Dancing With the Stars Season 14, Week 4 Recap: Everybody Hurts On Rock Week
Holy guyliner and mohawks, Batman! Tight pants. Open shirts. Leather. Huge hair. Headbanging. Various success rates at attempting devil’s horns. KISS. Yeah, there was dancing, too, but Dancing With the StarsSeason 14 Rock Week was mostly about looks and attitude. Good thing, too, ‘cause only Donald Driver improved this week; everyone else took a tumble down the leaderboard.
The dances were not the best we’ve seen so far this season, but considering the crazy costumes and eye makeup, the 10 couples are just lucky they didn’t all stumble over dresses like Maksim Chmerkovskiy; lose a shoe like Cheryl Burke; mess up a move like (the still overscored) William Levy; complain about another injury like Maria Menounos or apparently develop a new one like Melissa Gilbert.
Usual frontrunner Katherine Jenkins also had an off week, leaving room for Donald to take the top spot with a score of 27 out of 30, even if he was still disappointed to not get a 10. Bottom of the leaderboard went to Gladys Knight for a less-than-rhapsodic Tango to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” But she has a lot of company close to her score of 20; it was a low night in general.
Also, did host Tom Bergeron revise what he said last week about the Dance Duel? Is it going to start NEXT Tuesday after Latin Week? Last Tuesday, he made it seem like it would start tomorrow. No? We were all set to see how it played out. Wah!
Read on for a full recap of the Week 4 action:
KISS rocks out: Gene Simmons chose the right makeup — he doesn’t look a day older than he did in the ‘80s. Who can tell what any of the KISS guys really look like under all that paint? They launch the show with “Rock and Roll All Nite” as the DWTS pro troupe members dance. Bonus points for the pro guys for wearing the black and white makeup.
1.Sherri Shepherd &Val Chmerkovskiy— Tango to "Cum On Feel the Noize" by Quiet Riot — Sherri loves Val’s chest (and doesn’t seem to mind that he loves his chest even more) but she doesn’t love it when he’s not sweet to her, so she’s glad that she can show their love/hate relationship in the Tango. Sherri starts the dance on top of the judges’ table. Val is wearing those pleather pants we love with an open leather vest. Approve. Her intense attitude was actually better suited to the dance than his smile while singing along with the music.
JUDGES: Head judge Len Goodman said this week and last Sherri hasn’t had dances that suited her bubbly personality, but she did well despite a little misstep. Bruno Tonioli said Sherri did a lap dance for them and asked her to sleep with him in French. She needs to be sharper, but “I like it when you’re nasty.” Oh, Bruno. Creepy as ever. Carrie Ann Inaba said Sherri was lacking exuberance. She should’ve channeled it into passion instead of being expressionless. Hmm. Can see the point, but she was trying to be intense.
SCORES: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30. Funny how Carrie Ann sounded the most harsh but they all gave the same score. That’s low for this season, especially Week 4. And they danced first, so … that could mean trouble for them tomorrow night.
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2.Katherine Jenkins &Mark Ballas— Paso Doble to “Time Is Running Out” by Muse — Love the backstage clip where a KISS guy cuts in to dance with Katherine while Mark was tied up. Also love the pro troupe members rocking out as we return from commercial. This week has to be fun for everyone on set. It’s like Halloween. The Paso is all about being a warrior and that’s a challenge for sweet girlie-girl Katherine, so Mark makes her do muay thai boxing. With all her rock hair and makeup on, Katherine looks a lot like Season 9’s Joanna Krupa. This dance isn’t up to her usual standard. So far we’re not having a banner night, in terms of good dancing. Good looks? A plus!
JUDGES: Bruno said Katherine was in kick-ass mode but she has to be careful. In spite of the fury, Paso Doble has to retain definition. She threw her arms around like Storm in X-Men but it wasn’t as clean, precise and defined as a Paso should be. Carrie Ann said Katherine kept re-adjusting her feet, which she didn’t do before. It was still pretty, though. Len said it had promise but didn’t quite deliver. Fair.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30. So they were just being harsh in comparison to her past dances, not because they really thought she was worse than Sherri.
