Dancing With the Stars Season 14, Week 7 Recap: Ave Maria! First Perfect Score
Never bet against a vampire. Or, as judge Bruno Tonioli screamed it, “The Queen of the Damned is the Queen of the Night!!!”
Occasionally insecure fang-bangin’ vixen Maria Menounos and her partner/prey Derek Hough got the first perfect 30 of the season for their Paso Doble on Dancing With the Stars Season 14, Week 7. They were also on Team Tango — which won over Team Shirtless Team Paso by one point, 27-26, despite the crowd's cheers for more stripping higher scores.
So Maria and Derek ended Classical Week high atop the judges’ leaderboard. At the bottom were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who were slapped with a score of 21 out of 30 for their Argentine Tango and were also on the lower-scoring Team Paso. However, as judge Carrie Ann Inaba put it, that will probably go down in history as the fan favorite Paso Doble. (Not the judges’ favorite, though.)
Tomorrow is the final Dance Duel. Next week is a double elimination. Who will face off tomorrow? The other two bottom celebs, other than Melissa, are Roshon and Jaleel, who have both survived past duels. M & M have been saved by their fans before, so it’s possible that they won’t have to face the duel again. We’ll see.
Here’s a quick rundown of the leaderboard:
Maria & Derek — 30 + 27 = 57 points out of 60 Katherine & Mark — 27 + 27 = 54 Donald & Peta — 27+26 = 53 William & Cheryl — 27+26 = 53 Roshon & Chelsie — 25+27 = 52 Jaleel & Kym — 24+27 = 51 Melissa & Maks — 21+26 = 47
Read on for a full recap of the Week 7 action:
Intro dance: At the start of the show, Joshua Bell performed “Vivaldi’s Summer,” accompanied by the DWTS pro troupe — all dressed for Marie Antoinette’s court. Speaking of great violinists, remember hottie David Garrett who performed last year, the same time we first met Katherine Jenkins? Where is that guy now? Yum. Between the main dances and the team dances, Jackie Evancho returned to sing “Dark Waltz” as Tristan MacManus and Karina Smirnoff danced. Dark, mysterious, sexy. Did Karina crimp her hair?
1. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas — Rumba to Pachelbel's “Canon in D” — Quote that says it all from Mark: “You can’t spell ‘Classical’ without ‘ass.’” True. Tom Bergeron joked that their wardrobe was from Game of Thrones: The Musical. Great idea. Run with it, Broadway! This song is used so often at weddings that it’s almost jarring to see it used with totally shirtless Mark feeling up Greek goddess Kat. Doesn’t feel sexy or passionate, but very impressive poses.
JUDGES:Len Goodman said it’s Classical Week and they gave him a classic Rumba. It was totally in keeping with the music, he said. She stayed on time. It had style and elegance, other than Mark taking his top off. Bruno Tonioli called her the unobtainable embodiment of desire. She symbolizes beauty. She’s the girl on top. (Sigh. Oh, Bruno.) Some of her figures belong in a museum. But he does like raunchier Rumbas. (Len doesn’t; so they were trying to please Len.) Carrie Ann Inaba said, technically, Katherine is unmatched. But tonight she thought Kat’s passion felt placed and not heated. Len disagreed. Len does seem to be Team Kat so maybe it’s true that Carrie Ann is taking over as the more discerning judge, if not the “grumpy” one.
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 9, Bruno: 9 = 27 out of 30. They are still using the clip of the announcer guy with his voice breaking when he says Carrie Ann’s name.
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2. Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy —Argentine Tango to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” — Maks hurt his ankle last week and he blogged all about it, including bringing back his brother, Val, to help in rehearsals. Val is nicer, Maks said. Maks is well enough to dance with her. He’s also looking pretty fine in head-to-toe black. Maks is great in AT’s because they can do lifts and he’s the biggest pro, so he can literally show his strength. Nice tricks. Love the fast music and cute little touches. Her flowing dress seems to get in the way at times. Great routine, though. One of their best, if not their very best.
JUDGES: Bruno said Melissa is extremely brave to even attempt the temples of Mozart. It’s fast and furious and they tried very hard. But at times it looked like she was riding the cyclone at Coney Island. It got messy. Up and down, it wasn’t clean. Carrie Ann said it was sort of like “Cirque du Soleil went terribly wrong.” Lifts are ambitious and they went for quantity instead of quality. Maks couldn’t even look at Carrie Ann. The crowd booed. Len said it’s a “Marriage of Figaro” and dance is a marriage of dance and music — and they pulled it off. However, they did lose some quality through the dance. It was full on, but lacked a little bit of dance quality.
