Gladys Knight revisits Motown days on 'Dancing With The Stars'
R&B legend Gladys Knight was the shining star of Motown week on Monday's episode of "Dancing With The Stars," despite the fact that she pulled in the lowest scores.
The eight-time Grammy winning soul, pop and gospel singer reunited with old friends Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, who performed live on the reality dancing series.
"This is the best night, the very best night of any night we've had here. My family's here, my Motown family's here," Knight told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the April 23 episode. "The music's awesome. It's the music and the man that changed the world - I mean the music world and it's just been great. I'm just excited to have danced tonight. I loved our dance and we had a good time doing it."
Though Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus got the lowest scores in the individual dance, earning 21 points for their Rumba, and they were the first to go in the four-minute "Motown Marathon," Knight didn't seem very concerned about her score.
"I'm about people. I really am. Not numbers," Knight said of her ranking. "You want the numbers, it's all part of this whole thing, I'm not naïve enough to think it's not part of it, but it's not most important thing to me."
"They are there to judge us on whatever they're supposed to judge us on - one couple was too steamy, we weren't steamy enough, so I don't know," Knight continued. "And if we put all our hopes just on those comments, that's not what this is all about."
Knight, a 67-year-old Georgia native, is at risk of going home on Tuesday but seemed perfectly happy just making it to week six.
"This has been the most awesome, awesome journey," Knight said of her "Dancing With The Stars" experience. "I have new friends, a good friend in Tristan, I hope after this is over I still have them in my space, in my life."
MacManus was not pressuring his partner either and said he was looking forward to the elimination round, regardless of where their team landed.
"We're looking forward to it," MacManus said. "It's another chance to dance for people, its Motown, and we opened the show, and if we end up in the dual potentially we'll end the show as well."
Knight rose to fame during the 1960s with her group Gladys Knight & The Pips, who recorded under the Motown and Buddah Records labels. The group was known for hits like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)." Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Knight has appeared on reality shows in the past. She was a judge on "American Juniors" in 2003 and served as a guest judge on "American Idol" several times. She also performed on "Celebrity Duets."
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