It was back to the 1960s last night for Motown with ‘Dancing With The Stars’ but who shook their booty best? Someone was ‘wired for sex’ and someone became a midwife! But Motown legend Gladys Knight must have been disappointed with her score last night, especially after having been called the most charismatic dancer on the floor.
We have eight couples left in this season’s competition and as well as their usual dances, all of the competitors had to compete in a Motown Marathon. One by one the judges would vote them out until only one couple were left standing and wins the maximum points. They must go through all this to bid for your votes and hope to avoid the dreaded Dance Duel on Tuesday night’s results show.
Appropriately enough, Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus were up first, dancing the rumba. It was a good, natural performance when so many people can look awkward dancing the rumba, I think. There were some mistakes in the footwork but it just looks like the lady loves to dance. Len said, “If I could judge purely with my heart, you would be top of my leader board. You are the most charismatic dancer… It is so appealing. It’s just easy like Sunday morning. If I was at home, I’d be on the phone now.” Bruno remarked upon Gladys’ undeniable star quality and Carrie Ann Inaba made a nod towards Gladys’ Motown chops: “If any night is going to belong to anyone, tonight is going to belong to you.” But she said, “The truth is, there was a lot of forgetful moments.”
Scores: 7+7+7 = 21
I was hoping for higher, but meh!
Next up were Maria Menounos and Derek Hough dancing the foxtrot. This was a fun dance but a bit skippy. Len usually picks up on that so Iwas surprised when he declared, “This was a joy to my eyes, and, listening to Martha, a joy to my ears.” Bruno called it “a gleaming blend of sophistication with elegance.” Carrie Ann’s comments seemed contradictory because on the one hand she said, “You’re so precise, you’re like the edge of a diamond” but on the other she said,”Your shoulders came up for the second half of the dance.”
Scores: 8+9+9 = 26
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightowerdanced the rumba next. It was a bit too full on to be sensual but aside from a little awkward ‘armography’ he was quite sexy when he settled down. I think Len was right when he said, “The movement was clipped and jerky, it was like painting-by-numbers” but there was plenty of “fire” as remarked upon by Bruno. Carrie Ann wasn’t keen on his over-exaggerated moves but she admitted, “You definitely got a little sexy there at the end.”
Scores: 7+8+8 = 23
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballasdanced the samba. I really wanted to see them dance a sexy rumba but this was fast and energetic if not entirely authentic Latin. Len said “Was there an earthquake, or did Katherine just shake this place?…I’m going to call you the midwife, you keep delivering every week.” Bruno said “you can bounce, you can funk) and Carrie Ann was amazed by the performance. So I was prepared for the amazing scores.
Scores: 10+9+10 = 29
There was a chance of mood and tempo next with Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd dancing the foxtrot. All the judges were impressed. ”I thought you were going to come out and show me some fireworks. You didn’t. You came out and exploded on this floor!” said Len. “Donald, you are a showman! Pizazz! Confidence! Power!” “You put so much into it, you nearly fell over at the end” said Bruno, while Carrie Ann wouldn’t mind dancing with him.
Scores: 9+9+9 = 27
Melissa Gilbert andMaksim Chmerkovskiy were next, dancing the Viennese waltz. It’s always difficult to make this dance stand out among the more exciting, showy Latin dances, but there were lots ot spins and pretty much everything you’d want in this dance. Len the technician liked it. “I saw rotation, I saw romance, I saw control.” He pointed out she lost energy towards the end but the dance looks exhausting. Bruno complimented them on their “wonderful rotation” and Carrie Ann could see Melissa’s hard work in training finally paying off but warned her to watch her shoulders. She tends to raise them up too much.
Scores: 8+8+8 = 24
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson were next, dancing the cha cha. I was still not convinced Latin dances go with Motown music but that’s not the dancers’ faults. I did like Jaleel doing the splits. Sort of. Jaleel seemed to be out of his funk and back on form last night. “You’re back,” said Len. I didn’t exactly agree with Bruno that “That was the biggest sizzler of the season!” but Carrie Ann said, “Consider the A-game brought to the table!” It was some comeback in terms of judges’ scores!
Scores: 10+9+10 = 29
William Levy and Cheryl Burke danced the rumba next. This was certainly steamy! Perhaps a little too raunchy for Len, who wanted to see more “forward and backward hip action — that wasn’t there at all.” Bruno loved every minute of the “absolute and utter filth.” “ You two are wired for sex.” Carrie retreated back to just saying how sexy William is in her opinion and thinking we all agree. “On behalf of all of the women out there, I thank you.” But as she also pointed out, “I don’t think that was your best dance.”
Scores: 9+8+10 = 27
All the couples had dances, so it was time for the Motown Marathon, where the couples danced a simultaneous cha cha. The last couple standing gets the most points.
This is is the order in which the couples went out:
Gladys Knightand Tristan MacManus- 3 points
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough – 4 points
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – 5 points
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 6 points
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd – 7 points
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson – 8 points
William Levy and Cheryl Burke – 9 points
Katherine Jenkins andMark Ballas – 10 points
Is there any stopping Katherine Jenkins?
Here’s how the Dancing With The Stars leader board looked after Motown Night:
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: (29+10) 39
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: (29+8) 37
William Levy & Cheryl Burke (27+9) 36
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: (27+7) 34
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: (26+4) 30
Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy: (24+6) 30
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: (23+5) 28
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus: (21+3) 24
Who was your favorite? Who have you seen enough of now?