Dancing With The Stars Recap – Classical Night: Vampires, Hormones, And Shirtless Men

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.


William Levy and Cheryl Burke do a very clean and classy Viennese waltz. Carrie Ann praised them for giving the dance true content and bringing the romance to life.

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower pick the Argentine Tango. During practice week, Roshon seeks out advice from Val Chmerkovskiy on how to be more manly and commanding, taking the lead. I love that Roshon can admit he needs help, most males wouldn’t dream of doing that. Am I the only one who was a little thrown off that they used a Lady Gaga song as their “classical” piece? They did a great job and the judges loved the seamless lifts. Carrie Ann leaps up for a big hug and tells Roshon he nailed it.

Peta Murgatroyd and Donald Driver performed a regal number. While I wasn’t feeling Donald’s tablecloth-style jacket, I thought Peta’s dress was the best of the night. These two always bring it – you can tell how hard they work to get it right. The judges grant them a 27, but I think they deserved FAR higher!

Derek Hough and Maria Menounos nabbed the first perfect score of the season for their vampire routine. Maria was sporting fangs while Derek wielded a stake. Len says it was sharp and “tighter than my grandmother’s knicker elastic”. I wanted to hate it because sometimes I think they try too hard to play up their chemistry and loooove for each other, but it really was perfect.

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson. Len said he liked the airy-fairy feel, but there was no footwork. Bruno thought the content was good, but didn’t think it was as good as it could’ve been.

DWTS twisted things up this week with a Team Dance. Team Tango was comprised of four couples: Katherine & Mark, Maria & Derek, Roshon & Chelsie and Jaleel and Kym. Their group number earned them a 27, a score that will also be added on to their individual scores. Team Paso consisted of Donald & Peta, Maks & Melissa and William & Cheryl. Team Paso, in all of its hunky man glory, only earned a 26 – the audience booed at the judges for giving such a low score – they deserved better than that.

The final scores for Classical Night:

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – 27

Jaleel White & Kym Johnson -24

William Levy & Cheryl Burke – 27

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – 25

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough -30

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – 27

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 21