'Dancing With The Stars' Week 7: Dance By Dance Recap
Our first perfect score! Not one but two bum ankles! A crash course in macho! Val to the rescue! Vampires! Team Shirtless! There was a little bit of everything this week.
Our season of theme weeks continues on "Dancing with the Stars" but classical night just doesn't quite have the same kick as Motown night. And I'm pretty sure I won't be able to work the song titles into my recap like I could with Motown. Guess I'll have to take the advice of Anchorman Ron Burgundy and just "stay classy."
The seven couples each perform one dance to a classical piece of music, and they also perform as a group with "Team Tango" and "Team Paso." Here's how the night played out, from highest score to lowest:
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough -- 57 out of 60 (30 out of 30 for her individual dance / 27 out of 30 for Team Tango)
Leave it to that Derek to once again choreograph a unique and dynamic routine. This time: the Paso Doble with a vampire theme. She's wearing fangs! Maria and Derek show their love/hate/love relationship during rehearsals but it seems that they are able to channel those feelings on to the dance floor.
Head judge Len Goodman called the dance sharp and crisp and said it looked like they lived it and he loved it. Bruno Tonioli said their storytelling ability is spellbinding, and Carrie Ann Inaba said Katherine better watch her back because Maria's on fire!
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas -- 54 out of 60 (27 out of 30 for individual / 27 out of 30 for Team Tango)
It's a little odd marrying the Rumba with a classical piece of music but Mark Ballas's choreography rises to the challenge. Katherine is in her comfort zone with this type of music, since she sings it for a living, and seems completely at ease with this routine. Len called in a classic elegant Rumba; but both Bruno and Carrie Ann wanted to see a little more "heat."
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd -- 53 out of 60 (27 out of 30 for individual / 26 out of 30 for Team Paso)The Super Bowl star knows about competition and he says he is ready to give even more in order to earn high scores from the judges. He really, really wants to get that perfect 30! Peta choreographs a very intricate Viennese Waltz and Donald tackles it with determination. Len applauded Donald's footwork, while Carrie Ann praised his strength and intensity.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke -- 53 out of 60 (27 out of 30 for individual / 26 out of 30 for Team Paso)
Last week Carrie Ann told William she wanted him to be more than just a pretty face on the dance floor and he took that to heart. Cheryl put together a lovely and graceful Viennese Waltz and William dived into rehearsal. He's still got a bad ankle and that forced Cheryl to tweak her choreography a bit.
Jackie Evancho sang "Ave Maria" while they danced and it looked almost magical. Carrie Ann praised his ability to tell a story while he dances, and Bruno gave kudos for showing his vulnerability.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower -- 52 out of 60 (25 out of 30 for individual / 27 out of 30 for Team Tango)
I think Chelsie has been "dancing" around the subject of getting Roshon to be more masculine in the ballroom. This week she flat out told him: man up! She even recruited Val Chmerkovskiy to help show the 20 year old star a few more macho tricks that he can use for his Argentine Tango.
It seemed to help, especially in Carrie Ann's eyes, who gave them a score of nine. Len and Bruno gave them eights and thought Roshon showed improvement.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson -- 51 out of 60 (24 out of 30 for individual / 27 out of 30 for Team Tango)
Jaleel is so happy about the wave he's riding from last week's success during Motown night. He wants to keep that momentum going and be the top man. Kym choreographs a tricky routine, saying the competition is so tight they can't play it safe. Jaleel just doesn't nail it and while their Viennese Waltz is fine, it's not great -- especially compared to Donald and William who did the same dance style.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 47 out of 60 (21 out of 30 for individual / 26 out of 30 for Team Paso)
Maks has a bum ankle! I can't read X-rays but it looks pretty bad. Lucky for Melissa, he has an equally talented younger brother standing by, so Val went to rehearsals and learned the routines just in case. Melissa had the clever quip that "it takes three to Tango."
Maks was able to perform on show night, and it looked like a very ambitious Argentine Tango. The judges weren't thrilled with it, with Bruno calling it messy, and Carrie Ann saying they went for quantity of lifts and tricks rather than quality.
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