April 10th, 2012
10:35 AM ET
Last night's "Rock Week" edition of "Dancing with the Stars" was marred by an apparent celebrity injury that required immediate medical treatment.
Host Tom Bergeron announced at the end of the show that actress Melissa Gilbert went to the hospital after she and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy received their scores for their paso doble. Video of the routine showed Melissa apparently hitting her head on the dance floor near the end of her routine.
"(Melissa) had some concussion-like symptoms after she got her scores," Maksim's brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, told CNN after the show. "She was a little nauseous and dizzy, so she decided to go to the hospital."
Maksim also fell during the routine, which Judge Len Goodman blamed on a slippery floor. Melissa and Maksim received a 22 out of a possible 30 from the three-judge panel, and the actress is now recovering.
“As a result of hitting her head during the dance [Monday], Melissa has a mild concussion and whiplash. She is at home, resting comfortably and looking forward to her next dance," her rep told CNN.
As far as the other celebrities, Sherri Shepherd was the first performer up to bat, and she did a tango to a Quiet Riot song. To be honest, the tune didn't fit with the dance, and Sherri looked slow and robotic, a far cry from the enthusiasm we've seen in previous weeks.
Len noted some instability with Sherri's dancing, while both Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba expressed disappointment with the routine's lack of exuberance.
Before the scores were revealed, co-host Brooke Burke Charvet appeared to blame Sherri's poor performance on her traveling to New York to do "The View." That excuse is on the level of why Lucy can't catch a pop fly in "Peanuts."
Sherri Shepherd: 21/30 (All 7s)
Katherine Jenkins was up next, and had prepared for her paso doble by training in an MMA gym. We've now reached the point where "Dancing" has run out of ideas.
During the dance, and for the first time this season, Katherine looked a bit unsteady and confused. The routine appeared acceptable, although parts of the performance were somewhat out of left field.
Bruno thought Katherine was a tad reckless at times, while Len said the routine, while promising, didn't work.
Katherine Jenkins: 24/30 (All 8s)
Jaleel White was our next dancer up, and he channeled his inner Mick Jagger by dancing a tango to a Rolling Stones song. Alas, his attempt to imitate Jagger's strut looked more like someone who really needed to go to the bathroom. Nevertheless, the routine was an improvement from the previous two weeks, where Jaleel looked bored and distracted.
Carrie Ann said she loved the dance, while Len and Bruno thought the routine needed more drive and aggression. Before the scores were revealed, Brooke asked if Jaleel should change his name to "Jagger." Note to Brooke: The paperwork is too complicated.
Jaleel White: 22/30 (Carrie Ann Inaba 8, Len Goodman 7, Bruno Tonioli 7)
After Melissa performed her paso doble, Donald Driver was the next celebrity to take the dance floor. He performed a paso doble of his own to a Jimi Hendrix tune, and started the routine with the worst fake guitar playing since my take on "Camptown Races" at my third-grade school assembly.
Donald had the routine down pat though, showing the confidence, determination and energy to get through the performance. But what did the judges think?
Bruno spent most of his review complimenting Donald's physique, while Len called the routine Donald's "best" of the competition.
Donald Driver: 27/30 (All 9s)
Singer Gladys Knight was next, and she was ready to show off her "inner Tina Turner" by performing a tango to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." I give the show credit for attempting to cut the song down to a solid 90 seconds, but performing it was another story, as the song seemed to end abruptly.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" simply didn't work for someone at Gladys' skill level, as the tune changed speed and tone several times in its 90-second timeframe, confusing the singer.
In addition, the routine began with a video of Tom and the judges spoofing Queen's "silhouette" singing, overshadowing what was occurring on the dance floor. All in all, a baffling performance that seemed, to me, to be an attempt to expose Gladys and put her at risk for elimination.
Bruno said the song may have been too difficult for someone at Gladys' skill level, while Carrie Ann called the dance ambitious, but "in pieces."
Gladys Knight: 20/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 6, Tonioli 7)
The comedy of errors continued with William Levy's jive to Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It." Levy was out of sync throughout the routine, and dealt with numerous footwork problems. Pro partner Cheryl Burke lost one of her shoes midway through the dance, so she essentially had to perform without much balance.
Len thought the dance was off on many levels, while Bruno noted William's lack of sharpness. The women in the audience responded with many catcalls.
William Levy: 22/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 8 )
Roshon Fegan came next, and he and Chelsie Hightower performed a Viennese waltz that delighted the crowd with its elegance. Carrie Ann said the routine reminded her of a Disney film, but since it may take her all night to name one such movie, she turned it over to Len, who told Roshon "good job, dawg." Having Len attempt to sound hip would make a great weekly feature on this show.
Roshon Fegan: 26/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 8, Tonioli 9)
Before the next routine, the show paid tribute to the "Stonehenge" scene from "This Is Spinal Tap." I guarantee you that not many people got the joke.
Then it was Maria Menounos' turn, and she was the definition of "walking wounded," as she was dealing with two broken ribs and a stress fracture in one of her feet. But she gutted it out to deliver an impressive tango with pro partner Derek Hough, who had to piggyback her to the judges' table and the "contestant room" after the routine.
Carrie Ann complimented Maria for her chemistry with Derek, although Len noted some control issues.
Maria Menounos: 26/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
Gavin DeGraw was our last performer, and he opted to keep his hat on this week. He thought "Rock Week" was going to be his week to shine, and he appeared to deliver, showing more aggression and enthusiasm than in previous routines.
Unfortunately, he looked too aggressive at times, and his posture remained a problem.
Len said he liked Gavin's "flair" and attitude, but noted "serious" posture problems. Before the scores were revealed, Gavin admitted that he may not have done enough to get out of the bottom two for a third straight week.
Gavin DeGraw: 23/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 7)
Tonight, another celebrity was eliminated.
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