This is “dance like a rockstar” week on “Dancing with the Stars” as the competitors get their rock groove on in week 4. This is how everything went down on the ballroom floor this evening~
KISS launched the show with a throwback performance to the raunchy rock days with “Rock and Roll All Nite” which seemed appropriate since all of the song choices were from the rock catalog even if they made for odd partners to dance styles.
The first dance of the night was Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy with a tango to “Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot. It would prove to be just one of the extremely disappointing and subpar dances of the evening. The steps were weird and she lacked any kind of emotional expression. The score was 21.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas tackled the paso doble to “Time Is Running Out” by Muse fairly well even though it was completely out of the comfort zone of the classical singer. She did not quite pull off the “Welsh Warrior” tonight but she rocked the black Elvira-inspired cat suit! The spin was unique. Len Goodman stated the performance showed promise but did not quite deliver. The score was 24.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson drew the tango which was performed humorously to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones with Jaleel channeling his inner Mick Jagger. There was very good form upper body but the footwork was too punchy and as all the judges pointed out, it was not “stalking like a panther.” It was kind of weird watching this Latin form executed to rock music and the spin was Kym tossing Jaleel. The score was 22.
The paso doble returns with Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to “Conquest” by White Stripes. They had outrageously great costumes and fantastic choreography although it did not seem as though Melissa “attacked” enough. The score was 22 so there you go! Following them was another paso doble with Donald Driver and Pet Murgatroyd who were really rocking out to “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendricks with some added humor and hot bodies! The score was 27 and the highest of the evening at this point and proved to be one of the best dances of the night. Bruno chided Donald about being “muscular, masculine, and magnificent” after calling out his “guns!”
A hysterical beginning to the tango by Gladys Knight and Tristan Macmanus featuring Tom Bergeron and the three judges as they started “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Although the judges scored the dance poorly, they should have thrown out those horrendous singers! The choreography was well done to a song which is difficult to perform to but it was the posture of Knight which the judges hit. The score was 20 and the lowest this week.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke started out strong (and sexy) with their jive to “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister but it fell apart shortly after what appeared to be a missed lift or a step-through move. He was kicking and flicking in the beginning but the steps were off and jumbled toward the end. The score was 22.
The next “odd ball” dance style of the night, the Viennese Waltz, showed up next on the floor but was (I think) the best dance of the night even though the judges scored it lower than it should have been! Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower had choreography of great spins and reverse hand holds with wonderful posture and lovely execution featuring grand extensions to “Time of My Life” by David Cook. The score was 26.
This score was matched with the next dance (tango) from Maria Menounos and Derek Hough to “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper. This was well danced despite the fact Maria is now suffering from broken ribs and a stress fracture in her foot. Talk about the warrior princess! This scored 26 but every point was earned!
The last dance of the night was from Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff whose tango to “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones certainly took this writer by surprise. WOW is all I can say for the tremendous improvement in this singer who has absolutely no real dancing ability! Loved the costumes…so Gothic and Johnny Depp! Gavin’s frame was weak but the score was well within the rest of the mediocre performances this week with a 23.
It will be really interesting who is in the bottom three tomorrow night since none of the performances were stellar compared to previous weeks. There just might be a surprise departure on the results show. Tune in tomorrow on ABC starting at 9/8c to find out who bites the dust!
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