SCORES: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30. Ridiculous. Do they *want* them in the Dance Duel?
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3. William Levy & Cheryl Burke — Viennese Waltz to “Ave Maria” as performed by Jackie Evancho — William actually agreed with Carrie Ann that his Rumba last week was not his best. Carrie Ann truly is the new Len! And Bruno is the new Carson Kressley, just lovin’ on every hottie. Two weeks ago William injured his ankle really bad and it’s still hurting him. Cheryl is worried that his ankle could twist on the live show. Drama! America’s Got Talent’s Jackie Evancho sings along with the performance. Amazing that she is only 12. What a voice. They could’ve left the smoke machine behind, though. Love the stained glass colors reflected on the floor. Soft and gentle performance.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said that was what she was looking for. That was true content and true dancing. He found the story in the music and it’s always a story of romance. He brings the romance to life. Len said they’ve got three Viennese Waltzes. He wasn’t exactly transported to Vienna, but it was close. It was in Austria. “Week after week, you’re up and down like a fiddler’s elbow” (Ha!) “Tonight, you were up.” Bruno said William has captured the purety and ethereal quality of the song. He saw vulnerability. He saw the boy inside the man. He was the Catholic boy from Cuba dancing for his mom. (?) He follows the melodic line the way only a professional dancer could do. It was so touching it was beautiful, he said. Bruno always looks down at his notes before speaking. Does he write fast based on the live show or the rehearsals? Just curious.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Same score as last week, but this time all three judges agreed. Not like the 9, 8 10 for their Motown Rumba.
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4. Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower — Argentine Tango to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” — Chelsie is the greatest partner ever, Roshon said, but there’s one thing she can’t teach him — how to be a man. So Val pulls double duty, returning again to give masculinity lessons. Another fallback career for the Chemerkovskiy boys, should they ever wish to branch out! How come the other couples get cool songs like “Marriage of Figaro” and “Ave Maria” and these two get an instrumental version of “Bad Romance”? Ro doesn’t have natural intensity or sexiness, but he does have sharp, staccato movements and that’s good for the AT. There was a weird cut at one point to the "Dancing With the Stars" Mirror Ball above the ballroom floor. Camera malfunction? There didn't seem to be a wardrobe issue...
JUDGES: Len said he liked the transitions into the lifts. They were right in character and they were seamless. He would’ve liked to see more tension in his feet. His legs looked a bit awkward. If there was an error at the end he didn’t see it. It was clean. Bruno said he had slick lines. Seamless lifts. “Size is not everything.” But he has to work on getting more strength in his legs. Carrie Ann went over and hugged Roshon. “Welcome back to the competition,” she said. That was the gravitas. That was the confidence. That was you being steady on your feet.
SCORES: 9, 8, 8 = 25 out of 30.
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5. Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd — Viennese Waltz to "La donna è mobile" as performed by Vittorio Grigolo — This week Peta is choreographing “a professional grade routine” because last week Len said Donald can do more. Love the chairs they sit in as king and queen! Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings as they dance. She does make him do lots of work. His feet are not so great at times when he turns but good job.
JUDGES: Bruno said he has the sweeping drive and passion of Giuseppe Verdi’s music, which is from Bruno’s country (Italian). He loved it. Carrie Ann said she wasn’t sure if there was a lift. She didn’t see it, but she saw people looking at her to see if she saw it. (Ugh). She loves Donald’s intensity. Len said, “When I saw that coat I thought ‘Uh oh, it’s a dancing Ferrero Rocher.’” Ha! His footwork was spot on. Lovely heel leads. His “fleckerl” was a little bit bizarre, though.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Lots of 27s tonight. Come on, judges, it’s time to go up or down from that.
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6. Maria Menounos & Derek Hough — Paso Doble to “Montagues and Capulets” by Sergei Prokofiev — They are dancing to Romeo & Juliet music and she said it’s like their relationship — sometimes he loves her, sometimes he wants to kill her. He said he’s yet to see her be a “female.” She’s not “attractive” enough for him? So now the story has changed again. From injuries to kissing to insecurities. Other partners he’s had are dancers and she’s not, she says. Not all of them. Just his past two winners. Tell her, Brooke! Maria is a vampire in their dance. Derek is so good at Pasos. He’s the Paso Powerhouse. They have great musicality with the song. Love the storytelling. Maybe this will calm her insecurities a bit? Especially since she got to win in the end and bite him and, last season, he killed Ricki Lake? Finally, the woman wins! Awesome classic Derek choreography.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said “Maria, that didn’t suck, my friend. That was amazing.” Maria was on fire. “Katherine has been in the lead for the girls but she better watch her back ‘cause you’re coming at her.” Yes, by all means set the girls against each other. “Sharp as a razor, crisp as a Pringle and more tension than my grandmother’s knicker elastic.” Ha! Bruno said “The Queen of the Damned is the Queen of the Night!” They way they played off each other was spellbinding.
