Dancing With the Stars Week 6 Performance Recap: Mo(town) to Love

A sense of the — dare I say it? — predictable hung like a sequin-free cloud over Week 6 of Dancing With the Stars. All of the obviously overmatched stars have already left the building — although that out-of-nowhere Sherri Shepherd elimination still stings –with conventional wisdom pointing to Melissa Gilbert or Gladys Knight as the likeliest stars to fall on Tuesday’s results-show telecast.

But of course, anything can happen on reality TV, and the legends of Motown were on hand to class up the proceedings. Here’s everything you need to know about the sixth week of DWTS:

A Night of Royalty | Motown legends Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, and the Temptations joined the DWTS band to provide the backdrop to each dance. Fellow music icon Gladys Knight enlisted her brother Bubba (an original Pip!) to get her ready for her rumba, and hoped to do her Motown roots proud in the process. Resplendent in purple and backed by the Temptations, Gladys lit up the audience, if not the judges’ scorecards. Thankfully, though, Len at least had the decency to come to Gladys’  rescue and cut off Carrie Ann’s cold water critique. Robinson’s astounding “Ooo Baby Baby,” meanwhile, relegated Maks and Melissa’s Viennese Waltz to an afterthought.

A Marathon That Felt Like a Marathon | Is it just me, or were the past five Mondays so darn enjoyable because of the absence of extracurricular clutter (a.k.a. needless plugs, promos, and DWTS Troupe preening that are like proverbial pebbles in the shoe)? Overall the show hummed along nicely, but the Cha Cha Motown Marathon (for bonus points) was as confusing as it was unneccessary. Even Tom Bergeron’s energy seemed to be lagging by the end of the 120 minutes. Heck, when William’s shirt-ripping stunt — gasp! — seems forced, you know there’s trouble.

Quotes of the Night | “No, never. But I’m excited to be here.” –Motown founder Berry Gordy, after Tom asked him whether he imagined way back in 1959, that some 50 years later he’d be celebrating Motown’s music at a celebrity ballroom competition

“I don’t have muscles like Donald Driver or the sensuality like William Levy, but I do have the dedication of Roshon.” –Roshon

“Before you dislocate something, let’s move on.” –Tom to Bruno

“I’m gonna call you the midwife, you keep delivering week after week.” –Len to Katherine after her sensational Samba

“Bruno’s upset because you had a Len doll.” –Carrie Ann to Donald, who begged a cardboard cutout of Len for better scores in the pre-dance clip

“It could be worse…you could have an ugly partner.” –Maks to Melissa

Bruno (to William and Cheryl): You two are wired for sex!
Tom (to Bruno): OK, stop being an electrician.

“He needs Viagra, I’m sorry.” — Bruno to Len, after his dismissive comments abot William’s rumba

Judges’ Leaderboard (Carrie Ann, Len, Bruno: Total)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 10, 9, 10: 29
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 10, 9, 10: 29
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 9, 8, 10: 27
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 9, 9, 9: 27
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 8, 9, 9: 26
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 8, 8, 8: 24
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 7, 8, 8: 23
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 7, 7, 7: 21

Now it’s your turn. Did you sense any extra tension between Carrie Ann and Len tonight night? Should the consistently excellent (and just shy of a triple 10 yet again this week) Katherine start making shelf space for the Mirror Ball trophy? Did Maks’ verbal smackdown of Melissa go a little too far this week? Leave your comments! –Mitch Rustad

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  1. smidnite says:

    They won’t send Gladys home during Motown week.

  2. Sara says:

    “Now it’s your turn. Did you sense any extra tension between Carrie Ann and Len tonight night” <— ya'll added an unnecessary word! Just fyi :)

  3. Pat says:

    Maks is a tool.

  4. joel sciangula says:

    ive watched DWTS since season 1 and i dont care how popular the star is , honestly i think derek hough is getting lazy and marc balis cant work with older partners, his routines require much more flexible women, I think this season will go to william levy , Hes a hard worker and cheryl is a hardcore dancer. good luck you too.

