SAN DIEGO, September 23, 2014 – On “My Jam Monday” it was Ladies’ Night on “Dancing With The Stars” as the women ruled the top of the scoreboard and escaped elimination in Week 2.
Fans got their chance for input starting with the encore dance. Via Twitter they voted between Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev’s Jive, and Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Foxtrot, with Janel and Val taking the stage.
Judge Julianne Hough stepped out from behind her seat at the judges’ table to dance with brother Derek and several of the male pro dancers. Young dancer Maddie Ziegler and DWTS pro Allison Holker performed the dance seen in the video for the current hit “Chandelier” by Sia, accompanied by the singer live.
DWTS called out Lea and Artem safe immediately, along with Randy Couture and Karina Smirmoff. To everyone’s delight, Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni were also named safe in the first wave of announcements.
Joining them were Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd, meaning both 70-somethings made it through to Week 3. Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker were also safe. As expected, Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater were at risk of leaving.
The next pair of dancers saved were Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy and Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. The surprise couple in jeopardy was Sadie Roberson and Mark Ballas. Their Jazz routine lost a few points with the judges becaause of the disconnect between the Jazz content and the country theme and song. But does anyone really believe they are going home? Not a chance. This is how show producers wake up the fans to ensure they vote for a popular competitor DWTS would like to keep as long as possible. The couples in jeopardy are not necessarily those at the bottom of the leaderboard on combined scores and votes. This is not news but worth a reminder.
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson made it to week 3, along with Cheryl Burke and Antonio Sabato. The final couple placed in jeopardy was Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess.
With Sadie and Mark the jeopardy ringers out of the way, it came down to Michael and Emma and Tavis and Sharna, who both deserved to be at risk for poor performances. But Michael Waltrip showed by far the better attitude and work ethic, and it saved him for one more week, sending talk show host Tavis Smiley home.
On to Week 3 and a “Movie Night” theme. Couples will dance to a song from a favorite movie. Join us in our CDN virtual ballroom for another live online chat. Len Goodman will take a break from his hectic transcontinental judging schedule. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart will take his place. Qualifications to judge? He won a dance-off on “The Ellen Show” with comic/actor Josh Gad, don’t be silly.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 3 on Monday, September 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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