The 'View' co-host gets mixed reviews after starting her tango by dancing on the judges table, while the NFL star earns the highest score with his powerful paso doble.
"Dancing with the Stars" brought rock music to the ballroom this week. Kicked off by a performance by KISS, the Monday, April 9 show saw the remaining ten contestants dancing to classic rock songs.
First to take the dance floor was Sherri Shepherd. She performed a tango with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy and started it off by dancing on the judges table. "You did a lap dance for me!... I like it when you're nasty," Bruno Tonioli commented, but Carrie Ann Inaba was bothered by her "expressionless" face. The comedienne earned 21 points.
Katherine Jenkins was next to perform, dancing the paso doble with Mark Ballas. She failed to repeat last week's success as Len Goodman thought her performance "had promise but it didn't quite deliver." Bruno and Carrie Ann agreed. The Welsh opera singer got 24 points.
Jaleel White and his partner Kym Johnson delivered a funky, fun tango, which was inspired by Mick Jagger. Though Len liked the humor in it, he said that "it needed more attack, a little bit more aggression." Bruno added, "It was a little bit underpowered." The former "Family Matters" star earned 22 points.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the paso doble with Spain touch. They did well until Maks slipped and fell in the end of their routine. "I loved the flavor of Spain but you messed up the ending," Bruno said, but Maks quickly took a responsibility for it. Len also liked it, and commented on the slip, "I know silly old Maks fell over but it was a slippery floor and I don't care." The "Little House on the Prairie" star got 22 points.
Also dancing the paso doble, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd got the judges excited with their powerful performance. "Without a doubt, your best dance," Len admitted, as Carrie Ann gushed, "That was the most bizarre, sexy, hot pasos I've ever seen." The NFL star earned 27 points, which was the highest score of the night.
Up next, there was Gladys Knight who danced the tango with pro dancer Tristan MacManus. Bruno said she "coped very well," but, "It lacked a little bit of impact." Carrie Ann also pointed out the good and the bad in the performance as commenting, "By far your most ambitious routine... I just felt like it didn't quite come together." The singer only got 20 points from the judges.
William Levy danced the jive and he made a mistake when he was supposed to twirl pro partner Cheryl Burke. Bruno noted he "went wrong quite a few times," while Len said he "lost timing during the end part." Carrie Ann, meanwhile, advised him to "watch the routine and stay focused." The telenovela star earned 22 points.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced the Viennese waltz, and Len said he did a "good job." Bruno called it "elegant and romantic," as Carrie Ann compared the routine to "watching the climax out of a Disney movie." The actor got 26 points.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced the tango, and despite her injured foot, she still delivered an outstanding performance. "Beauty, attitude and sex appeal by the truckload," Bruno commented. Carrie Ann added, "You guys have such incredible chemistry when you dance... Every move, I was in love with." The "Extra" co-host earned 26 points.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff danced the tango, which got mixed reviews. Though he liked it, Len was not into when Gavin went "crazy." Bruno commented on his bad frame, while Carrie Ann thought his posture was a little strange. The musician earned 23 points.
By the end of the show, host Tom Bergeron announced that Gilbert had injured herself and gone to the hospital as a precaution, though she was not seen falling during her routine. He promised to provide update on her condition on Tuesday results show, which will have the bottom two pairs dancing simultaneously for the judges.
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy:
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: