Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 14, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The eighth week of performances features a ballroom dance and a trio dance.
Original Air Date: May 7, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, May 7, 2012 Season 14, Episode 14

Dancing with the Stars' top 6 tackle two dances, including the first-ever trio challenge. Does it take three to tango or is three a crowd? Plus: Who made a comeback?

So in tonight's edition of "Throwing Stuff Against the Wall and Seeing What Sticks," we have the trio challenge (not to be confused with a threesome or a threeway.) Each couple will do a dance with a third person (not three couples dancing because that would make too much sense). But you know what would make sense? Cut the show down from two hours.

But first, the individual dances:

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: tango
Donald tells Peta to push him because he doesn't want to go home. Is this the first time there's no mention of getting a perfect 30? Oh, wait, I spoke too soon. Donald gets pissed about his frame, so he studies Mark and Derek's dances, which means it's a perfect time to whip out the iPad! Yay for product placement! This is one of Peta's better choreographed routines. It's snappy, dynamic and fast, which is not usually the case with tangos on here. Donald's frame is solid and he's attacking the steps so hard that the tension between the two of them is kind of lost. Len calls it a first-round knockout and is very happy. Bruno says he was going for it like there was no tomorrow. Carrie Ann says he was in the zone, but wants more drama, so Donald plants one on her.
Score: 27

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: Viennese waltz
Who knew Derek cursed this much? Maria's not getting the routine, so Derek's going all drill sergeant with a good mix of sailor language tossed in on her. "Our rehearsals seem to be becoming a bit of a roller coaster," she says, crying. (Read: They hate each other.) But the end product is a beauty. The routine is gorgeous, and Maria's transitions are lovely. She's still a little stiff, and Bruno calls it heavenly. Carrie Ann heard angels singing. Len reprimands Derek for not having more holds. Derek apologizes in the skybox for "being a jerk" in rehearsals.
Score: 28

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: foxtrot
More cursing! Not surprising since it's Maks. "I'm gonna go f---ing outside because I'm about to f---in punch something," he tells Melissa. "You're making me look like a terrorist," he says. "There is no way I can make him look like a bad guy, but he can," Melissa says. Truth. Melissa flubs a couple of steps in the beginning, but recovers rather nicely for the rest of the number. She's still at this point hopelessly tensed-up and wooden, but she does have some nice lines here and there. The real problem with her is that she never looks like she's enjoying the moment. Has Maks instilled perpetual fear in her? Carrie Ann calls it her best dance ever. Len agrees, but says there were "one or two incidents" that lost it. Bruno says the presentation is her best yet. Maks also concedes to being a jerk in rehearsals and promises it will never happen again. Don't make promises you can't keep, dude!
Score: 24

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: Viennese waltz
Hey, no cursing! Check out this editing! Katherine actually encourages Mark to push her. What an upstanding pupil, unlike Maria and Melissa, right?! I kid. This is a beautiful routine. It's lyrical, and Katherine's technique continues to kill. She does flub a little at the end during a spin, but it's a typical job well done overall. Len loves it except for the spin at the end. Bruno notes the slip-up as the only thing preventing her from perfection. Carrie Ann says she lost her footing.
Score: 26

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: foxtrot
Roshon's feeling discouraged because there's no more Duel to save him if he's in the bottom two again. So he brings his two adorable grandmothers for encouragement (and to pick up some votes). Seriously, how cute are they? Also, how cute is this routine? It's so "first crush" that I can't handle it. It's light, breezy and so sweet I'm sure I have another cavity already. Roshon's also centered and not twitchy for once. Grandmas love it! Bruno calls him a young Mickey Rooney. Carrie Ann says Roshon made his grannies proud and the judges proud. Len gives him another, "Good job, dawg." They get two 10s from Carrie Ann and Bruno. Call it a comeback!
Score: 29

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: foxtrot
William gives Cheryl flowers for her birthday, but she says the best present is for him to nail his two dances. William is not feeling the foxtrot since he hates ballroom rules. Rebel without a cause! This is one of William's better numbers. He's not heavy-footed, his frame is sturdy, and there's a very old school and debonair air about the whole thing. Carrie Ann meows at William and calls it a "sexy Pink Panther." Len says it was a mix of care and flair. Bruno calls him a heartbreaker.
Score: 30

Trio Challenge
Here's how this works: Each team picks an eliminated pro or a troupe member to join their team. And then they dance. Duh.

