Former Family Matters star Jaleel White was tied for the lead in the judges’ scoring during the first week of Dancing With the Stars, but that would be as good as it got for the man who is now and will forevermore be known as Steve Urkel. The judges chose to eliminate White and partner Kym Johnson following the third and final “dance duel” of Season14, leaving him in seventh place. Three weeks remain in the season.
In a mild surprise, it was White and Roshon Fegan who fell into the duel, as viewer votes were able to lift Melissa Gilbert, who had the lowest scores Monday, out of the bottom two (maybe credit here should go to the fans of her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy). This was the third time in the bottom for Roshon and Chelsie Hightower, so it seemed as if they might be underdogs at the outset of the rumba duel. But the three judges were unanimous that Roshon should survive – though with two eliminations next week, neither Roshon nor Melissa should get too comfortable.
Jaleel came into the season with the feel of a fan favorite, but his time on DWTS was overshadowed by controversy. An old girlfriend reemerged to revisit her past claims of his domestic abuse, which he seemed to answer definitively enough; but only days later, tabloids related the alarming story that Jaleel had lost his temper in rehearsal to such an extent that Kym left the studio in tears. On the next week’s DWTS, Jaleel had an emotional breakdown after his performance, rambling on how entertaining people was his “Mickey Mouse.”
After all that strangeness, there never seemed to be much possibility Jaleel could win, and the emergence of new fan favorites like William Levy didn’t help either. Not that this proves anything, but Jaleel didn’t say a peep about Kym after the pair was eliminated, even though the first thing an ousted star usually remembers to do is thank his or her partner.