Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and the Temptations kicked off a night of Motown inspired performances Monday evening as Dancing with the Stars ushered in week six of the all-star competition.
Befitting this week's theme, Gladys Knight took to the stage first with a hip-shaking Rumba choreographed to My Girl by The Temptations. Judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba lavished their praises on the Empress of Soul and her partner Tristan MacManus, projecting Knight as the star of the night. Bruno Tonioli however had his criticisms for the duo, telling the two he would have preferred a bit more "spice" to the dance. In the end, Knight and MacManus earned three 7s for 21 points.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower turned up the heat with a super sexy Rumba accompanied by the one-and-only Smokey Robinson. The pair was commended for their passionate routine but Fegan was advised to keep an eye on his footwork and over-exaggerated body movements. The pair earned 23 points, scoring two 8s and a 7.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas secured their spot at the top of the leader board with a Samba to I Can't Get Next To You by The Temptations. The high-energy dance was a hit, earning two more 10s and a 9 from the judges for a total of 29 as well as a curious new nickname for Ballas, "the midwife," for his ability to "deliver every week" on the dance floor.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd were up next with a lively Foxtrot to The Way You Do The Things You Do performed by the Temptations. Len lauded the two for raising the bar this week, telling Driver the dance was positively "explosive." The pair took home 27 points (10,8,9) for their routine.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy hit the floor with a romantic Viennese Waltz to Ooh Baby Baby by Smokey Robinson, which earned the couple three 8s for 24 points and equal parts praise and criticism from the panel of judges. "I see artistry there," remarked Carrie Ann, warning Gilbert to keep an eye out for the movements of her wayward shoulders during the dance.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson hit it out of the park with their Cha Cha Cha tonight to Ain't Too Proud to Beg by The Temptations, scoring two 10s and a 9 for a high-energy stunner Bruno deemed "the biggest sizzler of the season."
William Levy and Cheryl Burke closed the first round of dances with a sensual Rumba to Smokey Robinson's Being With You which drew a bit of criticism for being a bit too far on the raunchy side. "I can't go into ecstasy like some people here," said Len. "It was harsh and a tad hectic." Nevertheless, Levy and Burke earned very good scores in the end—an 8, a 9 and a 10.
As the night drew to a close, the final eight returned to the stage for their second and final performance-- a marathon dance-off wherein the couples were eliminated one-by-one.
Katherine and Mark triumphed as the last celebrity couple left on the dance floor, adding an extra 10 points to their previous score of 29, crowning the pair as the night's winner with 39 points.
Jaleel and Kym followed in a close second with 37 (8+29), William and Cheryl with 36 (9+27), Donald and Peta with 34 (7+27), Melissa and Maks with 30 (6+24), Roshon and Chelsie with 28 (5+23) and Gladys and Tristan with 24 (3+21).
Don't miss the fifth round of eliminations tomorrow night on ABC when Dancing with the Stars returns at 8/7C!