  5. IdaRed says:

    I just can’t watch this show anymore. It’s just painful to watch these dancers having to dance to such horrible musical choices week after week. It just doesn’t gel for me. Max has become some an abusive, **ick and it should be tolerated by either the producers of the show or his partner. And what exactly is it about the Disney Kid do the judges not like? A 23?? Really?? That’s just wrong. He is consistently very good and deserves to be at least 4th or 5th on the list weekly. Nope. I’m over it.

  6. Kim R says:

    I, for one, loved the music! I caught myself forgetting to watch the dancing a couple of times. :) Gladys clearly is not the best dancer but they don’t seem to want to pick her technique apart like they do some of the others. I thought William & Cheryl were fantastic last night & I have no idea what Len was talking about! I think it is interesting how the PTB like to show the negative moments in Maks’ rehearsals but not so much the others. As Melissa said, it is only a small percentage of their practices. I’m not saying he isn’t intense at times, but there is very creative editing to take into consideration as well.
    I also thought Roshon did very well last night to muster up his sexiness for a young kid. Good for him. I guess we’ll see tonight what everyone else thought! :)

  7. Kosha says:

    I LOVE this show!!! I thought last night was fabulous!! I love Maks and think he gets edited to look worse to underscore his “bad boy of the ballroom” rep. I love Tristian too, but he keeps getting partners that won’t be able to go the distance. I want his purple sweater!!!!

    • Kim R says:

      I hope next season Tristan gets paired with someone under the age of 40. :) I would like to see him be able to break loose a little more. :)

      • Martha says:

        I am thinking the same thing. Tristan hasn’t been able to show his true talent yet.

      • Angela says:

        This. God love Gladys, she seems like an absolute sweetheart and she’s clearly working hard and trying her absolute best, which I admire. And she and Tristian do seem to have fun with their dances. I certainly do like watching her even if she’s not the strongest dancer of the group. But yes, it would be nice to see Tristian paired with someone a bit closer to his age sometime. Eh, well. We’ll see how things go.
        William and Cheryl…wouldn’t surprise me at all if someone had booked a room for those two after that dance. Good lord, that was…intense. And I loved Katherine and Mark’s dance, I thought it was very cute, and Jaleel and Kym’s was fantastic as well. I have a sneaking suspicion about who might wind up in the dance-off tonight, but then again, we’ve had shockers in seasons past, wouldn’t surprise me if it happened again this year.

  8. satsuma says:

    Do some people actually believe Maks is the only pro to get upset and swear???? He’s just the only one the show sees fit to air for our viewing displeasure. He has the badass rep…they have to perpetuate it. If you have half a brain,you see through it.

    • Lisa says:

      Yep. Jaleel and Kym had a fight that was talked about everywhere, yet we never saw a second of it on the show. It’s silly to pretend Maks is the only pro who expresses his frustration. At least he and Melissa seem to have a wonderful relationship.

    • Moves Like Jagger says:

      Sorry but Maks is still a tool. And an egomaniac. Maybe others swear and belittle their partners off-camera, but we haven’t seen anything like his foul temper, and the existence of rumours that others are rude to their celeb partners that doesn’t make it okay for Maks.

      • Sam says:

        Sorry, but that is still just your opinion…..No one said it was okay, and Maks probably would be the first to say so. His world is a little different from ours. The entertainment business isn’t for thin skins, and like it or not, 4-letter words and intensity are a part of it. Whether or not he’s an egomaniac or a tool , unless you know him personally, you really can’t say.

  9. Sue says:

    Gladys or Melissa should go home this week. They are the weakest dancers.

