Monday night’s performance episode of Dancing With The Stars was fraught with injury and ripe with intensity as the stars hit the ABC dance floor for Rock Week.
Although the Dancing with the Stars celebrities weren’t as strong as last week, a few stood out during the rock-themed evening, which included a live performance by KISS on “Rock and Roll All Nite”.
First up this week on Dancing with the Stars were Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy, who last week gave one of their best dances. Sherri was all smiles for their tango this week to earn a total score of 21 from the judges.
Front-runners Catherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas danced the Paso Doble after Ballas put Jenkins inside an MMA ring to tap into her inner warrior. It worked for a score of 24, as Catherine was perfect on her extension and use of a bolero-inspired dress to punch up her performance.
Next Jaleel White and Kym Johnson hit the ABC dance floor for a tango. At Kym’s insistence, Jaleel channeled Mick Jagger’s swagger in a fun twist before Johnson spun White on the floor to end their dance. The judges said they loved it but their scores only amounted to 22.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Melissa Gilbert went into their Monday night Paso Doble with conviction and confidence. Perhaps a bit too much since Gilbert bumped her head during the performance. Rounding out with a score of 22, it wasn’t until after the show that viewers learned just how bad Melissa’s head bump was after being taken to the hospital. Afterward Gilbert tweeted, “Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of.”
A shirtless Donald Driver and Peta followed with a near perfect Paso Doble to earn a total score of 27. Afterward it seemed as through Bruno was ready to crawl across the judge’s table to ravage Donald who stomped away with the lead.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus danced a tango for the lowest score of the night at 20.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke tried to maintain their hot streak but were stopped cold in their tracks by a choppy jive and Levy’s inconsistent footwork for a score of 22.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced the Viennese Waltz to land the second best score of the night at 26. Although Fegan dropped his shoulders a bit too much during the waltz, Carrie Ann called Roshon the best male dancer of the pack.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough followed with a display of true grit on a tango as the pair overcame Maria’s second injury of the competition, a stress fracture in her foot. Although Hough looked like 10 year old Freddy Jones from School of Rock in his outfit, the pair were strong enough to earn a 26 from the judges.
Rounding out the night on Dancing with the Stars were Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff with the final tango of the evening. Smirnoff did her best to reign in DeGraw to earn a respectable score of 23.
Check out the full list of scores from Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars below:
Donald Driver and Peta : 27
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26
Catherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 24
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 23
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22
Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 22
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 22
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 21
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 20