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'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Maria Menounos Goes Bollywood in Trio Routine

May 8, 2012, 2:54 am GMT

The 'Extra' co-host and pro partner Derek Hough show a strong emotional connection in a romantic dance for the first round, and are praised for their creativity in their threesome with Henry Byaliko.



The remaining six pairs on "Dancing with the Stars" 14 returned to the ballroom on Monday, May 7 before facing a double elimination on Tuesday. Each team performed two dances, one was a ballroom dance and the other was a Trio dance.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced the tango. Len Goodman commented, "Ding dong Donald, a first round knock out, you set the standard." Bruno Toli praised the power in the routine, as Carrie Ann Inaba applauded, "Your shapes were more dynamic." She, however, told Donald to add more drama. The athlete got 27 points.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced a romantic Viennese waltz. "Heavenly fluidity, seamless transition, total emotional involvement, this is amazing," Bruno gushed. Carrie Ann chimed in, "Sometimes dances speak to you. Sometimes dances sing to you... I was hearing angels singing." The "Extra" co-host got 28 points.

Melissa Gilbert and her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the foxtrot, which Len deemed her best dance so far. "Unfortunately, there was just one or two incidents," the judge added. Carrie Ann agreed, adding that her "shoulders were down." The "Little House on the Prairie" star earned 24 points.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas danced the Viennese waltz, during which she showed "superb" technique, so Bruno said. Carrie Ann also praised her astounding technique, but noticed that she lost her balance. The classical opera singer earned 26 points.

After landing on the bottom two last week, Roshon Fegan delivered a better performance this week when dancing the foxtrot with Chelsie Hightower. Bruno commented, "What you have done in a week is incredible," while Carrie Ann gushed, "You made your grannies proud and you made us proud." The Disney star got 29 points.

Wrapping up the first round, William Levy and Cheryl Burke danced the foxtrot which helped him earn the perfect score of 30. "It was a mix of care and flare. I liked it," Bruno commented. "That was like a super, hot, sexy Pink Panther," Carrie Ann added, as Bruno enthused, "You heart-breaker! You couldn't be more debonair and suave if you tried. I hate you even more!"

In the second round, each pair must pick an extra professional dancer, either an eliminated pro or member of The Troupe, to join their routine. Donald and Peta recruited Karina Smirnoff for their jive. Len called it "Fun! Fun! Fun," while Carrie Ann said, "You never missed a step." The judges gave 28 points for the routine.

Maria and Derek were joined by Henry Byaliko to dance the samba with a Bollywood theme. "Creatively, this dance was incredible, because it kept you constantly the center of attention," Bruno admitted. Carrie Ann said there was a few little slip-ups, but calling it "a feast for my Asian senses." The TV hostess earned additional 25 points.

Melissa and Maksim picked none other than his brother Val Chmerkovskiy for their trio dance of the samba. "That is your best dance. Well done," Len commented. Carrie Ann also praised the team, "You are a very good cream filling in the middle there." The actress got 27 points for her second routine.

Travis MacManus lent a helping hand to Katherine and Mark when dancing the cha-cha. Len thought it was clean, as Bruno called it sexy and cool. "That was amazing, you were right in the zone!" Carrie Ann added. The Welsh artist earned 29 points.

Roshon and Chelsie enlisted Sasha Farber as a featured dancer for their paso doble. Len loved it, but Bruno noticed, "You lost sync with Sasha a couple of times." Carrie Ann also pointed out a flaw in the dance as saying, "I'm conflicted, because it was such a good routine... but you went off. You went off a few times." The actor earned 27 points.

Tony Dovolani was featured in William and Cheryl's paso doble. Len said it was "a fabulous job," but Bruno once again saw there was no sync. According to Carrie Ann, however, he "only messed up once." The telenovela star earned 27 points.

The total score from their two performances will be combined with audience's votes to determine two pairs which will be sent home on the results show this week.

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower - Foxtrot:


William Levy and Cheryl Burke - Foxtrot:


Donald Driver, Peta Murgatroyd and Karina Smirnoff - Jive:


Maria Menounos, Derek Hough and Henry Byalikov - Samba:


Katherine Jenkins, Mark Ballas and Tristan MacManus - Cha Cha:


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