Dancing With the Stars Recap: Motown Madness, Starring Jaleel White!

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The 14th season of Dancing With the Stars has been almost as evenly-matched as it has been entertaining thus far. Would the sixth week be any different?
Jaleel and Kym

Last week saw Maria Menounos and Derek Hough kiss, Melissa Gilbert return from a head injury, Chelsie Hightower almost fall out of her outfit and more.

With Gavin DeGraw eliminated, eight dancers remained to vie for the Mirror Ball. Who stepped up this week and who's going to be in jeopardy next?

DWTS top 8

Coming into the sixth week, the favorites (Menounos, Donald Driver, Katherine Jenkins and William Levy) were looking to bolster their frontrunner status.

The remainder of the pack (Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, Jaleel White and Gladys Knight) looked to make a move or risk elimination. How did the stars all do?

White, for one, proved us wrong for starting to write off his chances.

On Monday's Motown-themed show, the actor stormed back, earning 29 points for a snappy cha cha with partner Kym Johnson to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

"You're back!" Len Goodman declared, and right he was.

Once again, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas were also at the top with 29 points. Their sassy salsa to "I Can't Get Next to You" left the judges breathless.

"I'm going to call you the midwife," joked Goodman, "[because] you keep on delivering." Okay, that was really lame, but also original ... nice one, Len.

William Levy's smoldering rumba with Cheryl Burke to Smokey Robinson's "Being with You" pushed the boundaries of taste for Dancing's family audience.

"Very filthy and I loved every minute of it," said Bruno Tonioli, obviously. "On behalf of all the women out there, I thank you," added Carrie Ann Inaba.

Maria Menuonos and Derek Hough's mostly smooth foxtrot had some missteps but was "a joy on the eyes," according to Len. They earned 26 points.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd scored 26 points for a smooth foxtrot to "The Way You Do the Things You Do." The rest? Not quite as strong.

All the couples are due back in the ballroom for another elimination on Tuesday. Here's a look at the full scoreboard from Monday night's performances:

  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 21

Who do you think was the best - and worst - on the parquet Monday? Tell us below, and vote in our ongoing survey with your thoughts on the following:

Of the top eight, who will win Dancing With the Stars?


What was the name of the group with the four guys that are doing remakes of the 60's music that sang on week 6 of the DWTS 60's night?


Sorry . . . correction on my part. It's Katherine and Mark; Maria and Derek that I meant to say. Scoozi . . .


Thought Gladys Knight danced a very simple, boring routine and was very stiff. Tristan chose the wrong moves for her. William and Cheryl were excellent and deserved higher scores. Though Katherine is good, that routine she and Derek did was very uninspired, as was that of Mark and Melissa. They were truly off their game and it was not their best dance by any means. Max and Melissa looked terrific as did Roshon and Chelsea. Jaleel and Kym really stepped up to the plate, as did David and Peta. They also deserved better scores. I totally disagree the judges last night.


Motown music is timeless! As to the singers who performed last night, they were great. Smokey Robinson is still smooth as silk and on his worst night can put over a song better than many a performer. The Temptations were very entertaining (although I will always miss the originals)and Martha Reeves still has enough soul to make us sing-along to her hits. These are artists who broke barriers and gave us all the gift of music. No one stays the same, but that doesn't mean they've lost their God-given talent. They're just different, that's all.


I think that Gladys Knight, Roshon Fegan,& Melissa Gilbert are going to be the bottom 3 with the dancing dual between Gladys & Roshon.


Love the old Motown hits, but I was embarrassed for those groups and singers trying to re-create their sound. Let's face it, they just can't sing anymore. Particularly cringe-worth was poor Martha Reeves, who could barely even screech her way through two of her classics. Yikes!


GO Melissa Gilbert And Maksim Chmerkovskiy We Love Your Dancing And We Love You On Little House Too Best Of Luck Too The Both Of You Love Nancy And Family Are 9 Yrs Old She Love Watch You On Little House Too Everyone Else On Dance With The Stars Good Luck Too All Of You Guys And Gals


Katherine Jenkins /Mark Balas should WIN.


There was dancing ??? I just listened and enjoyed the Motown singers and music.


There was dancing on???? I just enjoyed the Motown singers/music


Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente