Dancing With The Stars 21: The tough get going in Week 2

The couples double their pleasure – or their trouble – with two dances in Week 2 of DWTS Season 21.

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The 13 couples of 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 21 in the opening number. Who will go home first? Photo: ABC
The 13 couples of 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 21 in the opening number. Who will go home first? Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, September 19, 2015 – The tough get going in Week 2 of “Dancing With The Stars.”

Most seasons, the competitors don’t have to learn two routines until several weeks into the season. For Season 21, DWTS producers are putting on the pressure. All couples will perform two routines in Week 2. It’s a considerable step up. Several couples who struggled with choreography in Week 1 might have an even rougher time this week.

The good news for the couples and for fans of the show is two live shows in Week 2. So the couple won’t have to dance both of their routines back to back just yet.

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 21 competitors Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough. Photo: ABC
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 21 competitors Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough. Photo: ABC

The overall theme for both nights is a new one on the show, “Hometown Glory.” The couple will dance two ballroom or Latin styles new to the star that remind the professional and the competitor of the places that shaped who they are today. On Monday, it’s the star’s story. On Tuesday, it’s the pro partner’s story.


One couple will be eliminated on Monday, based on last week’s scores and fan votes. Another couple will be eliminated on Tuesday, based on this week’s scores and fan votes. So one of our pro dancers won’t get to perform his or her routine.

Some of the dance styles are known from comments in interviews by the competitors this week, but none of the songs have yet been announced. CDN will update this preview as more information is revealed over the weekend.

Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff will likely survive elimination after Week 1 despite lower scores. Photo: ABC
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff will likely survive elimination after Week 1 despite lower scores. Photo: ABC

There is a break on the scoreboard between the top group of eight couples and the five in the bottom group: Victor and Karina, Gary and Anna, Chaka and Keo, Paula and Louie, and Kim and Tony. Victor Espinoza is so likable and Gary Busey is so crazy, it’s hard to imagine either of them lacking enough fan votes to stay. Of the remaining three, enough of Paula Deen’s millions of fans should come through for her, annoying as she was on the show. So it is likely that either Kim and Tony or Chaka and Keo are going home. Based on attitude and lack of enthusiasm, it should be Kim Zolciak Biermann.

So far, fans agree in our poll. Have you voted?

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 2 on Monday, September 21, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific, and one couple will be eliminated Monday; on Tuesday, September 22, a second couple will be eliminated.

Week 1 Scores and Week 2 Dance Assignments

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Jive, 8-8-8 = 24 points
This week: Waltz and Tango
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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha Cha, 8-8-8 = 24 points
This week: Jive and Foxtrot
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Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep, 8-7-8 = 23 points
This week: Salsa and Charleston
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Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Jive, 8-8-7 = 23 points
This week: Cha Cha Cha and Foxtrot
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Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Jive, 7-7-8 = 22 points
This week: Salsa and Rumba
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Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Foxtrot, 8-7-7 = 22 points
This week: Jazz and Quickstep
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Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Foxtrot – 7-7-7 = 21 points
This week: Jive and Contemporary
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Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: Cha Cha Cha, 7-7-7 = 21 points
This week: TBA
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Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Cha Cha Cha. 5-5-5 = 15 points
This week: TBA
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Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: Salsa, 5-5-5 = 15 points
This week: Jive and Rumba
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Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: Quickstep. 5-5-5 = 15 points
This week: Rumba and TBA
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Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe: Cha Cha Cha – 5-4-4 = 13 points
This week: Foxtrot and Salsa
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Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovoloni: Salsa, 4-4-4 = 12 points
This week: TBA
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Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

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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