'Dancing With The Stars' Week 6: Dance By Dance Recap
You probably heard through the grapevine that it's Motown Night on "Dancing With The Stars." Is it just my imagination, or is there a heat wave of excitement overtaking the ballroom this week? Does anyone second that emotion? The music's great, so we'll certainly see war on the dance floor, and there is nowhere to run for these couples.
When it comes to asking for your votes, these stars ain't too proud to beg... and when we see our bottom two in the next dance-off, neither one will want to be the first to say goodbye. Had enough title fun yet? Motown had so many hits, I could keep going! But instead, we'll rundown the scores, from highest to lowest. NOTE: along with their individual dances, the couples danced the "Motown marathon", and earned extra points!
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas - 29 out of 30 (10 points for marathon - total of 39)
Yup, she did it again. Katherine nailed the samba, which she performed to The Temptations singing "I Can't Get Next to You."
Head judge Len Goodman has the most bizarre comment of the week, calling Katherine "the midwife" because she keeps delivering week after week. Bruno Tonioli called the routine a perfect marriage of Brazil with funky town. But she wasn't alone at the top!
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson - 29 out of 30 (8 points for marathon - total of 37)
"Comeback kids" Jaleel and Kym were completely reenergized by being in the bottom two last week. They took that bottom two dance-off thing to heart; they also got a great and quite appropriate song, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg".
They don't need to beg on this one, they earned their scores. Carrie Ann said consider the "A" game brought; and Len simply said "you're back!"
William Levy and Cheryl Burke - 27 out of 30 (9 points for marathon - total of 36)
Cheryl tells William that the rumba should be THEIR dance; it's supposed to be hot, hot, hot and well, if you've got William shaking his groove thing in tight revealing clothing, that's half the battle.
Bruno loved the dance (he called it utter filth) so much, he gave it a 10. Carrie Ann wants him to dance a little more and not just be a "pretty face" on the dance floor. And Len didn't like it at all, calling the routine harsh, hectic and a little bit raunchy.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd - 27 out of 30 (7 points for marathon - total of 34)
Donald wants a 10 from Len so badly it's driving him a little crazy. He's very excited about the music this week because the Motown sound takes him back to his childhood.
Peta choreographs a foxtrot to The Temptations "The Way You Do the Things You Do" and it earns then triple 9's. Carrie Ann Inaba said Donald was "in the zone" and Bruno said his performances get better and better every week. But its Len's comments Donald wanted to hear, and the head judge gave nothing by praise... and still no 10.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough - 26 out of 30 (4 points in marathon - total of 30)
Maria is the whole dance package. She's done great with the Latin dances, and then she gets the foxtrot and is completely class and grace on the dance floor. Maria and Derek perform to Martha Reeves singing "Jimmy Mack."
Bruno calls her gleaming sophistication with a fantastic frame; Len said the dance was a joy to his eyes, and hearing Martha sing was a joy to his ears.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 24 out of 30 (6 points in marathon - total of 30)
If you're a long time "DWTS" watcher, you'll know this happens once a season: the rehearsal package shows "Mean Maksim" getting frustrated with his partner. Melissa corrects the video after their performance, saying 85% of the time, there is no drama.
This was easily Melissa's best dance so far; a Viennese waltz performed to Smokey Robinson singing "Oooh Baby Baby." Bruno and Carrie Ann both said Melissa is heading in the right direction.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower - 23 out of 30 (5 points in marathon - total of 28)
We knew this week would be coming at some point: young Roshon meets the sexy and sensuous rumba. Chelsie knows she has her work cut out for her on this one. Roshon is great when learning steps but his youth often gets the better of him when he's asked to tap into his sexier side.
They dance to Smokey Robinson singing "Cruisin'" and it seemed like he "got it" to me, but the judges thought he went over the top a bit with his movements and that the routine didn't flow.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus - 21 out of 30 (3 points in marathon - total of 24)
I don't think Gladys cared about her score this week. She was obviously so happy, and was having so much fun, the competition part of this seemed secondary. Gladys danced a rumba to the classic "My Girl," and what could be better than dancing with your good friends The Temptations singing behind you!
Len told her if he could vote purely with his heart, she'd be on the top of his list. He also said if he were watching at home, he'd be on the phone voting for Gladys!
Have you signed, sealed, and delivered your votes? We'll find out Tuesday night which two couples land in the bottom two for the next dance off, and which one couple is sent home!