“Dancing with the Stars” went classical on Monday, April 30. Violinist Joshua Bell, young soprano singer Jackie Evancho and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo performed the songs which the remaining seven pairs danced to.
Having recently recovered from head injury, Melissa Gilbert danced the Argentine tango with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who had to endure pain from a cyst in his foot. The pro dancer enlisted his brother Val for rehearsals, but managed to show up on the stage and did some lifts and twirls.
Carrie Ann called it “Cirque du Soleil gone terribly wrong,” while Len Goodman thought some “quality” was lost due to the intensity of the moves. The pair earned 21 points, the lowest score of the night.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke came out next to dance the Viennese waltz. Their routine got rave reviews with Carrie Ann exclaiming, “That is true content! That is true dancing!” Bruno, meanwhile, liked the “vulnerability”. The telenovela actor got 27 points.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced the Argentine tango to an orchestral version of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance”. Both Len and Bruno noticed that his legs looked a bit wobbly, but Carrie Ann thought he was “steady on his feet.” The Disney star earned 25 points.
Dancing the Viennese waltz, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd started it off by sitting on thrones and managed to show “regalness,” so Carrie Ann commented. Goodman called it “terrific,” as Bruno also loved it. The judges gave him 27 points.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough picked a vampire theme for their paso doble. Showing her fake fangs toward the end of the routine, the “Extra” co-host got the first perfect score, 30, of the season. “Maria, the queen of the damned was the queen of the night,” Bruno declared.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson danced a dramatic Viennese waltz, but Carrie Ann said his “hands” needed work. Len, on the other hand, criticized his footwork which was lacking, but liked the “floaty, airy-fairy feel.” The actor earned 24 points.
After the individual dances, the stars danced once again in two teams. The first team consisting of Katherine and Mark, Maria and Derek, Jaleel and Kym, as well as Roshon and Chelsie danced the tango. The judges gave 27 points, which would be added to each of their scores.
William and Cheryl, Donald and Peta, as well as Melissa and Maksim were in the other team which performed a paso doble. All the guys took off their shirts, prompting Len to say, “You three undressed to impress.” Despite the rave reviews, they earned 26, or one point less than the first team.