March 27, 2012 03:07:06 GMT
The Welsh opera singer earns another 26 for her sexy jive with partner Mark Ballas, tied with the Disney star who delivers a fresh quickstep with professional dancer Chelsie Hightower.
The 12 pairs of "Dancing with the Stars" season 14 returned to the stage on Monday, March 26 to dance one more time before one of them is sent packing. In this second week, the celebrity contestants and their professional dancer partners would each dance either the jive or the quickstep.
Opening the night was Roshon Fegan and Chelsea Hightower who danced the quickstep. Len Goodman called it "fresh" and "young", while Carrie Ann Inaba said, "You turned that swagger into sophistication and elegance." The Disney star earned 26 out of 30 points.
Sherri Shepherd seemed having so much fun dancing the jive with Val Chmerkovskiy and the judges enjoyed it. "I love watching you," Len gushed, as Bruno Tonioli praised her, "You know how to work on that magnificent equipment!" The host of "The View" earned 23 points.
Melissa Gilbert had a slip when dancing the quickstep with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but Carrie Ann commented, "I actually liked your performance better after you slipped." Len found it "a tad hectic" and "a little bit loose." The judges gave her 20 points.
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya danced the jive, which Len thought would be enough to take the couple to get through next week. Still, Bruno noticed that "it wasn't quite on the beat." The Dominick Marone of "The Bold and the Beautiful" got 21 points.
Next, there were Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus who danced the quickstep. Carrie Ann thought it was a little too casual for the quickstep, while Bruno advised her to be careful about her "frame." The Empress of Soul earned 19 points.
Last week's standout Katherine Jenkins wowed the judges after performing the jive with Mark Ballas. "The blonde bombshell is unleashed!" Bruno declared, as Carrie Ann gushed, "Goodness! I'm all hot and bothered by that one. Damn good choreography!" She earned another high score with 26 points.
Jaleel White, who was another standout last week, failed to repeat the success. He and Kym Johnson danced the jive, which wasn't terrible but lacked real attack and speed, according to Len. Carrie Ann agreed with him as saying, "Fantastic performance. It was solid. It just didn't have that sparkle." The former "Family Matters" actor earned 22 points.
Maria Menounos danced the quickstep with Derek Hough and she did better than last week. "It was near perfection - except you lost a step," Bruno commented, while Carrie Ann noted that she made "huge improvement." The judges gave her 25 points.
Martina Navratilova couldn't impress the judges with the jive she performed alongside Tony Dovolani. Len said, "It was too neat and too precise," while Bruno advised her to be relaxed. The tennis player got 17 points.
Donald Driver danced the quickstep with Peta Murgatroyd which Tonioli called "refined" and "elegant." Len admitted, "That performance was up there with the best I've seen tonight," and he apologized for underscoring the NFL star's first performance. The judges gave him 24 points.
Gavin DeGraw earned 21 points for his jive with Karina Smirnoff, with Bruno noting, "You messed up a lot of your kicks and flicks." Carrie Ann, however, praised him for "pushing your boundaries." The musician earned 21 points.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke were the last pair to perform that night, dancing the quickstep. Bruno said the telenovela heartthrob has the ability to dazzle and reminds him of "The Artist". Carrie Ann called him "the Harry Connick Jr. of the ballroom," adding, "William, you know how to turn up the heat in this ballroom." The actor earned 25 points.
This week's and last week's scores will be combined with viewers votes to determine which one of the 12 pairs who will be eliminated on the first result show, which will air Tuesday, March 27. Sugarland and Matt Nathanson are tapped to perform.