When Dancing with the Stars 2012 continued on May 7, the six remaining couples were charged with delivering two routines each: One unlearned ballroom dance, as well as a Trio Challenge number featuring an additional pro hoofer. Although opera singer Katherine Jenkins ended the evening well, she earned less-than-stellar round one marks that placed her just a few points ahead of the week's leaderboard bottom-dwellers and could add up to trouble come elimination time.
As Katherine and partner Mark Ballas worked on their Viennese Waltz, the singer reflected that she'd need to give a "stellar performance" in order to survive to dance another week. She vowed to really go for it and put her all into rehearsals.
The dedication showed as she took to the DWTS ballroom floor. Katherine and Mark's dance was clean, elegant, and had lovely flow. Her heavy-looking gown wasn't a great fit for the youthful singer, but the performance itself was beautiful.
The judging panel agreed, to an extent. Len Goodman praised the pair for including "plenty of content" and called the overall effect "terrific," but he didn't care for what he termed the "spinny thing." Bruno Tonioli praised Katherine's technique but noted that she'd lost her footing for a moment. Carrie Ann Inaba echoed Bruno's comments, calling her technique "astounding" but chiding her for problems with her footing.
The judges awarded Katherine and Mark a stingy 26 points for their dance, placing them a disappointing fifth place behind leaders William Levy and Cheryl Burke following round one. Although they enter Tuesday's double elimination just two points behind the leaders, thanks to a strong Trio Challenge round routine with Tristan MacManus, Katherine's time on the show could be in jeopardy if the votes fail to come in.
Will Katherine Jenkins advance to next week's semifinals, or will her goose be cooked by show's end Tuesday? Watch the Dancing with the Stars 2012 week 8 results show on ABC and find out.