April 24, 2012 02:55:32 GMT
The opera singer earns a high score with her samba before earning extra 10 points after she and Mark Ballas become the last couple standing in a simultaneous cha cha.
"Dancing with the Stars" celebrated the glorious moment of Motown music on Monday, April 23. The remaining 8 couples danced to songs from the era with the likes of Smokey Robinson and The Temptations lining up to sing that night.
Coming up first to dance was Gladys Knight with her pro dancer partner Tristan MacManus who danced the rumba. Len Goodman said she's the most charismatic dancer and he would vote for her if he were at home. Carrie Ann Inaba added, "If any night is going to belong to anyone, tonight is going to belong to you." The soul musician earned 21 points.
Maria Menounos presented "a gleaming blend of sophistication with elegance" when she danced the foxtrot with Derek Hough, according to Bruno Tonioli. Len and Carrie Ann also praised the performance with the latter adding, "You're so precise, you're like the edge of a diamond." The "Extra" host earned 26 points.
Dancing the rumba with Chelsie Hightower, Roshon Fegan failed to impress the judges. Len said "the movement was clipped and jerky," while Carrie Ann felt that his "moves were a bit over-exaggerated." The Disney star earned 23 points.
Katherine Jenkins was back with another standout routine as she danced the samba with Mark Ballas. "Tonight, you let it loose! Amazing!" Carrie Ann commented. Len chimed in, "I'm going to call you the midwife, you keep delivering every week." The opera singer earned almost perfect score, 29.
Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd delivered a strong performance with their foxtrot. "I thought you were going to come out and show me some fireworks. You didn't. You came out and exploded on this floor!" Len gushed. Bruno called the NFL player a "showman," while Carrie Ann declared her willingness to dance with him. The athlete earned 27 points.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Viennese waltz was praised by Len for showing romance and control, but she "lost a bit of energy" near the end. Bruno agreed, as Carrie Ann reminded the actress to watch her shoulders while praising her hard work. The "Little House on the Prairie" star earned 24 points.
Jaleel White showed that he's also a strong contender when dancing the cha cha cha with Kym Johnson. "You're back," Len declared, as Bruno called the routine "the biggest sizzler of the season." Carrie Ann chimed in, "Consider the A-game brought to the table!" The actor earned 29 points.
William Levy showed another sexy routine as he danced the rumba with Cheryl Burke. Though saying the telenovela star was "physically impressive," Len felt it's not enough to make him feel ecstatic. Bruno, on the other hand, "loved every minute of it." Carrie Ann also liked it as a woman, but thought it wasn't the best dance by William. He earned 27 points.
All couples then came out once again to dance a simultaneous cha cha in Motown Marathon with the last couple standing earning the most points. Katherine won in this round, adding 10 points to her score. Eliminated first was Gladys who eventually got extra 3 points, followed by Maria, Roshon, Melissa, Donald, Jaleel and William in respective order.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas dance the samba:
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd dance the foxtrot:
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson dance the quickstep: