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The celebs went from flashy to heartfelt in Week 3 of “Dancing with the Stars” — and Katherine Jenkins and her partner did something that hasn’t been done yet this season.
Jack Wagner, who kicked off the night, was entirely forgettable. But Maria Menounos made a strong first impression in a sensual rumba across the dance floor with partner Derek Hough, set to Madonna’s “Material Girl.”
There was nothing upbeat about the memories Menounos shared of collecting change in Boston bars while growing up. But the “Extra” television host heated up the ballroom with a will-they-won’t-they almost-kiss with her Mormon dance partner.
It had head judge Len Goodman praising that it was “a mix of the ballroom, with a little touch of the bedroom.”
Gavin DeGraw’s soulful moves to Billy Joel's “New York State of Mind” had judge Carrie Ann Inaba excited. The singer got all nostalgic about how he saw the Piano Man in concert in New York City and decided that he too wanted to be an entertainer.
“Michael Jackson would love it and so do I,” judge Bruno Tonioli assured the Disney star. “Uncanny.”
Latin heartthrob William Levy, meanwhile, bared his chest and his soul, talking about how tough it was growing up in Cuba and his move to the United States in 1995.
During his rousing salsa routine, many of the women watching from home probably wished they were his partner Cheryl Burke — or her ridiculously ruffled mess of a dress — so they could be close to his chiseled physique.
But it was an emotional Jenkins, who dedicated her waltz to her late father, who reeled in the big points of the night. The British opera singer and her partner, Mark Ballas, danced to Josh Groban’s “To Where You Are.”
Her devotion and attention to her father touched the three judges’ hearts — and, doubtless, those of many who tuned in.
“It was almost like you had two partners,” Inaba said through tears. “Dad is definitely smiling.”
And so, in the end, were Jenkins and Ballas — they were awarded the first 10’s of the season.