Classical Night Brings The Heat to 'DWTS'
By ETONLINE STAFF
April 30, 2012
Frontrunners Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas kicked off a night of classical music-inspired performances with the help of Vittorio Grigolo and musical prodigy Jackie Evancho tonight on Dancing with the Stars.
Taking to the stage with a Rumba choreographed to Canon in D, Katherine made her genre proud with a high-scoring routine lead judge Len Goodman deemed "elegant," earning the pair 27 points (9,9,9).
Melissa Gilbert and an injured Maksim Chmerkovskiy followed up Katherine and Mark with a dark, sexy and crowd-pleasing Argentine Tango. Unfortunately, the passionate number didn't sit as well with the judges who criticized the pair for a "messy" performance. "It was like Cirque du Soleil gone terribly wrong," Carrie Ann Inaba remarked as the crowd booed. In the end, Melissa and Maks took home 21 points (7,7,7).
William Levy braved a wounded ankle to perform the Viennese waltz with partner Cheryl Burke. Despite being Len's most critical dance, the duo received rave reviews from the panel including the discerning judge, earning 27 points (9,9,9).
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower are up next with their Argentine Tango, dancing a classical rendition of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. The enjoyable romp didn't illicit as much praise as their predecessors, but Roshon and Chelsie took home a very respectable score of 25 (9,8,8).
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd take on the Viennese waltz tonight, and while Driver initially fears the competition between his fellow competitor Jaleel White, who will perform the same dance tonight, the team dishes out an impressive number that brings both the judges and the audience to their feet, earning Donald and Peta 27 points (9,9,9).
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are up last with a romantic Viennese waltz. Although he called it "lovely," Len Goodman couldn't give the dance his full praise. "There was no footwork in there," he remarked. It didn't quite work for me." Carrie Ann countered his criticism with a bit of encouraging praise, telling the two not to lose their "confidence," adding "there is definitely something new to your performance… it just feels a little bit bigger and broader when you dance and I love that." Jaleel and Kym ultimately receive 24 points (8,8,8).
The remaining couples are then split into Team Tango and Team Paso for one final showdown.
Roshon Fegan, Jaleel White and Katherine Jenkins compromise Tango with their respective partners with Donald Driver, William Levy and Melissa Gilbert siding with Team Paso.
Both take the stage with their choreographed routines, but it was Team Tango who triumphed with 27 cumulative points (10, 9,8) over Team Paso who took home 26 (9,9,8).
Don't miss the sixth round of eliminations tomorrow night on ABC when Dancing with the Stars returns!