Couple: Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus
Score: 19 (23 last week)
Gladys busted her booty to live up to last week’s performance that brought the crowd to its feet. She didn’t want to just meet the standard she set for herself; she wanted to exceed it.
"I don’t want to just pass. I want to really be good," Gladys told her professional partner Tristan. "There was no elimination last week, but this week you gonna be out of here if you don’t bring it."
After her red-hot Cha-Cha the Quickstep should have been no problem. This week she did okay. There were a couple of moments when she seemed to get a little confused on the footwork, but she was very light on her feet. The judges also found issue with her frame. We do think that she more than made up for it later in the routine with her run from the back of the stage.
The music didn’t really help either. Though Stevie Wonder always makes us want to dance, the way the band played it made the music seem a little heavy. And they stopped at such a weird place.
There were a couple things working against Gladys, but she looked like she was having great time.