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After Monday night’s Classical Night scores, it was anyone’s guess which couples would wind up in the safe zone on Dancing with the Stars.

A few of the hour’s highlights: after receiving a perfect score of 30, Derek Hough and Maria Menounos were asked to give an encore performance, eliminated contestant Gavin DeGraw sang one of his new songs, and a dance troupe gave an energetic and inspiring performance.

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It was Classical Night on this week’s Dancing with the Stars and it brought with it a strange mix of performances.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas chose the rumba. I think Mark doing the dance shirtless just felt a little tacky. It didn’t fit with the theme of the night, nor their music piece. Bruno’s goes a little over-the-top with his innuendos, as always. Carrie Ann Inaba says Katherine’s dance had beautiful lines but not enough chemistry and heat.

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the Argentine tango. Maks is powering through with a foot issue, while his brother Val is on standby just in case he can’t make it. Maks does make it to performance night, but the judges aren’t very impressed with this week’s attempt. Bruno said they looked like they were riding the Cyclone at Coney Island. Carrie Ann says it was like Cirque du Soleil went horribly wrong. They wind up with the lowest score of the night – 21.

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Well, it looks like Mob Wives cast member Renee Graziano has a better chance at becoming a contestant on Dancing with the Stars than any of the Housewives at this point.

Fans have often wondered why none of their beloved Housewives have been given a shot at the mirrorball trophy (and let’s face it, they looooove shiny things!).  Radar Online did some digging and came up with a source who shared that the ladies just aren’t famous enough for the show and the fact that they work for a “rival” network.  (ABC vs. NBC-owned Bravo)

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We start off Dancing with the Stars with a few random dance numbers to more of Motown’s greatest gems.

Melissa Gilbert and Maks are announced as “in jeopardy”, along with Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, while Jaleel “the comeback kid” White and Kym Johnson are declared safe.

After performances by Natasha Bedingfield and the Macy’s Stars of Dance, we have Boys II Men on the stage.  Sometimes I’m a little confused about the purpose of these results shows.  They just don’t have much to do with the DWTS, in my humble opinion. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the extra dances and musical guests, maybe I just don’t have the patience for it when I’m waiting for them to get on with the eliminations?

Peta Murgatroyd and Donald Driver have made it through another week in the safe mode, while Gladys Knight and Tristan are in jeopardy along with Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower.

The “Bottom Two” couples become Gladys and Tristan vs. Roshon and Chelsie, who must dance in front of the judges in a dance duel. The couples dance the jive for this one and they both did a great job, but the judges have to pick only one.  Carrie Ann and Len praised them both for their efforts.  Len tells Gladys again that she dances with her heart, just like she sings.  Bruno tells her it’s been an honor to have her on the show.

When it’s all over, Bruno and Len choose to save Roshon and Chelsie, which means Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus are eliminated.  Gladys has had low numbers all along, but I was secretly hoping she’d turn it around and stay longer.

TELL US – ARE YOU SAD TO SEE GLADYS GO? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PAIR YET?

 

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This week on Dancing with the Stars, the couples dance to songs performed by The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Martha Reeves for Motown week.

Fittingly, Gladys Knight kicks off Motown week. Gladys invites her brother, Bubba, to rehearsals to school Tristan in Motown moves.  Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus dance the rhumba. Gladys is beaming and looks right at home on the dance floor. Carrie Ann thinks there were too many forgettable moments while Len wishes he could judge her with his heart. The judges give them a 21.

Maria Menounous and Derek Hough dance the foxtrot. Despite a mishap on the stairs, which left Maria disharmonious, the judges give her favorable reviews and a score of 26. Looking flawless, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower’s rhumba did not sit well with the judges. Carrie Ann also calls them on a lift. The judges give them a 23.  The judging continues to be consistently inconsistent.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas are next, dancing the Samba. Katherine and Mark look stunning and creepy in their golden outfits, respectively. Katherine certainly found the bounce she was looking for in rehearsals. Their samba is lively, fun, and well-choreographed. The crowd and judges love their routine. Len refers to Katherine as a midwife, because she delivers week after week, and Bruno felt it was exhilarating.  The judges give them a 29.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd dance a very solid foxtrot; however, Donald will have to wait at least one more week for that much-anticipated perfect ten from Len. Each judge gives them a nine for a total of 27.

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy, the bad boy we all love to hate, dance the Viennese waltz. Maks is very hard on Melissa in rehearsals this week. He’s pushing and pushing and she’s left feeling a little bit crazy. Maks tells her it could be worse. “You could have an ugly partner,” he says. The Viennese Waltz is undeniably Melissa’s best dance. She looks lovely in this slower, lyrical dance.  The judges give them a 24.

The Jaleel that impressed in week one is back. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson tear up the dance floor with the cha cha. The judges declare a comeback and award them with a score of 29. The final dance of the night comes from William Levy and Cheryl Burke, dancing the rumba. Following their dance, Bruno says they’re wired for sex. Their dance was mostly vertical sex and groping, which earns them a 27 from the judges. Will Cheryl ever choreograph more technically rich dances for William or simply convince him to dance shirtless again? Does it matter?

Finally, all eight couples are on the dance floor for the dance marathon. Dancing the cha cha, the judges eliminate one couple at a time until there is one duo declared the winner. They’ll add three to ten points to their scores, depending on when they are asked to leave the floor.

