Dancing With The Stars Week 2: 70-somethings steal the show Monday

Tommy Chong continues to entertain the fans on DWTS. Photo: ABC
Tommy Chong continues to entertain the fans on DWTS. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, September 22, 2014 – On “My Jam Monday,” who would have bet that the two oldest dancers at age 72 and 76 would both get standing ovations and bring down the ballroom on “Dancing With The Stars”?

Betsey Johnson and Tommy Chong aren’t on top of the leaderboard with their scores, but they aren’t at the bottom, and they have plenty of fans cheering them on. They’ll be voting and it’s doubtful either of them will leave.

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Tony Dovoloni channeled Johnson’s inner Ann-Margret or perhaps Ginger Rogers for a fun and frothy Foxtrot. Johnson completely redeemed her poor performance in week one, scoring 28 points.

Chong and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd are having more fun than anyone on the show. Their Salsa was full of attitude and Chong is surpringsly musical. He has hit a club or two in his day. He told co-host Erin Andrews he felt young, “72.” They also scored 28 points. .

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigsintsev made it clear they are going to fight for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Their Jive was fun of energy and attack. Lea’s footwork is some of the best on the show. They were rewarded with 35 points and lots of praise from the judges. The rest of the girls better watch out for Lea.

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy danced second on the show and their score held up for second place, a masquerade party themed Foxtrot to the light hearted hit “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced a clever, Fosse-esque Foxtrot to the hottest song in the land, “All About That Bass.” The judges praised the execution of many little details that made the dance special. Hough is by far the best choreographer on the show. It is hard to believe Mota has never danced and never performed on live television before last week. They scored 33 points and sit in third place.

Several couples performed well but their scores suffered a bit due to a lack of content specific to the ballroom dance style they were assigned, including a dandy routine by Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson that was more hip-hip than a Samba; a Cha Cha Cha mainly in name from Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker; and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas’ Jazz routine, set to country music. They performed well and they are in no danger of going anywhere.

Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess were short on their rehearsal time this week, and it showed. Their Cha Cha Cha was a little rough around the edges, but with help from Earth Wind and Fire they should stick around safely for another week.

Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke drew a Rumba, a very difficult dance to master. They improved from their performance last week and scored 31 points. Jonathan Bennett and Allison . It is a dance that is much more difficult than it looks. Sabato will have to loosen up a lot from Week 1 or he may leave the show earlier than expected.

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff danced a decent Cha Cha Cha with a military theme to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. They went first which means a lower score, but they did a nice job and the routine was well received by the audience. Couture served six years in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne before his mixed martial arts years.

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater were allegedly dancing a Samba, but you would never have known it. Waltrip is giving it his best shot but it didn’t come together. He has a great attitude. He will need the NASCAR nation’s help to stay on the show as he’s sitting well off the pace in last place. Michael, you are no Helio Castroneves.

See Tommy and Peta’s Salsa routine here:

Betsey and Tony’s Foxtrot:

DWTS viewers will enjoy plenty of high level entertainment on the results show Tuesday. Judge Julianne Hough takes to the ballroom floor and will dance in a number featuring her brother Derek. Australian pop star Sia performs her hit single “Chandelier,” accompanied by a dance performance by Maddie Ziegler (the girl who performs in the video version) and pro Allison Holker. Later in the show Nico & Vinz will perform their hit “Am I Wrong.”

“Dancing With the Stars: The Results” airs Tuesday, September 23, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Week 2 Scores

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Jive
Scores: 9-8-9-9 = 35 points

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot
Scores 9-8-8-9 = 34 points

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Foxtrot
Scores: 8-9-8-8 = 33 points

Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Samba
Scores: 8-8-8-8 = 32 points

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Rumba
Scores: 8-8-7-8 = 31 points

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Jazz
Scores 8-7-8-8 = 31 points

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Cha Cha Cha
Scores: 7-7-8-8 = 30 points

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Foxtrot
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: Cha Cha Cha
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha Cha
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Salsa
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Samba
Scores: 6-6-6-6 = 24 points

Viewers can vote via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day.

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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