On the Dancing with the Stars performance show for week 7, William Levy took a turn for the better with his Viennese waltz--but not without suffering agonizing pain in the process.
Levy has been saddled with stress fractures in his ankle since last week so preparing for this dance was anything but comfortable. Besides, as the Latin heart-throb put it on DWTS Classical Week, "I am not a classical guy. I was born in Cuba in the streets."
Still, while this guy felt he was not classical, he was certainly classy and went all out to learn this precise ballroom staple even while wincing from his injuries. At one point in the prepackaged practice segment on the TV talent show, Cheryl Burke said she would change-up the choreography at the end if necessary to help William avoid undue pain due to the moves she had imagined for their dance.
Still, because one of the judges had asked for "more content" in their performance, Cheryl and William worked hard to give that element to their waltz. Levy wanted to prove to Carrie Ann Inaba that he is "more than a pretty face."
And so, the debonaire couple came out on the Dancing with the Stars floor boards not sure what would happen but willing to give their all. The two looked amazing, and child opera star Jackie Evancho--who was singing Ave Maria while these two danced--seemed charmed to be able to serenade this number between Cheryl Burke and William Levy.
As they floated across the floor, the grace and elegance that came from this couple was evident, as was a strong frame provided by the telenovela star who was once a model. In response to this performance, the crowd went wild and Carrie Ann got what she had been hoping for.
She said, "That is what I was looking for: True content, true dancing."
Then Inaba added to William that he had found "the story." She said, "you bring the romance to life."
British judge Len Goodman was cute in his critique saying, "I wasn't exactly transported to Vienna [by your waltz but ] it was close, I was in Austria."
Even Bruno Tonioli calmed down from previous critiques where he just went wild for the contender's good looks and sex appeal to tell Levy how much he enjoyed this performance.
The Italian judge told the Cuban-born actor, "What I saw was vulnerability. You put your heart and soul to it. Like if you were dancing for your mom...the way a professional dancer can do. That was beautiful."
And so that beautiful performance on Dancing with the Stars 2012 for week 7 from William Levy and Cheryl Burke earned the pair a great score of 27 out of a possible 30 points. Judging from how things went on Monday, it's highly doubtful this couple will be voted off DWTS come the results show tonight.