'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17, Week 2: Dance By Dance Recap
Round two of "Dancing with the Stars" saw the 12 couples performing a variety of Latin dances. From Rumba to Samba to Paso to Jive ... here's a recap, from highest score to lowest:
Find out which celebrity was the first to be eliminated here.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- 26 out of 30
Corbin admitted to Tom Bergeron that he's had the luck of the draw dance-wise these first two weeks: first Contemporary and now Jive. Karina Smirnoff choreographs a very fun and very fast baseball-themed routine, but Corbin is able to go toe to toe with his pro.
Head judge Len Goodman said it wasn't quite a home run but he definitely made it to third base. (Cue drum riff) Bruno Tonioli called him dazzling and Carrie Ann Inaba applauded Corbin's musicality and athleticism.
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 25 out of 30
Elizabeth hit the middle of the pack during week one and that's just where partner Val Chmerkovskiy wants to be. Looks like his game plan is slow and steady wins the race! The couple has Samba this week and it fits Elizabeth like a glove.
She said she wanted to feel joy and freedom on the dance floor: Mission accomplished. And kudos to Berkley for doing a dizzying amount of spins in their routine! The judges were all impressed, but it was Len who called it close to fantastic and gave them a 9!
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas -- 25 out of 30
You might not think "Lady Gaga" and "Paso Doble" would necessarily go together but under Mark Ballas's watch, you bet they do! Mark's idea of this is drama, drama, drama and Christina is all in. The costumes and lighting add to Mark's vision and the routine got the crowd on its feet. Len called it fierce and focused, Carrie Ann said it was insane and on fire and Bruno told them he thought Lady Gaga would approve.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough --24 out of 30
She gleefully Cha Cha Cha'd her way through week one and hit the top of the judge's scoreboard. Week two brought the Jive for Amber and she was clearly worried about the fast footwork. No surprise, Derek Hough choreographed a routine perfectly suited for Amber and it was high energy, high spirited fun. (With a cartwheel to boot!)
Amber has a great quote: She doesn't want people to say she can move "for her size." She wants them to say "she can dance." And she can. The judge praised her again, and told her to work on being a little flat footed.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani --24 out of 30
We knew Leah's real life drama with leaving Scientology would come up sometime ... might as well get it all out in the open now and move on! She said she knows there are some people out there who are hoping she fails. Tony Dovolani assured her he will be right by her side and lift her up so that doesn't happen.
The judges were over the moon about her progress, with Len praising her hips, hands and the content; Bruno loved her fire and flair; and Carrie Ann dubbed her the Samba goddess!
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke --24 out of 30
Jack and Cheryl are assigned the sensual, hip-moving Rumba and Jack is terrified. He's also very hard on himself which is a little sad. I'm having flashbacks to Rob Kardashian. Cheryl must be the dancer they deem best big sister on this show!
She's a good cheerleader and great choreographer and they pull off a perfectly respectable Rumba. Len praised his control and style; Carrie Ann thinks he looks like he comes from another time ("Game of Thrones"? Really?); and Bruno offered kudos for how much he's improved over two weeks.
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd --23 out of 30
Rumba is all about connection and boy do these two have it! Sorry Bill Nye but this is chemistry. The dance is super sexy and Peta Murgatroyd choreographs to both Brant and her own strengths. Bruno and Carrie Ann liked it well enough and wants Brant to work on his footwork, but Len was less impressed.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- 21 out of 30
The comedian was a little deflated after his performance, and scores, last week and vowed to work even harder. He has the Jive, which is hard for anybody, much less a man over 50 who doesn't dance. Emma Slater admitted she sometimes steals dance moves from her fellow pros ... in this case, Derek Hough! All three judges applauded the entertainment value and also called Bill much improved.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber -- 20 out of 30
Nicole and Sasha Farber have an easy going and joking relationship that's fun to watch. However, that doesn't translate well into the rumba. She's uncomfortable and semi-worried about her boyfriend watching the dance. She also tells Sasha that if he crosses the line she'll punch him in the face. Go Jersey girl! The judges used words like neat, clear, and pretty, but they all wanted more character and dimension.
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus -- 19 out of 30
File this under "not fair"... Valerie is dealing with a bum knee on top of terminal cancer. Does it get her down? Heck no. Her commitment isn't just heartwarming and inspiring to all of us; it actually brings her partner Tristan MacManus to tears.
They have the Paso Doble and Val attacks it. She may not have remembered all the steps, but she knows how to sell it! Carrie Ann verbalized what everyone was thinking: It's challenging to judge Valerie without taking her whole journey into consideration.
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess -- 18 out of 30
The ex-footballer and now ESPN analyst has a tough schedule; it is football season after all. He fits rehearsals with Sharna Burgess in between flights but is very dedicated to learning.
The Samba is a bit tricky but Keyshawn says he's used to having his back against the wall. He tells the judges he is so thrilled with the experience so far, and praises Sharna for making him feel so comfortable. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann all gave him thumbs up for improving.
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein -- 17 out of 30
The bad news for Bill came last week during the judging ... basically, not pretty. The good news came after when the Science Guy fans came through and made his dance the tops in social media. Nye said he would channel the negativity from the first week and throw himself into learning the Paso Doble.
He dresses as a mad musician who attempts to meld Beethoven's fifth with the Paso. If nothing else, he commits to the process. The ballroom goes nuts, again, but while the fans are screaming the judges are crying.