Family Matters star Jaleel White‘s cha cha set to Ain’t Too Proud to Beg — and performed by The Temptations — earned him a near-perfect 29 points, in a routine judge Bruno Tonioli dubbed “the biggest sizzler of the season.
“You burned that floor … you’ve come back big time!” Bruno told White, who danced for his life last week against the eventually-eliminated Gavin DeGraw.
Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins continued her solid run this season with a sexy 29-point samba set to The Temptations’ I Can’t Get Next To You.
“Was that an earthquake or did Katherine shake this place up?’ judge Len Goodman asked the beauty. “I’m going to call you the midwife, because you keep delivering week after week!”
Jenkins wasn’t finished there: she added an extra 10 points after winning a special dance marathon Tuesday, in which she was matched against all the remaining celeb contestants at the same time.
Said Goodman: “It’s not just about the dancing — it’s about who can keep going … and Katherine really worked it. Well done!”
Elsewhere on the night, William Levy stayed strong with 27 for his rumba; Donald Driver got 27 for his fox trot; Maria Menounos got 26 for her fox trot; Melissa Gilbert got 24 for her Viennese waltz; Roshon Fegan got 23 for his rumba; and in an ironic twist, Motown icon Gladys Knight got 21 for her rumba on a night her genre was well-honored.
“If any night is going to belong to anyone,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told her, “tonight is going to belong to you.”
Monday’s show also featured a performance from the great Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves and The Temptations.
Dancing with the Stars continues on ABC Tuesday at 9/8c.