Bruno Tonioli’s obsession with William Levy has officially passed the barrier from amusing to embarrassing.
There were a lot of — way too many — questionable scoring calls on Dancing With the Stars Season 14 Motown Week, but most egregious was probably Bruno’s random 10 for William’s Rumba. Really, Bruno? For once, Carrie Ann Inaba was right to say it needed more actual content and, you know, *dancing*. Len Goodman, who gave the routine an 8, even stood up to shake his hips to show the screaming women in the audience what proper hip shaking looks like. (Like they care about technique!)
As much as it was fun and exciting to have great music and peppy Motown dancing, the judges definitely overscored The Empress of Soul Gladys Knight and Loverboy Levy, while underscoring Roshon Fegan and even tainting the Motown Marathon with confusing judgment calls.
The judges gave the marathon win to Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas — the top scoring couple of the night and the couple to beat in general this season — but second place went to William and Cheryl Burke and it really seems like that’s how the judges want the finale: Katherine vs. William. Derek Hough, who usually wins the marathons, was out *second* with Maria Menounos. And Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd were (again) underscored and underappreciated for their impressive marathon mojo.
Overall, Gladys and Tristan MacManus ended up at the bottom of the pack with a total score of 24 out of a possible 40 (between the main dance and marathon) vs. Katherine and Mark’s combined total of 39 out of 40 at the top. But Gladys is probably safe … even if she’s in the Dance Duel? The way the judges act, would they even dare send her home tomorrow if she danced against, say, Roshon and Chelsie Hightower, who were next at the bottom with a total (way too low) score of 28 out of 40?
The bottom two tomorrow should be interesting, but we’re guessing poor Roshon ends up there even though he doesn’t deserve it. Will voters save him from the Duel?
Read on for a full recap of the Week 6 action:
Legends launch the show: Get ready ‘cause here they come! To launch the show, Smokey Robinson (and his very light, intense eyes and shiny, shiny shirt), Martha Reeves (showing off the girls in a sparkling Cha-Cha-worthy cocktail dress) and the Temptations sang as the pro troupe members danced. They also sang their own songs while the competing couples performed. Later in the show, Human Nature performed from the balcony — ‘cause nothing says Motown like four white Australians. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown, was also in the audience and got a quick interview with Tom Bergeron. Between the main dances and the Motown Marathon, Val Chmerkovskiy (and his alleged four nipples) and Anna Trebunskaya danced together as Smokey sang.
Where were Donald and Peta? When Donald and Peta’s names were called, the cameras flashed to a guy in the band playing trumpet, instead of letting us watch the couple walk down the stairs. Odd! They were there in the line-up by the time all the couples stood next to each other in the ballroom floor.
1. Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus — Rumba to “My Girl” by The Temptations — Adore Tristan like no other, but there’s a line you have to be careful not to cross when it comes to nerdy-cute and his purple suit is riding that line. The glasses are adorbs, though. Love Gladys’s wig with her little bow! Dancing with a Motown legend is like a history lesson dream for Tris. Gladys and the Pips used to beat the Temptations at softball? Gladys called her brother, Bubba, in since he’s the original Pip. Bubba showed Tris some moves in rehearsals. The dance itself? Well, it was not much of a Rumba. But Gladys is a Motown legend, so maybe the judges will be kind. It’s still great to hear the Temptations sing as she dances.
JUDGES: Head judge Len Goodman said if he could judge purely with his heart she would be top of his leaderboard. He said she wasn’t the best dancer … and the audience booed. Did they think she was? But he said she was the most charismatic dancer. Easy like Sunday morning! Bruno Tonioli said it’s undeniable she has star quality. The Motown details were down but he likes his Rumbas to be more steamy. Not Lady Gaga but a bit more Beyonce “and not forgetting the end would help.” Carrie Ann Inaba said it’s a tough one because if tonight is going to end up belonging to anyone it’s going to belong to her. But there were a lot of forgetful moments. Len jumped in to say “If I was at home I’d be on the phone now. Fabulous.” OK, so what’s the point of the Dance Duel if the head judge is now advocating for pure popularity votes? Does it matter if she danced the worst? They wouldn’t dare let her leave. She gets a free pass.
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21 out of 30. Love Gladys, but that’s overscored. No one would dare insult The Empress of Soul tonight!
