'Dancing with the Stars' topped by Katherine Jenkins and William Levy
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/17/2012
Dancing with the Stars judges' leaderboard was topped by opera singer Katherine Jenkins and actor and telenovela star William Levy during Monday night's broadcast of the fourteenth season's fifth performance show, which featured the Top 9 finalists performing Latin routines.
Singer Gavin DeGraw and partner Karina Smirnoff finished in ninth -- and last -- place at the bottom of the leaderboard after they danced a samba routine which received only 19 points from the judges.
NFL player Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd and Entertainment reporter and Extra host Maria Menounos and partner Derek Hough finished tied for second place after they each danced a routine which received 27 points from the judges.
Driver and Murgatroyd performed an Argentine tango, while Menounos and Hough danced the salsa.
Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower finished in fifth place after they earned 26 points for their salsa performance.
Jaleel White -- who is best known for his role on ABC's sitcom Family Matters -- and partner Kym Johnson finished in sixth place on the leaderboard after they danced the samba which received 24 points from the judges.
Singer Gladys Knight and partner Tristan MacManus performed a samba routine which earned 22 points from the judges, leaving them in seventh place on Monday night's leaderboard.
Former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy followed closely behind Knight and MacManus in eighth place with 21 points after dancing a salsa routine.
The scores of Monday night's judging leaderboard will now be combined with the home viewer voting results cast immediately afterward to determine which of the nine couples will land in the bottom two during Dancing with the Stars' fourth fourteenth-season results show Tuesday night at 9PM ET/PT.
In addition, last night's broadcast featured Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron reiterating that effective this week, the show will be adopting a new dance-off format to determine which couple will be eliminated. The bottom two couples will dance simultaneously for the judges in a dance duel, and then the judges will decide who goes home -- giving one last chance for the best dancer in the bottom two to stay in the competition.