Last week, Jaleel White ranked among the bottom two on “Dancing with the Stars” and only escaped elimination by besting Gavin DeGraw in a dance duel. (If you haven’t watched, don’t keep reading. Spoilers!)
Monday brought out the Motown! An inspired Jaleel and his partner Kym Johnson danced a cha cha to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg!” that earned them 29 points. No begging necessary. "That was the biggest sizzler of the season," declared Bruno Tonioli.
A steamy rumba to Smokey Robinson's "Being with You" from William Levy and Cheryl Burke divided the judges a bit. Tonioli declared: "Very filthy and I loved every minute of it.” Carrie Ann Inaba thanked them, “On behalf of all the women out there.” But Goodman scored them lower, saying, “A little bit on the raunchy side.” It is a family show, after all! Their total score was 26 points.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas performed a salsa to "I Can't Get Next to You" that delivered what the judges wanted. They also scored 29 points, putting them ahead of Levy.
Maria Menuonos and Derek Hough's brought out a foxtrot to “Jimmy Mack” with only a few missteps. They scored even with William Levy at 26 points.
The legendary Smokey Robinson sang “Cruisin”, but Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower missed the sex appeal with their rumba. Too much sex! Too little! What do these judges want in a rumba? They scored 23 points. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd finished higher at 26 points with their foxtrot to "The Way You Do the Things You Do."
Melissa Gilbert pulled off an elegant waltz with Maksim Chmerkovskiy to "Ooo Baby Baby”, earning a compliment from Inaba. They scored 24 points.
But despite the Motown night theme, and the Temptation’s “My Girl,” Gladys Knight wasn’t that Girl and struggled in her rumba with Tristan MacManus for the lowest score of only 21 points. Tuesday, all the couples will be back in the ballroom for another elimination. Will it be curtains for Gladys?