It is Motown Week on “Dancing with the Stars” and Smokey Robinson starts off the show with “Tracks of My Tears” which is followed by Martha Reeves singing “Dancing in the Streets” and the Temptations close the beginning ceremony with “Get Ready.” So is everyone READY?
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus kick off the show with a rumba to the Temptations “My Girl” which they sing while she dances. It is awkward in many places, smooth in others. The score is 21 with each judge giving her a 7. Tom Bergeron announces Human Nature will be singing during the intermissions clips from their new album “The Motown Sound” and the first is “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” originally by Stevie Wonder but made famous by the Supremes.
The next dancers are Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who dance a foxtrot to Martha Reeves’ “Jimmy Mack.” It was nice flow but Maria slips on her dress on the stair section causing her to become a little off the beaten path. The score is 26 with 9’s from Len and Bruno. Human Natures sings “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell made into a smash hit by Diana Ross.
Chelsie Hightower and Roshon Fagen take on the rumba to the slow smooth crooning of Smokey Robinson who sings his famous “Cruisin’.” It is sensual but jerky as the judges tear the dance apart while the crowd goes wild! The score is 23 with two 8’s from Bruno and Len. It is Carrie Ann Inaba this evening who is being the harsh critic!
Mark Ballas and Katherine Jenkins dance a near flawless samba to the Temptations “I Can’t Get Next to You.” It was a nice incorporation of Motown and Latin styles. The score is 29 with 10’s from Carrie Ann and Bruno.Right on their heels is a foxtrot by Donald Driver and Peta Murgatryod to the Temptations “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” It was great until Donald suffered some bobbled steps in the middle which gave them straight 9’s instead of 10’s for a 27. Too bad…it was a great shot! Human Nature sings “Baby I Need Your Loving” by the Four Tops while we wait for Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to take the ballroom dance floor.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dance the Viennese Waltz to Smokey Robinson’s “Ooo Baby Baby.” It was lovely, lovely, lovely as Melissa definitely moves forward in her skill on the dance floor. The score is a respectable 24. Human Nature sings “I” Be There” by the Jackson 5 as we wait for Jaleel White and Kym Johnson to perform their cha-cha-cha to the Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” It is a fabulous performance and shoots them right back up to the top of the leaderboard with two 10’s from Carrie Ann and Bruno for a 29. Jaleel White is now the “Comeback King!”
The Motown Marathon is coming up right after the final dance of William Levy and partner, Cheryl Burke. Their rumba to Smokey Robinson’s “Being With You” was steamy but Len Goodman did not like the hip action. They score a 27 with a 10 from Bruno. Smokey Robinson performs “Tears of a Clown” as the dancers prepare for the marathon which will give additional points to each team. He is accompanied by the sizzling dancing of Anna Trebunksaya and Val Chmerkovskiy.
The Motown Marathon will be to the cha-cha-cha and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson should have the advantage since this is the dance they performed tonight in the competition. The first team out is Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus with 3 points followed by Maria Menounos and Derek Hough with 4 points. Chelsie Hightower and Roshon Fegan were kicking up their heels but are eliminated next with 5 points followed by Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with 6 points. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd are eliminated with an extra 7 points and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are finally out with an additional 8 points. The two finalists are William Levy and Cheryl Burke going against Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas with the lime green team winning out and getting the extra 10 points while William receives 9.
Tune in tomorrow for the results show which begins at 9/8c. Image courtesy of DWTS