Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars” Motown show was a case of much too much.
The live performances by Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and The Temptations seemed to distract both the celebrity dancers and the audience. It didn’t bring out the best in anyone except a resurgent Jaleel White and front-runner Katherine Jenkins, who hasn’t been fazed by anything all season.
As far as the Tuesday night elimination went, I felt Motown nostalgia would keep low-scored Gladys Knight in the competition while Melissa Gilbert would go home, despite a better-than-average performance. But I have been wrong before, and it would be another dance duel determining the outcome this week.
See How the Elimination Went Down:
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The show began with a Motown medley (but no Motown singers) and pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd did a slow dance to “Let’s Get it On” that was raunchier than William Levy and Cheryl Burke last night! Where were the sex police judges now? I guess it was OK in an exhibition, but not in a competition.
In the behind-the-scenes footage from Monday night that aired Tuesday, William and Cheryl were complaining about how the judges didn’t like their sexy dance while Jaleel White and Kym Johnson couldn’t be happier backstage after their score of 29. Jaleel hadn’t smiled that much all season — it was ear-to-ear.
Maks Chmerkovskiy and Melissa told each other “I love you” during the performance, a big change from their sour rehearsal clips from earlier in the week.
Shocker as Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were the first couple named in jeopardy, followed by the pair I expected to be in the dance duel, Melissa and Maks.
Watch Last Night’s Results Show Below:
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Later, the parade of filler-tastic interviews unfurled with the celebrities moaning about their aches and pains and how hard and grueling the competition had been so far. And I was thinking, this elimination show could easily be a half an hour.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd seemed disappointed backstage after their Monday night score of 27 — were they never satisfied? There’s such a thing as coming off as too competitive!
Gladys was shown getting her bouffant sprayed before hitting the floor and boy did she look tired leaving the studio in the footage! Later, Gladys and her partner Tristan MacManus were called in danger, as were Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower.
Who would stay and who would go? I was wrong! Melissa was called safe! Gladys was in the bottom two with Disney star Roshon. This would be an interesting dance duel, a contrast of young and old (or should I say, classic/seasoned — I hesitated to call Gladys old, but dance is like an athletic endeavor, after all). Host Tom Bergeron interviewed the two bottom-dwellers to extend the suspense. The couples would be dancing jive, a hard dance for the duel and I thought this would definitely benefit Roshon’s hip-hop energy. Poor Gladys! This seemed way unfair.
The dance duel began with the pairs performing simultaneously Already, Roshon looked much more limber than Gladys, although she kept up gamely with Tristan's choreography. It was a short duel, but nice to see the more-seasoned competitor giving it her best shot. It was like comparing apples and oranges.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said both styles were beautiful and Gladys was in control and confident. Len Goodman said both of them handled the pressure of the jive very well. Bruno Tonioli called Gladys unique and special — and felt Roshon had immaculate timing. Wow, the judges were going to look really mean if they chose Roshon!
Carrie Ann wanted to save Gladys, Len wanted to save Roshon, so what did Bruno say? Bruno went with Roshon and Chelsie, so Gladys was going home!
So sad to see the singer go during Motown week. She smiled and said she was amazed by the journey, with Tristan smiling at her side.
We will all miss her!