SAN DIEGO, September 21, 2015 – For Season 21 of “Dancing With The Stars,” DWTS producers put on the pressure, just in time for the show’s first elimination of the season. Double the dances, double the eliminations.
Couples performed the first of two routines in Week 2 on Monday It’s a considerable step up. Stars who struggled with choreography in Week 1 had a real challenge ahead. Most rose to the occasion and others not so much. There were surprising performances with some highs and one low. The real contenders and pretenders start revealing themselves.
If you want to find out who left the show, scroll to the end of the column.
The husband and wife rivalry between Carlos and Alexa PenaVega will be fun to watch and it could go all the way to the end of the season. Carlos danced a country flavored Foxtrot; Alexa sizzled with a Salsa made up as a leopard. Both scored 24 points and those were well deserved.
Tamar Braxton also showed she has the talent to stick around for a long time. Her Cha Cha with Val Chmerkoskiy to “We Are Family” was sassy but still classy, another score of 24 points.
They were all topped by Bindi Irwin, who came out with her guns blasting in a Tango to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” She will need to show a little more finesse in the coming weeks, but her energy and performance skills are second to none.
See Bindi and Derek’s routine here.
Internet star Hayes Riley and Alek Skarlatos showed their first week scores weren’t flukes. Hayes danced an emotional Foxtrot in tribute to his mother with partner Emma Slater. Aleka Skarlatos performed a Jazz routine with impressive lifts despite a busy week (meeting President Obama at the White House). Hayes scored 22 points and Alek 23 points, both up one point from last week.
Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter came out strong in Week 1, but his Jive with pro Sharna Burgess Monday was a hot mess of poor timing. He was the only performer whose score dropped from last week to 21 points, but he did so well in Week 1 that he’s in no danger of going home. His fellow singer Andy Grammer also scored 21 points but he struggled as well with his Jive, scoring the same as he did last week.
The pleasant surprise of the show was Kim Zolciak Biermann. Forget that lackluster Cha Cha from Week 1. Her Quickstep this week had far more style and showed she plenty of potential. She had the most improved score of Week 2 with 19 points.
Paula Deen was also much improved, tying with her own score of 19 points for a Rumba to “Midnight Train to Georgia.” She knocked off some of the nonsense from week 1, and she’ll need to buckle down to keep improving.
Gary Busey also improved his first week score to 18 points for a Foxtrot. Fans are likely to keep him around for a while for the entertainment factor, but he will have to improve to stay past the midpoint of the season.
Both Victor Espinoza and Chaka Khan continued to struggle, but Victor gives it his all and says he’s having a great time. His Jive with Karina Sminoff to “La Bamba” was a struggle. But it was better than Chaka and Keo Motsepe’s Foxtrot.
The couples in jeopardy at the end of the show were Chaka and Keo and Gary and Anna. It was Chaka Khan who ended up going home first. She had the lowest score of the first week, and not enough fan votes to overcome it. Could the DWTS producers please give Keo Motsepe a stronger competitor in Season 22 so we can enjoy him a little longer?
The “Hometown Glory” theme continues with the focus on the pro partners on Tuesday night. All couples dance another new ballroom style. We will see the first Waltzes and first Contemporary dance of the season.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for a second show of Week 2 on Tuesday, September 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. One more couple will be eliminated at the end of the show.
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Week 2 Scores and Tuesday NIght Dance Assignments
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Tango, 9-8-8 = 25 points (up 1)
Tuesday night: Waltz
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Salsa, 8-8-8 = 24 points (up 2)
Tuesday night: Rumba
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Foxtrot, 8-8-8 = 24 points (up 1)
Tuesday night: Cha Cha Cha
Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha, 8-8-8 = 24 points (up 1)
Tuesday night: Charleston
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Jazz, 8-7-8 = 23 points (up 1)
Tuesday night: Quickstep
Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: Foxtrot, 8-7-7 = 22 points (up 1)
Tuesday night: TBA
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Jive, 7-7-7 = 21 points (down 3)
Tuesday night: Foxtrot
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Jive – 7-7-7 = 21 points (no change)
Tuesday night: Contemporary
Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: Rumba, 7-6-6 = 19 points (up 4)
Tuesday night: Tango
Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovoloni: Quckstep, 7-6-6 = 19 points (up 7)
Tuesday night: TBA
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Foxtrot. 5-5-5 = 18 points (up 3)
Tuesday night: TBA
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: JIve, 6-5-6 = 17 points (up 2)
Tuesday night: Rumba
Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe: Foxtrot – 5-5-5 = 15 points (up 2) ELIMINATED
Tuesday night: Salsa
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