Dancing with the Stars 14, April 9: Rock ‘n Roll All Night and Ballroom Every Dayby Sandy Lamparello -- 04/10/2011
Welcome to Week 4 of Dancing with the Stars 14! Despite a very touching story about reuniting with his daughter Kerry, Jack & Anna were eliminated last week. Parting is such sweet sorrow but the show must go on for our 10 remaining couples.
Oh look, KISS is here! They need no introduction, so they start singing right away. Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno dance along at the Judges’ Table as our troupe takes the dance floor in tight black attire. The guys don KISS-style face makeup as they twirl around the floor. It’s Rock Week! And there is a lot of faux leather in the house.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet welcome us and introduce KISS and our stars. Tom reminds us it’s Rock Week. Brooke is in a black dress so tight I fear for us all if she takes a deep breath… The costumes tonight frighten me.
The announcer welcomes the band, singers, and Musical Director Harold Wheeler. Rock on, band! You’re awesome beyond words. Harold is also sporting face paint tonight.
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy are tangoing this week. After last week, Sherri is tired of crying. Val is tough on her as they rehearse for their tango but he also has his sweet moments. Sherri hopes to throw her love/hate passion for Val into their tango.
Sherri & Val tango to Quiet Riot’s “Come On Feel the Noise.” (Or “Cum On Feel the Noize,” if you prefer.) It’s fierce from the start. Sherri attacks the dance and it’s a good performance. Not great, but good.
Len says “Be still my beating heart.” He thought she coped very well with a dance that didn’t fit her bubbly personality.
Bruno loved it. He then asks her to sleep with him, in French.
Carrie Ann says her exuberance was missing.
Tom reminds us that viewers can ask questions or make comments and have them featured on the show! Use hashtag #DWTS to see your best 140 characters or less on the screen.
Brooke asks how Sherri is coping with flying back to New York for The View during the week. Sherri says moms are used to multitasking so it’s nothing new for her.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7. Total: 21.
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas are dancing the paso doble tonight. They earned the highest scores of the season last week—including two perfect 10s—for their waltz. Mark tells Katherine she has to be the “Welsh Warrior” for the paso and she has trouble getting into the mindset, so he brings in a boxing trainer.
Katherine & Mark are all heat and aggression for their paso. She has some strange facial expressions during the dance but I think she’s just trying to look tough. There are some footwork issues. This wasn’t as great as their waltz last week but still very good.
Bruno says Katherine unleashed a whirlwind of fury but she forgot to finish the moves. It wasn’t as clean and precise and defined as a paso doble should be.
Carrie Ann says Katherine gave a lot of intensity to the dance but it threw off her footing.
Len says it had promise but it didn’t quite deliver.
Tom plugs tomorrow’s results show, where KISS will once again perform. Be there at 9/8 Central!
Brooke asks Katherine what she thought of her performance. Katherine says she had fun with it and that’s what’s important.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8. Total: 24.
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson employ a scarf during rehearsal for their tango. It apparently gives them a great deal of inspiration. Jaleel hopes Kym doesn’t kill him, and Kym wishes it was Rock Week every week.
Jaleel & Kym tango to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” For someone who grew up with no rock on the radio in the house, Jaleel does well with the theme. Their tango is dramatic and a real pleasure to watch. And it’s nice to see something other than faux black leather! It’s not a crisp as a tango should be, but not bad at all.
Carrie Ann loved it! She says there was something funky about it. But she tells him not to be so smooth.
Len liked the humor they put into it but it needed more attack.
Bruno loved the performance but missed the drive and aggression.
Brooke asks if we should call Jaleel “Jagger” from now on. He says Mick Jagger and George Jefferson walk the same so we should call him George Jefferson from now on. OK, then…
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 7; Bruno: 7. Total: 22.
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy have the paso doble tonight. Maks tells Melissa the dance and their song are “everything she is not.” So he tries to get her annoyed and pissed during rehearsal. Melissa wants to take all her anger and throw it into the dance. She feels killing Maks at the end of the dance is appropriate.
Melissa & Maks are all heat and aggression for their paso. Melissa gives her all to it and she does a really good job. Small slip by Maks but overall it’s a great performance!
Len liked it. He was concerned but she came out with confidence and attacked it.
Bruno liked it but the ending was messed up. Maks says it was his fault.
Carrie Ann says it was Melissa’s best performance by far. But she needs to consider herself Maks’s equal when they are in hold.
Brooke asks Melissa whose idea it was to kill Maks at the end and she says she did it in honor of the 12 who came before her.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 8; Bruno: 7. Total: 22.
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd have the paso doble tonight. Peta wants Donald to be shirtless for the dance. She thinks his physique is one of their biggest assets—and Bruno will love it.
Donald is, in fact, bare chested. And possibly oiled. Wow. This is an intense paso doble. I’m mesmerized.
Bruno says “Great guns, Donald! Muscular, masculine, magnificent!”
Carrie Ann says, “What the heck did I just see?” It was one of the most memorable moments of the season.
Len never thought he’d get excited seeing a man with his shirt off. And he wants to compare tattoos with Donald after the show. Without a doubt his best dance.
Results show plug! Mesmerizing tango performance. KISS returns. And another star is eliminated at 9/8 Central.
Brooke asks Donald why all the football players who appear on the show love the paso so much. He says it’s manly, tough, and they don’t have to smile.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9. Total: 27.
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus are tangoing to “Bohemian Rhapsody” tonight and they joke that if she doesn’t dance it correctly they may remove her from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Gladys says she isn’t letting the fact that she is the oldest competitor get in the way of her performances.
