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It was rock week on Dancing with the Stars season 14 last night and the episode rocked my world in several ways. First off, football player Donald Driver blew everyone away with an aggressive and well-executed paso doble and took top marks for the night with 27 points. Personally, I could have watched him with partner Peta Murgatroyd all night long. If you missed last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, this is the dance to YouTube today. Or scroll down and watch the video here.
The next shocker of the night, for me, was Disney star Roshon Fegan. After a few lack-luster weeks he really stepped it up with his Viennese waltz with partner Chelsie Hightower. The dance was so good he finally got his much coveted, “good job dawg” from judge Len Goodman who also said he was the “best man dancer” on the show. While I feel that’s overstating it a bit, I think it was a well-earned 26. And while we’re talking about Fegan’s performance, anyone else thrown off by the single Viennese waltz and the one jive (performed by William Levy) mixed in with all the tangos and paso dobles?
Latin star Levy was great as usual, so much fun to watch, until partner Cheryl Burke got tangled in his legs during a lift. After that, the pair couldn’t get back on track and things went downhill fast. The rest of the jive was a struggle for the dancing duo but you’d never know Burke’s foot popped right out of her shoe mid-dance. Levy and Burke earned 22 points for their ill-fated jive.
While we’re on the subject of ballroom debacles lets talk about a few injuries. Maria Menounos, who is already suffering from two cracked ribs, also has a stress fracture in her right foot but she’s not letting that slow her down. Luckily, the Greek contingent, John Stamos, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Rita Wilson (Tom Hanks’ wife), was sitting in the front row cheering her on to earn 26 points for her tango. And while it was pro Maksim Chmerkovsky who took a spill while performing the paso doble it was partner Melissa Gilbert was the one rushed to the hospital after performing last night. Host Tom Bergeron announced that it was a precautionary measure but it was fellow DWTS cast member, Sherri Shepherd, who revealed that Gilbert hit her head on the floor while dancing. Before departing, Gilbert earned 22 points.
Comedienne Shepherd also scored a 22 for her not-so-exciting tango putting her on par with Jaleel White who, despite an entertaining Mick Jagger impersonation during his tango to (I Can’t get No) Satisfaction, was not a favorite of the judges last night. And shock of all shocks, Gavin DeGraw, consistently landing at the back of the pack, earned 23 points for his tango putting him just one point behind usual front-runner Katherine Jenkins. Goodman said Jenkins' attack was good but she lost her footing earning her 24 points for her paso doble. I agree with the judges but was more interested in watching partner Mark Ballas teach her Muay Thai anyway—more please! Rounding out the group with 20 points was Gladys Knight, whose tango to Bohemian Rhapsody was a bit tentative. But I will say I’m impressed with her flexibility! Did you see the arch in her back?
Last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars definitely mixed things up with missteps by a few favorites, injuries, and some unexpected successes. Who do you expect to be eliminated on Dancing with the Stars this week? Low scoring Knight, usual back-of-the-packer DeGraw, or lost-his-place Levy? Tell me what you think in the comments below.
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