DANCING WITH THE STARS' Contestants Quickstep, Jive on 3/26 Episode
The 14th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS, hailed as the "most competitive season ever" by judge Len Goodman, continues this week with all twelve original competitors. The amateur dancers and their professional counterparts were given the choice between a quickstep and a jive, in hopes to survive tomorrow's elimination episode, set to air at 9pm EST. Contestants' scores from this week will be added to last week's, creating cumulative scores that will be considered in the elimination process.
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower
Cumulative Score: 49/60
What began as a campy Hollywood romp across a red-carpeted stage quickly became a performance of impressive glam with, as viewers begun to see, Fegan's mandatory infusion of swag. It was very foreign in comparison to he and Hightower's previous routine, an unbelievable improvement that opened the show on an extremely high note. "You had so much swagger last week," Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, who awarded him a 9, his highest mark thus far. "I didn't think it would turn into a good quickstep this week, but you turned that swagger into sophistication and elegance."
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy
Cumulative Score: 46/60
"This ain't gonna be Proud Sherri, this is gonna be Dead Sherri," Shepherd said during rehearsals for this week's jive with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. However, donning a gold flapper frock, she proved that the jive wasn't enough to deter the sass - though it was notably less enchanting than her performance in the premiere episode. Inaccurate footwork aside, Shepherd's routine to "Proud Mary" was enough to rouse Judge Bruno Tonioli into a fit of shouting, most notably, that Tina Turner would have been proud. "I don't know what happened out there," Shepherd said, out of breath after the dance, "but if anyone's got a heart monitor and an oxygen tank, I need [them] stat."
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Cumulative Score: 40/60
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy performed a balmy quickstep to "Dancing with Myself." And with Gilbert's stiff frame and posture, it did, in fact, seem as if only one person was dancing; it's unfortunate the way her mildness is exceeded by Chmerkovskiy's perfected technique and energy. In rehearsal, after defending her "tears of joy" Gilbert said the quickstep "[is] more difficult than childbirth" - so it wasn't entirely a surprise when she garnered the same score as last week's.
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya
Cumulative Score: 44/60
With significant less schtick that the routine the duo performed during the premiere, Wagner and Trebunskaya created a smiley, flashy, and notably overdone (as pointed out by Carrie), jive. Len admired the energy of the pair, but only labeled the routine as "an acceptable standard," a meh-worthy performance to scoot Wagner through the first elimination.
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus
Cumulative Score: 42/60
For the first time of the season, the intimidation factor that accompanies performing at the end of the broadcast was brought up by Knight. "I love performing on one of the most competitive seasons," Knight said, "I used to do shows with JAmes Brown...so you know, that makes you step up." But the star-power the living legend brought to the DANCING stage in last week's episode was obviously vacant in her and MacManus' quickstep, this week. In the performance, Knight underscores the fact that rhythm can transcend the voice to the feet and the rest of the body - but only to a certain degree. "As much as I admire you, I didn't really, 100% appreciate the dance tonight," Len said, who rewarded the singer the first 5 of the season. "I'm out of my element," Knight said. "I don't dance!"