The KISS Army takes over the ballroom! At first glance, you may think that pairing of "Dancing with the Stars" with rock and roll sounds a bit crazy - ah, but you would be wrong! The band kicked off the show with their anthem "I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night (and party every day)" ... and that got everyone in the room on their feet. The judges scored them with a trio of 11's!
But on the real work at hand: our top ten couples perform to famous rock songs! Here's a recap of this round, from highest score to lowest:
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd - 27 out of 30
I was thinking the same thing Donald was, and truthfully, the same thing a lot of you fans out there may be thinking: what is it about the paso doble that the football players love? The power? The force? The masculinity? Whatever the reason, it holds true once again and Donald rocks his paso. Peta highlights his guns and they get a great song in Jimi Hendrix' "Purple Haze." The dance ends on one of the best "death spirals" that I've seen on this show.
The judges loved it, with Len Goodman saying he never thought he'd get that excited seeing a man with his shirt off (he also said it was Donald's best dance of the competition). Carrie Ann Inaba called it one of the most memorable dances of the season.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower - 26 out of 30
The Disney kid has had an up and down season so far and he really, really wants to be on the upside again. The trouble is, he has the Viennese waltz, which does not cater to his strengths. Chelsie tells him it's all about control and finesse and he likes things on the wild side. She pushes him during rehearsal and his inner gallant Prince Charming comes out during the competition.
Bruno Tonioli called the dance elegant and romantic, and Carrie Ann told him out of all the men, he's the best dancer. But all Roshon wanted to hear was a certain phrase from Len. And he got it! "Good job, Dog!"
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough - 26 out of 30
She dances this good with a stress fracture, and "multiple stress reactions," whatever that is, in her feet? Maria is one tough cookie. Her tango to Alice Cooper's "School's Out" was powerful and crisp and fun to watch. No kiss this time; a little head-banging, but no kiss.
Carrie Ann complimented the chemistry she has with Derek and Bruno said they bring sex appeal by the truckload.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas - 24 out of 30
The classical singer has to channel her inner cage fighter in order to bring a proper paso doble to the dance floor. Mark Ballas takes Katherine to his boxing gym for a quick lesson in aggression. Their dance was fine; not great, but fine.
The judges seem to expect more from Katherine after staking her claim as a frontrunner this season. Len said their routine had promise but didn't quite deliver.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff - 23 out of 30
Gavin seems resigned to the underdog position in this season's competition. He was excited at the prospect of dancing to rock and roll music. They did a fierce tango to the Rolling Stones.
The judges like Gavin's flair and attitude, but he needs severe work on his posture.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson - 22 out of 30
Best line of the night came from Jaleel when he was told how to move like Mick Jagger: he made us all realize that Mick had the same swagger as TV's George Jefferson. Jaleel said there was zero rock and roll in his house growing up, so doing a tango to "I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)" was completely foreign to him. He got into the rhythm, and his partner Kym Johnson seemed to love being able to throw him around the dance floor. Hmmm...
The judges generally praised the routine, but all thought he needed to show a little more attack, and a little less "smooth operator."
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 22 out of 30
Like Katherine, Melissa has a total good girl vibe and that can make the paso doble extra tricky. She swears if you peel back a layer or two you'll find plenty of bad girl in her. Maksim seems to be especially prickly during rehearsal and I'm guessing that was on purpose: a pissed off Melissa means a better paso performance.
Len and Bruno both liked it, but also thought she lacks a little confidence. Carrie Ann said it was her best performance so far... but then scored her one point less than she did last week. How does THAT work?
William Levy and Cheryl Burke - 22 out of 30
Sad to say, but William can't just get by on his good looks. His jive was a little all over the map and he obviously missed a few steps in the routine. He doesn't have a good poker face when there's a mistake, either, and when he gets nervous he seems to keep his eyes only on Cheryl, not the crowd.
The judges praised his performance abilities and the way he can whip the crowd into a frenzy, but all three said he needs to focus more on being able to nail the routines on performance night.
Sherri Shepherd and Valentin Chmerkovskiy - 21 out of 30
Sherri gets wild, wild, wild with a tango to a top hit from Quiet Riot. She knew she had to be intense and focused for the tango; no silly Sherri, no laughing Sherri, no crying Sherri!
She started the dance by gyrating a bit on the judge's table right in front of Len... that could have gone either way, but apparently Len loved it. Carrie Ann gave the only real criticism, saying Sherri's face lacked expression and she missed that.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus - 20 out of 30
Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been a recent internet favorite thanks to the drunken guy in the back of the cop car. So maybe that's what inspired the show to choose the song for "Rock Week." Don't get me wrong, I love the song. But it seems like it would be awfully hard to dance to!
Gladys tried her Empress best to bring this tango to life, and God bless her, the 67-year-old never ceases to amaze. Overall, it was a little quirky, not in a good way. Carrie Ann called it ambitious, but felt it didn't quite come together.
Kiss returns to rock the house again on Tuesday night, and the one of these ten couples gets sent home! Who do you think will get the boot on Tuesday night? Vote in our poll.