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'Dancing with the Stars' Week 3 recap

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We've said goodbye to our first celebrity, Martina Navratilova, and the competition is now really underway on Dancing With The Stars! This week it's all about the most memorable year of the contestants' lives - will we be seeing some tears? And who'll manage to impress judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli? Time to find out!

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya - Samba

In rehearsals, Jack becomes emotional as he speaks about his most emotional year - 2011. He explains that he chose it because that's when his daughter Kerry introduced herself for the first time. "She hugged me, and I knew," he says. Jack describes his daughter as a "blessing" and explains that he wants a carnival atmosphere with his dance - a samba set to his song 'Lighting Up The Night'! The performance begins and ends on the judges' desk, and when it's over, Jack hugs Kerry in the crowd.

Len: Len praises Jack's rhythm, though he points out that his upper body was "a little bit forced". But he was impressed by the choreography and adds: "For me, it was your best dance."

Bruno: "You got the party started!" Bruno announces. He calls it "uplifting" and "joyful" and comments that Jack had no problems keeping up like he did last week. He praises his rhythm too, adding: "Much better", though he does warn Jack to be careful with his placement.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann admits that she was crying when she watched Jack speaking about his daughter but adds that he "totally uplifted the room". She calls him a "great dancer" and praises his "clean and neat" moves. "There's something effervescent in the way you perform," she says, adding that she wants to see more of him.

Score: 24 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Maria Menounos
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough - Rumba

Maria chooses 1988 - when she was 10 - as her most memorable year. She explains that her parents, immigrants from Greece, worked really hard cleaning nightclubs to provide for their family (and becomes emotional as she talks about it). Maria adds that she used to pick up quarters from the floor and use them in the jukebox to play 'Material Girl' - so that's what she'll dance to. In rehearsals, Derek reminds her to get into character and be sexy - he needn't have worried! The dance is really smooth and sensual, and gets a standing ovation from much of the crowd.

Bruno: "Is it Maria or is it Aphrodite?" Bruno asks. He's very impressed that she danced with a melodic line, as there was no rhythm in the song. "You've done something on week three I've never seen," he says.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann describes Maria as an "exquisite" dancer, praising her "sensuality" and "languid movement". She reveals that she couldn't tell Maria has injured ribs and describes the performance as "breathtaking".

Len: Len jokes: "It was a mix of the ballroom with a little touch of the bedroom going on in there!" He adds that the dance had "smouldering intensity" but warns that Maria was sometimes a little hesitant. Still, he says the dance was "fabulous" overall.

Score: 27 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus - Foxtrot

Gladys chooses 1957 as her most memorable year - she was 13, and beginning to tour as Gladys Knight and the Pips. She explains that she learnt so much from the artists she met - Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and James Brown. So she and Tristan begin preparing a foxtrot set to Cooke's 'Cupid' as Gladys says she'll bring "Motown to the ballroom". It works - Gladys seems much more comfortable on the dancefloor this week and earns cheers from the crowd.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann reveals that she saw a lot of improvement in Gladys's frame. She adds that Gladys dances like she sings - "sensuous and soulful and rich".

Len: Len points out that he is the same age as Gladys and says it takes a lot of "work and dedication" to perform each week. He says he admires her and adds that her frame was better this week. "I've been really nice to you," he concludes. "Can I please be a pip?"

Bruno: Bruno praises Gladys's "grace" and "finesse", before congratulating her on her fluidity and the movement of her arms. He concludes by saying that her dancing was "absolutely gorgeous".

Score: 24 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Roshon Fegan
Roshon Fegan & Chelsea Hightower - Samba

Roshon chooses 1996 - the first time he saw Michael Jackson on stage! He explains that the late popstar is his hero, and he'll be performing this week to 'I Want You Back'. To help incorporate Jackson's classic moves into their dance, Chelsea invites his choreographer Travis Payne to rehearsals and he explains they should include moves from throughout Jackson's career. The performance certainly does that - Roshon seems very confident and wins lots of cheers.

