'Dancing With The Stars' Dance by Dance Recap: 'The Karate Kid' Kicks His Way to the Top
It will take a math whiz to figure out tonight's results on "Dancing With The Stars." We have two sets of judge's scores, plus last week's viewer votes, and this week's viewer votes. I'm sure there is a master computer somewhere that will figure out the final tally. Or maybe Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke, stuck in a tiny room with an abacus? But in the meantime, here are the results from round two. Spoiler alert!
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff- 21 out of 30
Ralph is going to be one of those dancers who just looks confused and frustrated during rehearsal, and then he pulls it out when he gets in front of the audience. He said he was feeling the pressure after landing on the top of the leader board after week one. And when Karina Smirnoff started teaching him the Jive, you could see the fear on his face.
Ralphs said he feels an added pressure as the father of two teenagers who are pleading with him not to embarrass them! No worry there, kids. Watching Ralph dance just makes me smile. The judges handed out some rough criticism, but obviously they just want to see him keep pushing himself because they also gave him decent scores.
Combined with the first week scores of 24 out of 30, their total is 45 out of 60.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson - 23 out of 30
We've seen this every season on "Dancing with the Stars": the athletes shine. Of course, they are used to training, used to a strict regime, used to listening to coaches. Add that to Hines Ward's smile, and his chemistry with Kym Johnson, and these two are definitely the frontrunners for Season 12.
This guy is even dealing with remnants of shoulder surgery after a football injury, and he still held his frame as well as anybody. He performed a Quickstep to the song "Part Time Lover," which handed Judge Bruno Tonioli the line that Hines can now call himself a "full time" dancer. (And right after Bruno said that, someone in the audience yelled "Go Steelers!" Stay Classy, Pittsburgh!)
Combined with the first week scores of 21 out of 30, their total is 44 out of 60.
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke - 23 out of 30
You know sometimes the pre-taped banter on reality shows seems a little forced or scripted; and sometimes, you really believe it. I really believe that Chris is terrified of Cheryl Burke. He said she could kick the ass of any and all his wrestling trainers. But the WWE champ seems to be responding to her tough talk, so I'll bet the tough talk continues.
The duo did a Quickstep that looked a lot better than you would expect for a week two performance by a non-dancer. And not only was his footwork strong, he was smiling throughout the dance. And not a forced robot smile (see: Kendra below). Chris and Cheryl got a big response from the in-house audience. And of course the judges loved them too.
Combined with the first week scores of 19 out of 30 their total is 42 out of 60.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower - 23 out of 30
This kid is definitely a diamond in the rough. Romeo did just okay last week, and you can probably attribute some of that to nerves. But he really stepped up his game this week with a fun and flashy Quickstep.
Chelsie Hightower's goal this week was to turn Romeo into a gentleman for this traditional ballroom dance. Mission accomplished! Bruno said Romeo is one to watch, and Head Judge Len Goodman called this the best dance of the night.
Combined with the first week scores of 19 out of 30, their total is 42 out of 60.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 20 out of 30
I want to see all the pre-tape footage of Kirstie and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They really look like they are having fun and Kirstie does not let the fact that she cannot breathe because she's working too hard ever stop her from cracking a joke. The Quickstep looks like it would be tough for anyone to learn; but add being 60 years old and (slightly) overweight? You go girl!
Kirstie said she's been losing five pounds a week since she began training for "Dancing With The Stars," so in order to reach her goal weight, she's pleading with us to keep her around until the finale. All kidding aside, she shouldn't worry. Kirstie did run out of steam during this dance (but hey, who wouldn't?), and the judges all commented on that, but Bruno showed his support by saying she has plenty of talent and doesn't need to worry about her weight.
Combined with the first week scores of 23 out of 60, their total is 43 out of 60.
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel - 19 out of 30
It's only week two and already so many tears! But Kendra's not crying because Louis van Amstel is working her too hard with the Quickstep. She's not crying because her feet hurt, or because she's spending too much time away from her family.
She seems to have placed so much personal meaning and validation on the competition and believes it can help her become something she never thought she could be. (Apparently, that's a lady). The judges said they saw improvement but Bruno added she was clinging to poor Louis for dear life during the dance.
Combined with the first week scores of 18 out of 30, their total is 37 out of 60
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin - 18 out of 30
She is a stunning woman with legs for days, a blinding smile and a sweet personality. She can't be that perfect. There must be something she can't do, right? She can't do tricks! Well I guess that's not really a fault but I'll take what I can get.
Dmitry Chaplin introduces Petra to the trampoline and that helps her get comfortable with the slide-between-the-legs move during their Jive. All the judges complimented Petra on her sharp kicks but said there's plenty of room for improvement.
Combined with the first week scores of 18 out of 30, their total is 36 out of 60.
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas - 18 out of 30
Ooh, this is a tough one! Their Jive was so entertaining to watch. But from the get-go I just knew the judges were going to massacre them. And they did. Marc Ballas choreographed one of the most unique dances we've seen.
It was very modern, with a hip alternative song to boot. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said there is a time and place for this kind of dance, and this was not it. Len pulled out the "too much messing about" phrase he likes to use, and Bruno said while he liked the weird contemporary side of the dance, but this jive did not jibe.
Combined with the first week scores of 21 out of 30, their total is 39 out of 60.
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya- 17 out of 30
The champ doesn't have enough punch! Sugar Ray is doing the Jive this week, which on paper should be a good match for him: fast footwork, with lots of energy. Leonard is really putting his heart into this competition. And when he's good, he's very good. But when there's a misstep, you can read it all over his face.
Carrie Ann praised his showmanship but said he's not crisp enough with his movements. Len was a bit tougher with his critique, telling Sugar Ray he is one of his sporting heroes but he feels he is in jeopardy and could be the first to leave.
Combined with the first week scores that were also 17 out of 30, their total is 34 out of 60
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani - 17 out of 30
The literally larger than life talk show host is starting to come out of her shell. Let's be honest, last week was a disaster. We came into round two wondering if Wendy would again be crying in her weave, or if she'd conquer her nerves. It was the latter.
The judges told her they wanted to see more "Wendy" on the dance floor and she brought more sass to her Quickstep. The judges were encouraging, and all said she showed improvement.
Combined with the first week scores of 14 out of 30, their total is 31 out of 60.
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer - 17 out of 30
Mike said it was "Jive or Die" time. I fear for him. This dance was leaps and bounds above week one, not only in his steps but he also seemed much more relaxed. The jive suits his energy much better than the foxtrot did; still, the routine was hit or miss.
He and Lacey Schwimmer had some really good runs, and then there were a few places where he seemed a little lost. But his "Loveline" co-host Dr. Drew Pinsky was in the house! That oughta count for something with the fans!
Combined with the first week scores of 13 out of 30, their total is 30 out of 60.
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