SAN DIEGO, September 22, 2015 – Two dances on back to back night in Week 2 proved to be a little too great a challenge for many of the Season 21 competitors on“Dancing With The Stars” Tuesday.
Twice the effort in half the time resulted in most of the couples receiving lower scores on Tuesday than they received for their routines on Monday night. Both the mental and the physical fatigue showed. There were some missed steps and some routines were just plain rough.
If you want to find out who left the show, scroll to the end of the column.
Only one third of the couples improved their scores from Monday night. Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy did just fine on Monday with their Cha Cha, but their Charleston had a fresh, modern look and they executed all the choreography with a snap. They scored only the second nine of the season and a total of 25 points, good for first place.
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess made a big comeback from a flawed performance on Monday night with a sparkling Foxtrot. It earned them 24 points, up three from Monday.
Hayes Riley and Emma Slater performed their Quickstep with plenty of youthful energy. It helps when you are just 15 years old. Andy Grammer and Allison Holker performed the season’s first Contemporary routine. Although there were a few shaky movements, it was performed with attack. Both couples tied at 23 points.
Then the scores started to slip. Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough also scored 23 points, a drop from last night’s first place. Their Waltz was performed well, but Carrie Ann Inaba took off a point for an illegal lift; otherwise they would be in first place alone again tonight.
The husband and wife rivalry between Carlos and Alexa PenaVega continued, with Alexa and Mark Ballas’ emotional Rumba outscoring Carlos and Witney Carson’s Cha Cha Cha. Alexa and Mark are tied for second with 22 points; Carlos and Witney tied for third with 21 points.
One of the few couples to improve was Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff. Their Rumba was surprisingly strong, thanks partly to the very clever use of a scarf as a prop which disguised the height difference between Victor and Karina. As judge Bruno Tonioli told him, “you looked ten feet tall.”
Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovoloni had another much improved night, showing more promise of improvement with a Waltz that had its moments. They scored 18 points.
Paula Deen is struggling with choreography but her performance has some pluses. But she risks falling behind with parnter Louie Van Amstel as the other improve. She scored 18 points for a Rumba.
Gary Busey and Anna Trubunskaya had the low score of the night. Two dances was just too much for Gary, especially when he was assigned a Paso Doble on Week 2. What were the producers thinking? It scored just 15 points, lowest of the evening.
The couples in jeopardy at the end of the show were Gary and Anna for a second night, joined by Victor and Karina. Gary and Anna dodged elimination for a second time. Victor and Karina were sent home, but at least it was after his best performance. Victor went home with a smile, saying he’d had a great time. Once you’ve won the Triple Crown, one of the biggest achievements in horse racing and in sports, everything else is a bonus.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with “TV Week” next Monday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. We will get our first guest judge. Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro will sit at the judges’ table as all couples dance to a classic TV show theme song. One more couple will be eliminated at the end of the show.
Week 2: Tuesday night scores
Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Charleston, 8-8-9 = 25 points (up 1 from Monday)
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot, 8-8-8 = 24 points (up 3 from Monday)
Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: Quickstep, 8-7-8 = 23 points (up 1 from Monday)
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Contemporary, 8-8-7 = 23 points (up 2 from Monday)
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Waltz, 7-8-8 = 23 points (down 2 from Monday)
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Rumba, 7-7-8 = 22 points (down 2 from Monday)
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Quickstep, 7-7-8 = 22 points (down 1 from Monday)
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Cha Cha Cha, 7-7-7 = 21 points (down 3 from Monday)
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: Rumba, 7-6-7 = 20 points (up 3 from Monday) ELIMINATED
Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovoloni: Waltz, 6-6-6 = 18 points (down 1 from Monday)
Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: Tango, 6-6-6 = 18 points (down 1 from Monday)
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Paso Doble, 5-5-5 = 15 points (down 3 from Monday)
Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Tuesday night (this week only) 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 Wednesday.
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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