It’s Motown Week on “Dancing with the Stars” and with only eight couples remaining, the competition is getting tougher. The couples will have to work harder and step up their performance levels in order to stay in the competition.
The show opens with a montage from some of the Motown greats singing their hits – Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations – as members of the Dancing with the Stars Troupe performed on the dance floor.
Along with their solo performances, the couples will compete in an old fashioned dance marathon. The couples will have a chance to earn extra points depending on their dancing and how long they last on the dance floor.
After a video clip on the beginnings and success of Motown; DWTS own Motown star Gladys Knight and partner Tristan Mac Manus Rumba to “My Girl” by The Temptations. In her video package, Gladys said she traveled with The Temptations for many years. Gladys’ brother – the original Pip – made a visit to the rehearsal room to teach Tristan “a few moves”. The Temptations get things started off before Glady and Tristan take to the dance floor. Len said that if he were judging purely with his heart, he would put Gladys at the top of the leader board; Len said Gladys is not the best dancer but is the most charismatic dancer, easy like Sunday morning. Bruno said Gladys has star quality and he liked the dance but would have liked to see a steamier Rumba. Carrie Ann said the night belongs to Gladys and she would pay to see Gladys dance again; but there were some mistakes and forgettable moments. Len came back in to say that if he were at home, he’d be picking up the phone. Co-host Brooke Burke said Gladys and Tristan was the perfect couple to start of the night. Gladys and Tristan earned 21 points for their Rumba. Gladys said that she was happy and had a great time.
Berrie Gordy joins the audience for Motown week on “Dancing with the Stars”.
After a steamy Salsa last week, Maria and Derek perform the formal and elegant Foxtrot to “Jimmy Mack” by Martha Reeves. Bruno called the performance a gleaming blend of sophistication and elegance with a fantastic frame. Carrie Ann noted a bit of a slip but called the performance excellent work. Len said in hold it was correct and formal and out of hold it was fun. Len called the dance a thrill to his eyes and Martha’s singing a thrill to his ears. Maria and Derek scored 26 points for their Foxtrot.
This week Roshon channels his inner romantic to perform the Rumba with Chelsie to “Crusin’” by Smokey Robinson. Carrie Ann noted that Roshon got a little sexy at the end of the dance but said in general the performance was over exaggerated. Len said that he didn’t dislike the dance but said the movements were clipped and jerky like a paint by numbers; adding that it had too much synchopation. Bruno said what Roshon lacked in size he made up for in fire but agreed with Len on the movement. Roshon and Chelsie scored 23 points for their Rumba.
After a near perfect Argentine Tango last week, Katherine and Mark channel their fun side with a Samba to “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations. After the performance host Tom Bergeron called it amazing and noted the bee hive hairdo never moved. Len asked what happened, wanting to know whether their was an earthquake or did Katherine shake the place up. Len called Katherine the midwife because she keeps delivering week after week. Bruno said that Katherine can bounce and funk; adding the performance was never more exhilarating. Carrie Ann said that Katherine let it loose; adding it was amazing. Katherine and Mark continued their near perfect performances with a score of 29 points.
Disappointed in his score from Len last week, Peta brought in a cardboard cutout of Len holding a 10 as inspiration for Donald this week. Donald and Peta perform a Foxtrot to “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations. Donald said dancing to The Temptations takes him back to his childhood and dancing to the radio. Bruno called Donald a showman with pizzazz, confidence and power. Carrie Ann said Donald was in the zone. Len said Donald came out and exploded on him and he loved it. Len told Peta to push Donald more because the routine was not as big as Donald’s talent. Donald and Peta scored 27 points for their Foxtrot.
Melissa and Maks perform a Viennese Waltz to “Baby, Baby” by Smokey Robinson. Carrie Ann said that she can finally see the work paying off and the artistry blossoming in her. Len said that he saw romance and control in the dance; but she lost energy in the end. Bruno said that he saw some wonderful rotation and lines in her dance; adding that Melissa is going in the right direction. Melissa and Maks got 24 points for their Viennese Waltz.
After surviving the bottom two and the dance duel last week, Jaleel and Kym perform a sizzling Cha Cha to “Ain’t too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations.
After surviving the bottom two and the dance duel last week Jaleel and Kym return with a Cha Cha to “Ain’t too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations. Host Tom Bergeron said Jaleel looked like he was on the comeback trail. Len remarked on how well Jaleel had done on week one and said simply, “you’re back.” Carrie Ann said Jaleel brought his A game. Bruno said Jaleel brought the biggest sizzle of the season and that Jaleel has come back big time. Earning their highest score of the season Jaleel and Kym scored 29 points for their Cha Cha. Kym said she was shocked and speechless.
The final solo performance of the night was from William and Cheryl with a Rumba to “Being with You” by Smokey Robinson. Bruno called the performance absolute filth and he loved every minute of it. Bruno said William sent the women into a frenzy and William was wired for sex. Carrie Ann said on behalf of all the women I thank you; but added dit wasn’t William’s best dance and she wanted to see more content. Len said William was physically impressive but the dance was a bit on the raunchy side for him. Despite the negative remarks, William and Cheryl scored 27 points including a 10 from Bruno.
Gladys and Tristan – 21
Roshon and Chelsie – 23
Melissa and Maks - 24
Maria and Derek – 26
Donald and Peta – 27
William and Cheryl - 27
Katherine and Mark – 29
Jaleel and Kym – 29
Before the dancers take to the dance floor for the dance marathon, Smokey Robinson performs “Tears of a Clown” – a song he co-wrote with fellow Motwon great Stevie Wonder while Anna and Val return to the dance floor.
The dance marathon is four minutes of non stop dancing with the judges deciding which couple will be eliminated. The couples will earn points from three to 10 points as they advance or get eliminated from the marathon. The couples dance to “Nowhere to Run”.
Gladys and Tristan – 3
Maria and Derek – 4
Roshon and Chelsie – 5
Melissa and Maks – 6
Donald and Peta – 7
Jaleel and Kym – 8
William and Cheryl – 9
Katherine and Mark – 10
Head judge Len Goodman said Katherine and Mark really worked it.
Gladys and Tristan – 21 + 3 = 24
Roshon and Chelsie – 23 + 5 = 28
Melissa and Maks – 24 + 6 = 30
Maria and Derek – 26 + 4 = 30
Donald and Peta – 27 + 7 = 34
Jaleel and Kym – 29 + 8 = 37
William and Cheryl – 27 + 9 = 38
Katherine and Mark – 29 + 10 = 39