Tuesday night’s (May 8) telecast of “Dancing With the Stars” will eliminate two celebrities, so the heat was on during Monday night’s performances. And for the most part, the dancers delivered.
The remaining six couples did their requisite ballroom dance and then had to come back and dance in groups of three for the second dance, which also was scored.
At the top of the list was Latin soap star and heartthrob William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke, who earned an impressive perfect score for their foxtrot. The judges thought the pair was sexy and the epitome of perfection. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba told them that their performance was “like a superhot, sexy Pink Panther.” Hard-to-please head judge Len Goodman told Levy, “There was care in technique and flare in the movement!” They scored 30/30, which was added to their second dance’s score for a grand total of 57/60.
Here’s how the others fared:
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
The young Disney star danced the foxtrot, and unlike in previous weeks, the judges were thoroughly impressed — and it showed in how they scored the youngest couple in the competition. Bruno Tonioli told Fegan that watching him dance was like watching a young Mickey Rooney. He added that they were like “the sweetest of sweethearts. What you’ve done in a week is incredible.” 29/30 plus the second dance score: 56/60.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
The NFL star tangoed with his pro partner, and the judges loved how he aggressively attacked the performance. Inaba said that she wanted a bit more dramatic flair but ultimately thought that Driver was “in the zone!” 27/30 for a total of 55/60.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
The opera singer danced the Viennese waltz, and the former judges’ favorite didn’t impress them all that much this week. Still, they applauded her for her lines, while noting her mess-ups. Inaba told her, “You lost your balance. You weren’t on your footing.” 26/30 for a total of 55/60.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
The TV host danced the Viennese waltz, and the judges praised her so much that she was driven to tears. In particular, Tonioli’s comment that the performance was “heavenly fluidity” made her cry. Between wiping away tears, Menounos said, “I love this dance and I love the music. And I love dancing with him,” referring to Hough. 28/30 for a total of 53/60.
Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy
The actress did the foxtrot, and the judges said that her spotty footwork was worth noting. Still, Tonioli thought she kept it together more so than she has for any other performance this season. 27/30 for a total of 51/60.
Following tonight’s double elimination, only four couples will be left to compete on the show next week.