*“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Jaleel White found himself dancing for his life again on Tuesday’s results show, but this time, the footwork wasn’t enough to save him.
Following a dance duel with Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, White was ousted during the seventh week of the competition. The two performed rumbas side-by-side in an effort to stay in the game. But all three judges opted to keep Fegan.
White, who danced off against Motown legend Gladys Knight just last week, took his elimination with class and humility.
“I’m going to tell you a secret,” he announced to the audience upon his elimination. “I really only thought I would last three dances in this competition. So to get this far, and I’ve made incredible friends, the fans have been incredible – I love Roshon Fegan, I’m happy they saved him.”
Fegan will face off against remaining contestants Maria Menounos, William Levy, Katherine Jenkins, Melissa Gilbert and Donald Driver next week.
Sherri Shepherd's tango of doom on "DWTS" (April 9, 2012)
*Sherri Shepherd got emotional last night when she learned that her short-lived-yet-Cinderella run on “Dancing With the Stars” had come to an end.
“The View” co-host teared up when her name was called among the lowest scorers. She said dancing on the show was a dream, and she urged viewers to tackle their fears the way she did “because it’s so amazing on the other side.”
Judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes to determine who is ousted each week.
Returning to compete on next week’s Latin-themed episode will be actors Jaleel White, Roshon Fegan, William Levy and Melissa Gilbert; singers Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw and Katherine Jenkins; TV personality Maria Menounos; and football star Donald Driver.
*(Via Celebuzz) Disney fans may recognize the handsome Roshon Fegan as Sander Loyer from the Camp Rock film franchise. The adorable 19-year-old does more than just act alongside Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers – he also sings, dances and produces music. Watch out for this triple threat!
What’s your character like on your new Disney show, Shake It Up?
I play Ty Blue on Shake It Up, I’m the big brother of Rocky Blue and really the big brother of the whole cast, in real life and on screen. I’m just the older smooth brother, I’m not really dancing on the show but I’m more just dancing freely on the street and for the ladies and I just kind of help everyone out and mess up some thing on the way like big brothers do.
So the other cast members look up to you as a big brother – does that have something to do with being older or your previous Disney experience?
I think it’s all of that. I think it’s really because everyone else is really young – like 13 and 14 – and I’m 19, turning 20 this year, plus I’ve been with Disney for a while now so they kind of look up to everything that I’ve done.
What’s it like working with a younger cast, do you ever wish there were more people your own age on set?
It’s fun, I think it’s great. It’s good energy. One of the reason why the show is doing so well is because it’s really getting to the young people and it has a lot of young vibrant energy to it. Plus, I’m kind of young myself so it’s not a problem.
Is it true that you choreographed a dance number on Shake It Up?
Yeah. For the “Zombies” episode I choreographed a dance number that they do on the screens for the zombie part. It was fun, I kind of put it together real quick, they wanted something simple that all the kids could do and something that the 9-year-olds could catch on to real quick. I just threw something together real fast and it came out great, it was real fun.
Is dancing a big passion?
All together it’s a big passion of mine. I love dance, I love to write music, produce music. I’m really deep into music and acting and everything, it all just kind of works together so I love it all.
So that makes you a triple threat!
Yeah, that’s right. I’m three in a row.
Your new song “I Am” just came out – how did that come together?
I put it all together. I wrote the song and then I actually created the track to it and produced it up and when the video came around my dad [Roy Fegan] actually directed it and I choreographed the dance number that’s in it. I had a lot of my friends and fans that showed up so I had to come up with [a dance number] on the spot so I put a nice little dance piece to it.
Your dad is an established actor, did he give you any tips about how to break into the biz?
It was more than just tips it was kind of the reason and why I was doing it in the first place [laughs]. He’s been acting and directing and producing and writing music and all kind of stuff since I was little so it was just kind of like, ‘Well, dad’s doing it, I guess I’m doing it’.”
I did stop [acting] for a minute when I was 6 or something, I don’t remember, I think my brother and sister they weren’t into and then I think I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to do this,’ and then like a year later I was like ‘I think I want to do this.’ He was kind of fighting it for a minute too, he was like, ‘You don’t want to do this, you’re not sure that you want to do this,’ and then I had to convince him that I did. That all paid off so, that was cool.
It must be an amazing to do something on your own and have it be all from you.
Read Roshon’s response and get more of this Q&A at Celebuzz. In the meantime, check out his skills on “Down on the Dance Flo”:
*The Disney Channel celebrates Black History Month with the music video premiere of “Anything Is Possible,” an original rap song performed by Roshon Fegan of the network’s new hit series “Shake It Up,”
The clip is set to premiere on Friday (Feb. 4) at 2:12 p.m. ET/PT. It will also be available on DisneyChannel.com and YouTube.com/DisneyChannel.
Filmed on location at the historic Watts Towers Arts Center in Los Angeles, California, the rap spotlights iconic African American leaders including Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mae Jemison and Jackie Robinson.