A week of hip shaking and hip breaking
Latin week on season 14 Dancing with the Stars was very sexy, exciting, and accident-prone! Jaleel White kicked things off with a samba on the sexy side. Who knew Urkel had those abs? While not my favorite dance of the evening it was fun and I didn’t mind him in the costume. Jaleel and partner Kym Johnson earned a respectable 24 points.
Up next, Melissa Gilbert’s salsa didn’t bring the sexy, in fact, she may have had the most stiff and awkward booty shake we’ve seen in 14 seasons of Dancing with the Stars. To her credit, partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy did include the move the move, which resulted in a concussion for the actress last week. While judge Carrie Ann Inaba admired Melissa's courage she earned just 21 points for her salsa.
Maria Menounos managed to bring the sex appeal and the accidents this week— again! During rehearsals the talented TV personality slipped between partner Derek Hough’s legs smacking her chin on the ground. Luckily no damage was sustained and she brought one sassy salsa to Ricky Martin’s "Cup of Life" to the dance floor. The dance was upbeat and fun but the mid-dance kiss seemed like a lame play for votes. I agree with Carrie Ann, they’ve got the talent, no need for cheap tricks! The dancing duo scored 27 points.
Bringing a completely different routine to the table was Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas. Their Argentine tango involved no cheap tricks or flashy moves but it totally blew me away. Katherine’s total body control and gorgeous long leg extensions make it hard to believe she doesn’t have a background in ballroom. And, as judge Bruno Tonioli put it the, “choreography was of the highest caliber” earning this dance a well deserved 29 points.
I’m going to let judge Len Goodman speak to Gavin DeGraw’s performance of the “sham-ba.” Sure his entrance in a canoe was cute and of course partner Karina Smirnoff looked adorable hanging in a hammock but once again, Gavin’s samba wasn’t great, scoring just 19 points.
It’s no surprise Latin week went well for William Levy. His tango to the Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons" was sexy, solid, and strong. And there’s no questioning if he kissed partner Cheryl Burke at the end! Like Katherine, William scored 29 points. He was great, but I preferred her performance.
Bringing sassy and sexy to the table this week was Glady’s Knight’s samba. That costume may not have been age appropriate but I love that she got out there and worked it! Her butt bump with partner Tristan MacManus at the end of the dance was fun but she just isn’t bringing the same level of dance to the competition as the other contestants, which is why I was surprised she came away with 22 points. My guess for the inflated scores: the judges want her to stick around for Motown week, which is up next.
The sexy shocker of the evening was Disney star Roshon Fegan. During rehearsals he told partner Chelsie Hightower he was channeling William Levy for inspiration and it worked earning the young couple 26 points.
And the dance I was waiting for all night long after last week’s amazing paso doble was Donald Driver’s Argentine tango. Just like the previous week, his stance was strong, and he was totally sexy in an understated way. And did you see that lift (if not, watch below) Peta Murgatroyd must be thrilled to have such a strong and skilled partner. I was shocked when Len revealed he didn’t love it and Bruno was oddly subdued but I was relieved when the judges revealed their scores giving the last dance of the evening 27 points.
Who do you think will be eliminated? Is it finally time for Gavin to go home or is Melissa just too awkward to watch? I’m also wondering if Roshon will find himself at the back of the pack again despite another great performance. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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