'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Will and Kate 2.0
William Levy and Katherine Jenkins dazzle with near perfect routines
Latin Week was pretty darn hot! We saw near perfect Argentine tangos from William and Katherine, and Maria was nipping right at their heels with her stunning salsa, as was Donald with his own smoldering Argentine tango. In fact, the only real hitch this week was Gavin's downright loopy samba.
Here's a quick look at how the stars did in this round:
Jaleel's energetic samba was a showstopper! He had the choreography down pat and was having a great time on the floor. The crowd was in his corner and Len praised Jaleel's rhythm. Bruno was a fan of Jaleel's "unstoppable wiggle," but Carrie Ann cautioned him to watch his arm work getting out of hold. Jaleel is going strong, but he has yet to take the top spot on the judges' leaderboard. Maybe next week?
Melissa's hip-shaking shoulder-shimmying salsa was gorgeous, and this is in in spite of the neck brace she sported during rehearsals this week. (She suffered from whiplash after her injury last week.) The routine highlighted her great rhythm – and Maks' addiction to tricky spins! Melissa more than held her own. Bruno called it "wild and untamed," but said she lacked control. Carrie Ann praised Melissa's newfound confidence but agreed that the routine lacked control. Melissa was staging a comeback the last few weeks, but her salsa was a real setback. Let's hope the fans turn out for her.
Maria's sexy salsa had the crowd on its feet. It was a lively, fun, incredibly sexy routine that she executed beautifully. Also, she and Derek kissed ... again. Just in case the actual dancing wasn't hot enough for us? Maria has really become an extraordinary dancer. Carrie Ann praised her hip action and Len had nothing but love for Maria. This was a knockout routine – Maria is definitely still a contender.
Katherine's Argentine tango was very nearly flawless. The routine showed off her incredible strength and precision. She and Mark moved well together, and there were two stunning, difficult lifts. This routine really brought down the house. Len compared this tango to a rose: beautiful on the outside, but with thorns underneath. Bruno praised both the choreography and the storytelling of the routine. Not to be outdone, Carrie Ann said Katherine's legs are the best she's seen in the history of the show. Katherine was one point away from a perfect score – will she bridge that gap next week?
Gavin's samba ... had some really cool special effects at the beginning? The dance was a bit frenzied and Gavin seemed lost pretty much throughout the routine. None of the judges had anything positive to say. Bruno said that Gavin "really went for it," but he didn't mean that in a good way. Carrie Ann just shook her head and praised Gavin's energy. Len didn't mince words – he called the routine a "sham-ba." (See, Bruno has not cornered the market on puns.) Gavin has escaped elimination twice, but I wouldn't bet on a third reprieve.
William's Argentine tango was smoldering and intense! His rhythm was very nearly perfect and he and Cheryl got in a couple of jaw-dropping lifts. This routine made for a nice comeback after William's disastrous jive last week. Carrie Ann called it "ridiculously amazing," and Len praised the routine's sensuality and color. Bruno was beside himself – I think he was actually purring. William was actually dancing on a stressed ligament, so it's all the more amazing that he turned in such an exceptional performance.
Gladys' spirited samba was a real departure from her usual stately, elegant routines. She really had fun with this one! Gladys can't pull off the same fireworks we're seeing from the leaders of the pack, but she's got her own special magic. Len called the dance "simple but effective," and Bruno praised her for playing to the audience. Carrie Ann pointed out a few mistakes Gladys made but echoed the other judges when she said Gladys is a joy to watch.
Roshon's salsa capitalized on his two greatest strengths in this competition: energy and hip-hop action. The pace of the routine was brutal, but Roshon held up his end of the stick admirably. Bruno praised Roshon's timing and Carrie Ann was a fan of his mojo. She said the routine was charming words "sexy in a Disney way," which sounds about right to me. Len did caution Roshon to slow down a bit and see that sometimes "less is more." This was another excellent performance from Roshon, but he doesn't seem to have quite the fan base as some of his competitors. Let's hope the votes come in for him this week.
Donald's Argentine tango was measured and very, very sexy. He and Peta moved seamlessly together – you'd have thought they were long-standing tango partners, in fact. Donald's rhythm was excellent. Carrie Ann called the routine "divine," and praised his control during the routine's lifts. Len agreed that the lifts were spectacular, but wasn't totally sold on the routine as a whole. Bruno liked the routine but thought Donald's "supermodel walk" broke up the overall flow. Another fabulous performance from the man who topped the leaderboard last week!
