  • “Cry Baby” by Cee Lo Green

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407
  • Score: 15 (5, 5, 5)
  • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401
  • Score: 14 (5, 4, 5)
  • “Krazy” by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon

DWTS 13: Week 1 scores

The first night of “Dancing with the Stars” season 13, was full of surprises. At war vet and a singer were tied for the top spot for their Viennese waltzes: singer Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani and war vet and actor J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff with 22. At the bottom was the man with the new name: Laker forward Metta World Peace with a mere 14, dancing with new pro Peta Murgatroyd. Ouch.

Activist Chaz Bono and his partner Lacey Schwimmer didn’t do so bad. They finished in the middle of the pack 17 and tied with fashion police and talk show host Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya.

LEADER BOARD

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani : 22

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 22

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 21

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 20

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas : 19

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson : 18

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya : 17

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer  : 17

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :  16

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 16

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 15

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd : 14

 

 

 

CHA CHA

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403
  • Score: 19 (7, 6, 6)
  • “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405
  • Score 16 (5, 5, 6)
  • “Cry Baby” by Cee Lo Green

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407
  • Score: 15 (5, 5, 5)
  • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401
  • Score: 14 (5, 4, 5)
  • “Krazy” by Pitbull featuring Lil Jon

 

VIENNESE WALTZ

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • 1-800-868-3404
  • Score: 22 (8, 7, 7) “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410
  • Score: 22 (8, 7, 7)
  • “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408
  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • “Satellite” by Dave Matthews Band

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411
  • Score: 20 (7, 6, 7)
  • “This Year’s Love” by David Gray

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406
  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)
  • “Somebody to Love” by Queen

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402
  • Score: 16 (6, 5, 5)
  • “Lake Michigan” by Rogue Wave

MEN

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd — Team PetRon 

  • 1-800-868-3401

WOMEN

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • 1-800-868-3407

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • 1-800-868-3403 

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • 1-800-868-3404

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408

DWTS 13: Peta Murgatroyd

Heavens to Murgatroyd! What to do when your celebrity partner decides his name doesn’t have enough Q-factor and changes it just weeks before the show begins? That’s the kind of problem Peta Murgatroyd faces when she debuts as a professional dancer assigned to the NBA small forward formerly known as Ron Artest.

Artest has gone artistic and while it might have worked for Prince when he took on a symbol, will Artest’s new moniker, Metta World Peace,” gain fans or drive them away. MWP is similar to MVP, but is MWP looking to become a pro wrestler? Or is he just ready to begin name dropping? MWP took Lakers number 37  because Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was No. 1 on the charts for 37 straight weeks. Wonder if this means Murgatroyd is working on a  “Thriller” dance routine for MWP.

Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand. The originally trained to be a ballet dancer, even studying with the Kirov Ballet, but she switched to ballroom and in three months became the Australian State Champion. She placed third in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in 2006.

Before that, she was making a name for herself at a cast member for “Burn the Floor” in 2004.  Murgatroyd traveled to 30 countries and 160 cities as part of the cast and was on Broadway when the show opened in August 2009.  Murgatroyd is in Los Angeles to find opportunity in film and television.