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2. Maria Menounos & Derek Hough — Foxtrot to "Jimmy Mack” performed by Martha Reeves — Derek has high expectations for Maria and they got frustrated in rehearsals, just over perfecting details. The classy, traditional dance doesn’t connect too much to the song, even with their little pops and cutesy additions. Not their best dance. Maria is rocking her cocktail dress, though. Almost to the point of falling out.
JUDGES: Bruno called it a gleaming blend of sophistication, wit and elegance. What a shame that she lost her footing, though. Her frame was fantastic and her movement was excellent. Carrie Ann said the slip wasn’t the problem it was what came after, she was ahead of the choreography. Len couldn’t believe Carrie Ann said that — Carrie Ann vs. Len tonight! In hold the dance was correct and formal, Len said. Out of hold it was fun and free. “I’ll tell you what this was, this was a joy to my eyes and listening to Martha a joy to my ears.”
SCORES: 8, 9, 9 = 26 out of 30. Len loves Maria and Derek — guess he hasn’t heard how Maria has plans to kill him, if it comes to that.
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3. Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower — Rumba to "Cruisin’” as performed by Smokey Robinson — It’s awkward for Roshon to try and get into a romantic moment. He doesn’t know how to be sensual, but Chelsie wants him to take charge and be the man in the dance. Chelsie looks gorgeous in her Rumba outfit. That’s one of the best they’ve ever had. This is much more of a Rumba than what Gladys and Tristan did. Sensual. Romantic. Smooth. Great job!
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said it got sexy at the end but in general she thought the movements were a bit over-exaggerated and it made it hard for her to watch. (INSANE) And in the turnaround her feet came off the ground, so The Lift Police are out. Len said the movement was clipped and jerky, like painting by numbers. It didn’t flow. (COME ON) “It was just too jerky.” Don’t speed it up with syncopation. Bruno said what Ro lacks in size he makes up in fire. His body naturally wants to hit the beat all the time but in the Rumba you have to go fluid.
So Gladys and Tristan get praise and a quick dismissal of lack of Rumba content but Ro and Chelsie get picked apart? Unbelievable.
SCORES: 7, 8, 8 = 23 out of 30. That 7 is so wrong, but they probably deserved a 9, in comparison to what Gladys and Tristan did for their Rumba.
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4. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas — Samba to "I Can't Get Next to You" performed by The Temptations — Bounce is everything in the Samba so Mark got upset when she had straight legs in rehearsals. They have great musicality in the dance, it goes perfectly with the song. Bouncy, mod and cool — except for Mark’s shiny gold vest, but whatever. This is reminiscent of their fun Jive from Week 2.
JUDGES: Len said he didn’t know what that was, was there an earthquake or did Katherine just shake this place up. He declares her “The Midwife” because she keeps delivering week after week. (Ha!) Bruno said baby, baby she can bounce and funk. The marriage of Brazil with Funkytown has never been more exhilarating. Carrie Ann said in her Paso she struggled with being funky and groovy but this week she let loose.
SCORES: 10, 9, 10 = 29 out of 30. What is it going to take to get Len to flash his 10 paddle? And does the announcer have a crack in his voice or what?
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5. Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd — Foxtrot to "The Way You Do the Things You Do" performed by The Temptations — Donald really, really wants a 10 from Len and they seemed to focus their rehearsals on pleasing Grumpy. Peta even brought in a cardboard cutout of Len for Donald to talk to. He has great memories of his mom listening to The Temptations when he was growing up. They are very blue out there between her dress and his suit. Love Bruno dancing along with them when they get to the judges’ table. It never hurts to involve the judges in the routine! It’s a fun routine.
JUDGES: Bruno said Donald is a showman. Pizzazz, confidence, power. He thought she was going to take off and end up in the orchestra pit. His performances get better and better and he should be in the heater. Carrie Ann loved his transitions. Len thought Donald was going to come out and show fireworks but he didn’t (love the cut to the shocked daughter!) he exploded! But Len wants Peta to push him more. “The routine wasn’t as big as his talent. Work on him.” So is Peta being blamed for the lack of 10s?
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. For all the gushing they did, you’d expect at least one 10.