Len: Len praises the exuberance, flair and devil-may-care attitude in the performance, and says Roshon took on the Jackson moves "very well". But he gets boos when he says he would have liked to have seen a bit more traditional samba. Still, he congratulates Roshon for giving 100%.

Bruno: Bruno keeps it short and sweet - he says Michael Jackson would love it. He even says the resemblance is "uncanny" - "I thought I was watching him."

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann also says that the dance was a great tribute to Jackson, but adds that she agrees with Len on the negative points. She suggests (to boos) that some of the transitions into the Jackson moves threw out her timing, so it wasn't his best dance. But she says she liked the innovation and says: "I think you're so much fun."

Score: 25 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Gavin DeGraw
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff - Rumba

Gavin chooses to dance to Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind' because he first decided he wanted to be a performer after going to a Billy Joel concert. He adds that his family have always completely supported him, even when he was finding it really tough. "Gavin's family believe in him 100%," Karina says. "So do I." But will their rumba manage to keep them out of the bottom two this week? Gavin definitely seems to have improved and he dances very close with Karina...

Bruno: "Gavin, you've got hips and you can move them!" Bruno declares. He says he has got his stiffness under control and extended his moves beautifully. But he adds that he needs to work on his turns. Still, he's "getting better all the time".

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann agrees that Gavin needs to work on his turns but confesses that Gavin's dance made her heart go "all fluttery"! She explains that there is something "sexy and sensual" about the way he moves, praising his "authentic attention to detail". Carrie Ann also suggests that it doesn't look like Gavin's struggling with his dancing at all. "I've got Gavin fever!" she announces.

Len: Len points out that as the rumba is slow, every detail is shown. But what did he see? Good hips and more musicality! He adds that he didn't even mind the pivots like the other judges. "I see progress week after week," he concludes.

Score: 24 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Katherine Jenkins
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas - Waltz

Katherine chooses 1996 as her most memorable year, and tearfully explains that she was 15 when she found out her father had lung cancer. She reveals that she was pulled out of class when her dad went into a coma and says she is glad she got to say goodbye to him. She chooses Josh Groban's 'To Where You Are' as it sums up how she feels about her father. She admits that the rehearsals are "overwhelming" but dedicates her waltz to her father. It's another beautiful performance from Katherine, who begins to cry when it's over (and, after the judges' comments, she hugs her mother.)

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann, who is crying, says Katherine's father will be "smiling down upon" her. She says it was "magical" and almost like she was dancing with two partners - both Mark and her father. "It was just an amazing moment," she adds.

Len: Len says Katherine dances with grace and elegance, but he risks anger from the crowd when he says that were he in a worse mood, he would complain that there wasn't enough dancing in ballroom hold. He explains that it annoys him because Katherine is so good in hold. But he adds: "The bottom line is you are a wonderful dancer."

Bruno: There's only need for one word from Bruno: "Sensational."

Score: 29 out of 30 (including 10s from Carrie Ann and Bruno)

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Sherri Shepherd
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy - Rumba

Sherri explains that her dance, set to Nancy Wilson's 'If I Could', will be about her son, who was born prematurely. She explains that she never thought she'd be able to smile again when he was being treated, but explains that now he's a "miracle" and she's so "thankful". Still, in rehearsals she begins to struggle and, crying, admits that it is "a lot of pressure" as she's dancing for her son. To help out, Val invites Sherri's son to visit her to remind her why she's doing it. Whem it comes to the dance, it's hard to tell Sherri had been struggling! Afterwards, she runs over to see her son, who grins widely! But after the judges' comments, Sherri begins to cry.

Len: Len appreciates the "emotion" Sherri put into the dance, calling it "heartfelt". He admits that he didn't know whether she'd be able to do it because of her bubbly character, but she did a "great job". Oh, and he praises her triple spins, too.

Bruno: "Mama can move!" Bruno declares. He says the dance was very deeply felt and well expressed. He confesses that Sherri was so into the performance that he thought she might lose it, but she didn't.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann says Sherri is "true" to herself when she dances. She explains that you see every single emotion and says Sherri's lines were the best she's seen.

