'Dancing With the Stars' Week 4 Recap: The Top Five Dances
Dancing With the Stars" struck a very different note than last week's tear-soaked, sentimental evening of touching stories. Judges and contestants alike were amped for "Rock Week," kicking off with an appearance by the legendary metal band Kiss, who set the tone with "I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night."
Energy was high, but so were the stakes -- this season has the strongest standard for dancing in the show's history, and the contestants all face tough competition. Yet the challenge of ballroom dancing to rock hits didn't daunt any of these dancers, and the performers once again exceeded the judge’s expectations. Despite the extraordinarily high scores, one talented celebrity must go the way of Jack Wagner and Martina Navratilova this week and leave the competition. Here are the week's top five dances:
(5) Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (24 points)
This demure classical singer has dominated the competition from day one, but she took a dip this week after struggling to master the paso doble, an intense, aggressive dance that is modeled after the drama of a bullfight. Her partner, Mark Ballas, took her to a boxing class to help bring out her inner rebel. The black catsuit that she donned for the dance helped convey a dominatrix feel and accentuated her fierce, feisty attitude. Her transformation from warbler to warrior was impressive, but she lost some artistry among the intensity. "It wasn't as clean and precise and defined as a paso doble should be,” said judge Bruno Tonioli.
(4) Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff (23 points)
Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw was in his element this week and jumped at the chance to channel his onstage persona into a tango. Gavin was due for a break -- he and Karina have been in the bottom two for the last two weeks. Their tango to the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" was thrilling, eccentric, and more memorable than any of their previous performances. Although the judges criticized the singer for his strange posture, judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman were swept away by his unexpected flair. Surprisingly, Bruno, who is usually a sucker for theatrics, was the most preoccupied with Gavin's technical failures. Yet his rapid improvement is promising, and the dance's edgy approach scores points in our book.