Who won over the judges: William and Katherine
Who won over the crowd: William and Katherine
Who needs to step it up: Gavin and Melissa
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I don't know who to vote for. Well, let me see it's either Will, Katherine or Maria. It has been a great show so far. Great dancers, great bands The DWTS Troupe is outstanding. Last year, I do admit I was always critiquing and complaining. But this year, DWTS finally did something right. the only question I have is are camera's always rolling during practices? OR, are the camera people just lucky to be there at the right time? It seems they are always there when somebody gets hurt or floored. Cannot believe it.
I couldn't give a rats patoohey about "the kiss". They both danced great. However, I think, maybe, Driver is overrated at this time. When he took his shirt off for the Paso Dobles, that did it for the crowd. I could be wrong.
My feeling is, either Gavin or Glady's tonigh. Two very nice people.
Lol. Will and Kate. Katherine's dance is so beautiful, it's like I was watching a storytelling. Her legs and footworks were stunning and amazing to watch!
Melissa was given a gift in the judging. Gladys was, also. Gavin--it is obvious, they want him to go.
Roshon should have been rated as high as Will and Kate--but the judges are only giving those they like, the high scores.
It takes away the pleasure of watching the show. Too bad!
I, basically, agree with what everyone has said so far, best season yet. However, as I said last week, let's drop Melissa being called a TV icon (she is not Lucille Ball). I think the judges give higher scores to those who have, perhaps, more accomplished reputations, such as, Gladys. William, although a good dancer, came into this competition with such accolades based on his "looks."
It's interesting that Cheryl is so subdued with him, not like her with past partners. Max is, too, but that's probably due to his comments during last season and the fact that he never seems to get a partner like Derek or Mark which would give him a chance to win. I should end with something positive since this has all been critical. Katherine is pure elegance and perfection on a constant basis. Melissa is a notch below but, also, very good. As far the men, William and Donald are my top picks. It will be interesting to see a dance competition by the two lowest ranking couples if it turns out to be Gavin and Melissa. Anyone remember Max and Karina?
Is it me or was Cheryl Burke checking herself out in the mirror the whole time the cameras were filming William Levy's rehearsal segment? Geez, and I thought Maks was vain! Maybe someone should remind her that it's Dancing With The Stars, not dancing with Cheryl Burke. The screams and commotion that goes on when Cheryl and William enter the ballroom are for him, not her. She's a good dancer & instructor but needs to check that ego at the door. When these instructors win the mirror ball, it's because they were lucky and drew a good, younger partner with potential, coordination and the desire to win. That's why athletes so well on this show. They have the discipline, work ethic and drive to be the best. I know she's won a few times with good partners, but get over yourself, it's a joint effort. She really didn't fair as well when Julianne Hough was competing.
Maria, William, Donald and Katherine are exceptional.
Roshon and Jaleel have also been doing great.
The chemistry between William & Cheryl, Maria & Derek and Donald & Peta is unbelievable!
As great as Katherine is , I don't feel chemistry between her and Mark.
Will there ever be a free form dance night on DWTS? The dance styles get boring at times, the music could also be more CURRENT!
The stylists on the show need to dress the contestants properly for their bodies.
I really don't know what the judges are smoking this year. The only Argentine Tango that deserved a perfect/near perfect score was Donald and Peta. Katherine and Mark -boring, Cheryl and William horrible technique he is not that great of a dancer. The obvious favoritism towards these 2 make me want to puke. The best Argentine Tango ever danced on the show was Jennifer & Derek when they had the 'dance in the round' smoldering choreography and the technique was perfection. Donald and Peta had that same panther like and 'hot' intensity with very effective choreography I was on the edge of my seat.
Gladys takes or gets much easier routines than Melissa and she does not dance anywhere near as good as her.
She is getting by on personality with the judges.
Shes had a few weeks where she is getting good points because of her bubbly face and effort but her performances always seem safe for her.
But Donald has been heads above everyone else and it just seems that Len has maybe an issue with another "athlete" doing well or perhaps he looks at him and recalls his own "chiseled youth" haha
I agree with everyone who said Max seems to get a bad rap from the judges, however, remember last season? He did make some angry comments to them which, obviously, didn't go over so well. Notice, he keeps his mouth shut this year. As far as the dancers go, I think Derek is rather arrogant, too, but he really dances well and he and Melissa have a lot of chemistry which only adds to their dancing success. (Derek, by the way, has his eyes only on Katherine off the dance floor.) Lastly, I know a lot of you are fans of Melissa, but I think it's time for her to go simply because she is not up to the standards of those left.