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3.Jaleel White &Kym Johnson— Tango to “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones — There was zero rock in Jaleel’s house growing up. He didn’t know Mick Jagger, but Kym said Jaleel has Jagger lips. “Who is this man with the scarf who chicken walks all over the place and apparently has lips like mine?” Ha! He thinks Jagger and George Jefferson have the same walk. Kym wishes it was Rock Week every week. Maybe Classical Week would be better. Their costumes are … interesting … with the leopard scarf. They have decent Tango sharpness, quick movements and intensity. Looks pretty good from here.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said “I loved it.” There was something funky and weird about it. He has a tendency to be a little smooth. She would’ve liked a hair more staccato. Len liked the humor and he liked that Jaleel spun on his bum. But the routine needed more attack and aggression. It needed more panther-like stalking across the floor. Bruno said he loved the Jagger beginning but it’s not just in the face, it has to be in the feet. It was a little bit underpowered but the performance was good. It needed more drive and aggression in the feet.
SCORES: 8, 7, 7 = 22 out of 30. That seems low.
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4.Melissa Gilbert &Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Paso Doble to “Conquest” by The White Stripes — Maks says their song and dance are all about passion and power, everything she’s not. Maks says she has to kill him in the end. So is he the bull? “Get pissed. Get annoyed,” Maks said. He wants to tick her off so she can channel the anger in the dance. By the end of rehearsals she says “killing him is appropriate.” She almost stepped on his “jewels” in rehearsals. Ha! Death before jewel crushing. He is the golden matador for their dance. Maks is always good at Pasos. This may be Melissa’s best dance so far but in the turns it still sometimes looks like he’s whipping her around and she’s just along for the ride instead of being equally powerful.
JUDGES: Len said he liked it. He was concerned and thought she’d be a little unsure and unsteady but she came out with confidence and attack. “Silly old Maks” fell over but stuff happens. They had a slip up. Whatever. He’s looking forward to seeing her in a slower, more lyrical dance like a Waltz or Foxtrot. Bruno said there was hot-blooded drama aplenty. Bruno said they messed up the ending and Maks took responsibility ‘cause it was his fault. Bruno said she still looked like she was running sometimes instead of keeping up with it. True. Carrie Ann said overall that was her best performance by far. But when Melissa is in hold she doesn’t look like she’s equal with Maks. She just holds on for dear life. She’s better out of hold.
SCORES: 7, 8, 7 = 22 out of 30. Also seems too low. Melissa killed Maks “in honor of the 12 that came before me.” Ha! But Brooke is clearly on happy pills tonight ‘cause she’s just giddy. Too giddy.
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5. Donald Driver &Peta Murgatroyd — Paso Doble to "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix — Peta had Donald dress as an old woman in a sweater to get used to dancing in a cape. Not exactly tough. But ooh does he look good when he shows off his muscles! Peta is in purple, which is appropriate enough for the song. Nice swing across the floor. Love his combo of being shirtless with a bandana. He’s like a voodoo matador. Dang, Peta is good at those spins. This is probably the best Paso so far.
JUDGES: Bruno shouted, “Great guns, Donald! Muscular, masculine, magnificent!” It had power, pride and sense of humor. “Wonderful!” Carrie Ann said “What the heck did I just see.” It was the most psychedelic, sexy, damn performance. That will go down as one of the season’s most memorable dances, she said. Len said “I never thought I’d get excited to see a man with his shirt off, to be honest.” (Liar!) “After the show we’ll compare tattoos.” No one can accuse Donald of holding back. He scared Len. But it was without a doubt his best dance so far.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Highest so far, by a lot. He wanted a 10. He looks disappointed.
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6. Gladys Knight &Tristan MacManus — Tango to “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen —She was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame about 10 years ago. On a different but also impressive note, Tristan looks so cute in a newsboy cap. LOVE the song into with the judges and Tom Bergeron. Gladys doesn’t have the sharp, staccato movements for this. It’s a little too slow for the song. Also, she’s hunching a bit. Not her best dance. Was that Little Richard in the audience or what? Lots of stars tonight.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said it was her most ambitious routine but it’s a hard song to dance to and it didn’t all come together. True. Stop booing, already! Len commended Tristan on good choreography. Nice! He thought Gladys coped well but her posture needs to be stronger and her feet and legs needed to be more crisp. Bruno said she’s always a class act but this was probably the most difficult song to pick with musical phrasing all the time. It lacked a bit of impact.
SCORES: 7, 6, 7 = 20 out of 30.
