Dancing With the Stars 2012: Latin Week Recap
Monday night on Dancing With the Stars 2012, the remaining celebrity contestants and their pro dance partners battle it out with a selection of sultry Latin dances. After last week’s sudden and unexpected elimination of Sherri Shepherd, no one is safe from the Dancing With the Stars elimination results this week, so everyone better be on the top of their game!
Just minutes before Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars 2012 episode began, fans were still waiting to hear for absolute certain that Latin actor and model William Levy would indeed be performing after his scary ankle injury during rehearsals this past weekend. His pro partner Cheryl Burke Tweeted that they were scheduled to dance sixth on Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars 2012. However, Levy’s last words on the subject before the show started still left the question of whether or not he would be well enough to perform in the air.
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Jaleel White and Kym Johnson — Samba
I thought the dance was a lot of fun, although there was an odd glitch right at the beginning. Jaleel keeps improving every week and this was a solid performance for him.
Carrie Ann Inaba thought Jaleel came out this week with “attack and fire” but warned him to watch out for his arm placement. Len Goodman thought Jaleel had “rhythm in abundance” and said his “bum was going like it was chewing a toffee.” Bruno Tonioli also liked the performance, saying it was like Jaleel had “a mini mi inside” his butt wiggle. (These judges say the weirdest things.)
Scores: 8 + 8 + 8 = 24
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Salsa
Poor Melissa Gilbert just looked stiff and awkward wearing a neck brace after her injury last week on Dancing With the Stars 2012. Gilbert smacked her head on the floor while dancing with partner Maksin Chmerkovskiy and ended up with whiplash and a concussion. Looking suave and sultry in a neck brace is just not an easy task.
The judges were not impressed with the performance, which probably suffered quite a bit from Gilbert’s inability to keep a full rehearsal schedule after her injury. Len Goodman said the dance was “untidy and rough” even though it had a good feel. Carrie Ann Inaba praised Gilbert for how much confidence she has gained, but said the dance lacked control. Bruno said Gilbert really has “to be on it, precisely, all the way through.”
Scores: 7 + 7 + 7 = 21
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough — Salsa
Whew! Talk about some serious heat going on! Not only did Derek Hough show off his sexy bare chest, he also had a brief pause in the middle of his dance with Maria Manounos for a kissing make out session! Maybe it was a bit theatrical, but the dance was still super hot and the judges were definitely fans of the performance.
Len Goodman said two things were revealed during the course of the dance, Derek’s body and Maria’s talent. Bruno was all worked up over the kissing, jokingly asking: “Was it legal? Want me to get you a room? May I join in? Salty and hot! That’s the way I like it!” Carrie Ann thought the dance was smoking and fantastic, but thought the kiss was a bit too much for her “old-fashioned fuddy-dud” self.
Scores: 9+9+9 = 27
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas – Argentine Tango
Wow! This was one spectacular performance by Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas for Dancing With the Stars 2012 Latin week. I would venture to say this is going to be the best performance of the night as far as pure technical skill and precision goes. The dance could have a little bit more of a fun factor, but it is truly beautiful to watch.
The judges are all kinds of happy over this performance, giving it high scores all around. Carrie Ann says, “It was perfection. Your legs are the best legs I’ve ever seen in any contestant.” Len Goodman thought the dance was “like a rose. It had beauty, but underneath the surface is the thorn.” Bruno said it was “dancing and choreography of the highest quality. But what really made me tingle was the perfect pitch in the acting and the storytelling.”
Scores: 10 + 9 + 10 = 29
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff — Samba
Unfortunately, Gavin DeGraw seems to have shown once again this week that he probably should have been eliminated from Dancing With the Stars 2012 weeks ago. He gives a totally not serious pseudo version of the samba which is more of a mockery of the dance than a tribute to it. His dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, just looks resigned to her fate.
The judges are rather nicer than one would think with their comments although they are not nice at all with their scores. Len Goodman called the dance “more of a sham-ba than a samba” and Carrie Ann Inaba said it was “hard to tell it was a samba” at all. Bruno said that even with “all the madness, I actually enjoyed it.” Well, Bruno rather likes madness from what I can tell.
Scores: 6+6+7 = 19
William Levy and Cheryl Burke – Argentine Tango
Well, my goodness. Another seriously hot dance! Okay, now we have two really fabulous dances for the evening and I’m not sure which one is better. I expected William Levy to do well on Latin night, but I was worried after learning he had injured his ankle during rehearsals this weekend. Turns out the ankle only gave him a few rare moments of hesitation, but overall his dance with partner Cheryl Burke was smoking hot!
The judges are beside themselves with glee over William Levy and Cheryl Burke. Len Goodman babbles something about “sensuality and color” while Bruno is drowned out by the card in the midst of spewing more sexual innuendo about “throbbing intensity.” Carrie Ann says Levy is “ridiculously amazing” and “so convincing all I could think about was a Latin James Bond.”
Scores: 10 + 9 + 10 = 29
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus — Samba
What can you really say about Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus? They are mediocore at best and often just downright bad in my opinion. It is not Gladys Knight’s fault really, other than she is just the oldest contestant out there and she just can’t do a lot of the things the younger ones can. Once again, her performance is just flat and not that interesting with some very akward moments where she just doesn’t connect right with her dance partner.
The judges are kind, but not glowing and their scores reflect their dissapointment with the dance. Len Goodman gives hesitant praise, calling the dance “simple but effective.” Bruno compliments Gladys Knight on her “incredible stage presence” but doesn’t give her big props for the actual dancing. Carrie Ann said there were definately mistakes, but says Knight plays well to the audience.
Scores: 7+7+8 = 22
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower — Salsa
This was a good night for Disney star Roshon Fegan and pro partner Chelsie Hightower. While the dance was a bit safe and lacked a real wow factor, Roshon looked good doing it and the judges gave him strong marks.
I didn’t really think Roshon was all that sexy in the dance, but Carrie Ann apparently disagreed, although she clarified that she was “not being a cougar” and that Roshon was “sexy in a Disney way.” Len Goodman thought the dance showed great enthusiasm like “a young guy with his first car.” Bruno thought Roshon was “wired for salsa” and said his timing was unbelievably good.
Scores: 9+8+9 = 26
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd — Argentine Tango
The final couple for the night received a bit of a mix in the reviews from the judges, leading to some confused boos from the audience. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd had bit of an overly sexual start to their dance with a table bump and grind. Then they settled into a very strong, but somewhat slow tango that was well done, but not quite as on the money as last week’s performance. It was really good, but not really great compared to the other best performances of the night.
Len Goodman said he “thought the lifts were spectacular. But the rest of it — nearly but not quite.” Bruno said he thought the “build up was amazing” and it was “overall a fantastic job. I liked it.” Carrie Ann thought the dance was “divine” and Donald was “so in control of Peta the whole time.”
Scores: 10+8+9 = 27
That’s the last dance of the evening and it looks like Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, and William Levy and Cheryl Burke have tied for first place in the judge’s scoring with 29 out of 30. On the other end of the scale, Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff score only a lowly 19 out of 30 from the judges to end up in last place for the evening.
Visit us again tomorrow for our Dancing With the Stars 2012 elimination results night recap for week five!