Dancing with the Stars 2012 bade farewell to yet another celebrity hopeful on May 1. But before Steve Urkel’s alter-ego Jaleel White got the boot following a dance duel with fellow actor Roshon Fegan, singer Gavin DeGraw returned to sing and teams of pro-coached dancers battled it out for ballroom glory. Here’s a full recap of the hour.
Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke turned to head judge Len Goodman to request the identity of the couple with the week’s encore performance. Not surprisingly, the Brit called on TV personality Maria Menounos and Derek Hough to deliver their perfect-scoring vampire-themed Paso Doble.
Following the encore, opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, NFL star Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, and telenovela hottie William Levy and Cheryl Burke, the three couples who tied behind Maria and Derek with 27 points each, came forward to hear their week seven results. After a few dramatic pauses, all three couples learned they were safe to dance again, with William getting the nod first and Katherine bringing up the rear.
After a break, the final edition of the AT&T Spotlight Performance presented the story of Richard “Steelo” Vasquez, a promising dancer who endured a potentially life-ending brain aneurysm less than a year ago. His wife Penni, the couple’s young son and a host of friends appeared in a segment chronicling Steelo’s road to recovery before he hit the ballroom to perform publically with his crew for the first time since suffering the injury. It was perhaps the season’s most emotional performance, as the studio audience cheered him on and applauded the final product.
A little later, Brooke chatted up the four couples still waiting to learn their fates. Derek was still reeling over Steelo’s performance. Actress Melissa Gilbert said she was ready if she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were sent to the Dance Duel, and Jaleel gave one of the night’s strangest comments after he was asked how he felt about earning disappointing week 7 scores: “I ate cheesecake last night like a divorced mother of three.”
Fortunately, dismissed contestant Gavin DeGraw was on hand to temper the awkwardness with a performance of “Sweeter.” DWTS pros Karina Smirnoff–who served as Gavin’s dance partner–and Louis Van Amstel danced a Paso Doble in accompaniment.
But that wasn’t all for the night’s entertainment: the final installment of the Ballroom Battle ensued next, with teams coached by Tony Dovolani, Louis and Cheryl hoofing it for the judges. Following an energetic Jive Relay, the judges gave the couples a standing ovation before giving Team Cheryl the win.
After a break, the four remaining couples joined Tom and Brooke in the ballroom to hear their personal results for the week. Maria and Derek were declared safe to dance again, while Roshon and Chelsie were relegated to the bottom two. Quite surprisingly, weakest link Melissa and Maks survived the week, leaving Jaleel and Kym to fight for their competition lives. Both Roshon and Jaleel took the news in stride, and Jaleel offered up yet another funny one-liner when he deemed Len “the old guy outside a grocery store who won’t give a kid money for candy.”
Both couples took part in the Dance Duel Rumba, turning in routines equal in style and quality. Carrie Ann Inaba called the two pairs “pretty much equal” but thought Roshon and Chelsie’s chemistry had trumped that of Jaleel and Kym. Len said, “It breaks my heart that one of you has to go.” Bruno agreed with Carrie Ann’s comments about Roshon and Chelsie’s chemistry, and praised Jaleel for correcting the issue with his arm. In the end, all three judges opted to save Roshon and Chelsie, leaving Jaleel White as the odd man out.
Jaleel confessed that his initial goal was to “give three good dances,” so he was very pleased with his performance on Dancing with the Stars 2012. He called his friends and fans “incredible” and encouraged Len to give Roshon a ten. Kym thanked her partner for “a great experience,” and the two went out with an impressive spin on the ballroom floor.