'Dancing with the Stars' ousts Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/25/2012
Dancing with the Stars ousted Gladys Knight and professional partner Tristan MacManus during Tuesday night's fifth live fourteenth-season results show on ABC.
The singer and MacManus became the fifth couple ousted from the competition.
They were ousted after Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli opted to save fellow couple Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower instead following a new dance-off format in which both pairs -- who were the bottom two couples based on the combination of the judges' scores they received during Monday night's performance show and the home viewer votes that were cast afterwards -- were required to perform different jive routines simultaneously in a dance duel in the hopes of impressing the judges and being saved from elimination as a result.
Dancing with the Stars' judges based their decision to eliminate Knight and MacManus instead of Fegan, who is a Disney Channel star, and Hightower solely on the quality of their jive performances they saw during last night's results show. Inaba voted to save Knight in the competition, while Goodman and Tonioli both voted to keep Fegan because they believed his dance with Hightower was better overall.
"I am so just amazed at this journey. It's been absolutely extraordinary. I learned so many things, found so many friends and family, and I'm just overjoyed," Knight said following her ouster. "[The remaining couples] are already stepping up way, way beyond anything that's ever been on this show and I love them all. I really really do, and I just wish them God's speed. I wish them the best. I got a family!"
"Gladys is probably one of the most inspirational people I've met. As a teacher, that's unbelievable. I'll probably miss Gladys as much as I miss Ireland when I'm here, and I really, really miss Ireland," MacManus said in a video montage.
Knight and MacManus finished in eighth -- and last -- place at the bottom of Monday night's judging leaderboard with only 24 out of 40 possible points.
The couple danced a rumba routine to a Motown hit which received only 21 out of 30 possible points from the judges and then competed with the other couples in an additional "dance marathon" in which everyone had to dance the cha cha simultaneously onstage and were knocked out one by one by the judges depending on where they placed. Knight and MacManus were the first couple kicked out of the marathon -- leaving them only three additional points.
The last couple still on the floor for the "dance marathon," who ultimately performed the best cha cha, received 10 points from the judges, while second place got nine, third place eight points and so on. The cha cha "dance marathon" scores were added to each couple's initial scores from their first performance, creating a grand total of points on the leaderboard for the night.
Fellow bottom two couple Fegan and Hightower finished in seventh place on the judges' leaderboard with a grand total of 28 points. They danced a rumba which earned them 23 points and then capped off the night with five more points for their "dance marathon" cha cha performance.
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her professional partner Mark Ballas topped the leaderboard after they performed a samba routine which received a 29-point score from the judges and then came in first place for their cha cha performance during the "dance marathon," receiving 10 additional points -- which vaulted them into first place with 39 total points.
Actor Jaleel White -- who is best known for his role on ABC's sitcom Family Matters -- and partner Kym Johnson finished in second place on the leaderboard. They received 29 points, the highest number of points they've had all season on the judges' leaderboard, for their initial cha cha routine and were originally tied for first place with Jenkins and Ballas.
However, they finished the "dance marathon" in third place and earned an additional eight points from the judges, landing them in second place for the night with 37 total points.
Telenovela star William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke finished in third place on the judges' leaderboard with 36 total points.
After dancing a rumba routine that earned 27 points from the judges, Levy and Burke returned to the dance floor and participated in the "dance marathon" which tacked on nine additional points to their individual score for coming in second place.
NFL player Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd finished in fourth place on Monday night's leaderboard with 34 total points after they received 27 points for their initial foxtrot routine and seven points for their cha cha "dance marathon" routine.
Fifth place on the grand-total leaderboard represented a tie between former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Entertainment reporter and Extra host Maria Menounos and partner Derek Hough. Both couples ended the night with a 30-point grand total.
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy earned 24 points from the judges for their Viennese waltz and also came in fifth place during the "dance marathon," earning them an additional six points. Menounos and Hough received 26 points for their initial foxtrot routine but only got to tack on four more points to their score after coming in seventh place during the "dance marathon."