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Dancing With The Stars Recap: Sambas, Rumbas, Memories, and Tears

April 02, 2012 07:03 PM by Candace Young

Last week on ABC‘s Dancing With The Stars, contestant Martina Navritalova‘s quest for the Mirror Ball Trophy came to an early end as she was the first to leave the competition. This week, the remaining dancers will tell their most memorable stories as they work to impress judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli, as well as America…

After hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet have announced the remaining 11 stars and their professional dance partners, it’s time for the first couple hits the dance floor on Dancing With The Stars.

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya will dance the samba tonight. Jack shares his story about being reunited with the 18 year-old daughter he never knew he had last year at a concert in Florida. It’s very emotional and Jack cries reminiscing. He says his song tonight is one his daughter, Kerry, loved that night. Jack flaunts and flips around the stage – great rhythm, great dance! Len says it was his best dance! Bruno compliments his timing and rhythm – loves it! Carrie Ann agrees. All three judges give them ’8′s, for a total of ‘24‘.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough are up next. Maria looks back on her tough childhood and talks about how hard her parents had to work to keep food on the table. She and Derek will perform the rumba tonight to Material Girl, a song which inspired her when she was young and struggling. It’s slowed-down, elegant, and subtly sexy – lookin’ good! Bruno says he felt it and comments on the fluidity. Carrie Ann says she is an exquisite dancer – breathtaking. Len calls it a mix of ballroom with a bit of bedroom – a tiny bit hesitant, but fabulous. All three judges award ’9′s for a total of ‘27‘!

Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus took some criticism from Len last week. This week, Gladys reminisces about meeting Sam Cook and getting advice from him.  They will dance the foxtrot to a Sam Cook song tonight. It’s an adorable routine with Gladys looking and dancing like a girl in a beautiful pink gown. Carrie Ann saw an improvement in her frame – it was sensuous, soulful, and beautiful. Len admires her dedication and improvement and asks to be a Pip! Bruno says she was absolutely gorgeous out there! All three judges give them ’8′s, for a total of ‘24‘.

Roshon Fegan and Chelsea Hightower are next to dance live on Dancing With the Stars. They will be doing the samba to a Jackson 5 tune. Roshon recalls seeing Michael Jackson for the first time when he was only 6, and emulating him. Michael Jackson’s choreographer, Travis, is brought in to help in rehearsal. The pair perform an upbeat routine in seventies inspired costumes. It’s fun and fantastic! Len liked the flair. He would have liked to see some more traditional samba in there, but approves. Bruno hollers that Michael Jackson would have loved it! Carrie Ann agrees with Len a little bit – the Michael Jackson transitions threw him off a bit, but she liked the tribute.  All three judges award ’8′s, for a total of ‘24‘.

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff, who were in the bottom two last week, will perform a rumba to a Billy Joel song this time around. Gavin talks about knowing he wanted to be a singer after seeing Billy in concert, and the support he received from his family – his father would even go door-to-door promoting him. They dance an elegant and impressive routine to New York State of Mind. Bruno crows that he has hips and can move ‘em! He warns him to work on his turns, but says he’s getting better all the time. Carrie Ann agrees about the turns, but says her heart is all fluttery for Gavin! Len says he saw good hips, more musicality through the arms – he sees progression! Gavin cries after when asked how he feels about his family watching. Each of the judges give an ’8′, for a total of ‘24‘.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas will do a waltz to a song that is significant to her regarding the passing of her father. She tells the story of how she and her sister were called from school to say goodbye to him in hospice. Their dance is elegant and absolutely beautiful to watch. Katherine breaks down as they conclude. Carrie Ann is also crying, and tells her it was magical – her father was looking down on her. Len says it was elegant, but points out there wasn’t enough ballroom hold in it. The bottom line is that she’s a wonderful dancer. Bruno shouts, “Sensational!” Carrie Ann and Bruno award ’10′s and Len gives a ’9′, for a total of ‘29‘!

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy will do a rumba in honor of Sherri’s son, Jeffrey, tonight on Dancing With The Stars.  Sherri talks about him being born prematurely and says that he is a miracle. Jeffrey, is brought in by Val when Sherri struggles in rehearsal. Their rumba is a pleasure to watch – it flows and is heartfelt. Len thought she did a great job – well done! Bruno says, “Mama can move!” He says it was very well expressed. Carrie Ann says Sherri is true to herself.  All three judges award ’8′s, for a total of ‘24‘.

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy will do a jive to The Dog Days Are Over tonight. She recalls how she fell in 2010 and went into surgery worried that she wouldn’t be able to walk again. She feels it’s astounding that she is on Dancing With the Stars now.  It’s an energetic and aggressive routine with lots of attitude. Bruno says the beginning and the end were great! Carrie Ann saw no nerves tonight and loved it! Len says Melissa has come into the competition – congratulations! All three judges give ’8′s, for a total of ‘24‘.

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are doing the rumba tonight. Jaleel reminisces about becoming well-known while playing Urkel and how his life changed. Their rumba is sexy and Jaleel comes across very suave.  Carrie Ann says they slid through it like nobody’s business. Len says found it a little stiff in the arms. Bruno says he played cool and smooth, but agrees with Len’s assessment about the arms. Jaleel cries after about how much he enjoys entertaining people. Carrie Ann gives a ’9′ and Len and Bruno give ’8′s, for a total of ‘25‘.

William Levy and Cheryl Burke are doing a salsa tonight in tribute to how he felt coming to the United States. He describes how you have no future in Cuba, and talks about his first encounter with American ice cream! Cheryl wastes no time in delivering the skin promised last week as she rips William’s shirt open to kick things off. It’s a steamy salsa and the crowd goes wild! Len says it was loose – he conquered the salsa! Bruno beckons William closer and hollers that it was amazing! Carrie Ann says it was ridiculously hot! She points out that there was one issue, but then really doesn’t seem to care! Carrie Ann and Len give ’9′s and Bruno gives a ’10′, for a total of  ‘28‘.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd are tackling the rumba tonight. He recalls how his best friend passed away in his arms in 2010. He has chosen a song that speaks to him about this tragedy. The performance is breathtaking! Carrie Ann is crying and tells him the passion he just expressed was mesmerizing. Len says he danced with warmth and emotion – a top notch performance. Bruno says he pushes himself to the limit every time – he thinks this could turn out to be the battle of the hunks! Carrie Ann and Bruno award ’9′s and Len an ’8′, for a total of ‘26‘.

It was such an emotional, tear-jerker of a night on Dancing With the Stars – very moving performances and stories. Which star do you think had the most moving performance?

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2 Responses to “Dancing With The Stars Recap: Sambas, Rumbas, Memories, and Tears”

  1. lloyd wells Says:
    April 2nd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    How on earth can you justify Katherine and Mark being asked to “waltz” to a tune in duple meter (4/4)?
    This is comedic writing at it’s best!!!

  2. glpl Says:
    April 2nd, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Go Cheryl and Wm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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