‘DWTS’ Roundup, Week 2: Songbird Triumphed, Tennis Great ‘Blew It’

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas (Photo: ABC)

Well, we know who she is now! Katherine Jenkins continued to look like the breakout star of the 14th season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

The beautiful blonde opera singer, who was little known in the U.S. before signing on for the ABC reality show, got a score of 26 for her fabulous jive with partner Mark Ballas on Monday night. That mark tied for first with Disney star Roshon Fegan, who earned 26 with pro Chelsie Hightower. But Katherine captured the highest cumulative score for the two weeks with a total of 52.

After the show, however, Katherine modestly told reporters she doesn’t feel like the frontrunner: “It’s too early. Honestly, we’re taking this week by week. That’s all I can process.” The singer also downplayed her sexy new look on Monday night, saying, “I don’t feel like the sexpot. That was like an alter ego. We struggled from day one of the jive.” But Katherine said she and Mark, who partly grew up in England, couldn’t be better matched: “From the minute we met, we got on. We laugh a lot through our sessions. I feel like I have the best partner.”

Watch a Quick Performance Recap of Monday’s Dances:

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Meanwhile, Roshon dazzled in his quickstep but said he had an embarrassing problem. “I didn’t get to use the restroom before I got on the dance floor. I had to pee. There was a lot going on in my mind, like the restroom, and I’m just glad it turned out great.”

Telenovela hunk William Levy, who got a 25, said, “I hope that every day I can get better and better at dancing.” His pro Cheryl Burke said he’s surprised her by picking up choreography really fast and this week, he was all buttoned up in a tuxedo. “There’s so much more to him than just him being naked out there,” Cheryl insisted of her hard bodied celebrity.

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For the first time, Judge Len Goodman apologized to a dancing star, telling football player Donald Driver he underscored him last week. “We made history on Dancing with the Stars,” Donald marveled about the cranky judge after the show. He got 24 for his quickstep with Peta Murgatroyd.

“Extra” hostess Maria Menounos also claimed 25 points, with Derek Hough leading her through the quickstep. “It was hard. There were moments where I went, ‘oh. I totally messed that up’ but I tried not to think about that. [I thought] we’ve just got to keep going. That’s it,” she said.

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Sherri Shepherd, who scored a 23 for her high energy Tina Turner-inspired jive, said backstage she was thinking during the dance, “This is a dream come true! I can actually do Tina Turner!” The View hostess said she couldn’t have done it without her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, “even when I missed a step he was right there like a knight in shining armor.” When asked by Xfinitytv how she felt when she messed up a step, Sherri said, “Oh, crap! Where’s your head? And then you just go, what would Tina do? And Val told me, just start thinking. When in doubt, just shake.”

Last week’s leader, Jaleel White, garnered only 22 this week for his jive with Kym Johnson. “I felt good,” Jaleel said, but admitted to Xfinitytv he felt better in last week’s foxtrot. “Certain dances obviously play towards certain people’s personalities more than others,” he explained. “For me, the foxtrot and the Sinatra song spoke to me in a special way. I think it showcased where I am in my life as a 35-year-old man. [This week’s] jive we adapted to.”

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Singer Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff looked happy backstage despite their score of 21 in the jive. Still, he was honest, sighing, “I think I did quite a bit better in rehearsal. [Tonight] I could feel all the things I should be doing that I wasn’t doing.”

Soap star Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya also got a 21 for their jive and he said, “I feel relieved. I was a little bit nervous. I think I overdanced a little bit. The kicks could have been sharper.” Jack was looking very thin after his dance training and likes it that way! “They had to adjust my pants from Tuesday to today,” he said proudly. “I think this jive has been taking its toll on my waistline, which is just fine. At 52, I found an ab the other day in my stomach. I’m thrilled.”

Catch Up on Last Week’s “DWTS” Season Premiere:

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Even after getting just 20 for her quickstep with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert said, “I feel great. I had so much fun tonight. I felt light; I felt relaxed.” Was she worried about Tuesday’s elimination vote? “It’s out of my hands. Hopefully America understands what we’re trying to do and wants to see more.”

Singing legend Gladys Knight also accentuated the positive after getting just 19 for her quickstep. With partner Tristan MacManus by her side, she said judge Len’s criticism of her frame didn’t faze her. “I’ve been watching the show from the beginning and he’s always been a stickler for technique but you can focus on Len or you can get more focused on the dance itself so you can accomplish it.”

Tennis champ Martina Navratilova got the lowest score of the night as she and partner Tony Dovolani walked away with just 17 for their jive. “Ah, it was so frustrating! It was disappointing,” she said afterward. “We want to keep going, if only for Tony’s sake because he’s had some duds before and he got an athlete and the athlete blew it tonight so I hope that we get one more week.” Martina looked in danger of elimination but turned heads with her costume that resembled a tennis net over a bikini top. “Tony designed it,” she said.

Will it be the last we see of Martina? Tune in to Tuesday night’s “DWTS” Results Show for the first elimination of the season to find out!

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