On Tuesday, audiences were star struck when they tuned in to “Dancing with the Stars”—but this week it wasn’t because of the stars on the dance floor. The legendary Smokey Robinson opened up the show’s “Motown Night” by flawlessly performing “Tracks of my Tears” just before another icon, Martha Reeves, belted out a classic of her very own, “Dancing in the Street”.
The focus of the show is always on the intricate dance moves, but this week the contestants had to battle for the audience’s attention as three icons performed live soundtracks to accompany the dance routines. Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations were all present to make the “Dancing with the Stars” Motown night nothing short of legendary. As if there wasn’t enough pressure on the dancers, what can be worse than dancing off beat to a classic hit? Then again, attending almost any family reunion would demonstrate that the musical genius of Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, and the Temptations makes anyone light on their feet.
As Smokey performed his hit “Cruisin’,” Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower stayed true to the classic song by performing a rather sensual rumba. Even with all the graceful hip twirling and lack of clothing, nothing could distract the audience from Robinson’s silky voice. The years have obviously been very good to Robinson as he also performed “Ooh Baby Baby” for Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovsiy’s Viennese Waltz and “Being with You” for William Levy and Cheryl Burke’s graceful rumba. This week on “Dancing with the Stars” we all enjoyed seeing the stars dance, but the icons made the night extraordinary.