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When the powers-that-be behind “Dancing With the Stars” planned a special Motown-themed episode, they no doubt intended to honor Berry Gordy Jr.’s legendary label and the hit-making talent behind the Motown Sound. But that’s not exactly what happened.

Sure, several of the most memorable Motown acts took the stage and resident hoofer hopeful Gladys Knight took the dance floor, but it wasn’t a shining moment for most of them.

Of course, there were no stars in the ballroom battle for whom Motown night meant more than it did for Gladys. The singer admitted she was just happy to have made it to the theme week, and frankly, given her recent string of dance floor flubs, she was lucky too. But even with musical accompaniment from her pals, The Temptations — the one act that did Motown proud Monday night — Gladys just couldn’t get into the groove.

A slow rumba proved too fast for her as she struggled to keep up with the beat, looked lost and even missed a few steps altogether. Some solid hip swaying just wasn’t enough to make up for the lack of attack.

Judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba heaped on carefully couched praise for the singer, but Bruno Tonioli added a blunt touch.

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article courtesy of Msnbc.com

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