SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2012 – Rock Week was rough on the competitors this week on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Melissa Gilbert ended up with a mild concussion and whiplash after Monday’s night paso doble with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy. He slipped as he was lowering her to the floor for a spin. She ended up going down hard like an airplane hitting the runway after the pilot misjudged the landing. That’s not the kind of headbanging the producers intended.
Gilbert got medical attention after the show. She didn’t appear Tuesday. But since she ended up being safe from elimination, she is expected to perform next week.
With a few exceptions, the dance routines were rather rocky. Week 4 gave us the lowest scores overall so far this season. It’s because the competitors are all doing well and tackling tougher routines. There is more room for error when the choreography gets more complicated and the dancers are expected to execute more difficult moves with greater speed.
Right at the top of the show, after learning Melissa Gilbert was safe, we also learned Gavin DeGraw was safe. It meant that the two dancers in the bottom two at the end of the show would be on stage for the first time.
Many expected Gladys Knight to be one of them, but the lowest scorer last night was saved by her fans, and she and partner Tristan McManus will be back. Also returning are Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd performed the first encore dance of the season. This is a dance selected by the judges and it was an obvious, crowd-pleasing choice. Without the pressure of being scored it was even more spirited the second time around. This pair will be back next week.
By now you’re wondering who ended up in the bottom two. The shocker? The second highest scoring performer of the night, Disney star Roshon Fegan, found out that he and partner Chelsie Hightower were in jeopardy. The ballroom audience seemed stunned and unhappy. Several Disney actors have been on DWTS. ABC is owned by Disney, it’s excellent cross promotion and it helps draw in new viewers among a younger audience. Disney stars like Kyle Massey and Chelsea Kane have done extremely well in past season and found a way to convince their young fans to watch and longtime DWTS fans to get to know them and vote for them. Apparently Roshon Fegan need to work on this.
Katherine Jenkins and William Levy will move on to next week’s show. Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy ended up alongside Roshon Fegan onstage at the end of the show. Shepherd was the second lowest scorer Monday night.
In the end, Shepherd was sent home, to the sadness of her fellow performers who seem to genuinely love and appreciate her. From home, Melissa Gilbert tweeted, “@SherriEShepherd @iamValC I’m devastated. I love you both.”
There were many tears, but Shepherd was gracious and positive in her departing remarks, urging viewers to “run toward what scares you” because you reach the other side the reward is worth it.
The night’s special performances included the return of KISS to open the show; a preview of the new “Dancing With The Stars” stage production opening at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas this weekend; and a sensual, powerful Argentine tango by DWTS professional and reigning champion Karina Smirnoff with ballet star Jose Manuel Carreno. Carreno was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. After the ragged, uneven dancing Monday night, seeing this performance gives the competitors a standard to aspire to.
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