  10. Rebecca says:

    I have been an avid DWTS fan for seasons and tonight, more than anything, just made me sad. The rampant favoritism from the judges is sickening. I’m not sure in what universe a dancer who moves in a 2 ft radius and gyrates against his partner is worthy of a 10 while a dancer with fantastic technique and stage presence is raked across the coals. The judges were originally chosen for this show because of their knowledge of dance. It seems like in recent seasons they’ve forgotten this knowledge and judge solely on their hormones.

  11. JoAnn M. Muir Packer Fan says:

    Katherine Jenkins burns my butt.

    • Martha says:

      Why???? Katherine Jenkins is beautiful with grace on the dance floor. I have been a fan of hers for a long time because of her angelic voice. I don’t understand your comment.

    • Herby1 says:

      Where did that come from .Is it that the judges did not pick your favourite week after week .Are you jealous of Katherine.
      Grace beauty class wonderful talent. She is an even better singer.She is not an operaa singer she can sing anything.

  12. CJ says:

    Each season it seems to me more and more that whoever pairs the stars with professionals either has favorites among the pros or is convinced that only a few of them is capable of winning–the same 4 or 5 dancers are always paired with the potential winners (younger, more athletic celebrities) where the others keep getting the 60-somethings or the overweight stars or the ones who seem to be there more for a joke than to seriously compete.

    • Linda says:

      I totally disagree! Sorry about that:) Note Donny Osmond was 51 when he won the trophy; Jennifer Grey was 50 when she won the trophy, and Kristie Ally, over 60 and overweight, came in second to Heinz Ward who was mid 30 years old, not a 20 yr old. All the while, younger celebrities go out rather quickly all the time. So, personally, I don’t think age has much to do with it. Also, IF this was just a dance contest, only picking the best dancer – we probably wouldn’t be watching. It’s the all-ages-celebrities being taught to dance by pros that keep it interesting – in my opinion.

  13. chistosa says:

    For any reality show, the ratings are important. Also important is convincing celebrities to agree to humiiate themselves on a weekly in front of a viewing audience of millions. Some celebrities may make demands as to the pro they would prefer if they agree to go on the show. Other pairings may be a result of the fan base of the celebrity. If a celebrity they would like to stay for sometime has a smaller fanbase, perhaps they pair with a pro with a large fanbase. Many voters vote their favorite pro without caring about the celebrity. And if they have someone with promise of course they would want to pair them with one of the more talented pros. There are reasons for each pairing that the producers have no obligation to share with us, the viewing public. Ratings, ratings and more ratings. That is the name of the game.

  14. topsyturvy says:

    Mark B was way, way over the top in his performance. Please don’t send Gladys home. I’ll really miss those sweet swaying hips of Tristan.

  15. Ben says:

    Gladys is adorable, but clearly the worst dancer. If you want to see Maria’s real talent, rewatch the cha cha marathon. She should have gone out first. Derrick is very savvy and has done 90% of the work while he keep her in hold week after week. She has great posture and is sexy. tha is not dancing but the stupid judges are buying it. She is so awful.

  16. V says:

    Tristan is so handsome

  17. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’ve cut Maks a lot of slack in the past because I liked how he protected his partners during the judge’s comments and after mistakes were made during performances, and it didn’t even bother me in the slightest that he was disrespectful to the judges because maybe they had it coming, but after Monday, I kind of had it with him. I used to just think he was passionate, but now I think he hates women. There was no excuse for why he was talking to Melissa in such an abusive manner, and that was not an editing trick. Those were hurtful words that were really said. I have no idea if Maks is the only one who gets picked on and has his d*ckish words made public when the other pros never do, but it doesn’t really matter, because no one should talk to a woman like that. I can’t root for him anymore, and I definitely can’t find him attractive anymore. The producers should fire him, and anyone else on the show who speaks to their female counterparts like that.

    • beaug8tr says:

      Entertainers ( and that’s what they are) typically talk that way when they’re working. They’re a little different from us common folk. And before you condemn Maks you should really be present to observe ALL the pros teaching methods when dealing with frustration. Not just what DWTS chooses to show. Then you might want the producers to fire them all.