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6. Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Viennese Waltz to “Ooh Baby Baby” performed by Smokey Robinson — Maks was tough in practice again. What else is new? All the pros are tough — and we saw Derek giving his version of tough earlier tonight— but for some reason Maks just seems to have a harsher tone and pushes a step too far. “Baby, are your f**king legs together?” he called to Melissa at one point. “Are your legs together?” “No,” she said. “Good. I’ll see you tomorrow. Son of a [bleep]. This is impossible.” Later, they show him saying of a move, “It’s not OK. It sucks.” And she replies, “It’s a very good method for inspiring confidence.” He replies, “You say that I’m not inspiring you. Baby, I’m not inspired.” She clarified that he wasn’t inspiring confidence, which is not the same thing. She said he can be perceived as mean but he’s just pushing her to do more. “It could be worse,” Maks quipped. “You could have an ugly partner.” Ha! How about an ugly attitude sometimes? Just give Maks a Mirror Ball trophy labeled Least Patient Partner. At least he can say he won. Melissa’s green dress is lovely. She is still a little tentative out there. She’s the kind of slightly unsure partner Tony Dovolani usually gets.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said Melissa worked so hard and it’s finally paying off. She sees artistry blossoming in her and poetry in her movements. Watch her shoulders still, though. Len said he saw rotations, he saw romance and control. She lost a bit of energy as it got near the end but overall she did well. Bruno said wonderful rotation. Some of her extended lines were wonderful tonight. She kept her connection with Maks. Whatever he did worked. (Don’t feed the bear!) She’s going in the right direction.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30.
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7. Jaleel White & Kym Johnson — Cha-Cha-Cha to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" performed by The Temptations — They did a Cha-Cha-Cha last week to survive the Dance Duel and now they are going to do the Cha-Cha-Cha for real. Jaleel has been feeling a lot of stress and it’s definitely taken its toll on him. How come we never saw his fight with Kym? Sorry, but they show everything else and the not knowing has sort of put a cloud over them. The dance is fast and fun and confident. Will it be enough to put him back on top where he started the competition? Is this his comeback dance?
JUDGES: Len said Week 1 he thought Jaleel was a contender, then things went off track. “You’re back.” Bruno said he burned that floor. “That was the biggest sizzler of the season.” Carrie Ann said you have to bring your A-game every time. Consider his A-game brought.
SCORES: 10, 9, 10 = 29 out of 30. Kym and Jaleel said the Dance Duel really changed them. It was like a blessing in disguise. Kym was shocked and freaking out about their 10s. Tristan’s beaming face was so cute.
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8. William Levy & Cheryl Burke — Rumba to “Being With You” as performed by Smokey Robinson — Cheryl wants this to be the hottest Rumba ever. Yes, please! They talk about bringing the heat … so cue the fire alarm! “I brought the fire to rehearsal.” Ha! Their Rumba is the sexiest of the night, but you’d have to expect that considering the three couples doing the Rumba. But there’s a lot of William, just standing there as Cheryl twirls and moves around him. Maybe they should name the smoke machine Smokey in honor of Smokey Robinson. Yes? No?
JUDGES: Bruno said “Absolute and utter filth — and I loved every minute of it!” As an aside, he added, “You two are wired for sex.” Tom quipped, “OK, stop being an electrician.” Carrie Ann said on behalf of all the women out there, she thanked them, but it wasn’t their best dance. There were moments that they were disconnected. She wanted to see more content and dancing. That’s true. But gay men were thankful as well. Don’t forget them. Len said it was a little bit on the raunchy side. (EYE ROLL) Len stood up and pulled a Bruno to rock his hips. He wants to see the forward and back hip action and that wasn’t there. It was a tad hectic. It was all right, but that’s about it. Bruno made a Viagra reference. Judge fight!
SCORES: 9, 8, 10 = 27. Oh good Lord, Bruno. Now it’s just embarrassing.
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Love the marathons. Always. The couples all dance a Cha-Cha-Cha together. Worst couple gets 3 points, winner gets 10 points. Top couples could be dancing for four straight minutes, so stamina is key. They can do lifts, for once.
Donald and Peta are working it! William flashes some chest. Nice lift from Jaeel.
First out: Gladys & Tristan = 3 points, total of 24 for the night
Second out: Maria & Derek (wow) = 4 points, total of 30 (Derek usually wins the marathons!)
Third out: Roshon & Chelsie = 5 points, total of 28
Fourth out: Melissa & Maks = 6 points, total of 30
Fifth out: Donald & Peta (no way!!) - 7 points, total of 34
Sixth out: Jaleel & Kym = 8 points, total of 37
Runner-up: William & Cheryl = 9 points, total of 36
Winner: Katherine & Mark = 10 points, total of 39
That’s how the judges want the finale, don’t they: Katherine vs. William. As plain as they can make it.
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Bruno Tonioli’s obsession with William Levy has officially passed the barrier from amusing to embarrassing.