For the second time this week, we had to say goodbye to a beloved pair on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ See who was voted off and who came out on top below!
Dancing with the Stars is more intense than ever — the couples had to learn two dance routines in week two — that’s insane! See who buckled under the pressure and who thrived right here. Warning: spoilers ahead!
First up, it was “hometown glory” for the pros! Hayes Grier and Emma Slater danced the Quickstep for her hometown in England. “It was fresh, it was fun, it was everything,” Julianne Hough said. Bruno Tonioli said it was his best dance! Carrie Ann Inaba said he should watch his feet but said it was “fantastic!” They got a 23 out of 30!
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson danced the Cha Cha. Bruno said he missed a couple of steps but “covered it beautifully.” Carrie Ann said she “wasn’t impressed. You shortened all your swagger.” Julianne said it was fun to watch but he was “squatty.” They got a 21!
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya danced the Paso Doble to Tchaikovsky for Anna’s home country of Russia. “Intensity, check. Character, check. Stomping, check. Paso Doble, ehhhh,” Carrie Ann said. “Today was not as good as yesterday but it was fun to watch.” Julianne said it was infectious, but she was scared he would forget his steps. Bruno compared him to Frankenstein. They got a 15. Gary said: “If that’s as far as they can count, God bless ’em.” Crickets….
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker danced an emotional contemporary. “You know what? Dancing is hard. It takes a lot of time and energy and focus to get to a place where you feel free. There’s nothing like that feeling where you are so present and I saw that tonight. It was so beautiful,” Julianne said. Bruno commended how difficult the routine was. Carrie Ann felt his commitment. They got a 23.
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas honored Mark’s champion dancer parents with the Rumba. “Proper, romantic, classic, sensual Rumba,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said there were moments of brilliance but it didn’t quite come together. Julianne said it was beautiful. It had me in tears! They got a 22!
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel danced the Tango for Louis’ hometown of Amsterdam. “I’m really impressed with your sex appeal!” Carrie Ann said. Julianne said she liked her sass. “A red hot dress for a red hot number. But don’t boil over!” Bruno said. They got an 18.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough danced the Waltz. “What I just saw was two dancers dancing as one,” Julianne said. “That was so moving, that was so emotional,” Bruno said. “There was something magical happening…until you did a lift….lift police in the house,” Carrie Ann said. They got a 23!
Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani danced a Foxtrot. Bruno said it was “progress” but that she needs to push it more. “You are a beautiful mover and I want to see more,” Carrie Ann said. They got a 18, a disappointing score.
Next, Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold danced the Quickstep. “It was ok…I felt like you missed a couple steps but you’re a power couple,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne said “you’re young but you’re mature for your age.” Bruno said he was re-naming him “Alek the great.” They got a 22!
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff danced the Rumba. “Victor, you looked like you were 10 feet tall tonight. The way you handled Karina? Best danced you’ve done,” Julianne said. “Whoever said size matters never met you. You were dominating,” Carrie Ann said. They got a 20!
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess danced a sentimental Foxtrot. “Nick is back on track,” Bruno said. “There was a poetry, it was magical,” Carrie Ann said. “You got out of your own head and you were there for Sharna,” Julianne praised. They got a 24, the highest score of the night!
Finally, Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the a sassy Charleston. (Val was shirtless, so thanks to the costume department.) “You are such a dynamic performer, you nailed it,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne praised their connection, a big improvement from last night. “That was so uplifting,” Bruno said. They got a 25, which placed them at the top of the leaderboard!
For the second elimination of the week, Victor Espinoza was sent home (too soon, in my opinion!). Do you think Victor and Karina deserved to be voted off?
— Dory Larrabee