William Levy and Katherine Jenkins astonishing performance on DWTS Latin Night. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ comes with Latin Night theme where the Carlos Santana provides a perfect musical backdrop to it all. How all the celebs did!!!!!
‘Dancing With the Stars’ celebs get steamy on Latin Night
You know what a Latin Night theme means – bare chests, swiveling hips and lots of hot and heavy touching.
Celebs had to bring their spiciest, sexiest moves to Monday’s Dancing With the Stars ballroom for judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Carlos Santana rocked the house, providing a perfect musical backdrop to it all, as hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet kept the parade of wiggles and jiggles moving.
Earlier in the day, Melissa Gilbert blogged about how it was a struggle to get her “sexy, dancer mojo” back after last week’s accident that left her with whiplash and a mild concussion. Was she able to twist, dip, shake and shimmy as required by the sultry dances? Yes, but not well.
Here’s how all the celebs did:
William Levy didn’t think the “passion” of the Argentine tango was going to be a problem for him. But the dancing? “Definitely more challenging than I thought.” He seemed frustrated in rehearsals with pro partner Cheryl Burke. On the dance floor, however, he was the epitome of smooth. He looked like James Bond – with a tuxedo shirt opened, tie untied – and he and Cheryl played out the sharp and sexy moves with just the right amount of aggression. Levy had no problem with the many twirls and lifts, pulling them off with ease. When it ended, the crowd would not stop cheering. Carrie Ann called him the “Latin dancing James Bond.” Len praised his “sensuality.” And Bruno liked his “throbbing intensity.” And he apparently was doing it all with a hurt ankle. Levy had an MRI today after twisting it the day before and revealed, “My ligament is ripped up.” The doctor told him to rest, but Levy said, “No resting today!” Scores: 10, 9, 10 = 29
Katherine Jenkins practiced her flicks and kicks for this week’s Argentine tango on USA TODAY blogger Mark Ballas’ private parts during rehearsals. Ouch! But on the floor, she was crisp and sexy with him. And he was with her. Said Len: “This, for me, was like a rose. It had beauty … but underneath was sharp.” Bruno cited Mark’s choreography as well as the storytelling. “It was played to perfection.” Carrie Ann used the same word – “perfection,” adding that Katherine’s legs were the “best” of any she has seen and her moves were “poetry in motion.” Scores: 10, 9, 10 = 29
Maria Menounos danced a high-energy salsa with hot pro partner Derek Hough, but not before we saw her slam into the floor when he dropped her during rehearsals. “My chin!” she said, crying. Turned out it was fine. The chin injury, added to her rib and feet problems, prompted her to put on a body covering of bubble-wrap to rehearse. Don’t worry, though, for the dance she had a sparkly skirt and bikini bra top to show off her taut tummy and sexy moves. Halfway through, Derek took off his shirt and Maria planted a kiss on his lips to up the sexy ante. Did it pay off? The audience loved it. And the judges? Carrie Ann said she was “fantastic.” But, she said, “I don’t think you needed the kiss! The salsa is all about the illusion of passion. Don’t go at it right in front of us!” Len said, “Two things were revealed out there – Derek’s body and your talent.” He added that the “talent was fantastic.” Bruno licked his lips and asked, “Was it legal? Want me to get you a room? May I join in?” Scores: 9, 9, 9 = 27
Donald Driver brought the sexy with an Argentine tango that was serious and sharp, while showcasing pro partner Peta Murgatroyd’s lithe body in a red cut-out dress. His strength allowed her to twirl and leap and warp herself around him with ease. Carrie Ann said, “That was divine. You were so in control of Peta the whole time.” Len was a little less effusive. Bruno said it was a “fantastic job.” Scores: 10, 8, 9 = 27 The crowd disagreed with Len’s paddle.
Roshon Fegan worked on his sexy moves all week and showed them off in a jungle-themed salsa that was fairly wild. Bruno liked his “exhilarating exuberance” and praised his timing. Carrie Ann called him “sexy in a Disney way.” Len said he was like “a young guy with his first car,” which was good, but he suggested that he “calm” down at times a little. Scores: 9, 8, 9 = 26
Jaleel White’s fiery samba showed off his six-pack abs and his swiveling hips to much praise from the judges. “Your bum was going like you were chewing toffee,” said Len. “That wiggle!” said Bruno. “You came out with attack and fire,” said Carrie Ann, who loved it, but was a bit critical of his arm movements. Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Gladys Knight had a tough week because she had singing engagements in four states and still had to rehearse. She and partner Tristan MacManus were having to work on their samba routine at midnight. On the dance floor, she shook her green ruffled skirt and shimmied her sequins at the crowd. Len said it was “simple but effective.” Bruno said she was “magic.” Carrie Ann pointed out a “few tiny mistakes,” but added, “There’s a reason you are the legend you are.” Scores: 7, 7, 8 = 22
Gilbert and pro partner Maks Chmerkovskiy (in a pink open shirt showing off his buff, spray-tanned torso) took the floor for a salsa dance. “We intend to stay as long as possible,” said Melissa in her rehearsal segment, even though she wore a neck brace and hard hat. On the floor, Maks did most of the fancy steps while she tried to keep up, even as he dragged her around in a twirl that couldn’t have felt good on her neck, and ended with her spinning on the floor. The audience loved it, applauding her effort. Bruno said she lacked “control.” Carrie Ann said it was “beautiful” to see how much “confidence” she has gained, but said Bruno was right – she lacked an element of control. Said Len, “I saw excellent parts and parts that weren’t so good.” Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
Gavin DeGraw said “this week more than ever I may be relying on fan votes,” because it’s tough. He dedicated his samba with partner Karina Smirnoff to the fans – a pre-emptive plea for votes, no doubt. She did most of the flouncing around in her ruffled skirt, while he held onto his white hat – and nearly dropped her at one point. Bruno said, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” but added, “I actually enjoyed it.” Carrie Ann said she was “lacking a little bit of form. It was hard to tell it was a samba.” Gavin admitted it was “more of a struggle than a samba.” Len said, “To be honest with you, it was more of a shamba than a samba.” The crowd booed. Scores: 6, 6, 7 = 19. (Ann Oldenburg – USA TODAY)