SAN DIEGO, March 24, 2014 – The stars get to shake it before the first shake up of the season on Week 2 of “Dancing With The Stars” with Latin dances and high energy jive and swing routines in the lineup.
Following the competition on Monday, the first star will go home. It’s likely not even the Force will save Billy Dee Williams from elimination. The producers pulled out all the stops for his “Star Wars” theme Cha Cha with Emma Slater, but it was as painful as listening to Jar Jar Binks. He was at the bottom of the leaderboard by a good margin, and even those scores were mercy scores from the three judges.
Fans get to see Billy Dee and Emma dance a Tango this week. From rehearsal photos it looks like the dance has an action hero theme. Good luck with that, guys.
All of the couples will dance the style they reportedly told producers they most wanted to learn. In many cases it seems these are the most challenging styles for the couples personally. Both NeNe Leaks and Drew Carey named the Jive. It will test the stamina of both and they could be in trouble with their scores.
Amy Purdy and Meryl Davis both named Swing. This should be a breeze for Meryl and Maks Chmerkovskiy. Amy Purdy doesn’t lack for balance and being nimble. Choreography can make or break this routine, so Amy has an advantage with Derek Hough here.
Alongside Billy Dee Williams, Cody Simpson and Witney Carson and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess will also dance the Tango. Cody will find it a real challenge to play the serious leading man. Charlie and Sharna should have some of the highest scores of the week. Their routine won’t be less than scorching hot.
Four of the couples will dance a Latin ballroom style. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas will show whether they are real contenders with a Rumba. Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the Samba, and it’s going to be party time. Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff and James Maslow and Peta Murgratroyd both dance the Salsa. James and Peta will bring the fun; if Sean even manages a smile it will be a huge accomplishment.
Rounding out the routines are Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov dancing the Cha Cha, which Diana said in earlier interviews she had hoped to dance in Week 1. Diana deserves to wear a costume that shows off her amazing legs. Her dowdy Foxtrot gown did her no favors, and Nyad said she was “mortified” how bad it made her look in an interview this week with TV Guide. Agreed, this is one 64 year old in phenomenal shape but you never would have known.
Get a good look at all the couples in Week 2, because everyone will change partners for Week 3. Fans get to vote for the new pairings although DWTS producers haven’t explained exactly what the ground rules for the switches are yet.
Karina Smirnoff described the process on Twitter and it appears to be the same method used voting for the encore dance using hashtags. She wrote, “Tweet #DWTS + Star’s first name + Karina.” So if you want Karina to dance with Drew Carey, you will tweet “#DWTS Drew + Karina.”
Voting opens during the show, and will end next Monday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. It could either be a stroke of genius or one of the worst moves the show has ever made. Diana Nyad says she’d like to dance with Cheryl Burke along the lines of women during the Jazz Age.
Do you like this idea? Who would you like to see dancing together in Week 3? Tell us in the Comments section.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 2 on Monday night, March 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network. Join the Communities Digital News Live Chat.
Week 2 Dance Assignments
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Jive
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Salsa
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba
Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff: Salsa
Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: Tango
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Swing
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Rumba
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: Tango
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Jive
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Swing
Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov: Cha Cha Cha
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Tango
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