Dancing With the Stars Recap: William Levy Foxtrots to the Top

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With the semifinals just one week away and a double elimination on tap tonight on Dancing with the Stars, the pressure was on Monday night.

Underdogs Melissa Gilbert and Roshon Fegan needed to step up big time in order to stay out of jeopardy tonight, and one just may have.

Neither could touch the Cuban Brad Pitt, however.

In the first round Monday, William Levy and Cheryl Burke landed atop the leader board with a high-energy foxtrot that earned a perfect score.

"You bring these performances to life," Carrie Ann Inaba said. "There was care in technique and flare in the movement," added Len Goodman.

In a close second were Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, who barely survived last week. Their foxtrot earned 29 points and had Bruno Tonioli gushing.

"The sweetest of sweethearts," he called them.

After earning a perfect score last week, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough earned 28 points for what Bruno called an "amazing" Viennese waltz.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd's tango earned 27 points. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas picked up 26 points for their Viennese waltz.

At the bottom after round one were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, whose foxtrot earned 24 points. Still, the judges were pleased.

For the second round of competition, the pairs added a third partner, choosing either an eliminated pro or a member of the DWTS dance troupe.

Despite a wardrobe malfunction (her pant leg stuck to her shoe), Katherine and Mark's cha cha with Tristan MacManus was a hit with the judges.

They led round two with 29 points. Bruno called it "sexy and cool," while Len said it was "clean and clever." That and technically proficient.

Donald and Peta performed an energetic jive with Karina Smirnoff that earned 28 points – a low score, according to an unsatisfied audience.

Roshon and Chelsie tied with Cheryl and William in the second round. Both couples earned 27 for their paso dobles, keeping them in the hunt.

Val Chmerkovskiy joined his brother and Melissa for a sizzling samba that was deemed her best dance ever by Carrie Ann. They also earned 27.

Finally, Maria and Derek brought in troupe member Henry Byalikovat for a Bollywood-themed samba that caused a rift among the judges.

Here's how the Dancing With the Stars leaderboard added up:

  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke: (30, 27) 57
  • Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: (29, 27) 56
  • Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: (27, 28) 55
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: (26, 29) 55
  • Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: (28, 25) 53
  • Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: (24, 27) 51

Two couples will be sent home Tuesday night. Who do you think is on the way out, and who do you think will win Dancing With the Stars? Vote below!

 

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For once i wish Max would get a partner that could DANCE!Mark & Derek always get the partners with the greatest possibilitis.Having said that i do not think Derek & Maria should have been voted off..i was sure Donald & Peta were going home.As much as i like him Maria is a much better dance than him.

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I was so disappointed when Maria and Derek were voted off
tonights program. I know it was so close with the final four
but I felt they grabbed the crowd and held them through all
of their dances. I did what I call "Stalker Calling"
I continued until all of my votes would were met.
Bring back Maria in the next show. They're talking about picking
the All-Stars DWTS from the past seasons. Even though she was just
in seson 14...BRING BACK MARIA !!!!!!

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be nice if one time william got scores for his dancing and not for sucking up to judges. two weeks wag he did the jive messed up twice and oneelse would of gotten 6or7 theyd of been gone. come judges get with it be far to the other dancers why even have a contest if this is the way you are going to udge get rid of william and the favoritizim...................

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Has anyone else noticed or is it just me that when Maks is standing near the judges after he dances with Melissa, he just can't look at Carrie Ann...i notice this every week...his eyes are constantly away from looking at her when she critiques...i can't say i blame him, i don't care for her phony critiques either...I really can't say who will win the mirror ball trophy this year...all i do know is Melissa Gilbert sucks as a dancer, and Maks is the only one who the fans have been voting for...he has a huge fan base, she cannot dance...PERIOD>...she should be eliminated tonite, along with Roshon....

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I too sometimes wonder about the judging. I think to myself. A lot of production. direction, planning, choreography is taking place besides the dancing which should be paramount. I think the remaing 6 are where they should be!!! I think cheryl and william along with catherine and mark will be the remaining 2/ but then again, what do I know. Everyon has an opinion just like an a--------

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I think they pick by how preety you are,not by talent,you can tell who the winner will be right at the start. will be my last show i watch!

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yesterday was the day it became even more clear where the judges stand... 2 couples are going home this week....
the standing after the FIRST dance..
William Levy & Cheryl Burke — 30
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower — 29
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough — 28
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd — 27
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas — 26
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 24
---meaning miss perfect was in the bottom two... Maria and Derek were in solid 3rd place...
for Miss Jenkins to stay in the show... they had to make sure she would get a solid number of points for her second dance... so 29 was given to them despite technical mishaps and a serious case of wardrobe malfunction .... seriously Kathrine fans... at least now, keep back and be f**king thankful...

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The judges look for technique which apparently Brandi didn't have much of or her devoted fans didn't take the time to vote just complain about the results.

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I don't agree that the judges will give good scores to a guy just because of his background if he didn't know how to dance because they are known to be very truthful with a lot of people. William is not only great to look at but the guy can dance. Donald is also another good dancer but his legs are soo skinny they sometimes look awkward and Katherine is stunning and very talented to keep dancing while still having her costume attached only a professional can pull that off, love her. Well I guess I gave away my favorite three. hahaha

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I don't think Len likes Maks. I think there has been tension between them for a couple of years. The show has really ticked me off since Brandi got kicked off so soon. I don't know what these judges see that we don't...