Dancing With The Stars review: Double trouble, two go home

Yes, NHL star Sean Avery smiled during his Salsa with Karina Smirnoff on Dancing With The Stars.
Yes, NHL star Sean Avery smiled during his Salsa with Karina Smirnoff on Dancing With The Stars. Photo: ABC/TheVocalVault

SAN DIEGO, March 24, 2014 –  It wasn’t quite as shocking as the plot twist on “The Good Wife,” but it was pretty darn close for fans of “Dancing With The Stars.”

Viewers were processing Tom Bergeron’s announcement that two stars would be going home in Week 2 of this season when they got hit with the bombshell of the night.

Let your jokes about The Force rip. Billy Dee Williams and partner Emma Slater were announced as safe and returning to the show in Week 3 in the first 15 minutes. Say what?

With Billy Dee safe, it made the rest of the show a little distracting trying to figure out which other stars were on the chopping block. If you want to find out now, scroll to the end of the column.

The couples at the top of the leaderboard are the usual suspects. Tied with a more reasonable 25 points each from the judges are Charlie White and Sharna Burgess for a strong Tango, Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy for an athletic Swing, and James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd for a sexy, shaking Salsa.

Right behind them tied in second with 24 points are Amy Purdy and Derek Hough for another energetic Swing, and Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy for their Samba which had sensational moments and sloppier ones.

The judges gave out a whole lot of sevens in week 2. Running in the middle with 21 points were Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke, who danced a Jive with a lot of attitude but not enough crispness; another Jive from NeNe Leakes with her legs up to there and Tony Dovoloni; Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, whose Rumba looked a little too much like last week’s excellent Contemporary routine; Cody Simpson and Witney Carson’s hip hop style Tango, hurt a little by their height difference; and Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff, who got Sean to smile for their Salsa.

Then there was Billy Dee Williams, dancing a Tango with Emma Slater to the Peter Gunn Theme, backed up by two additional troupe dancers. The pluses: He looked much better, wearing a sharp suit with great shades. He seemed to know his routine a whole lot better. The bad news: he’s stiff as a board. This week he really earned his score of 15 points. Last week it was a mercy score.

With Billy Dee safe, who would go home? Sadly Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov were eliminated. She said, “For nine years I have wanted to do this show,” and complimented Henry as a wonderful partner. They went out dancing their Cha Cha Cha, with Diana in a smoking hot sequined red mini dress. We should all look that good and project such energy at age 65. Diana Nyad is never less than a winner.

Standing at the end were Cody and Witney, and Sean and Karina. It would be the hockey player going home. Apparently his fans weren’t watching and voting. It is the earliest elimination every for Karina.

DWTS have two jobs this week. First, they need to vote for their favorites. Voting proceeds as normal until 8 a.m. Tuesday in all time zones.

Second, fans have a week to make their choices for new partner pairings via Twitter votes – “The Switch.” Every star will dance with a new partner. Fans post to Twitter with the hashtage #DWTS followed by the first names of the star and pro they want to pair together. Example: putting NeNe Leakes and Maks Chmerkovskiy together, your Twitter post will read #DWTSNeNeMaks

If we were to make a suggestion, feel free to cut and paste the above to your Twitter account. We wouldn’t mind #DWTSMerylTony or #DWTSAmyHenry How about having some fun with #DWTSDrewDerek – it’s not against the rules from what we can tell.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 3 on Monday night, March 31, 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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