“Dancing with the Stars” returned to air for its third week with some controversy, but most of it was themed around one person and one person only — Jaleel White. The tabloids have put Steve Urkel through the ringer over the course of the past week or so, and he had to come out and try to perform a routine that still showed off some chemistry with partner Kym Johnson.
The theme this week revolved around performance inspired by the best year of the stars’ lives, and there while we won’t be remembering many of these routines for years, there were at least fun to watch.
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya – We found Jack’s story rather interesting, mostly because it’s something we don’t hear too much about anymore in the modern age — a man learning that he had a biological daughter that he didn’t know about.
When it comes to the routine, Jack continued to surprise us with his rhythm, and also his ability to actually keep up the routines. Len Goodman was right — this was his best dance yet. Score: 24
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough – We all know that Derek is one of the better choreographers on the show, and we have to give him more credit than ever for this routine. There was so much chemistry here that even the periodic table would be intimidated.
As a dance, we’re not really sure what to think about this. It really actually felt more like a love scene in a PG-13 than an actual dance. With that being said, it still was pretty amazing. Score: 27
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus – You have to love a comeback story. One week after giving her weakest performance in the competition, the legendary singer showed off plenty of grace in a foxtrot that got all of the judges cheering.
We were pretty worried that Gladys was going to be a one-hit wonder after a strong first dance, but we are happy sometimes to be proven wrong. Score: 24
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – In doing a Michael Jackson tribute, Roshon made it clear that his only real goal was just to try and make his late hero proud.
How did he do? While we would have loved to see a bit more of the 1980s Michael rather than the Jackson 5 era when it comes to the performance, the dance itself was so energetic and fun that we couldn’t complain. This may not have been Roshon’s best overall dance, but it certainly gave us more insight into his life than anything else we’ve seen. Score: 25
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff – Who knew that Gavin was such a tender guy at heart? Hearing his story about everything his family did for him to make his dream of becoming a star come true was simply remarkable, and he certainly paid tribute to them with a rumba that was the best dance from him so far.
Is Gavin a great dancer? Let’s just say there’s a reason Carrie Ann Inaba said that he “struggles” with dancing. At least the guy is trying his hardest, and you can see that in his routines. Score: 24
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas – Can we just give Katherine the Mirrorball Trophy already? It’s already obvious that she is the best dancer in this competition, both when it comes to performance quality as well as mastering the choreography.
While Len did have an issue with the amount of time spent in hold this week, we honestly cannot find much to complain about at all. It was a moving tribute to Katherine’s late father, and there was nary a dry eye in te ballroom. Score: 29
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy – If Katherine’s tears did not start a flash flood in the ballroom, Sherri had the audience boarding lifeboats. This was a dance the “View” panelist dedicated to her son, and you could see how much she cared in every movement.
Unfortunately, we do have to say that it did not succeed in showing off Sherri’s strengths as well as some of her past routines. However, It’s hard not to want to cheer for someone who was so emotional after the dance that she could barely stand to have an awkward conversation wtih Brooke Burkey in the skybox. Score: 24
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – This just in: Melissa can really dance! Despite some early struggles in this competition, our “Little House on the Prairie” star actually went out with a jive that showed the full range of her capabilities.
While her score puts her in contentious, or main concern here is still whether or not she has the fanbase to go as far as some of the other people in the competition. Score: 24
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson – So how much did the show address what went on with Jaleel in the tabloids? In a few words, not at all. Jaleel was classy in his routine, and by the end of it he was actually in tears.
What made this performance so special for Jaleel? He dedicated the number to his alter ego of Stefan Urkel from “Family Matters,” and there was an essence of coolness there throughout. Score: 25
William Levy and Cheryl Burke – After thinking that WIlliam was vastly overrated by the judges last week, the Latin star this time around delivered. There was passion, energy, and moves that showed off some Latin flair.
Is William going to end up winning the show? We still don’t know whether his appeal is the same nationally as it is in the studio, but he is the second person to receive a 10 this season. Score: 28
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd – Donald closed the night with a routine dedicated to his late friend, and he showed that he knew how to be emotional. (Then again, it’s hard to doubt that considering how emotional he was throughout the season.)
After watching this final dance, Len chose to use a word that he doesn’t used often to describe the night: awesome. Indeed, Len. Indeed. Score: 26
Who was your favorite this week, and do you think the show did a good thing by staying away from the controversy away from the telecast?