'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Double Trouble
Melissa Gilbert and Roshon Fegan are both sent packing
As promised, we said goodbye to two stars this week. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower were the first couple eliminated – it was tough to watch, since they finished near the top of the leaderboard in this round. Never forget that life is a popularity contest, kids. Roshon said he was happy to be able to add ballroom dancing to his skill set, and Chelsie praised Roshon's upbeat attitude throughout the competition.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the second couple to head home – and it was poor Melissa's birthday. She called Maks "an incredible teacher and an incredible friend." Maks said he was proud of Melissa, and referred to her as "the comeback kid."
As tough as it was to say goodbye to two worthy contenders, the show must go on. Here's a quick look at how the semifinalists did in the last round:
Donald had his best week ever! His large-and-in-charge tango was a hit with the crowd and his "trio" jive was the judges' pick for the encore dance. I can't wait to see what Donald does in the semifinals next week.
William's foxtrot had a perfect balance of sexiness and dueling tension and earned him his first perfect 30 of the season. Bruno called him a heartbreaker and praised him as a debonair, suave dancer. The paso doble William danced with Cheryl and Tony was flawless, aside from some timing errors. After two great performances he finished the week at the top of the judges' leaderboard.
Maria's Viennese waltz was simply gorgeous. Bruno praised her seamless transitions and emotional involvement and Carrie Ann commented on the (always on!) connection between Maria and Derek. Maria's eye-popping harem-themed samba with Derek and Henry Byalikov from the "DWTS" troupe split the judges' votes. Len gave the routine a 7 due to lack of samba content and Maria's score took a nosedive. Good thing her fans voted her through to the semifinals!
Katherine's lyrical Viennese waltz never let up on thrilling choreography – lots of spins, including one that almost left her on the floor. Bruno called Katherine's technique superb but wanted to see more focus in this particular routine. Katherine's Victor/Victoria cha-cha showed us her fun side. The routine was classy and comical – like when she got her discarded slacks stuck to her stiletto pump and just kept dancing. Katherine is a beautiful dancer, but so are her competitors. This is anyone's game.
Who won the week: William
Who needs to step it up: Maria
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Maria and Derek did not perform a "harem style dance." Rather, it was a "Bollywood" (or Indian cinema) type dance, as even Len Goodman said. "Harem" is more appropriate to the Middle East and the Islamic culture. The excellent choreography in this case was patterned after the multi-armed gods of the Indian culture.
i am very proud of ROSHON cause he's a great dancer and he brought out his talent in the best way possible u deserve a thumbs up 4 ur peformance.xoxoxox we love u ROSHON
I REALLY wish they would take this show off the air, it is one of the most RIDICLOUS shows on TV with a close second of the bacholor/bachlorette.....i dont watch them, but I'm sick of seeing the advertizing on every comerical through out the day.. come on enough is enough already..
I haven't watch in a while. Does Carrie Ann still grow horns on her head when someone's foot comes a micro-inch off the floor when it's not supposed to?
The show is O.K and I think the judges balance the act with Len being more focused in the technical aspects, Bruno being Bruno always looking more to the "spectacle" and Carrie Anne being a more balanced opinion between the two others. I watched because my wife does it but not completely onto the thing. I like the fact that people from other areas will come to know that dancing could be a grueling as any other sport. Still I think the show has a kind of "static structure" a format that can get old quickly, this is a positive criticism more than a vicious one. You know that next season you will go to get:
1. A Young guy (mostly from a Disney show) pairing with Chelsie
2. An older lady actress form 70’s 80’s pairing with Max or some of the news cast members
3. A football player pairing with Pita/Brooke
4. Several artists form decades ago trying to make a comeback
5. A young girl (gymnast/actress/soccer star etc pairing with Mark.
They need to have a change in the judges add somebody that it is not always there a moveable judge that can add some new flavor and try to attract more "new" stars more than the older ones that new generations don't know too much about it.
I have to be quite honest I know my wife watches the program because some guys are attractive to her and because she likes to dance and quite honestly I do the same all in a very respectful way.
Are they a couple?
As far as these two couple being eliminated. The people got it right. Maks is just an arrogant sob that thinks he's better than all the rest, and as for Roshon, gee dude, stop sticking out your tongue all the time unless you intend to use it.
I always record these shows so I can pass up on those I don't like.
As for Melisa Gilbert, she whined too much for me and was always having some kind of a medical issue. She should have gone in week one or two of the show.
I think the winner this season is going to be either Derek or Mark Ballas. These two are my faves, and they are very creative and talented, and truly know how to dance.
Maks, go away, and please don't come back unless you change your arrogant attitude.
I really loved Roshon he was fun to watch! Happy to see Melissa go! She was horrible !! Katherine on the other hand dances with so much Grace she is by far one of the best :)
Although Maria is pretty good she is a little arrogant. I have to disagree with all you people that say William can't dance. He is talented,it isn't his fault that he is a pretty boy and all the women go crazy, he seems humble and always willing to listen to the judges criticism and takes it in stride. I have yet to see him lash out any negative comments he is always on the positive.
One of the best things about DWTS for me is the judges. They're three very different personalities who each bring something to the party. Len is old school and, while I thought he was overly rough on Maria and Derek this week score-wise, the pros all know that this is the way he judges. Bruno is Bruno and if he's "over the top" at times that's why we love him. And Carrie Anne gets both the technical and emotional aspects. I love them and Tom Bergeron, but think Brooke Burke-etc. is sort of clueless, but then so was the last gal they had. Put Carson Kressley in that job! As for the four remaining dancers, I think they were the best of the lot and it's going to be interesting to see which one doesn't make the finals. It could be any of the four depending on how they do this week. This has been one of the best seasons in terms of dancing -- and also not having any "stars" who seemed to be major divas (well maybe Jaleel). I felt so happy for Tristan that he had what seemed to be the very
delightful Gladys Knight after putting up with that ----- Nancy Grace last season. Anyway, it's been fun. Go Maria and Derek!
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