'Dancing' Recap: No Mo' (Town) for One Couple
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus eliminated
Our regular "DWTS" recapper is away this week but will return next Monday.
By Laurel Brown
It's time for one final trip to Motown before it all ends for one couple. With a whole lot of music, even more nostalgia and one little dance duel, "Dancing With the Stars" Week 6 must send home another couple. Which couple might that be? Keep reading for the results!
Who are the most likely candidates for elimination? The scores from last night might give us some indication:
1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 39 points
2. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 37 points
3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 36 points
4. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 34 points
5. (tie) Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 30 points
5. (tie) Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30 points
7. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 28 points
8. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 24 points
All caught up? Ready for results? Let's get to them!
Or maybe we'll just get to a "Motown Medley." Did all of the famous singers go home already? Maybe they're coming later?
The first couples to get results are: William & Cheryl, Maria & Derek, Jaleel & Kym and Melissa & Maks.
That's a rather wide range of scores represented in a single group.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are safe!
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough remain in jeopardy.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke are safe!
And finally ...
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy remain in jeopardy.
That's not to say that these are the dancers in the bottom two. Just in jeopardy. They're going to put off the bottom two for a while this week.
In the meantime, a young ballerina is going to perform to "Wild Horses," sung by Natasha Bedingfield.
By the way, "Shark Tank" people are in the audience tonight. Exciting, I know.
We're also doing the requisite "dancing is really, really hard halfway through the season" package. I like the violin/movie trailer soundtrack playing behind the interviews.
Classical Week is next week. For now, there's some crazy modern-dance stuff happening with the help of a fog machine. They may have kicked the band out for this. It's pretty and all. And, um, one of the dancers is flying. That's different.
Because we wouldn't want to get back to the results at any point soon, it's now time for a Boyz II Men performance. At least it's nice music.
And hey! It's time for the rest of the initial results. This means that Donald and Peta, Roshon and Chelsie, Katherine and Mark, and Gladys and Tristan.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas are safe!
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus remain in jeopardy.
And then ...
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd are safe!
Which means ...
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower remain in jeopardy.
The four in jeopardy are not necessarily in the bottom two. That's for the next results to tell us.
First up ...
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are safe!
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus are in the bottom two.
Moving on to ...
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough are safe!
Which means ...
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower are in the bottom two.
This means that the dance duel -- a jive -- will be between Gladys and Tristan and Roshon and Chelsie.
Not much of a surprise, but it doesn't seem like much of a competition, considering how well Roshon can dance. It's probably not a good idea to count out Gladys though. She seems tenacious and stuff.
The Dance Duel
Roshon and Chelsie are moving so fast that they seem to be on fast forward. Tristan and Gladys seem to be having a lot of fun, but it's definitely slower and not as polished. There's little chance of Roshon and Chelsie losing this one.
Len: Roshon and Chelsie
Bruno: Roshon and Chelsie
Carrie Ann: Gladys and Tristan
This means that ...
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower are safe!
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus have been eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars" Week 6!
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Chelsie does a good job. She may be po'ed and probably thinking "what else do we have to do" The voting from the judges didn't help. They are not my favorite to win, but imo they are not deserving of those scores. Maybe the judges do not like the young. Seriously. Mark with the Disney kid a few episodes ago, they got slammed. Then Kyle Massey from Disney. He was a treat to watch also. However, he landed that DWTS gig in Vegas. Didn't even come close. It is weird how the judges control everyone's destiny. The problem I have is, it is so obvious. At least they should conceal it more.
Well goodbye Gladys. A true professional and wonderful lady. Nothing takes away from this legend.
Sorry Wayne, but Gladys just pick her feet up and down like the dances demand.
I thought she did an amazing job getting as far as she did. She's fun to watch, graceful and "cool", but she just can't do the dances the way they need to be done.
She didn't get criticized because, really, what good would it have done? She was paid an enormous amount of respect, with even the judges realizing that she is a celebrity much bigger than the rest of the cast put together, and a music industry legend, but this is a dancing competition, and compared to the younger ones, she just can't cut it. Watching the dancing duel between Gladys and Roshon last night made that painfully obvious. Why beat her up about technique she will never be able to master at this point in her life?
I think the problem is putting folks like Gladys on and expecting them to compete with 20- and 30-something year old celebrities, many of whom have had professional dancing training at some point in their careers, and expecting the older contestants to hold their own. It makes for good television but lousy competition.
Did anyone notice how upset Chelsie Hightower looked because she was in the bottom two..she looked really pissed!
She came on the show with it and left with it intact-CLASS.
I felt bad with the dance off because we all knew she could not stand up next to the young guy but she gave it a good shot and was not ashamed.
Good for her.
Some of the others that have blubbered after elimination take notes on how to bow out gracefully.
Also Thanks MoTown week for bringing us back to a time when girls were girls and boys were boys.
You can see the respect and gratitude from all of the acts for being called in for the show.
And not one tongue thrusting whaaaaaaasup look at me from any!
Do it with style and class like we just saw.
Great humble people.
I sincerely hope everyone understands that viewers' voting is a MAJOR factor as to why DWTS is so popular among the competition programs. Viewers' voting gives us empowerment rather that passively watching the dancing with no way to contribute to the final winners. Oh, sure. The format has its flaws, but it keeps the ratings extremely high and makes money for the producers and ABC. That's what it's really all about in the end, although thankfully they do create some good entertainment as an alternative to homicide/crime investigation programs. The competition, the costuming, the personalities, the most sincere "back bustin'" effort by the competitors, the grace when eliminated, guest entertainers, professional dancers' interludes, are so very much admirable in SEASON 14. No matter how any competition is judged, there will always be those who accuse the judges of some neglect, bias, favoritism, etc. My advise to those who are disgruntled with the judging: TRY IT FOR YOURSELF. Try being the one who has to adjudicate anything and sidestep all criticism. You'll NOT be so perfect as you think you are!
As for Donald Driver: remember he's a professional athlete in a highly demanding sport. He's geared to expect from himself as much perfection as possible. In short, he's a fierce competitor as he has been trained to be in the NFL. We'd be highly disappointed if Donald displayed a Mr. Milk Toast personality. He's been graceful and respectful as far as we viewers can tell. Still, he wants to WIN, but win fairly and with dignity. Tell me now, who doesn't want to win the MIRROR BALL TROPHY after all they have put into the competition? All eyes are on the prize! That is just how it should be. I do wish to say that I have had equal respect and admiration for all of the dancers from week ONE thru week SIX. I have enjoyed getting involved just as much as I do when I watch any sports event. That's what ENTERTAINMENT is supposed to do. Well, that's what it does for me!
I think the judges are underscoring Donald, he is fantastic, however he should stop harping on getting a "10" and concentrate on learning to dance.
William Levy is "HOTTTT!!!"
What a nice treat for all of us--judges included. Watch a REAL LADY make an exit with a beautiful smile on her face!
All others should be ashamed of themselves.
Even the judges were respectful of Gladys and this is how they should be with all contestants. After all, it's not them who are paying the dancers.
Finally, last night the judges were even decent to Roshon.
These judges are getting too comfortable in their station and I feel a change is needed.
Many mistakes were made on Tuesday night, but only a few were mentioned to the ones they wanted to score low.
Hopefully, Melissa goes next. She is worse than anyone. Gladys danced circles around Melissa.
Hey Wayne- Hearing Len last night telling the British one "to get your bum out there" as she was going on kinda gives a hint doesnt it?
I am not sure what though -favoritism? dirty old man? pro-Brit?
Or all of the above?