It's a 'Wicked Awesome' Week 3 on 'Dancing with the Stars 14'

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It's a 'Wicked Awesome' Week 3 on 'Dancing with the Stars 14'
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Maria Menounos has been consistently scoring well on "DWTS."

According to Tom Bergeron, this has been a "wicked awesome" week 3 on "Dancing With the Stars." This is one of the strongest seasons ever, and there were no weak links this week.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd closed out the show with a rumba that inspired Len Goodman to use the American term "awesome." Tom Bergeron invoked his native Bostonian parlance with the phrase "wicked awesome" to describe this week's performances. Donald earned a score of 26.

Speaking of Bostonians, Greek-American Massachusetts native Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough performed a smooth moving waltz and earned an impressive 27. They're still in the middle of the pack, but they are improving every week and proving themselves to be contenders.

The night, however, belonged to Katherine Jenkins who scored the first 10s of the season. Channeling memories of her deceased father, the Welsh songstress and her partner Mark Ballas delivered a gorgeous waltz.

Len had docked her one point because he felt that Mark's choreography didn't include enough time in the waltz hold, but to pull off a 29 in week 3 was quite an accomplishments. Katherine may be the best contestants since Kristi Yamaguchi. I will be very upset and shocked if anyone other than Katherine walks away with the title.

The other star of the evening was Cuban hottie William Levy. He may be the Gilles Marini of season 14, relatively unknown to American audiences but surprising everyone with his hot moves and sex appeal. His salsa with Cheryl Burke earned a total score of 28 (the 10 from Bruno Tonioli who seems to have a crush on him).

Roshon Fegan's Michael Jackson tribute was a crowd-pleaser, though curmudgeon Len felt that there weren't enough elements of "traditional samba." Still, I wouldn't worry, Roshon. I'm sure the audience will "want you back" next week. Roshon earned a score of 25.

Jaleel White came storming out of the gate week 1, but has struggled to maintain the high standard he set that first week. "Stephan Urquel" is currently in the middle of the pack with a score of 25.

Gavin DeGraw and Jack Wagner are virtually interchangeable for me this season. Both have the aw-shucks nice guy factor, not the greatest dancers, but they have enthusiasm and passion. Gavin and Karina Smirnoff, Jack and Anna Trebunskaya each earned scores of 24. In any other season, these would be impressive week 3 scores, but this year, they're at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Also at the bottom are Melissa Gilbert and Maks "It's My Show" Chmerkovsky, Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Gladys Knight and Tristan "Eye Candy" McManus.

Still, these contestants moved audiences to tears with their personal stories. Melissa overcame a broken back while Sherri's preemie son overcame cerebral palsy and paralysis and grew up to be a healthy boy. Meanwhile, Len's partner-in-age Gladys talked about touring with the Pips at age 13 and performing with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and James Brown.

This week, nobody deserves to go home, but if I had to predict, it would be either Jack or Melissa. Jack had the disadvantage of performing first this week. Yet Melissa is also at a disadvantage because 70s/80s icons don't seem to do well on this show.

Was this a "wicked awesome" week for you on "Dancing With the Stars"?

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