Dancing With the Stars 2012: Rock Week Scores Take a Dive (VIDEOS)

This week, the Dancing With the Stars 2012 had to work hard to impress the judges for ‘rock week’. Even some of the big favorites so far this season had trouble racking up the high scores on this week’s DWTS 2012 and no one scored any tens this time around. So how did your favorite celebrities fare on Monday night? Read on to find out!

(Miss part one of our Dancing With the Stars 2012 week 4 recap? Check it out here.)


Dancing the tango, Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus are the next to hit the dance floor. I always feel a bit awkward about the older contestants on Dancing With the Stars because you know they just can move like the younger celebrities. That is unfortunately a serious detriment in a dance like the tango. Gladys Knight looks stiff and uncomfortable with partner Tristan MacManus and it just did not work out well.

The judges were also not impressed by Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus, but they kept the comments nice. Len Goodman told Gladys he thought she “coped very well with very difficult music” even though it was not their best dance. Bruno Tonioli called Gladys Knight a “class act” but thought the dance lacked impact. While Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was by far their “most ambitious routine,” she “felt like it didn’t quite come together.” Gladys and Tristan received the lowest score of the night with a dismal 20 points in total.

Warning, this next couple is so hot, they might just burn your eyes out! Unfortunately, William Levy and Cheryl Burke sullied their mutual hotness a bit by choosing the second weirdest dance to do for rock week (the first weirdest belongs to Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, but we’ll get to that in a bit). Even worse, William Levy and Cheryl Burke combined the jive with an 80s song that just did not go. Plus, it looked like they made some obvious mistakes several times in the choreography. Although normally I’m a huge fan of this duo, their performance on Dancing With the Stars 2012 just failed to shine this week.

Len Goodman summed up the judge’s opinion of the dance by saying “it is what it is. You went wrong. You lost timing during the end part … you gotta nail the routines, William. Otherwise, anything can happen.” Bruno Tonioli agreed that while the couple’s performance “always rocks the house,” their dance Monday night wasn’t “quite as good as it used to be.” Carrie Ann Inaba also told the pair they are beloved by the crowd, but they “just gotta watch the routine and stay focused.” The total score from the judges for William and Cheryl this week was a disappointing 22.

Next up we had Disney star Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower. Now, I just have to ask, who the hell thought it would be a good idea to do a Viennese waltz during rock week? Despite the oddness of the choice, however, the performance was actually quite good and Roshon shows off some serious dancing feet. I was not as impressed as the judges seemed to be, but I have to give them props for choosing a very unusual dance to do for rock week and pulling it off well.

Len Goodman said he thought Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower performed the dance with style and panache. Bruno Tonioli also thought it was a great performance, “elegant and romantic,” and said Roshon was “flying so high you can touch the sky!” The judges gave the pair a total score of 26, ranking them the second best of the evening behind Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd.

Carrie Ann Inaba was also delighted with the Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower waltz and uttered perhaps the most innocently wrong statement of the evening when she said it was like “watching the climax out of a Disney movie.”

I get what Carrie Ann meant to say, but I don’t really think combining the word “climax” with the phrase “Disney movie” in reference to a handsome, young couple gyrating on the dance floor was the best choice of words…

Another stellar performance in our Dancing With the Stars 2012 week 4 recap was Maria Menounos and Derek Hough doing the tango. The speed and power of the dance was spot on and Menounos managed to look very graceful even sporting a broken foot (and still painful cracked ribs as well). This was most certainly one of my top three favorite dances of the evening.

The judges overall gave the dance strong praise, with just a bit of nit-picking about control from Len Goodman. Bruno Tonioli said the dance was full of “beauty, attitude and sex appeal by the truckload” and can’t wait to see what Maria Menounos will pull off next when her foot is better healed. Carrie Ann Inaba gushed about the dance as well, saying the two had “such incredible chemistry” and she was in love with every move. The couple walked away with 26 points in a tie for the second best score for the night with Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower.

To wrap it up for the night, Dancing With the Stars 2012 finished off the rock week performances with a tango by Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff. This pair has been ranked around the bottom every single week so far and they really needed to step it up tonight to keep themselves safe from going home. Unfortunately, while they did do somewhat better this week, it was still kind of a mess. Gavin DeGraw just looks like a mule trying to dance. I’m sorry, but that’s what I think of when I see him trying to look graceful … a mule in dancing shoes.

The judges were perhaps a bit more politic with their comments for the evening than I. Len Goodman said he liked the dance, but said he didn’t like the crazy parts. He also said Gavin DeGraw needed to “tuck your bum under,” which is just funny to listen to him say. Bruno Tonioli told DeGraw his “frame was bad” and it was like “watching a turtle at times,” but complimented the singer for being “very determined and very focused.” Carrie Ann Inaba also thought DeGraw’s “posture was a little strange” and said she “felt like I was watching Johnny Depp on this stage.” I personally think that was an insult to Johnny Depp. The couple scored quite low once again, managing to pull only a 23 out of 30 from the judges.

So there we have it for Dancing With the Stars this week. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd came out on top with 27 points, followed very closely by Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, and Maria Menounos and Derek Hough in a tie for second place with 26 points each. On the bottom, we had Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus with 20 points, with Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy scoring only slightly higher at 21 points.

The Dancing With the Stars 2012 elimination results show airs Tuesday night at 9 PM ET on ABC.

>> DWTS 2012 Week 4 Recap Part One – Dancing With the Stars 2012: Cast Works It Hard for Rock Week (VIDEO)

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