Empress of soul, Gladys Knight, and Disney wiz kid, Roshon Fegan, faced elimination together on this week’s Dancing With the Stars. So who went home?
First, it’s important to note that both couples were at the bottom of the leaderboard after their Monday night competition. Gladys was in last place with a total of 24 points. Roshon finished four points ahead of her with a score of 28. The totals represented joint individual dance scores with plus points accumulated during the dance marathon.
To shake things up, DWTS divided the remaining contestants into two groups. One group represented the top couples. The others represented the bottom of the heap. Jaleel White and William Levy were the first two celebrities sent to safety along with their partners Kym Johnson and Cheryl Burke.
Two couples were also put into jeopardy. They were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Maria Menounos and Derek Hough. However, those two duos had to wait to find out if they fell into the bottom two.
Before more standings got announced, AT&T provided a spotlight dance story. It featured a former orphan from Africa who got adopted by an American couple. She arrived in the U.S. a sickly child with mononucleosis and hepatitis A. However, with good health care and a loving family, she emerged a strong young woman with a love for dance.
Michaela attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Dance, which prepares ballerinas for a professional career. Now she’s one of the première ballerinas of her time.
Michaela danced to the music of Natasha Bedingfield. The song was “Wild Horses.” The performance was beautiful and lyrical, with a hint of sadness and longing.
Acclaimed choreographer Travis Wall also provided entertainment via the Macy’s Stars of Dance. He choreographed a contemporary dance number.
The last entertainment for the evening came from Boys II Men. They sang “One More Dance” from their newest album entitled Twenty.
After that it was time to find out which remaining couples were safe and which joined Melissa and Maria in jeopardy. Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas received the first reprieve. Donald Driver and Peeta Murgatroyd also remained safe. Unfortunately, Gladys Knight and Roshon Fegan were left in jeopardy with their partners Tristan McManus and Chelsie Hightower.
With the bottom four couples revealed, two got sent to safety while the other two couples had to face the dreaded dance duel. The safe couples were Melissa and Maks and Maria and Derek; leaving Gladys and Roshon in the bottom two.
The celebrities prepared a jive for the dance duel, which they performed side by side. Gladys was remarkably animated and on point with her jive, but it lacked the all-out exuberance and enthusiasm of Roshon’s dance. However, he lacked the cool control that Knight exhibited.
Carrie Ann Inaba complimented Knight’s cool confidence. She told Fegan his movements were sharp and complete. Len Goodman said both couples handled the pressure well. Gladys delivered her dance with heart while Roshon gave it 100 percent and danced full-out. Bruno Tonioli called Knight unique. He complimented Fegan’s timing and said the jive suited his energy.
In the end, Carrie Ann voted to keep Gladys and Tristan. However, she was outvoted by the boys, who went for Roshon and Chelsie.
It was a bittersweet moment for Knight who carried out her disappointment with elegance and grace.