Last week on Dancing With The Stars we lost Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani. Poor Tony always gets stuck with the duds. I like Martina very much, especially as a tennis player, but she was the right person to go home. This year's cast is very impressive; their third week dances seemed far more advanced when compared to week three of past seasons.
This was last night's leader board based out of a possible 30
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas- 29
William Levy & Cheryl Burke- 28
Maria Menuous & Derek Hough- 27
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd- 26
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson- 25
Roshon Fagan & Chelsie Hightower- 25
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy- 24
Sherri Shepherd& Val Chmerkovskiy- 24
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya- 24
Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus- 24
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff- 24
I love week three because it's the week where the contestants do a dance based on the most memorable year of their lives. As you can imagine, this round of dances was emotional for the amateurs.
Highlights for me were Maria and Derek's Rumba, it was super sexy, and I wasn't a huge fan of Maria before but if she keeps dancing like this, I certainly will be. It was so completely 80s and I loved it.
Sherri and Val's Rumba, although it wasn't the best dance of the night, but it was extremely emotional for Sherri because it was dedicated to her son, Jeffrey, who she calls her miracle baby. I think when you dance from the heart and connect with the song, the dance just flows and that's what we experienced here.
Jaleel and Kym's Rumba was just so cool because Jaleel brought back that smooth factor. There are stories circulating that he got really emotional and in fact, angry, during rehearsals this past week. It was upsetting to hear that because he has such heart and I think the only thing he should do to step it up is to get better at the quick dances so he can truly make a run for this.
William and Cheryl's Salsa was caliente. I love the chemistry between these two, William seems like a legit dancer already. There was a minor issue in the dance but this was a complete celebration, William's dance was about the year he came to America from Cuba with his family. They started a new life, and that happiness really came out in the dance.
Donald and Peta's Rumba was also a standout for me, and very unexpected too. I did not expect Donald to be this good, but he is, and he was clearly touched by the music, the dance, and the memory of his friend who died from cancer in 2010. Peta's choreography was lovely and Donald was so moved he couldn't even speak after the dance. He is someone I expect to see come the finale.
I think ultimately Gavin or Gladys is going home. Gavin has shown more growth, improving every week, so I give him the edge to stay.