With the semifinals just one week away and a double elimination on tap tonight on Dancing with the Stars, the pressure was on Monday night.
Underdogs Melissa Gilbert and Roshon Fegan needed to step up big time in order to stay out of jeopardy tonight, and one just may have.
Neither could touch the Cuban Brad Pitt, however.
In the first round Monday, William Levy and Cheryl Burke landed atop the leader board with a high-energy foxtrot that earned a perfect score.
“You bring these performances to life,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “There was care in technique and flare in the movement,” added Len Goodman.
In a close second were Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, who barely survived last week. Their foxtrot earned 29 points and had Bruno Tonioli gushing.
“The sweetest of sweethearts,” he called them.
After earning a perfect score last week, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough earned 28 points for what Bruno called an “amazing” Viennese waltz.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s tango earned 27 points. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas picked up 26 points for their Viennese waltz.
At the bottom after round one were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, whose foxtrot earned 24 points. Still, the judges were pleased.
For the second round of competition, the pairs added a third partner, choosing either an eliminated pro or a member of the DWTS dance troupe.
Despite a wardrobe malfunction (her pant leg stuck to her shoe), Katherine and Mark’s cha cha with Tristan MacManus was a hit with the judges.
They led round two with 29 points. Bruno called it “sexy and cool,” while Len said it was “clean and clever.” That and technically proficient.
Donald and Peta performed an energetic jive with Karina Smirnoff that earned 28 points – a low score, according to an unsatisfied audience.
Roshon and Chelsie tied with Cheryl and William in the second round. Both couples earned 27 for their paso dobles, keeping them in the hunt.
Val Chmerkovskiy joined his brother and Melissa for a sizzling samba that was deemed her best dance ever by Carrie Ann. They also earned 27.
Finally, Maria and Derek brought in troupe member Henry Byalikovat for a Bollywood-themed samba that caused a rift among the judges.
Here’s how the Dancing With the Stars leaderboard added up:
- William Levy & Cheryl Burke: (30, 27) 57
- Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: (29, 27) 56
- Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: (27, 28) 55
- Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: (26, 29) 55
- Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: (28, 25) 53
- Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: (24, 27) 51
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Dancing With the Stars Recap: William Levy Foxtrots to the Top