We kicked off with three legends of Motown - Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and The Temptations. Unfortunately my family insisted on singing along which spoiled it quite a lot really. But, from what I could hear, they were very good (the Motown stars.)
On to the scores:
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus -21 - Gladys danced to The Temptations singing My Girl. Forgot a few steps, but this was a very elegant dance. Len thought she was the most charismatic performer. Bruno wanted more steam.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough - Foxtrot - 26 - Martha Reeves sang Jimmy Mac. Wow this was excellent. Maria looked like Grace Kelly. Beautifully danced, wonderful choreography. One trip is all. Carrie Ann was picky. Len loved it.
Rishon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower - Rumba - 23 - Smokey Robinson sang for Roshon. Very sensuous dance for a young man! Carrie Ann thought his movements were over-exaggerated and a foot came off the floor (or something). Len thought it was too jerky. Bruno thought it was a great performance. I thought he was pretty good.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas - Samba - 29 - The Temptations - very good performance as always. Len called her "The Midwife" because she delivers. *sigh*
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd - Foxtrot - 27 - Donald is a very focused person. He wants to win! Excellent performance. The judges seemed to like it too.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Viennese Waltz - 24 - a pretty dance, competent but perhaps uninspired. The judges were complimentary.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson - Cha Cha Cha - 29 - he did the splits! Much better than last week. Len thought he was back. Bruno said it was the biggest sizzler of the season.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke - Rumba - 27 - OK he's really good as well as being sexy. Not sure about the choreography, Cheryl seemed to do a lot of walking about. Very good though. "Utter filth and I enjoyed every moment of it" - Bruno. Carrie Ann wanted more dancing. Len felt it was a little on the raunchy side.
Intermission with Smokey Robinson singing Tears of a Clown - one of my favorites - with Anna and Val dancing.
The dance marathon is a Cha Cha. The first couple out gets 3 points, the second 4, and so on until the last couple dancing gets 10. Here's the order they were eliminated with their total score on the night.
Gladys/Tristan - 3 & 21 = 24
Maria/Derek - 4 & 26 = 30
Roshon/Chelsie - 5 & 23 = 28
Melissa/Maks - 6 & 24 = 30
Donald/Peta - 7 & 27 = 34
Jaleel/Kym - 8 & 29 = 37
William/Cheryl - 9 & 27 = 36
Katherine/Mark - 10 & 29 = 39
It seems to me that we will see Gladys and Roshon in the dance duel tomorrow. What do you think?