‘Dancing With The Stars’ Week 2 Recap – Deadline

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After reporting multiple cases of Covid in the past week, Dancing with the stars returned to the Disney+ ballroom Monday to honor Elvis Presley and show how much Tyra Banks towers over her hosting partner Alfonso Ribeiro. Those two should be on opposite sides of the stage! The pro lineup was sadly one hoofer short: Daniella Karagach tested positive for the virus overnight, so her partner Joseph Baena had to disguise herself and perform with substitute dancer Alexis Warr.

Let’s roll the tape in week 2!

Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel. The duo took a cute twist in a convertible for their performance, but there wasn’t much cute about their tango on “A Little Less Conversation.” Ladd got lost, missed a lot, a lot steps, and was genuinely overwhelmed by what was expected of her. But damn, the old girl looks great! “That would have been a great routine, but we’ve been misled a few times,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “I appreciate how often you came back. You kept coming back.” Score: 21 out of 40

Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov. While rehearsing in New Jersey, Giudice reminisced about how she and her father looked DWTS before he died. Pashkov tried to get her to inject that passion into her jive for “All Shook Up,” but the judges weren’t moved. (Pashkov also had to perform with a mask because he is married to Karagach). “It was bright and it was lively,” Judge Len Goodman said. “The problem was there were too many mistakes in your leg action. Not sharp enough in the kicks, one of the two mistakes going on.” To score: 23 out of 40

Joseph Baena and Alexis Warr. Heavy break for the bodybuilder; he lacks his perfect partner and had to perform the Viennese waltz with a stranger – and on top of that with a mask that didn’t fit right! But as Judge Derek Hough said, “it could have been a catastrophe and it wasn’t.” “You really led,” Inaba added. “Watch out for your hands, they go into pancake mode.” Score: 24 out of 40

Jessie James Decker and Alan Bersten. The country pop singer promised to work on stretching her legs. She must have made some progress during rehearsals: She and her mile-long ponytail opened the show by performing the foxtrot on “Trouble.” “I like the mix of steps. I felt your legs were stronger,” Goodman said. “For me it’s an improvement from last week.” Score: 25 out of 40

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke. The ex-weatherman is still getting used to Burke’s tough love coaching style, but it certainly works: his attitude was better than last week and most importantly, he showed much more confidence during the Viennese waltz on ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. “Cheryl can be a really bossy and tough teacher, but she gets results,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. “You looked like a leading man.” To score: 26 out of 40

Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki. The reality star was embarrassed for having the lowest score last week, so he called Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino for a pep talk before taking the quickstep to “Viva Las Vegas” in his black jumpsuit and shiny Elvis wig. “Like a gambler in Las Vegas, you went all in and it paid off,” Goodman said. Score: 27 out of 40

Jordan Sparks and Brandon Armstrong The singer won a karaoke contest as a kid singing “Hound Dog,” so she’s definitely familiar with the song — just not with the concept of stepping quickly to the fast tune. She struggled to keep up with Armstrong, which the judges noted. “There has to be control,” Goodman said. “Your big problem is your frame. It’s loose, you have to try to strengthen your frame and then you go places.” Score: 27 out of 40

Shangela and Gleb Savchenko. Just feeling like “Beyonce in the Super Bowl”, the drag diva captured the same energy from the premiere night and injected it into her eager quick step to “Shake, Rattle and Roll”. But a minus kept her from improving last week’s score. “You’re so sharp when you perform, I like it when you put effort into every move,” Inaba said. “Good job.” Score: 28 out of 40

Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev. The social media star’s foxtrot to “Suspicious Minds” was a big improvement over her week one cha cha. “It had elegance, it has sophistication. Beautiful musicianship through your arms. It needed a little more freedom at times, but overall I was really surprised at how good that was,” Goodman said. To score: 28 out of 40

Selma Blair and Sasha Farber. The actress had a great first week; who was not moved by her performance after learning about her personal struggle with MS? Going to “Jailhouse Rock” was a whole new challenge, but the orchestra did Blair a favor on Monday night by slowing down the tempo so she had time to cartwheel and split. “You made it yours and you made it work,” Tonioli said. To score: 28 out of 40

Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart. The deaf actor received a surprise visit from his mothers Lori and Mary during rehearsal before attending ‘King Creole’. Man, what a great face he had! Or as Banks put it: ‘stank face’. To be CODA co-star Marlee Matlin was there to support him, but Hough failed to name her talented date — the Oscar-winning Troy Kotsur. “It was so exciting to watch you,” Hough said. “The musicianship was incredible.” Score: 29 out of 40

Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater. The actor still moves with trepidation during rehearsal and feels “vulnerable,” but his rumba on “You’re Always On My Mind” gave him a chance to show off his sex appeal and awesome abs. Tonioli kept cool, and Banks was so absorbed in Donovan’s lust that she forgot to put Goodman in line. “Remember when you were afraid of dance? You like to dance,” Hough said. Score: 30 out of 40

Gabby Windey and Val Khmerkovskiy. The bachelorette showed off her engagement ring and new fiancé Eric Schwer before performing the Viennese waltz — and showing off her little bum during all those spins — to the classic “Fools Rush In.” “I’m completely wiped out,” Tonioli said. “The collaboration with you and Val, two instruments in total harmony.” To score: 32 out of 40

Wayne Brady and Witney Carson. The Let’s make a dealhe last performed for the night with a great jive on “Burning Love”. The man sure knows how to have fun. “It was a really great jive. I really enjoyed watching you dance. I want you to realize that this race is a marathon. I want you to protect your knees, because I think you are a fantastic dancer.” To score: 32 out of 40

Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas. The TikTokker’s stamina was certainly tested as she practiced the quickstep with her coach, but she remembered to keep her elbows and energy up for ‘Bossa Nova Baby’. Also, Banks is apparently obsessed with D’Amelio’s neck. Keep up the great feedback, girl! “That side-by-side part there was so good,” Hough said. “Your personality really shines through it.” Score: 32 out of 40

The bottom two couples were Giudice/Pashkov and Ladd/Van Amstel. Hough and Tonioli save Giudice, while Inaba saved Ladd. Since Goodman has the last word, he chose Ladd over Giudice so the reality star goes home.

Next week, DWTS pays tribute to James Bond.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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