This is the second week of DTWS (Season 24) as the star dancers attempt to woo the judges with new performances. The first couple up is Nancy Kerrigan and pro Artem Chigvintsev with the Latin dance form of cha-cha. Last week, her ballroom performance came in with straight 7’s. Tonight the pretty in pink steps garnish supportive comments from the judges but the slightly lackluster cha-cha-cha fails to break out getting repeated marks of straight 7’s for 28.
The second dance is the foxtrot for Erika Jayne and her dance pro Gleb Savchenko. Last week, the couple only scored with mediocre 6’s with a routine Len Goodman considered “too raunchy.” The not as risque performance does not fail to deliver in the seduction department for the traffic stop bringing graciousness and gorgeous lines to a overall fine performance for this early in the game. She steps it up this week with straight 7’s for 28.
Next to hit the dance floor is Charo and her pro, Keo Motsepe. Last week, the claws came out when the judges harshly scored her salsa with 5’s from everyone but Carrie Ann Inaba who gave a generous 6. This week she pulls out the stops in a paso doble the panel praises but actually is simply blasé considering this is a style from her wheelhouse. She gets 6’s from all judges but Julianne Hough who breaks ranks with a unwarranted 7 nearly causing international fireworks for a total of 25.
The Bachelor’s Nick Viall and pro Peta Murgatroyd take the floor with the foxtrot after last week’s performance which was awarded 6’s despite being an almost complete failure. In practice, his awkward geek shows through. They make a beautiful couple in a routine surprisingly fluent with hints of stiffness hopefully to be worked out in the future. The scores are all over the board with 7’s from the women, a 5 from Len and a 6 from Bruno for a score of 25.
Heather Morris and pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy competed last week with a score of straight 7’s; however, Maks suffered a serious calf injury during jive practice. The show goes on with temporary dance partner, Alan Bursten, as the duet delivers an energetic jive while Maks looks on. With some of the highest scores of the evening, all judges give 8’s except Len Goodman (who seems to be low-balling most dancers) with his 6 for a total of 30.
Bonner Bolton and his dance partner, Sharna Burgess, pull the Viennese waltz this week. The cowboy cha-cha last week got a score of 22 and this week it looks as though Len is continuing downgrading as all the other judges praise this performance except him. There is definite connection between these two with a routine simply elegant gaining scores once more from the seesaw as the girls give 8’s with Len showing a 6 and Bruno a 7 for 29.
Simone Biles, gold medal Olympian, and pro Sasha Farber, take on the cha-cha after an outstanding performance last week that scored the high of the night with straight 8’s. It was a HOT strut catching the floor on fire. The panel gives only 7’s with Bruno breaking out an 8 totaling 29.
Chris Kattan and professional dancer, Witney Carson engage in the jazz this week after a disappointing performance last week and the score at the bottom of the pile…a meager 17 with three 4’s and a 5. Perhaps unknown to the audience is the severe injury Chris suffered which places him at a disadvantage mobility wise in dance revealed this week; however, others with handicaps have performed at levels far unexpected in the past. The routine is filled with lots of comedy and if he leaves tonight, it will be with style. He gets 6’s from the women and 5’s from the men for 22. Not bad for a very mediocre but courageous performance.
It is high stakes for jet-setter pop star Normani Kordei and pro, Val Chmerkovskiy who scored 27 last week with comments to do more partnering instead of solo actions. Practice this week took place in Japan as Fifth Harmony is on tour. Another hot stuff routine with high energy in a dance club environment. The scores are straight 8’s giving them the highest score so far tonight before jumping on a plane heading to China with 32.
Rashad Jennings and pro, Emma Slater, perform the Viennese waltz following a great kick off last week with the second highest score of 31 for their cha-cha. They scored 8’s with a Len Goodman 7. Very fluid dance with a great partnership in these two. Beautiful! Julianne Hough comments on his ability to lead and not be lead. The scores are a solid 32 with straight 8’s and tie for first place.
The next to last performance of the evening is from Mr. T and dance pro, Kym Herjavec. The cha-cha last week was a disappointment with a respectable score of 20; hopefully the paso doble this week will be more his style. The staging is pretty cool with a boxing ring to the theme of “Rocky.” It was pretty flat with little movement even though, as Bruno states, there was character. The score is 6’s from the women and 5’s from the men giving them a total of 22 tying for last place.
The final routine is a nineties-inspired quirky cha-cha from dance pro, Lindsay Arnold and baseball star David Ross as they “Bust a Move” on the floor to Young MC. Their Chicago Cubs quickstep last week garnished a wonderful starting 28. This week, they do not quite reach that height with 7’s from everyone but Len who gives a 6 for 27.
The team cut this week is (sadly) Chris Kattan and Witney Carson.
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