SCORES: 10, 10, 10 = 30. First perfect score of the season! Len finally flashed his paddle. Loved seeing Katherine and Mark jump up and down for their friends. There’s no rivalry at all!
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7. Jaleel White & Kym Johnson — Viennese Waltz to “Did I Make The Most of Loving You” as sung by DWTS’s own Beverley Staunton — Kym gave Jaleel a stuffed koala bear as a present for doing well last week. Bloody ripper!. Cute. Jaleel accidentally got to second base with Kym in practice, brushing her boob while trying to perfect his frame. He plays a soldier in the dance. DOWNTON ABBEY MUSIC. Sorry. But that was worth the caps. Someone actually sings English lyrics to their song, though, which is unusual. They are the only couple to get that.
JUDGES: Len said he liked it enough not to be cruel but he didn’t like enough to be kind. It had a lovely floaty, airy fairy feel. There was no footwork, there was no heel leads. It lacked rise and fall because of that. It didn’t quite work. Bruno said content-wise he couldn’t ask for more. He tried and attempted everything. Sometimes he has a tendency to throw his arms. Carrie Ann said not to lose his confidence ‘cause he’s definitely back in the game (or so she thinks). The storytelling was excellent but his hand can get “cringe-y.”
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30.
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The teams were chosen by the couples with the highest total points up to date: William and Katherine. Katherine and Mark won the coin toss. They first picked Maria and Derek. Then William picked Donald and Peta. Katherine then picked Jaleel and Kym. William picked Melissa and Maks. Last were Roshon and Chelsie, going to Kat’s team.
1. TEAM TANGO: Maria & Derek Katherine & Mark Roshon & Chelsie Jaleel & Kym
This team has seven Mirror Ball trophies between them. They are kind of the Dream Team, plus there’s an extra couple, which is an advantage, Derek said, because they can create more shapes. Mark and Derek switched partners in rehearsals. Swingers! Did you hear Mark refer to Katherine as “mine” in “Mine can’t do Viennese crosses”? Mark and Derek should just dance with each other, already. Tradition has it, Roshon notes, that a couple from the losing team goes home.
They are all wearing tuxes, including the ladies. They have violins at the start of the routine. Already the choreography is the best of the night. Clean, crisp, creative. Tangtacular!
JUDGES: Len said Maria and Roshon were the standout couples. Jaleel was loose in parts. Katherine was a bit wild. “It was a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.” Wow. They were good as a group but technically it was bad and some of the lines were ugly. (WTF?) Bruno said the creativity of the choreography was outstanding. Roshon was a revelation. He killed it. Bruno loved her Argentinian influence. Carrie Ann bowed to them. It was incredible. She loved the content. She didn’t know what Len was talking about with Jaleel. Roshon brought it home.
SCORES: 10, 8, 9 = 27 out of 30. Len is smokin’ somethin’.
2. TEAM PASO: Donald & Peta Melissa & Maks William & Cheryl
They tease the other team as “Team Kindergarten” and Team Diapers.” They have the men. Maks feels that having only three couples is an advantage, because the more couples you have the messier it gets. William doesn’t want to take his shirt off. Melissa calls for “Team Shirtless.” Imagine if William were a girl, how creepy it would be with everyone pushing for her to work the sex angle at all times.
They are dressed in black and red, dancing to “O Fortuna.” Did they have a vampire bite kiss too? William is a pretty good Paso boy. The men go shirtless, except for suspenders. It’s like a Magic Mike strip show! No complaints! This team was definitely sexier but the dancing seemed more crisp on the other team.
JUDGES: Bruno said “More muscle power than The Avengers.” The men jumped on the judges’ table. They lost sync, though, he noted. So the bribe didn’t work out. Carrie Ann said it was so much fun. The passion. The intensity. She thinks that will go down in history as the fan favorite Paso Doble. It was a little out of sync, though, she said. len said the saying is “dress to impress” but the men “undressed to impress.” It was fire and ice — hot in the performance, cool in the execution. Great job. No individual dance callouts, though, for well or ill.
SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Which means Team Tango wins by a point. Crowd boos. They angered the mob with the pitchforks!