'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: In the Driver's Seat
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd dominate with their paso doble
Rock Week was a bit of a flop, guys. Almost without exception the stars turned in routines that fell flat or just plain went wrong. The only notable exception was Donald, who turned in a paso that brought the house down. The leaderboard is certainly shaken up this week, so it could be anyone's turn to go home.
Here's a quick look at how the stars did this week:
Sherri's tango was a lot of fun, but she seemed a bit out of her element. Although her lines were beautiful and her rhythm was great she stumbled a bit at one point and had trouble selling the dance as truly hers. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't up to her usual standard. Len and Bruno both praised the routine, while Carrie pronounced it good but lacking in exuberance. This was by no means a bad dance, but competition has been awfully stiff this season – let's hope Sherri's fans are turning out in droves.
Katherine's paso doble was intense! The routine had that push-and-pull drama that's so key to a paso doble. The choreography was incredibly difficult and Katherine kept up with Mark and then some. The crowd absolutely loved this one, but the judges were less sold. Bruno commented on Katherine's lack of precision, and Carrie Ann on the lack of cohesion in her footwork. Len put it more bluntly. He said the dance had drama, but didn't quite deliver. Ouch. Still, it's hard to believe that one so-so performance will knock Katherine off her pedestal.
Jaleel's tango was a lot flashier than his other routines have been but that wasn't a bad thing. He and Kym moved well together and the routine struck a good balance between actual dance and flips and tricks. Jaleel really sold the routine, his posture was excellent and his rhythm was absolutely perfect. Len thought Jaleel's footwork was a bit lacking but praised the performance as a whole.
Melissa's paso doble was another great performance though it did leave Maks on the floor. (He slipped on the floor.) Melissa has great rhythm and this dance really highlighted her stamina. Bruno thought the routine was a bit frenzied, and Len agreed that he'd like to see Melissa in a slower, more lyrical dance. Carrie Ann was singing a different tune. She called Melissa's paso her best dance to date! Melissa got off to a rough start in this competition, but she's really brought her A-game the last two weeks. Let's hope she'll stick around.
Like his premiere cha-cha, Donald's shirtless paso doble was incredibly intense. In this case, that worked since the paso is just a really intense dance. He was fierce, moody and totally in charge. There were some incredible spins in the routine and Donald kept pace with Peta and made sure his footwork was sharp and precise. The judges loved this one, especially Carrie Ann, who called it one of the most memorable dances of the season.
Gladys' tango was a bit too studied, though she certainly got a tough song ("Bohemian Rhapsody"). As always, Gladys' footwork was very precise. The judges didn't love the routine though you could tell they hated to tell her so. All three commented on the challenging rhythm of the song. Len said Gladys needs to make her steps a bit quicker and that her posture isn't what it should be. Not Gladys' best performance.
William's rock 'n' roll jive was really different than the other dances he's done so far. It was good to see his funny side though the routine was a bit of a disaster. William got thrown off in the middle of the routine and never quite got his groove back. Also, Cheryl lost her shoe at one point. Len didn't mince words telling William that he had screwed up, but Bruno pointed out how much the crowd loves William. Carrie Ann encouraged him to stay focused. Let's hope he listens!
Roshon's Viennese waltz was a real departure from his usual supercharged hip-hoppy routines. He committed to the waltz emotionally and he had a lot of grace. Bruno praised Roshon's elegant lines, and Carrie Ann compared the routine to "watching the climax of a Disney movie." Len said, "Good job" ... and then launched into some technicalities about footwork. Well, he wouldn't be Len if he didn't find fault with a mostly fantastic routine. Roshon took a risk this week, and it paid off.
Maria's tango felt a little spare and understated compared to her other dances, but that could be because she's dancing on an injured foot. She and Derek certainly struck the right moody tone and, as always, moved beautifully together. (Though he did accidentally clock her in the face at the end of the routine.) Maria's posture was fantastic and her leg extension was something else. Len said the routine lost control at times but praised Maria's posture. Bruno was a fan of the staccato action of the routine, which he dubbed "brilliant." This was a brilliant dance, but it's not clear how much Maria's injury will affect her performances going forward.
Gavin's tango was moody and measured but a bit problematic. He struggled with timing and his movements were a bit stiff. He also had trouble moving with Karina, though they did pull off an amazing turn-and-roll toward the end of the routine. Len said he liked the dance because it had flair and attitude, but criticized Gavin's posture. Bruno pointed out that Gavin's frame was off and his shoulders kept creeping up.
Who won over the judges: Donald and Roshon
Who won over the crowd: Donald and William
Who needs to step it up: Gladys and Sherri
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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Idol, Idol, and it didn't even deserve the second one but you get what these moronic Judges rule in their own little, little, little, little(ya see I gave them the extra one here) world. The true singer Hollie and to some extend Philip while
coming on strong finally was Colton who could win this thing if it is not already
rigged. About the only real person on the show is Ryan who I personally miss
having more of his opinions heard to knock the Judges into reality of what the
American public wants.
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was AMAZING!!! Really thought i was going to see some 10's on that one. Great music choice along with great moves!!
I'm really getting sick of all Maria's injuries. They make a point of showing how bad she is hurt then give her extra praise for doing so well despite
Donald was AMAZING!!! Really thought i was going to see some 10's on that one. Great music choice along with great moves!!
I'm really getting sick of all Maria's injuries. They make a point of showing how bad she is hurt then give her extra praise for doing so well despite her injuries. Stop with the pity/sympathy points
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Well, for the stars I didn't fast forward through on DVR (NFL star guaranteed to be in finale...yawn; Urkel, another overrated Disney brat), I thought it was a very lackluster night. Looks like Maria Menounos has attended the Jennifer Grey School of Dance...make sure all injuries are promptly plastered everywhere and then show no signs of it on Monday night. Good strategy, Maria. Worked for Jen.
I thought last falls DWTS was bad. The one now is the worst program I have ever watched. At the rate that it is going it will not last long. I hope.
The quality of the stars keeps going down. I would like to know how many people turned the invitation down. They try to make up for the sorry performances by adding wild music and over the hill stars to fill in the gaps of
time on the program. Maybe the show that replaces DWTS will be better. It use to be a great show, but not any more.
The judges are getting tough and picky.
The dancers are doing well--better than others in previous DWTS.
Roshon is really getting good and for someone his age, he is taking this very serious.
What happened to Melissa--is her back bothering her?
The judges very quite critical of Katherine-I thought she did great and looked good.