It was ‘hometown glory’ week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and the contestants really brought it for week 2! See who landed on the top of the leaderboard below!
Dancing with the Stars is seriously heating up! Week 2 has a double elimination, but some couples are thriving — see who got the first 9 of the season right here! Warning: spoilers below!
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess kicked off the night with a Jive. They were at the top of the leaderboard last week, so they had a lot to prove. Nick grew up in Tampa, Florida and dedicated his dance to a special teacher he had growing up. His slippery shoes actually made him fall during the dance! Julianne Hough said it was a “bit messy” but “a great start to the night.”Bruno Tonioli said he forgot the footwork but loved his confidence. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was “rough” and “out of sync.” Ouch. They got a 21 out of 30.
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel danced the rumba for Paula’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia. “I want to redeem myself,” Paula said in the rehearsal. And I have to say, it was 1000 times better than last week. “We went to Georgia, my darling, it was better.” Bruno said. “You looked amazing out there, I am really impressed,” Carrie Ann said. “Those are some really good legs,” Julianne said. They got a 19!
Hayes Grier and Emma Slater, the most talked about couple on social media last week, danced an unconventional Foxtrot to “This Is How We Roll.” He shared a cute little moment with his mom just after their dance — watch it below. “You can dance! You have a wonderful interpretive quality,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne said she couldn’t stop smiling during their dance. Bruno compared him to a “young Tom Cruise in Risky Business” and said he has the arms of a ballet dancer! They got a score of 22, as Hayes cried talking about how much he loves his mom! Awww!
Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe danced the Foxtrot for her hometown of Chicago. “It was like cruising Lake Michigan. You hit a rock or two in the middle but you didn’t sink,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann praised her warmth and smile. She told her to really memorize the choreography so the audience could see something special. They got a 15 out of 30, better than last week.
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker danced a super fast Jive. Bruno said he was off time. “You have a lot of potential but it was a mess, you’ve got to listen to the music!” Carrie Ann said. “Dancing is super hard,” Andy said in the sky box. They got a 21 out of 30! It wasn’t the best, but his showmanship made up for it.
Next, Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani tried to improve on last week’s 12 with the quickstep. “You are in the game!” Carrie Ann said. “It was you, that was so much better,” Julianne said. Bruno said it put her back in the competition. They got a 19!
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold danced Jazz to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” “You were right there, equal to Lindsay tonight,” Julianne raved. “I definitely believe in you. You have range, you combine power with grace. Those lifts, I mean, excuse me? Where do they come from?” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said she was “intoxicated” by his performance. Um, yeah, agreed! He is super sexy! They got a 23, the highest score of the night!
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas danced with Alexa dressed as a super sexy leopard. Bruno said it was wild and wonderful. “I am so happy. This week? Damn!” Carrie Ann screamed. Julianne said: “There was no denying a connection this week. You were sassy, you were strong, that was another level of commitment!” They got a 24, the highest score of the night.
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff danced Jive to “La Bamba” to celebrate his hometown in Mexico. “If I could just score you on enthusiasm and cuteness, you’d be getting a 10. But, you know…” Carrie Ann said. “That was the most festive and fun jive I’ve ever seen. I don’t know, dance is supposed to make you feel something and that was so fun,” Julianne said. Bruno called him a jumping bean. They got a 17!
Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Cha Cha to “We are Family.” “You are so in your element right now. I loved it, it was so good,” Julianne said. Bruno said it was luminous and luscious. Carrie Ann said she is in a class of her own. They got a high score of 24!
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya danced the Foxtrot. “What a pleasant surprise. That actually looked like a Foxtrot! Anna’s a miracle worker!” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said it was “right on the edge but you did not miss a step.” Julianne said it was a “beautiful, sweet dance.” They got an 18!
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson danced the Foxtrot after beating Alexa and Mark by one point last week. “Carlos, you’re a contender. You were delicate, you were elegant. Very sophisticated,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne said it seemed easy. “I am absolutely delighted with what you’ve done,” Bruno said. They got a 24, the same score as Alexa and Mark.
Finally, Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough danced the Tango to ACDC. “I loved it,” Julianne said. “Absolutely surprising! Don’t throw away your frame,” Bruno said. “You rocked my world,” Carrie Ann screamed! They got a 25, the highest score of the season, including a 9 from Carrie Ann.
In the first elimination of the season, Chaka Khan was sent home. ANOTHER elimination and more dances are happening tomorrow, so come back here Tuesday at 9pm!
— Dory Larrabee