Dancing With the Stars 2012: Cast Gets Down for Motown (VIDEOS)

On Monday night, the Dancing With the Stars 2012 cast got down for Motown, performing twice to classic hits from one of music’s most memorable periods. Monday night was a bit of a celebration for Motown star and DWTS 2012 cast member Gladys Knight, but will the spotlight on the legendary singer prove to be good or bad when it comes to the Dancing With the Stars elimination results show this week?


Please be aware, if you have not watching DWTS 2012 on Monday night yet, this post will contain Dancing With the Stars spoilers, so please proceed with that warning in mind!

How did the Dancing With the Stars 2012 cast do on week 6’s Motown themed show Monday night? Here is our DWTS 2012 recap of the performances and the judges’ scores for this week’s competition night.(If you can’t see these videos because of where you live, we will have accessible videos for all as soon as they are available.

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: Rumba

Comments: Gladys and Tristan are adorable dancing to “My Girl” by The Temptations. I would personally say this is actually one of Gladys’ better performances, although there is still a lot of stiffness and awkward moments.

Judges: Len Goodman says that if he could judge purely with his heard, Gladys would be on top of the leaderboard. Bruno Tonioli says Gladys has true star quality, but he likes his rumba with more spice. Carrie Ann Inaba tells Gladys that if any night is going to belong to someone, this was the night for Gladys. She says she would pay money to see her dance again, but there were a lot of forgetful moments.

Scores: Carrie Ann Inaba: 7 Len Goodman: 7 Bruno Tonioli: 7 = 21 out of 30

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: Foxtrot

Comments: A beautiful, elegant performance to “Jimmy Mack” by Martha Reeves. There was, perhaps, a little lack in the emotive department with this performance, but it was smooth and gorgeous to watch.

Judges: Len Goodman thought it was a joy to his eyes and it was beautifully formal. Bruno thought it was sophisticated and brilliant with excellent movement. Carrie Ann picked on Maria’s shoulders being up too much in the second half, but thought it was a good job.

Score: Carrie Ann Inaba: 8 Len Goodman: 9 Bruno Tonioli: 9 = 26 out of 30

Roshon Fegan and professional dancer Chelsie Hightower: Rumba

Comments: Roshon and Chelsie dance the Rumba to “Cruisin’ by Smokey Robinson. This was one of the pair’s weakest performances to me. There were obvious missteps in my opinion and Roshon looked uncomfortable with his movements.

Judges: Len thought the dance was too jerky and the movements were like ‘paint by numbers’. Bruno said the performance was great, but it wasn’t supposed to be hip hip, it was the RUmba. Carrie Ann thought it was sexy at the end, but said Roshon overdid it and at one point his foot was way wrong.

Score: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 = 23 out of 30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: Samba

Comments: Katherine and Mark dance a hot Samba to “I Can’t Get Next To You” by The Temptations. This is once again a super fabulous dance and these two prove again why they are up there on the leaderboard smoking the competition.

Judges: Len asks if that was an earthquake going through and says he is going to call Katherine the midwife because she delivers every week. Bruno says the meeting of Brazil and Funky Town has never been more thrilling. Carrie Ann says they really let loose and it was an amazing performance.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 29 out of 30

Donald Driver and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd: Foxtrot

Comments: Donald and Peta are smoking, but maybe not quite as much as the week before last when they really shined their best. However, I think this was a very strong performance and they looked really great on the dance floor tonight.

Judges: Len says Donald really gave the fireworks tonight and came out and exploded, he loved it. He tells Peta to keep working on Donald because he could be a really great dancer. Bruno says Donald is a show man with great power and confidence, and he just keeps getting better. Carrie Ann thought it was great and loved it.

Score: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 9 = 27 out of 30

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz

Comments: Melissa and Maks dance the Viennese Waltz to “Ooh Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson and it was actually one of their better performances. This dance had a little more grace from Melissa than usual and I wonder if it might just be good enough to save them this week.

Judges: Len says they lost some energy toward the end, but the dance showed romance and control, and was a great job. Bruno thought there were some amazing moments and they are going in the right direction. Carrie Ann says there was some artistry in the dance it the hard work is finally paying off, but Melissa needs to watch her shoulders.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 = 24 out of 30

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: Quickstep

Comments: Jaleel and Kym dance the Cha Cha Cha to “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” by The Temptations. This may have been Jaleel’s best performance yet and certainly is one of the best of the night. They really tore it up tonight!

Judges: Len says he thought from the start that Jaleel was a contender and he is back! Burno says Jaleel burned up the floor in the biggest sizzler of the season and says Jaleel is back big time. Carrie Ann says he has to bring his ‘A’ game every time and he has totally rocked his ‘A’ game tonight.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 29 out of 30

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: Rumba

Comments: William Levy is as lust inspiring as usual as he sets the dance floor on fire, but the sexy may be hiding a bit of imperfection this week. There is no denying these two are totally sexy together and dance beautifully, but this was not their best performance. Great, but not the best.

Judges: Bruno calls the dance utter filth and says he loved every second of it. He says they are wired for sex and women everywhere are going into ecstacy. (What a mouth Bruno has!) Len says William is physically impressive and exudes confidence while the dance was a bit on the raunchy side for him and could have been better. Carrie Ann said on behalf of all the women out there, thank you, but she’d like to see more content.

Score: Carrie Ann: 9  Len: 8  Bruno: 10  = 27 out of 30

Now we have the Motown Marathon and the Dancing With the Stars couples are eliminated one by one.

In order of elimination from the marathon:

Now we have the Motown Marathon and the Dancing With the Stars 2012 couples are eliminated one by one.

In order of elimination from the marathon:

Gladys and Tristan – 3 points
Maria and Derek – 4 points
Roshon and Chelsie – 5 points
Melissa and Maks – 6 points
Donald and Peta – 7 points
Jaleel and Kym – 8 points
William and Cheryl – 9 points
Katherine and Mark – 10 points

How do you think the Dancing With the Stars 2012 cast members did in their Motown week performances? Do you think the scores from the judges were right on, or totally off? Let us know in the comments section below!

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4 thoughts on “Dancing With the Stars 2012: Cast Gets Down for Motown (VIDEOS)”

  1. Katherine was very stiff trying to dance to Motown. I thought the judging was too high for her and mark. I thought roshonn did very good with his partner. Donald and peta work well together. Derrick is always good. Jaleel and Kim were great. Cheryl and William just steamed it up, could have danced more.

  2. This show took me back to my time at Clark AB, Philippines and its Airman’s  Club in the mid to late 1960’s when and where the excellent orchestra was always playing, “My Girl” and other Motown hits.

    In addition, even though Roshon and Chelsie did not receive the highest scores, it was my favorite of the night. I have no idea what Roshon did, though, because I could not take my eyes of Chelsie. Her performance had to be the most sensual thing I have ever seen on TV. She is younger even than my daughter, but her performance and the memories brought on by the music made me forget my age. Thanks, ABC!

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