Last night on Dancing With The Stars the twelve couples dance one last time before the first results show of the season tonight. It was the last dance for someone, but who? With a competition this hot, it is really anyone’s game.
First up was Disney Star Roshan Fegan dancing the quickstep with his professional dance partner, Chelsie Hightower. Len liked it. He thought it had good movement, good footwork; it was young, fresh good dancing. Bruno liked the traditional dance performed with a cheeky swagger he finds delicious. Carrie Ann said Roshan’s dancing was sophisticated with fantastic technique. Great start to the show
Score: 9-8-9 = 26 out of 30
Next, Sherri Shepherd danced the jive with Val Chmerkovskiy. It got Bruno all excited, typically. He jumped up and screamed about how much he loved it. Carrie was also in love with Sherri over the routine. Len pointed out that he would have liked to see more content but he still loved the feel good routine. You would find it hard to top Sherri for enthusiasm, though.
Score: 8-7-8 = 23 out of 30
Melissa Gilbert was next, dancing the quickstep with Maks Chmerkovskiy. She disappointingly made a mistake that Carrie Ann picked up on immediately. She gave her some constructive pointers for improvement and said she liked it overall. Len praised Melissa’s good posture and movement but advised her to tighten it all up. Bruno said Melissa does better when she doesn’t think about it. I agree. She needs to be less timid and stop over-thinking the dance. But she was my childhood idol and I still stay loyal.
Score: 7 – 6 -7 = 20 out of 30
Next to dance the jive was Jack Wagner with Anna Trebunskaya. Len loved the content and energy, despite the slight loss of control. Yes, he lost it a bit as Bruno also pointed out, but he gave it everything he had and I really liked it. Carrtie Ann thought he was fun to watch but “overdanced it.”
Score: 7-7-7 = 21 out of 30, which I thought was a bit mean.
Gladys Knight danced next with Tristan McManus on the quickstep. Bruno commented on the obvious connection between them, which was nice but he advised Gladys to keep her frame stronger and that will really help her so I hope she manages it. Carrie Ann also found it a bit casual. Len wasn’t keen, but I think if Gladys can do what they say and strengthen her frame she will look a lot better on the dance floor. I think they are really sweet together.
Score: 7-5-7 = 19 out of 30
Then Katherine Jenkins danced the jive with Mark Ballas. I was really excited to see this and it didn’t disappoint. But the judges’ comments did. They gushed over how sexy she is but Len wasn’t keen on the middle of the routine. I thought she looked a bit shy out there but she hardly made a mistake.
Score: 9-8-9=26 out of 30
Jaleel White was up next, dancing the jive with professional dance partner, Kym Johnson. This, in real contrast to Katherine, wasn’t sharp. Len admitted “it wasn’t terrible” but he wanted to see more attack. Me too. Bruno wanted it sharper too but he liked the quirkiness. I don’t understand Carrie Ann., In one breath she said it was “fantastic” and in the next that it was “a bit flatfooted.” The latter is closer to the truth and it really wasn’t fantastic. I liked the fun and flirtatiousness but wanted a cleaner routine.
Score: 7-7-8 = 22 out of 30
Maria Menounos danced the quickstep next with Derek Hough. Bruno declared it “brilliant” and Carrie Ann thought it was solid and strong but they weren’t quite in synch with each other. Len wanted more body contact between them but liked Maria’s speed and control. I thought it was a great improvement on last week’s performance.
Score: 8-8-9=25 out of 30
Martina Navratilova was next, dancing the jive with Tony Dovolani. Carrie Ann loved her, despite the numerous mistakes she pointed out. Len found it “too neat, precise and careful.” Were the judges worried for Martina, because Bruno said hehoped she’d be here next week to hit it. That usually spells doom. They made Martina cry, nasty judges! She deserved points for that naughty netted red bra top!
Scores: 6-5-6=17 out of 30, which I found incredibly harsh.
Donald Driver danced the quickstep next, with Peta Murgatroyd. He got an apology from Len for underscoring him last week! He thought this week Donald was one of the best dancers. Again Bruno was jumping up and down about Donald’s elegance. Carrie Ann also liked his smooth, elegant charm. Who wouldn’t! He had great posture and his footwork was great. I also like his chemistry with Peta.
Score: 8-8-8=24 out of 30
Gavin DeGraw was next dance the jive with Karina Smirnoff. Bruno liked Gavin in leather but wasn’t a fan of his flicks. Carrie admired how he pushes boundaries. I didn’t quite understand that, but yes he’s dedicated, as she pointed out. In fact, this year’s contestants are probably the most dedicated Dancing With The Stars line-up ever. Len liked his energy.
Score: 7-7-7=21 out of 30
I was aching to see William Levy dance the jive with Cheryl Burke but they got the quickstep instead. But still, Carrie Ann raved about his wonderful performance. Len was more realistic, praising William’s posture but urging him to maintain body contact and clean up his footwork. Well said, Len! There was some messing around about promising fewer clothes, then, but I’m one of the sad people who watches DWTS for the dancing so I hope he follows Len’s advice.
Score: 9-7-9=25 out of 30. I thought the nines were crazy, given the comments but the guy is definitely good.
So here’s how the Final Leaderboard looked (combined with last week’s scores):
Katherine and Mark – 52
Roshon and Chelsie – 49
William and Cheryl – 49
Jaleel and Kym – 48
Sherri and Val – 46
Maria and Derek – 46
Donald and Peta – 45
Jack and Anna – 44
Gladys and Tristan – 42
Gavin and Karina – 41
Melissa and Maks – 40
Martina and Tony – 37
The first Dancing with the Stars 2012 results show airs tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC. Tune in. Or you can just check back with me. You know I’ll be watching.