Donald Driver, Peta Murgatroyd and Karina Smirnoff: jive
Peta picks Karina because she's the defending champ and rocks at choreography. So you mean you want her to choreograph the whole thing, right? Yeah, this choreography is all Karina. It's snazzy and a total energetic crowd-pleaser. Donald keeps up with the million and a half flicks and kicks and they end it with Donald leaping over both of them. Len gives them three "funs." Bruno says Donald kept up with "these two firecrackers." "I like your threeway," Carrie Ann shrieks.
Score: 28
Total: 55

Maria Menounos, Derek Hough and Henry Byalikov: samba

Derek picked troupe-r Henry because he's buff and wants to do a Bollywood theme. An Indian samba? Yeah, no. This is a case of the idea being better in theory than in practice, or to be more specific, Derek's idea. It's a fun little number, but it's basically a Bollywood number and not a samba one. It's a good Bollywood number, though, and the sheer look of it all may be enough to fool fringe voters. Bruno loves the creativity. Carrie Ann says there were a few boo-boos and it was a feast for her Asian eyes. Len wants more samba.
Score: 25
Total: 53


Melissa Gilbert, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy: samba
They pick Val, duh. "There is nothing hotter than dancing between the two Chmerkovskiys," Melissa says. You got that right, sis. OK, maybe Val needs to pitch in every week because this is the most relaxed Melissa's ever looked. She's attacking the steps, loose and has rhythm. Plus, she gets the honor of grabbing both Chmerkovskiy asses at the end. Might this be her last stand? (It is her birthday tomorrow.) Carrie Ann loves the Maks and Val sandwich and says this is now her best dance. Len agrees. Bruno calls her Rita Hayworth. All three judges give her 9s for the first time. Hmm, are they actually on board or is this reverse psychology?
Score: 27
Total: 51


Katherine Jenkins, Mark Ballas and Tristan MacManus: cha-cha
This trio thing is obviously a filler gimmick, but I support anything that brings Tristan back on my screen in a suit and shades. "The things he's done with Nancy Grace and Gladys Knight are amazing," Mark explains of his choice. Sly diss, Mark. Katherine's wearing a tearaway suit, but her right pant leg doesn't, um, tear away. But she doesn't miss a beat and eventually kicks it off. It's a sexy, cool routine, and while not as crowd-pleasing as the first three, Katherine's technique is, of course, on-point. It ends with Mark and Tristan handcuffed... and they lose the key. Can we switch places, Mark? Len loves it. Bruno calls Katherine Charlize Theron. Carrie Ann says she brought the fire.
Score: 29
Total: 55


Roshon Fegan, Chelsie Hightower and Sasha Farber: paso doble
They picked Sasha because he's masculine. Sasha assures Roshon he won't be in the bottom two anymore. This is interesting since it's the first trio where the third person is the same gender as the celebrity and not the pro. Roshon holds his own against Sasha, but falls out of sync a few times. Still, it's a powerful, strong dance that Roshon needs to keep him in the game. Bruno points out their flub, but says it was a good job. Carrie Ann loves the concept and hates that they were out of sync. "You were like two skinny fries chasing the ketchup," Len says. "Somebody just ordered a Happy Meal," Tom quips.
Score: 27
Total: 56


William Levy, Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani: paso doble
Cheryl chose Tony because she wants William to go toe to toe with a male pro. And William does, before going out of sync with Tony for a little bit. Overall, it's a taut, tense routine, and William's steps seem tighter, and his lines cleaner. The only weird thing about it was a flamenco segment at the end. Carrie Ann says William only went out of sync once. Len calls it fabulous. Bruno points out they lost sync too.
Score: 27
Total: 57


William and Cheryl top the leader board solo for the first time with a 57, while Melissa and Maks are last with 51. Remember, tomorrow's a double elimination.

What do you think? Did you like the trio challenge? Is William the new man to beat? Were you surprised at Roshon's comeback? Was this Melissa's last stand? Will Derek and Maks stop cursing to their partners? (Of course not!) Who do you think will get the boot in tomorrow's double elimination?

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Dancing with the Stars' top 6 tackle two dances, including the first-ever trio challenge. Does it take three to tango or is three a crowd? Plus: Who made a comeback?
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