Dancing With The Stars Review: Classical Night
After dealing with Motown Night, 'Dancing with the Stars' decided to crank up the intensity and challenge the dancers even more with Classical Night. After all, classical music is more difficult to dance to in comparison to anything contemporary.
The show begins rather dramatically with the orchestra showing their skill lead on by violinist Joshua Bell, rocking it out while three couples, all decked out in skimpy Victorian garb, show off their moves. Then we're introduced to our seven contestants who are already feeling the pressure of trying to make it to the next round.
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
Score: 27/30 (9/9/9)
Surprisingly Katherine Jenkins isn't feeling too much pressure, claiming that she's "a lot more in the comfort zone" by dancing to classical music. At the same time her dancer Mark Ballas is confident that he'll be able to wow the judges with their dance, especially since he seems rather interested in his partner. Their take of the Rumba to classical music goes off without a hitch, dirtying up the instrumental song with their own dance moves in a fun way. However, Carrie Ann Inaba is under the impression that it would have been more enjoyable to watch if it were even dirtier. They were barely wearing anything and were dance-caressing each other, what more do you want?
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Score: 21/30 (7/7/7)
Not everybody can be perfect with their Argentinean tango. Just look at Melissa and Maksim. It's obvious from the rehearsal footage that Maksim has had it up to here with Melissa, which is a shame because the poor woman is putting so much effort into her performance. Once the two end up on the dance floor, their lack of chemistry and Melissa's nervousness shows greatly as she gives a rather stiff performance, something that all of the judges seem to notice. Surprisingly they gave her a higher score than what their comments were giving off. Still, it's not looking too good for Melissa.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Score: 27/30 (9/9/9)
At the beginning of William and Cheryl's rehearsal segment, William says he wants to "show them we are more than a pretty face." During the rehearsal William seems to have a hard time trying to get his dance together, especially given the fact that he has an injured ankle, but still perseveres when they do the Viennese waltz in front of the judges. They dance to child prodigy Jackie Evancho's rendition of "Ave Maria." Her beautiful voice combined with the couple's fluid movements was enough to win everybody over in the dance hall.
Roshon Fegan & Cheslie Hightower
Score: 25/30 (8/8/9)
It's obvious that Roshon is having some trouble with his dance moves, but he blames it all on his account of not being "masculine" enough in order to pull off his role as leader in the Argentinean tango. So what does he do? He decides to recruit the help of Maskim in order to wow the judges. The couple does fine, though there is a slight smell of favoritism lurking around these two since they were the only ones to perform to a classical take on a contemporary song. Some may pass it off as just another random song, but others could claim that the song alone (along with it's beat) was a form of cheating that saved the couple from getting a low score / being eliminated this round.
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Score: 27/30 (9/9/9)
Who knew that a football wide receiver would have better dance moves than an actor? Donald Driver managed to show off his sweet moves to the entire dance hall thanks to his never-ending urge to win at everything. "You let your technique go, then you're going home" proclaims the man. He certainly didn't let go of his technique though it is arguable that he should loosen up just a little bit.
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough
Score: 30/30 (10/10/10)
"Montagues and Capulets, I'm thinking tragic love story?" When Derek first uttered these words during the beginning of the rehearsal session surely some audience members thought they were in for a whirlwind of dance floor trouble, especially since the two had an extremely hard time working with each other through their practices this week. Instead they learned how to grab their anger and turn it into pure sexual passion on the dance floor with their fiery rendition of the Paso Doble. Obviously the judges were happy with it, even the host Tom Bergeron who looked like he needed a moment to compose himself after Maria gave him an almost vampire hickey.
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson
Score: 24/30 (8/8/8)
Out of all of the couples that have been competing so far, Jaleel and Kym seem to be having the most fun being part of this process. At the same time Jaleel is letting Kym do her thing, teaching Jaleel how to properly move on the dance floor without questioning it. A perfect combination? You would think so but it didn't turn out the way they thought it would be once it was time to perform.
Score: 27/30 (8/9/10)
Now we're onto the final round of the night which could make or break some couples' scores if they win or lose. The first of the two sets of couples to compete is Team Tango who, obviously, are going to put their own spin on the famous dance. Roshon is definitely the belle of the ball in this dance group but Jaleel continues to struggle. Regardless, they all look good together minus the fact that they aren't completely in an even line and that Jaleel's mistakes stand out even more due to that.
Score: 26/30 (8/9/9)
It's time to bring on Team Paso, or what the women would like it to be known as Team Shirtless. Yes, they were able to get the men of their group to be shirtless as they wished but lack of clothing doesn't equal better dancing. Melissa still struggles to let go of her nervousness, appearing stiff on the dance floor, which makes many people question whether or not she'll be getting the boot tomorrow night. Still, they gave it a try.
Be sure to watch 'Dancing with the Stars' tomorrow night where the results will be counted out and two couples will do a dance duel (the last of the season) in order to try and stay on the show.