SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2012 – The season’s first “Dance Duel” didn’t produce any big surprises on Dancing With The Stars to wrap up Latin Week.
The top couples were saved fairly quickly. Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy were saved, which seemed to be as much of a surprise to Melissa as anyone. The pair and their fans staged an aggressive Get Out The Vote campaign on Twitter and it must have helped.
Also saved to the delight of fans was Gladys Knight. She and partner Tristan McManus will be back to dance during Motown Week. It will be an extra fun show with the Empress of Soul taking part, and it would have seemed wrong for her to miss it. She’s earned it.
This week’s encore dance was the salsa from Maria Menounos and Derek Hough. The judges commented on the staged kiss in the middle of the performance Monday night. On Tuesday, when the point came in the routine for the kiss, Maria and Derek stopped cold. Instead they ran to the judges’ table and planted smooches on Carrie Ann and Bruno. Compliments to the Harold Wheeler Orchestra for its nimble work accompanying the twist in the performance.
The bottom three dance teams emerged: Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, and the surprise pair, Jaleel White and Kym Johnson. Fegan was once again saved from elimination. It’s not due to his scores from the judges. He’s been in the top half for most of the season. It’s the lack of fan support. Fegan needs to get some tips from Melissa Gilbert on how to drum up fan votes, because it’s saving her week after week.
This sent DeGraw and White to the dance floor for the first “Dance Duel.” Both couples danced at the same time side by side for the judges, just as in a true professional ballroom dancing competition. They performed the cha-cha.
While Gavin DeGraw performed better than on Monday night, there was no controversy and the judges were unanimous in declaring Jaleel White the winner. DeGraw left the way he started, still smiling and still wearing his hat. DeGraw seems to be popular among the rest of the cast. Let’s hope the producers invite him back to sing on the show before the season is over.
Next week should be a must-see show. It’s Motown Week, and for the first time the competitors will dance their routines to live performances by original Motown artists such as the Temptations and Smokey Robinson. Will Gladys Knight pull double duty and sing with the Pips as well as dance? Her brother Bubba has been in the audience for most of the season. Let’s put him and his pals to work!
“Dancing With the Stars” will be back for week 5 of Season 14 on Monday, April 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.
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