It was all about the jive and the quickstep on Dancing with the Stars Monday night as the 11 pairs tried to improve on last week’s scores and votes before the elimination.
For the second week of the new Dancing with the Stars season, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower opened the night with a fast-paced two-step that had the judges raving about their high energy. The fun chemistry between Fegan and Hightower in rehearsal was evident in their dance, with quick flicks and spins as Fegan and Hightower danced away with an overall point score of 25.
The second pair to hit the floor on Dancing with the Stars was Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy who cut a jive. Although it was a fine routine, the pair made one glaring mistake when Shepherd pulled back from doing a slide move between Val’s legs. If DWTS was professional ballroom, both Sherri and Val would be out of contention for sure. When it was all said and done, however, the judges gave Sherri and Val a surprise 23.
Next was Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy who tried their best to improve on last week’s low score with a quickstep. After hitting the dance floor to Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” Gilbert and Maks received another score of 20.
As the Dancing with the Stars routines continued, Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya faltered on the jive. Although Wagner looked to be one of the most expressive contestants on DWTS, the judges were a bit more technical with their score of 21.
As for last week’s crowd pleasers on DWTS, Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus, the pair couldn’t find their timing on the quickstep and wound up with a low score of 19.
Last week’s top pair of Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas blew away the Dancing with the Stars competition with their jive to receive a score of 26 for a near flawless performance. It was clear that Jenkins found her DWTS groove in only 2 weeks on the ABC dance floor.
The other top team from last week, Jaleel White and Kym Johnson, couldn’t maintain their momentum in the second week on their jive. Despite a full effort by White and Johnson, a score of 21 was way too low. If Sherri Shepherd could score a 23 after a mistake, Jaleel White should have been rewarded for actually completing Kym Johnson’s intricate choreography. Boo on the judges for their mistake!
Maria Menuonos and Derek Hough also put everything they had into their quickstep and absolutely nailed it with their Bonnie and Clyde theme. The amazing thing about their routine was that Menuonos danced with a broken rib and still scored 25. Bruno nicknamed the pair “The Flying Killers” and it was a major improvement over last week.
Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd danced the quickstep before the pair got a surprise apology from Len who admitted that he had undermarked Driver in the first week of competition. The result on Monday night from the judges was much better at a score of 24.
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff, who were tied for last on Dancing with the Stars, pushed each other with an extra 13 hours of rehearsal on their quickstep. Their score of 21 was a reflection of a few missed steps during their performance but Degrew finally looked semi-comfortable in his routine.
After dancing a jive in an effort to get out of the bottom spot, Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani faltered in another awkward routine. Although Martina injured her toe during rehearsals and missed several counts on the jive, it appears the women’s tennis legend may be the first casualty of the Dancing with the Stars season after a score of 17.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke rounded out the Dancing with the Stars evening with their two-step. Although Levy was stiff and uncoordinated a week earlier, William was much more confident on the dance floor to earn a score of 25.
Who do you think will go home tonight?
Dancing with the Stars combined totals for Week 1 and Week 2:
1. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 + 26 = 52
2. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 + 23 = 49
3. William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25 + 24 = 49
4. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22 + 26 = 48
5. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 + 21 = 46
6. Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23 + 23 = 46
7. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24 + 21 = 45
8. Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya 21 + 23 = 44
9. Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 21 + 20 = 41
10. Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy 20 + 20 = 40
11. Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17 + 20 = 37