'Dancing With The Stars' Week 2: Dance By Dance Recap
Week two of "Dancing With The Stars": meet the Welsh Wiggler, Proud Sherri, Debonair Donald, the Young Prince and the Latin Lover!
It's like we're starting season 14 all over again tonight. All 12 celebrities get the chance to perform for a second time, with last week's scores being combined with this week's numbers... and then of course, we also add in the all-important fan vote!
The energy level was at an all-time high, both on the dance floor and in the audience! (And like last week, especially when William Levy was in the spotlight). Here are the scores for this week's quickstep and jive, from highest to lowest:
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas - 26 out of 30
Mark Ballas choreographs a fast moving, sassy and sexy jive and Katherine is completely uncomfortable with the idea. At first! This shy Brit giggles when she talks about being raunchy on the dance floor and tells us she is worried about shaking her "naughty bits."
Mark dubs her the "Welsh Wiggler" after she gets down the moves and she is dynamite on the dance floor. The judges are blown away, with Bruno Tonioli calling her the blonde bombshell unleashed!
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower - 26 out of 30
The youngest couple of Roshon and Chelsie Hightower dressed oh-so-elegantly for their quickstep and it made both of them seem more mature.
Carrie Ann Inaba said Roshon managed to turn his usual hip hop swagger into sophistication. The young star does sound a bit like a broken record with his "hip hop is really different from ballroom" lines. Yeah, we get it. It's different. Dance! Both Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli had high praise for the couple, calling the routine fresh, and traditional yet slightly cheeky.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough - 25 out of 30
Maria and Derek Hough get slightly cheeky themselves, with a Bonnie and Clyde themed quickstep. She's working through the pain of a strained rib (it only hurts to breathe!) but Maria tells us she's a tough Greek and will work through it.
The judges can't say enough about her frame, with Bruno calling it spotless.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke - 25 out of 30
Are they stacking the audience with William Levy fans? Or has this Latin hottie has turned everyone in the audience into a new fan? Either way, the ballroom erupts when Levy enters the room. And those clever producers at "DWTS" save his quickstep for last. He seems to struggle in rehearsal with all the normal quickstep novice issues: hold, posture, frame, etc.
But of course he lights up the dance floor with a routine Len called good, not great. Bruno said he played the crowd like a matinee idol. And of course he is one.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd - 24 out of 30
What could be a "Dancing With The Stars" first: Len admits to Donald that he *underscored his performance last week! Donald follows the tradition of pro football players and commits to rehearsal, commits to learning and commits to his partner... it's nice to see. Peta Murgatroyd gives him a tough quickstep but he masters it with style.
Bruno called the dance refined and elegant, and Carrie Ann teased that the fact Donald has admitted to being a fan of the show is paying off!
Sherri Shepherd and Valentin Chmerkovskiy - 23 out of 30
When Sherri gets a dance like the jive where she gets to shake her groove thing... watch out! She was worried about not having the energy or stamina to last through a fast moving routine to "Proud Mary," but "Proud Sherri" pushed through on the performance.
Sherri and Val Chmerkovskiy missed one step, but she covered very well. Len said he loves watching her dance; and Bruno told her she knows how to work all her "magnificent equipment" and that Tina Turner would be proud.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson - 22 out of 30
Jaleel took a bit of a dance step backwards this week with his jive. It wasn't bad; it just wasn't memorable.
Carrie Ann called the performance solid but without sparkle; Bruno loved the concept but thought it should be sharper. Len said it had good moments but lacked attack, speed and sharpness.
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya - 21 out of 30
Jack seems very determined in this competition; maybe not to win, but to at least do well. Having Anna as a partner seems to be a perfect fit because she can be tough, in a good way!
Len liked Jack's attitude and energy for this round of jive. Bruno also remarked that Jack gives it all, although sometimes that means he's also a little out of control.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff - 21 out of 30
He's dancing the jive to the song "The Wild One" but that doesn't fit... nothing really wild about this routine. Gavin's partner Karina Smirnoff seems a little put-off by his constant joking. We learned they put in 13 more hours than anyone else in rehearsal this week. I can't imagine that was all dancing; his quips probably took up as much time as her lessons.
The judges were fairly kind, praising Gavin for pushing his boundaries, and improving over the first week. Frankly, I didn't see it. But then, I'm no pro dancer!
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 20 out of 30
Half-pint dated Billy Idol in the '80's? Who knew? Melissa and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a quickstep to Idol's song "Dancing with Myself." Melissa told us the competition is way more challenging than she ever imagined... even more difficult than childbirth! But she makes sure to tell us, often, how much she loves Maks.
They make great use of the stage during the dance, but she seems a little hesitant during some steps. Len thought they started and ended strong, but the middle of the dance lacked energy.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus - 19 out of 30
She's adorable. That's all there is to it! Gladys says in all her years of performing, she didn't get nervous. Until now. Tristan McManus is lovely and respectful to this music legend and pushes her in this week's quickstep, but ever so slightly.
Carrie Ann told Knight she is extremely light on her feet and has a great connection with Tristan (and who wouldn't?) Len explained that the quickstep is all about technique and he didn't find much of it in Gladys' dance tonight (Cue audience boos).
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani - 17 out of 30
Wow. Didn't love the costume. Didn't love the dance. Martina seems like a lovely woman. Bruno said it best: that serve went into the net!
The first celebrity from season 14 goes home Tuesday night. Who will it be?