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'Dancing with the Stars' week 6 recap: Who impressed on Motown Night?

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This week on Dancing with the Stars, the theme is Motown and Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Recording Corporation, is present in the audience. But who in the competition will manage to impress Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli at the halfway point of the series? Time to find out as Smokey Robinson and Martha Reid kick off the show.

Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus – Rumba
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Gladys Knight


The Motown legend showed personality in her saucy samba last week. Thankfully she has survived to the week of her era, and will be dancing to 'My Girl' by The Temptations. She explains they have done many concerts together. Gladys's brother heads to the rehearsal studio to teach Tristan a thing or two about snapping. Gladys says that she wants to make her family and her peers from the music genre especially proud.

Len: "If I could judge purely with my heart, you'd be top of my leaderboard." He tells her she is the most charismatic dancer and claims it's just easy like Sunday morning for her.

Bruno: "I don't expect you to turn into Lady GaGa, but a bit more Beyoncé and not forgetting the end would help!"

Carrie Ann: "I would pay so much money to see that dance again." Carrie Ann tells Gladys that the hip action was "fantastic".

Score: 21 out of 30

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough – Foxtrot
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Maria Menounos


The Extra presenter heated up the dance floor last week with the salsa. The pair want to bring the class back into their performance after last week's passionate kiss. Maria admits that because she grew up with a lot of boys around her, she can be less classy than some women. The pair are getting frustrated with each other as the dance proves a challenge. But she's ready to get down to Motown with the Foxtrot.

Carrie Ann: She tells Maria and Derek that they did excellent work despite the slip.

Len: "In hold, it was correct and formal. Out of hold, it was fun and free. It was a joy to my eyes and listening to Martha [Reeves], it was a joy to my ears."

Bruno: "Brilliant blend of sophistication with elegance. I love the way you combined the elements."

Score: 26 out of 30

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – Rumba
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Roshon Fegan


Last Monday, Roshon's swag wowed the judges. He's happy about his great remarks, but wants to do even better and says he wants to be at the top consistently. Chelsie asks him what he thinks of when he hears the work 'sensual' and the Disney star leans in for a hug. She wants to pull the simple man out of the quirky star for this performance with vocal guest Smokey Robinson.

Bruno: "The movement was clipped and jerky, like painting by numbers."

Carrie Ann: "That definitely got a little sexy there at the end, but in general your moves were a little exaggerated tonight." However, she appreciates that Roshon got into the zone during his performance.

Len: He complains that Roshon's body naturally wants to hit the beat every time, which is not good for the rumba. However, he admits the performance was great.

Score: 23 out of 30

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – Samba
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Katherine Jenkins


Katherine returned to the top of the leaderboard last week when her Argentine Tango sizzled. There's plenty of bending the knees and bounce in their routine as they dance to 'I Can't Get Next To You' by The Temptations. After plenty of rehearsal time, Katherine finally nails it and Mark tells her she has done a good job.

Len: 'Was there an earthquake or did Katherine just shake this place?' He nicknames her "the midwife" because she delivers every week.

Bruno: Bruno describes Katherine's routine as "exhilarating", which she is of course delighted by.

Carrie Ann: An excited Carrie Ann tells the classical singer: "That was amazing."

Score: 29 out of 30

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – Foxtrot
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Donald Driver


Donald is performing to 'The Way You Do the Things You Do' by The Temptations. He hopes to end the night a lot happier than he did last week when his Argentine Tango left him short of two points from 30. Donald loves Motown, and it reminds him of growing up. He whispers to a cardboard cutout of Len holding a '10' sign: "Hey Len, what can I do to get one of those?"

Carrie Ann: "Bruno's upset because you had a Len doll," she says after praising the sportsman.

Len: "I thought you were going to come out and show me some fireworks and you didn't. You came out and exploded! This man can give us more. The routine wasn't as big as his talent. This man can be a great dancer."

Bruno: "You are a showman... [with] confidence, power. Your performances get better and better. You should be in theater."

Score: 27 out of 30

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Viennese waltz
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Melissa Gilbert


The TV icon - who recovered from an injury a couple of weeks ago - is trying to make some smooth moves to the sounds of Smokey Robinson 'Ooh Baby Baby'. She says she doesn't want to go home and is going to work as hard as she can. However, the partners are arguing over Maksim's direction. With plenty of profanities flying around the dance studio, Maksim is being tough on her and she tells him he doesn't inspire confidence. He jokes: "You could do worse. You could have an ugly partner."

Bruno: "Towards the end you got a little bit passed out, but I think you're really going in the right direction."

Carrie Ann: "Your work so hard and it is finally paying off. I see poetry happening in your movements."

Len: "I saw rotation, romance and control. You lost a little bit towards the end." However he liked the routine overall.

Score: 24 out of 30

Jaleel White & Kym Johnson – Cha cha cha
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Jaleel White


TV star Jaleel and Kym Johnson are putting their success all down to faith. The star had a part in 2006 movie 'Dreamgirls', but will his experience so far save him tonight as The Temptations provide their tune? Kym wants Jaleel to think like a ballroom dancer and get out of his personality. Jaleel is grateful that Kym has been supportive since they landed in the bottom two last week and had to perform a 'dance duel' with Gavin DeGraw to stay in the competition.

Len: "On week one I thought, 'This guy is a contender.'" After explaining that things went pear-shaped in the middle of the season, he tells Jaleel: "You're back!"

Bruno: "You burned that floor! That was the biggest sizzler of the season. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and you came back big time."

Carrie Ann: "You have to bring your A-game every time. Consider your A-game brought to the table!"

Score: 29 out of 30

William Levy & Cheryl Burke – Rumba
Dancing With The Stars Season 14: William Levy


The actor brought heat to the competition with a passionate Argentine tango last week and tied for first place. This week, William has to be the Latin lover - and Cheryl wants the hottest rumba ever. He is told to slow down and show his sensuality. She directs him: "You just rub your hand up my body." Soon the fire alarm goes off and William blames it on his saucy dancing. "I brought the fire to rehearsal now I have to bring it to the dance floor," he quips. They dance to 'Being with You' by Smokey Robinson.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann thanks William on behalf of the ladies. She thinks it may have been steamy to look at but she says the rumba needed more content. She says his moves were too disconnected, but adds that he is not just a pretty face but a beautiful dancer.

Len: After complaining about the raunchiness, Len frankly says that while anyone can rock hips side to side - even host Tom Bergeron - the rumba also needs forward and back moves. Bruno tells Len that he needs Viagra if he can't go into ecstasy after what he saw.

Bruno: Bruno is a fan and says: "Absolute and utter filth, and I loved every minute of it." He urges the ladies in the audience not to jump off the balcony.

Score: 27 out of 30

Motown Marathon

In a dance to test their endurance, the couples will be knocked out by the judges one by one. Their points will be added to their individual performances of the night. They're dancing a cha cha cha to 'Tears of a Clown' by Smokey Robinson, and each couple has their own tactics for beating their opponents. Gladys shouts: "Don't get tapped out, dance as long as you can. Let's do it!"

Gladys and Tristan are out first, but Maria and Derek are out second. Roshon and Chelsea and Melissa and Maks outlast them. When four couples remain, they can go beyond their individual spotlights on the dancefloor.

The audience seems most disappointed when Donald and Peta are eliminated fifth, followed by Jaleel and Kym. William gets nine points and is second last out, after he shows off with plenty of sliding on his knees. Katherine and Mark take the 10 points and top place in the group routine.

Watch William Levy and Cheryl Burke dance the rumba below:

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