Stars: Gavin DeGraw, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Martina Navratilova, Sherri Shepard, Jack Wagner, Jaleel White
Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays
Original Telecast: March 19th, 2012

Once again it’s dancing time! DANCING WITH THE STARS : Season 14 Premiere resulted in the highest marks given ever for a season premiere. All I can say is WOW! There are so many contenders this year it would be very difficult to pick any standouts. The competition this season is fierce and the stars are working harder than ever to earn the acclaim of DWTS champ.

Two duos even earned scores higher than any scores ever on a season premiere episode. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas and Jaleel White & Kym Johnson both earned an impressive 26 points. Yes, that Jaleel White – Urkel himself. He is smooth and graceful, unlike anything you could ever imagine. But, White and Jenkins aren’t any closer to that mirror ball than several other couples. Smoldering actor William Levy grooved his way to a not too shabby 24, while four couples tied with solid 23s – Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower, Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya, Sherri Shepard & Val Chmerkovskiy and Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus.

We are off to a great start for DWTS: S14 … next week begins the eliminations!

Katherine Jenkins (singer) and her partner Mark Ballas
She is sweet and elegant in her steps. Head judge Len Goodman thought she had wonderful musicality. Bruno Tonioli thought she was exquisite in her Foxtrot. Carrie Ann Inaba summed it up in one word – Fa-bu-lous.
Scores: Inaba – 9, Goodman – 8, Tonioli –9, Harland – 8

Martina Navratilova (Tennis Pro) and her partner Tony Dovolani
She was better than expected. Goodman said her Foxtrot was close but no cigar. Tonioli said she looked stunning. Inaba agreed that she was glowing with elegance.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 7, Harland – 7

Jaleel White (actor) and his partner Kym Johnson
He was graceful beyond belief! Goodman loved his Foxtrot. Tonioli said it was fantastic. Inaba called White the icing on top of the cake.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Harland – 7

Gladys Knight (music legend) and her partner Tristan MacManus
Slow but smooth. Tonioli said she had sass. Inaba said she was honored to have Knight on the dance floor in front of her. Goodman said her ChaChaCha oozed with rhythm.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman –7, Tonioli – 8, Harland – 7

Roshon Fegan (Disney star) and his partner Chelsie Hightower
Boy, he can move. Tonioli said he could go on and on and on and on watching him dance.  Inaba loved his youthful flavor performing the ChaChaCha. Goodman thought there was too much hip-hop in his dance.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Harland –8

Sherri Shepard (actress/TV host) and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy
She definitely has the moves. Tonioli told her she lit up the room. Inaba called Shepard the happiest contestant ever. Goodman thought she brought the joy of dancing to the floor with her Foxtrot.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Harland – 7

Gavin DeGraw (singer) and his partner Karina Smirnoff
It was nice, but a little heavy-footed. Goodman wanted him to loosen up. Tonioli thought he had great charm with his Foxtrot. Inaba said he had great musical interpretation.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 7, Harland – 7

William Levy (actor) and his partner Cheryl Burke
He brought sexy back!  Tonioli called him the hottest package on the dance floor. Inaba really liked the way he moved throughout his ChaChaCha. Goodman said it was well done.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 8, Harland – 8

Maria Menounos (TV host) and her partner Derek Hough
She has great potential, but she needs to loosen up those hips. Tonioli told her to work on her hips. Goodman thought she coped very well. Inaba said her ChaChaCha was a strong, solid performance.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 7, Harland – 7

Jack Wagner (actor/singer) and his partner Anna Trebunskaya
He was debonair, yet stiff.  Inaba was taken to a happy place. Tonioli thought his Foxtrot was beautifully danced. Goodman said it had a feel good factor to it.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Harland – 7

Who’s going home: No one this week…stay tuned for next week.

Who Has Legs To Take Home The Mirror Ball:
So many, it’s pointless to name them all. Let’s just say there’s a good chance, Navratilova, Gilbert, Knight and DeGraw won’t win, but you never know.


Related Link: TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 14 – Week 2 – “Quicksteps & Jive”
Related Link: Analysis: Is DANCING WITH THE STARS a Popularity or Talent contest?

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