It’s never easy being the first contestant voted off a competition reality show, but someone has to go. And, unfortunately for actress Sean Young, she and her partner Denis Petukhov were the first pair eliminated on ABC’s ‘Skating with the Stars.’
Following a Week 2 performance that kicked off strong with a Swing dance-on-ice routine to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B,” the ‘Blade Runner‘ actress soon fell into a slippery situation when she not once, but twice, ended up on the bottom of the leaderboard and became the first elimination of the season.
“It’s okay. There’s really two edges here. I’m sad, well, mostly I’m disappointed because I thought maybe I disappointed my partner,” she told reporters after the results Monday night. “[But] there is little bit of relief. It’ll get more and more challenging as the competitors continue.”
As for the fall, and fear of falling for these past few weeks, Young said, “It’s like facing the abyss. Falling on ice is really kind of a terror. But I’m okay.”
Who else fell on the ice last night? Who’s topping the leaderboard now? Let’s take a look at episode two, which featured two required elements: “The Step Sequence,” where attention was paid to footwork, tricky toe steps and cool turns; and “The Dance Lift,” where couples danced specific dances (Tangos and Swings) on ice and were required to do a lift.
Brandon Mychal Smith and Keauna McLaughlin
The star of ‘Sonny with a Chance‘ upped his game big time when he not only moon walked on the ice during his Tango, but also showed off his charm, personality and fancy footwork. “Everything was spectacular,” said judge Dick Buttons. “YES! That was amazing,” said judge Johnny Weir, who also called the performance “ferocious,” “passionate,” and “sexy.” “Matador, you are,” said judge Laurieann Gibson.
Post-show Brandon said while he’s having fun, there’s still a bit of fear. “It’s pretty much like running around a slippery house with knives in your hand,” he said.
Technical Score: 24
Artistic Score: 25
Total Score: 49
Jonny Moseley and Brooke Castile
Even a groin injury couldn’t slow down this Olympian as his Swing dance proved to the judges that he too can dance. We could do without some of the silly faces here and there, but overall Jonny is definitely a major contender here. “I was blown away,” said Johnny Weir. “That was really especially good,” said Dick. Laurieann added, “Keep your funk in the trunk.” A little bit of confusion ensued, though, as Dick said his score was an 8 but showed a number 7 paddle. Oopsie.
Technical Score: 24
Artistic Score: 20
Total Score: 44
Rebecca Budig and Fred Palascak
I think we have a frontrunner in this ‘All My Children‘ star, even though she did score a tad bit lower this week than premiere week. Her Tango, guided in rehearsal by none other than ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ pro Dmitry Chaplin, was “intense,” according to Laurieann. Dick disagreed, though, calling it “square” and asking for “more passion” next time around. Johnny thought her lifts were “amazing,” but said she had a look of “bored malaise” on her face. Ouch.
Of the harsh criticism, Rebecca told us, “The judges, they’re skaters, and they’re looking for something from me. And I guess I have things to improve upon.”
Technical Score: 23
Artistic Score: 21
Total Score: 44
Bethenny Frankel and Ethan Burgess
For the second week in a row, Bethenny seems to be bringing it, but the judges just aren’t feeling it. She was cute, fun, and sassy in her Swing dance, but was over-smiling a bit. Johnny thought it was much better than last week, but asked for “more sass, more sex” instead of that great big smile of hers. Laurieann gave her a “very good” for getting through it, but said it felt like she was over-thinking it a bit. And Dick seemed to just dig her short polka dot outfit.
“I swear, I’m not even thinking about the judges’ scores. We just want to be alive another day,” Bethenny told reporters after the show. “I don’t care if we Sanjaya [of ‘American Idol’ infamy’] my way through the whole thing. Let my fans vote me through. We had the best time.”
Technical Score: 17
Artistic Score: 16
Total Score: 33
Vince Neil and Jennifer Wester
Wipe-Out! The Motley Crue singer might have fallen on the ice during his Tango, but gotta give him props for not dropping his partner in the process. Dick forgave the misstep and said he enjoyed his personality. Laurieann thought he was “masculine” and “on fire,” and Johnny thought he had an “aura of intensity.”
Falling rock hard on the ice gave the rocker “a little bruised ego, bruised butt” Vince told us, but he’s glad for another chance to “get better next week.”
Technical Score: 13
Artistic Score: 17
Total Score: 30
Sean Young and Denis Petukhov
She started out strong with a new-found confidence and boogied nicely to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B,” but then she fell, got up and smiled, and then fell again, which was her undoing in the end. Laurineann thought it was “so unfortunate that you fell because I gotta tell you, you came out really strong.” Johnny said, “Aside from the falls, you did great.”
Technical Score: 12
Artistic Score: 18
Total Score: 30
Combined Leaderboard Totals:
Rebecca & Fred: 89
Brandon & Keauna: 85
Jonny & Brooke: 84
Bethenny & Ethan: 62
Vince & Jennifer: 58
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