Score: 24 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Jive

Melissa, who's dancing to 'Dog Days Are Over', chooses to remember 2010, when she fell and broke her back. As she remembers being scared of never being able to walk again, she begins to cry. "I did not say a word!" Maks jokes. But Melissa explains that she's just happy - back in 2010, she would have laughed if you'd said she'd be dancing. The rehearsals go well (Maks says he's "proud" of his partner)... and so does the performance!

Bruno: "Wow, wow, wow!" Bruno shouts. "Melissa is on a mission to put the raunch into the jive!" He admits that she was a bit weaker when dancing on her own but says the opening sequence was "excellent".

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann also "loved" the performance, which she describes as "dynamic". She says it was the first time Melissa let go and wasn't nervous. "And girlfriend, you can rock the hair!" she jokes.

Len: Len says that not only does Melissa's story have a happy ending... so do the judges' comments! "You have come into the competition," he declares.

Score: 24 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Jaleel White
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson - Rumba

Jaleel explains that he is going to remember the year he played Urkel's alter ego Stefan Urquelle. He confesses that he was apprehensive about the role but afterwards, realised that it showed that he had more to offer. Now, he wants to do the same thing for the DWTS judges! Rehearsals go well - Kym thinks he's "very sexy". But will the performance impress? Well, it sure means a lot to Jaleel - while waiting for the judges' scores he breaks down in tears.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann certainly enjoyed it - she says: "You are back in the game!" She says that he "glided through that rumba like nobody's business" and concludes: "Nice job."

Len: Len says the performance was "very competent" and Jaleel coped well with the routine. But he advises him that while he can show rhythm from the waist down, he needs to work on showing melody in his upper body. He admits it was a little stiff in the arms. Unsurprisingly, this gets boos from the crowd!

Bruno: Bruno calls it "cool" and "smooth", but agrees with Len - the rumba should be fluid. But when the audience complain, he says: "It was good! Cool and smooth, what more do you want?"

Score: 25 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: William Levy
William Levy & Cheryl Burke - Salsa

William chooses to remember 1995 - the year he moved from Cuba to America, after his father, a political prisoner, got asylum. "We got lucky," he says. He decides to perform a salsa to 'La Vida Es Un Carnaval' and adds: "I hope the salsa represents not only my past in Cuba but my future in America." The performance certainly seems very fluid and upbeat, and William doesn't show any problems with his steps! The crowd love it and cheer for a long, long time.

Len: Len's impressed - he says it was "loose" and "oily". He compares William to the English King William the Conquerer: "You conquered the salsa!"

Bruno: Bruno asks William to come closer, but after shaking his hand he shouts: "I hate you! That was amazing!"

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann admits that she's lost for words and jokes that she wants to go to Cuba! "You are ridiculous," she says. "That was ridiculous! Hot, hot, hot, hot!" She admits there was a bit of an issue at one point during the dance, but she doesn't seem bothered...

Score: 28 out of 30 (including 10 from Bruno)

Dancing With The Stars Season 14: Donald Driver
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd - Rumba

Donald admits that he's feeling under pressure after his positive comments last week. He reveals that he's going to remember 2010, when his best friend passed away from cancer. And he's chosen to dance to 'One Sweet Day' as it tells the story. During rehearsals, he jokes that his eyes are watering already. And the performance seems very emotional as well... which continues while he's getting the judges' comments and while he's waiting for the scores.

Carrie Ann: Carrie Ann says the passion he expressed was "mesmerising": "I could not take my eyes off of the love that I felt emanating from your body through that dance." She admits it wasn't perfect, but says she was "truly touched".

Len: Len jokes that he didn't expect a "great big hunky dunky football guy" to dance with "such warmth and emotion". He also says it wasn't perfect - it was "a little hectic" - but he adds that it was a "top notch performance".

Bruno: Bruno praises Donald for pushing himself "to the limit" every time. He explains that the content of the dance was very difficult but it was at a professional standard. "I think this could turn out to be the battle of the hunks!" he adds.

Score: 26 out of 30

Dancing With The Stars continues with the results show tonight (April 3) at 9/8c on ABC.

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