Gladys & Tristan tango as the judges and Tom appear to be singing the song behind them on a large screen. Their tango is good but it’s not quite as crisp as it should be. It’s good and the Tina Turner vibe comes across, but I was hoping for more.
Carrie Ann says it was by far Gladys’s most ambitious routine. She felt like it didn’t quite all come together.
Len commends Tristan’s choreography. He says Gladys’s posture needs to be stronger and the movements should be more crisp.
Bruno says Gladys is always a class act. This was a difficult song and the dance lacked a little bit of impact.
Tom tells us next week is Latin Week with live music by Santana. And then he plugs next week’s results show.
Brooke asks Gladys if she was hoping her induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame would give her an edge tonight. Gladys says she is just happy to be there.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 6; Bruno: 7. Total: 20.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke have the jive tonight. They were one point off the lead last week and scored their first 10 of the season. They are dancing to “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Cheryl calls in some ‘80s hair band members to teach William some moves. He’s a very good student.
William & Cheryl’s jive is their usual great performance, but I think the judges are going to hate it. It’s got the audience cheering like crazy but there’s not much jive there. Oh and Cheryl lost her shoe. Yikes!
Len says they went long and lost timing during the end part.
Bruno says William’s performance always rocks the house but he did go off track.
Carrie Ann says William has something very special but he has to nail the routine and stay focused on his partner.
Tom says there will be a special preview of the Dancing with the Stars live show on tomorrow night’s results show.
Brooke asks William how this week was for him. He says it was frustrating because this dance and the song are all new for him.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 8. Total: 22.
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower get to dance the Viennese waltz for Rock Week. No, I’m not kidding. Roshon says he has to get serious with the technique and the frame of the Viennese waltz. Apparently he is very flexible and that makes the dance a challenge. Chelsie believes in Roshon and she just wants it to be perfect. Roshon wants to hear Len say three words: “Good job, dawg!”
Roshon & Chelsie dance to “Time of My Life” in a bizarre clash of Reality TV shows. Their Viennese waltz is really beautiful. The lights and smoke hide a lot of their footwork but it also makes them appear to be gliding across the floor. Roshon kept his control very well. Great job!
Bruno says it was beautiful and flowing. He loved how Roshon extended the lines through his hands.
Carrie Ann says it was like watching the climax of a Disney movie. Roshon is the best dancer of all of the men.
Len says, “Good job, dawg!” He can’t just leave it at that but basically everything else he says adds up to that.
Brooke asks Roshon how good it feels to be called the best dancer of the men. Roshon likes that she called him a man. Brooke says there was a tender moment between Roshon & Chelsie on their rehearsal package and she asks what their relationship is. Roshon says Chelsie is the perfect partner for him and they are good friends.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9. Total: 26.
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough heated up the dance floor last week. This week, Maria has foot pain during rehearsal. She visits the doctor and learns she has several stress fractures and other bruising to her feet. She refuses to quit and promises to push through the pain.
Maria & Derek tango to “School’s Out.” Maria quickly loses her schoolgirl look and there are sure to be more whispers about these two after tonight’s performance. It’s a very good tango and Maria is such a trooper! Derek gives her a piggyback ride to the Judges’ Table.
Carrie Ann says Maria & Derek have incredible chemistry when they dance. She’s in love with every move they make.
Len says tango is a mix of aggression and control. Occasionally it lost a little bit of control. It was pretty good but not great.
Bruno liked it. He babbles a bunch of other stuff but it’s inconsequential.
Tom tells us we can vote for the pros who will dance in the Macy’s Stars of Dance. Go online to vote and tune in tomorrow at 9/8 Central to see who wins.
Brooke asks how Maria’s feet feel and Maria says they’re fine.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9. Total: 26.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is in the audience. Tom asks who she is cheering for and she says Maks.
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff have been in the bottom two each week so far. It’s not a great feeling but Rock Week is right up his alley. Karina tries to teach Gavin to be sexy for their tango. She threatens to duct tape his mouth. He wants to pull out of the bottom and inch his way to the top.
Gavin & Karina perform possibly the most dramatic tango of the night. They are dancing to “Paint It Black” and I love their purple and black costumes. Not the best posture but another big improvement for Gavin!
Len liked it. He thought it had flair and attitude.
Bruno says Gavin was focused but his frame was bad.
Carrie Ann felt she was watching Johnny Depp on the stage. But his posture was a little strange.
Tom plugs the results show again but we’re short on time. So just tune in tomorrow at 9/8 Central.
Brooke asks if Gavin did enough to break out of the bottom position. He says he is happy to stick around and be the foundation for the group.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 7. Total: 23.
At the end of the Week 4, the standings are as follows:
Performances were a bit off tonight but any other season they would have been great Week 4 scores. My predictions are worth nothing, but I can’t not make one, so here goes. I’m going to say that, as much as I would love to see her continue, Gladys will take her leave of the show tomorrow night. I don’t know why, and I’m probably wrong, so I’ll just leave it at that.
As we close the show, Tom tells us Melissa injured herself tonight and she and Maks have gone to the hospital to make sure she is OK. Hope all is well, Melissa!
Be sure to go vote for your favorite couple and tune in tomorrow when Chris Harris will be here to bring you KISS, the Macy’s Stars of Dance pro selections, and—of course—the eliminated couple at 9 Eastern/8 Central. I’ll be back next Monday with our 9 remaining couples. Ciao for now!
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