The second week of season 14 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” brought a rare apology from head judge Len Goodman, who said after reviewing last week’s performances, he realized he’s underscored NFL star Donald Driver’s first performance.
“I watched it back. He did a good job,” Goodman said.
Most stars continued to shine tonight, but some faltered. Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins led the pack, while tennis star Martina Navratilova was the low-scorer.
Here is a recap of tonight’s performances:
Roshon Fagan: The charming Disney star earned high praise from judges – and 26 out of 30 points – for his light, crisp quickstep. “I liked it!” said Goodman, adding, “it was young, it was fresh. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Sherri Shepherd: The irrepressible co-host of “The View” turned in a high-energy jive to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” and even though she had a small misstep, judge Bruno Tonioli told her that Turner would be proud. Fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba proclaimed it a “phenomenal” routine. She earned 23 points.
Melissa Gilbert: Judges told the actress that she moved better when she wasn’t actively thinking about her routine, adding that her nerves showed in her facial expression and tightened shoulders. Tonioli commended her for doing well despite those nerves, but Goodman said he found it “a tad hectic” and “a little bit loose.” When her score of 20 points was revealed, there was some booing in the ballroom.
Jack Wagner: The singer and actor may have been too enthusiastic in his performance of a stylish jive that earned him 21 points. Inaba told him he “overdanced” the routine and because of that, was slightly ahead of the beat. Goodman agreed, but said it was acceptable to take him through to the next round. “I liked the content, I liked your attitude, I liked your energy …,” Goodman said.
Gladys Knight: The R&B singing legend’s quickstep had a natural feel, Tonioli said, but Inaba said Knight’s frame was “a little too casual” for the requirements of this dance. Goodman said the routine did not appeal to him, and his score – 5 out of 10 – drew strong boos from the audience. Knight’s score from the three judges was 19 points.
Katherine Jenkins: The Welsh opera singer sizzled on the dance floor with a snappy jive that was technically strong, sexy and well-choreographed, judges said. “The blond bombshell is unleashed,” enthused Tonioli. Jenkins scored 26 points.
Jaleel White: The “Family Matters” star’s jive didn’t was quick or sharp enough for Goodman. “I’m a little disappointed because you did such a great job last week,” he told White, who tied Jenkins for the top score of 26 in last week’s performance show. Inaba agreed, telling him that last week’s outstanding performance meant he set the bar high for himself. Tonight’s routine was good but “lacked that extra sparkle,” she said. The actor earned 22 points.
Maria Menounos: The “Extra” co-host earned strong reviews for her confident quickstep that was marred by a moment where she and partner Derek Hough were briefly out of sync. “It was near perfect,” Tonioli said. Menounos, who was dancing with a rib injury, earned 25 points.
Martina Navratilova: The tennis star had trouble with her footwork, missing a number of steps for much of the routine. “Oh my darling, I think that serve went into the net,” Tonioli said, telling her that she danced better when she relaxed. Goodman repeated his critique of last week, telling her that her approach was “too neat” and “too precise.” She had the night’s lowest score with 17 points.
Donald Driver: The NFL player’s light quickstep earned rave reviews from the three judges. Goodman said it was “up there with the best I’ve seen tonight,” while Tonioli called it “refined” and “elegant.” Inaba agreed, and Driver was awarded 24 points.
Gavin DeGraw: The singer earned 21 points for his jive. Tonioli told DeGraw that his kicks and flicks were “not good.” Overall, though, the three judges said they enjoyed his performance.
William Levy: The telenovela heartthrob’s quickstep saw the judges disagree. While Goodman said it “needed cleaner footwork,” Tonioli called it “superb” and Inaba praised his technique. Levy earned 25 points.
Scores from tonight were added to the points from the March 19 performances. One star will be voted off the show tomorrow.
Elimination in the competition results from a combination of judges’ scores and audience votes. The celebrity with the lowest combined scores is sent home, until three stars remain. They and their partners compete for the championship.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 41; Last week: 20. Total: 41
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24; Last week: 21. Total: 45
Roshon Fagan and Chelsie Hightower: 26; Last week: 23. Total: 49
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20; Last week: 20. Total: 40
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26; Last week: 26. Total: 52
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 19; Last week: 23. Total: 42
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25; Last week: 24. Total: 49
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25; Last week: 21. Total: 46
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17; Last week: 24. Total: 37
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23; Last week: 23. Total: 46
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21; Last week 23 Total: 44
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22; Last week 26 Total: 48