Dancing with the Stars 2012 resumed April 30 with Classical Week, a night which tasked the seven remaining couples with performing routines set to challenging pieces of music from the genre. Opera singer Katherine Jenkins kicked off the show with a Rumba that earned high praise from the judges, but not high enough to keep her atop the leaderboard.
During rehearsals, Katherine shared that she first fell in love with Classical music during her early teenage years. As an artist, she acknowledged that dancing a Rumba to classical music would be a challenge, but promised to do her best to perform “an elegant, classy” number with pro partner Mark Ballas.
Once go-time rolled around in the ballroom, she did just that. Set to the tune of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major,” Katherine and Mark’s Rumba was elegant, refined and on-point. They did an excellent job of interpreting a difficult piece of music and the end-product was stunning.
Head judge Len Goodman smiled as he praised them for being “totally in keeping” with a challenging musical selection. He appreciated the number’s “classic” quality. Bruno Tonioli called Katherine “the embodiment of power and beauty” but said that he wished the dance had been “raunchier.” Carrie Ann Inaba praised her as the best technician in the DWTS competition, but found the performance lacking in “heat.”
For their effort, Katherine and Mark scored a trio of nines, for an individual round total of 27 points. Following a solid showing in the group round, during which they performed a Tango with fellow competitors Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, and Jaleel White and Kym Johnson that earned a mark of 27, they ended the evening in second place. Maria and Derek sit alone atop the leaderboard thanks to a perfect-scoring Paso Doble.
Will Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas be in trouble heading into Tuesday night? Watch the Dancing with the Stars 2012 week 7 results show May 1 on ABC to find out.