'Dancing with the Stars' topped by William Levy and Cheryl Burke
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/08/2012
Dancing with the Stars judges' leaderboard was topped by William Levy and Cheryl Burke during Monday night's broadcast of the fourteenth season's eighth performance show, which featured the Top 6 finalists performing an individual ballroom routine and an additional first-ever "trio dance" performance.
The telenovela star and his professional partner finished in first place with 57 out of 60 possible points on the judges' leaderboard for the first time this season during the live broadcast.
In addition to dancing their initial routine, Monday night's show featured the competition's six remaining couples each picking one previously-eliminated professional dancer or member of the Dancing with the Stars troupe to join their performance and show off the celebrity to the best of their ability. The "trio dance" was eligible to receive up to 30 possible points -- which would be added to each contestants' individual scores -- from Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Levy and Burke danced an individual foxtrot which received 30 out of 30 possible points -- the first perfect score of three 10s for the pair this season -- from the judges and then performed a paso doble featuring Tony Dovolani for their trio routine that earned 27 additional points.
Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower finished second on the leaderboard with 56 total points. They danced a foxtrot which received 29 points and followed it with a paso doble routine alongside Sasha Farber from the dance troupe for their trio routine which earned 27 points from the judges.
Third place on the judges' leaderboard represented a tie between NFL player Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd and opera singer Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas, who each earned 55 total points. Driver and Murgatroyd danced a tango that received 27 points from the judges and then returned to the dance floor and performed a jive with Karina Smirnoff that earned 28 points.
Jenkins and Ballas performed an individual Viennese waltz that earned 26 points, and then they took to the stage again with Tristan MacManus for the trio round and danced a cha cha which received 29 additional points from the judges.
Entertainment reporter and Extra host Maria Menounos and partner Derek Hough placed fifth on Monday night's leaderboard with a grand total of 53 points. In addition to the 28 points they earned for their individual Viennese waltz performance, they also danced a samba routine which received only 25 points and featured dance troupe member Henry Byalikov.
Former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished in sixth -- and last -- place on the judges' leaderboard with 51 total points. They performed a foxtrot routine which received 24 points from the judges and a samba routine for the trio round that earned 27 additional points. The couple danced their trio performance with Val Chmerkovskiy.
The judges' scoring and home viewer votes that were cast after Monday night's performances will now be combined and two of the six celebrity and professional pairings will be ousted in a special double-elimination twist during Dancing with the Stars' seventh fourteenth-season results show tonight at 9PM ET/PT.
Next week's Dancing with the Stars performance show will feature the four remaining couples competing in the season's semifinals round.