Gladys and Tristan are eliminated first, adding only three points to their score.  Maria and Derek, Roshon and Chelsie, and Melissa and Maks are the next three couples asked to leave the marathon.  Donald and Peta are eliminated fifth, adding seven points to their score. With eight extra points, Jaleel and Kym are the next to be eliminated. The final two couples are William and Cheryl and Katherine and Mark.  William’s knee sliding on repeat fails to impress in the end. William and Cheryl will add nine points to their score, but Katherine and Mark are ultimately declared the winners, adding ten points to their already near-perfect score.

 

The final scores for Motown week:

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas – 39

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson – 37

William Levy and Cheryl Burke – 36

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd – 34

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy – 30

Maria Menounous and Derek Hough – 30

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – 28

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus – 24

TELL US – WHO DO YOU THINK IS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK THIS WEEK?

The Dancing with the Stars contestants got their rock ‘n roll on tonight.  It was a sea of black satin, big hair, and lame fauxhawks.  And no season of DWTS is ever complete without at least a half a dozen injuries or so.  Oh, and pretend “groupies” gyrating on the judges table.

Brooke Burke really got into the spirit of the night with some huge ’80′s hair that would make Dee Snider jealous.

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus tried their hardest to dance to a difficult song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which the judges gave them credit for attempting, but they weren’t impressed.  Carrie Ann didn’t think it came together well and their posture wasn’t strong enough.  I gave them an extra point for Gladys’ costume!

Cheryl Burke and William Levy received stern words about their goofs, which included a fumble or two that threw off their rhythm and caused them to go on too long. Carrie Ann told them they needed to stay focused.

Chelsea Hightower and Roshon Fegan gave it their all and the judges were thrilled.  Carrie Ann gushed that she thinks Roshon is the best dancer among this season’s men.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced an incredible tango to “School’s Out”, despite Maria’s foot injury.  Maria was a trooper and never let us see how much pain she is in, but all Len could muster for her was a “just pretty good”.  Carrie Ann was blown away by their chemistry.  Derek did his best to get a few sympathy votes by carrying Maria upstairs for their score reveal.

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff drew criticism for the form/posture, dancing to ‘Paint it Black’.

The top scorers of the evening, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd kicked up the heat in a paso doble to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.  The judges were blown away, with Carrie Ann Inaba dubbing it “psychedelic, bizarre, sexy, raunchy, hot. One of the most memorable moments.”

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy disappeared after their performance because Melissa needed to be seen for an injury and it couldn’t wait.  From updates shared this morning, Melissa was suffering from whiplash and a concussion.

I don’t know about you, but this season is just a little ho-hum for me.  It needs a shake up.  Get some Housewives on there.  An entire contestant lineup of just Housewives.

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It seems Urkel has a bit of a temper.  According to reports, Jaleel White blew up at his dance partner, Kym Johnson, during Friday’s rehearsal, and things got so heated that other Dancing with the Stars contestants and producers needed to step in.

Jaleel became agitated after he stepped on Kym’s foot and she cried out “ouch”.  He got in her face and told her to “stop acting like a baby” and at one point called her an “idiot”.  Kym stepped outside while Donald Driver tried to calm Jaleel down.  Jaleel claims that producers paired him with “a stupid partner”.  When Mark Ballas approached Jaleel, he reportedly spat at him “You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone’s business!”

The source says that producers had to break things up and attempt to cool everyone down.  Rumor has it that Jaleel has been refusing to step foot back in the rehearsal studio, and that he’s demanding his own space somewhere else.

Jaleel fired back this morning, saying that the reports have been “greatly exaggerated”.  “We go to work every day, and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters. It’s not fair to us and that’s life, and I hope people can see through it. There’s no drama in my life.”

Also denying the extent of the blowup is Mark Ballas, who tells TMZ that it’s all crap. “We’re in L.A. man … everything’s fabricated.”

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Last night brought us week two of Dancing With The Stars, after the judges deemed last week the best premiere ever! So did the stars continue to sizzle? Or did they buckle under the pressure?

For starters, British singer Katherine Jenkins proved her high score of 26 last week was no fluke as she matched the same score again Monday night, earning a pair of 9s for her high-energy jive with partner Mark Ballas. “The blonde bombshell is unleashed,” said judge Bruno Tonioli.

Katherine had some company at the top, as Disney actor Roshon Fegan also received a score of 26–a 3 point improvement from the previous week–for his fiery quick step with partner Chelsie Hightower. “I liked it,” said judge Len Goodman. “It was young, it was fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Unfortunately for Urkel, a.k.a. Jaleel White, he and partner Kym Johnson fell to the middle of the pack after tying for first last week. Jaleel’s jive was panned by the judges with Len stating it didn’t have “crispiness.” He added: “It lacked real attack and speed.”

In last place was tennis legend Martina Navratilova with a score of 17. Martina, who scored a 20 last week, displayed very little rhythm in her jive with partner Tony Dovolani, even losing her footing early in the dance. “That was sad!” critiqued judge Carrie Ann Inaba with Len adding, “You have to come out and attack these dances and I didn’t see that.”

Tonight, one of these stars will be sent packing after the scores from the last two weeks are combined along with the viewers’ votes!

The full scores from last night are below -

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – 26
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – 26
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough – 25
William Levy & Cheryl Burke – 25
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – 24
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy – 23
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson – 22
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya – 21
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff – 21
Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy – 20
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus – 19
Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani – 17

TELL US – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE SO FAR? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING TONIGHT?

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 25 (46)
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