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7. William Levy &Cheryl Burke— Jive to “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister — When Cheryl told him they would be dancing to Twisted Sister, “I was like ‘What are you calling my sister?’” Ha! He wasn’t allowed to listen to American music growing up. He called the Steel Panthers singer “ugly women.” He’s so out of his zone. They give him fake hair and a guitar. It IS possible to make William unattractive after all! Thankfully, he ditches the wig for the performance, sticking with a leather jacket and bandana. No shirtless dance this week, but next Monday is Latin Week so … different story. Lots of fast movement in the dance, but they mess up a major move at one point. Oh well. Not his best dance, but that’s the story of the night (except for Donald Driver). Cheryl’s shoe fell off too.
JUDGES: Len said it is what it is. It went wrong and they lost timing. The show is live so you can’t say let’s do it again. Last week they went wrong and this week he went wrong again. There’s a pattern now? That’s not quite fair. Bruno said his performance always rocks but he did go wrong quite a few times. He has to be more sharp and can’t be complacent. Carrie Ann said he uplifts the room but Len is right. He has to nail the routines and stay focused.
SCORES: 7, 7, 8 = 22 out of 30. TOO HIGH. Bruno, please. This got the same score as Jaleel’s Tango and Melissa’s Paso? Maybe the judges are afraid to tick off Loverboy Levy’s fans.
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8.Roshon Fegan &Chelsie Hightower— Viennese Waltz to “The Time of My Life” by David Cook — Roshon struggles with control. She makes “pouty” face at him when he’s just being average instead of great. He raps at her. They are cute together, in a bro/sis way. She thinks he has so much potential and so much heart and can go all the way. He wants to hear “Good job, dawg,” from Len. Ask and you shall receive? The smoke machine kind of blocks their footwork and there’s not much rock about it (why a Waltz on Rock Week?) but it’s smooth and sweet and one of the better routines of the night.
JUDGES: Bruno said it had beautiful, flowing movement and he loved how Roshon extended his lines and linked everything. Elegant and romantic. “I loved it.” Carrie Ann said it was like watching the climax of a Disney movie. “You, I think out of the men, are the best dancer.” Well, yeah, the two best dancers are the two with the most previous dance experience: Katherine and Roshon. Len said “Good job, dawg.” It usually works if you tell Len what you want to say. Len thought he performed with style and panache. There was a little stumble or something but it was good.
SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Hmm. Fair or too low? Definitely not too high.
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9. Maria Menounos &Derek Hough— Tango to "School's Out" by Alice Cooper — Why do Derek’s partners always get injured? Do we just hear about it more often? Jennifer Grey. Ricki Lake. And now Maria. She had broken ribs and now she has stress fractures in her feet. But they are not broken. Why are we seeing this? Just to reinforce how tough she is? Derek’s mohawk is pretty tough too. And didn’t Jennifer wear nerdy glasses like this during one of her dances? Is that a Derek fantasy of some kind. She whips them off and gets sexy during the Tango. She doesn’t seem to have intensity in her face or actions. She’s not aggressive, although the movement is good.
JUDGES: Maria was hurt and piggy-backed on Derek while talking to the judges. Carrie Ann said they have such incredible chemistry when they dance. Every move they do she’s in love with. Len said the Tango is a mix of aggressive and control. They had the aggression but occasionally lost control. Her posture is the tops of the ladies when she’s in hold. Bruno said beauty, attitude and sex appeal by the truckload. Her links and staccato action were brilliant, even with a broken foot (that is not actually broken). The injury feels overblown. Aren’t all the celebs in intense pain at this point? You don’t hear Gladys complaining.
SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Seems overscored, considering her lack of fierceness.
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10. Gavin DeGraw &Karina Smirnoff— Tango to "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones — Gavin is a rock star in his own right. When he performs he owns the stage and Karina wants him to bring that passion to his Tango. Love their sexy gypsy looks. Gavin really knows how to work an all black head-to-toe look, including guyliner. Great song, too. Two Stones songs in one night! That roll in the corner did not look good — it looked more like a fall, even if it was intentional.
JUDGES: Len said he liked it. It had flair and it had attitude. But Gavin’s posture is bad, he bends forward and out comes his bum. Bruno said he was very determined and focused. His frame was bad. His shoulders just kept coming up. They were a little messy in the corner. Carrie Ann said what she loved was she thought she was watching Johnny Depp on the stage. He was so in character. The movements were grand, though, and had intention.
SCORES: 8, 8, 7 = 23 out of 30. At the close of the show, Tom said Melissa and Maks weren’t there because she injured herself and went to the hospital as a precaution. Ouch! Off night all around. Or … are Mel and Maks thinking of playing the sympathy votes card, like Maria and Derek?
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