Giving the contestants one more chance to dance before the first “Dancing with the Stars” elimination proved fruitful for some, but might have knocked others out of the safety zone.
The two most in need of redemption were “Loveline” co-host “Psycho” Mike Catherwood, who scored at the bottom of the leaderboard in Week 1 with an embarrassing 13 out of 30, and daytime talk-show host Wendy Williams, who came in with the second-to-lowest score of 14.
So, how did they fare tonight? Did Ralph Macchio remain on top? Who lacked “any true dance quality?” And who had the best dance of the night?
Let’s find out…
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunsakaya: Jive
He might have asked Anna, “What is the Jive?” in rehearsals but by performance time, this boxer seemed to master the fast dance with a good swivel in his hips and a nod to his profession with a cute punch to the air. “On that performance, I think you’re in jeopardy,” said Len Goodman to a booing crowd. “Talk to the hand,” he snapped back to the crowd. “It lacked refinement and any true dance quality,” he added in his final verbal blow. Bruno Tonioli said he was too loose and looked like he was stuck on a piece of gun. Carrie Ann Inaba, however, thought he was “so entertaining,” but somewhat agreed with Len. He scored the same as last week.
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel: Quick Step
After a frustrated Kendra was brought to tears because, as she said, “I feel like a boy, and everyone thinks I’m this Playboy sexy girl that’s confident–I’m not that,” she pulled it together and danced better than on the premiere. And the judges agreed, giving the reality star a 19, up 1 point from last week’s 18. “You didn’t look like a boy, not at all,” said co-host Tom Bergeron. “You tried your best but you were very, very tight,” said Bruno, complaining about her lines and footwork. “I really saw you take a step forward,” said Carrie Ann. Len said her posture was hit-and-miss and mentioned her, gasp, “chesticles.”
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: Jive
Ooh la la, the chemistry between these two in the rehearsal footage was sizzling. Not only did Mark run his hands through her hair, but he really couldn’t stop touching her. Hmmm, maybe the rumors are true. That aside, the dance, and their circus-inspired costumes, were the most exciting thing going here, though more reminiscent of what you’d see in a modern dance on “So You Think You Can Dance,” than on “DWTS.” “I love choreography like that but there’s a time and a place for it and I don’t think it was right now,” scolded Carrie Ann. Len said it was “too much messing about,” but thinks Chelsea has “fantastic potential.” Bruno liked the “weird and wonderful” side of it. They dropped three points from last week’s 21.
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: Quick Step
“I’m actually terrified of Cheryl Burke. I don’t want her to yell at me,” the pro wrestler said in rehearsal. Ah, might she be giving Maksim a run for his money when it comes to being a whip-cracking partner? Mean or not, it seemed to work and the crowd went nuts. Len called it “bright, breezy.” Bruno liked a man who responds to strict discipline. “That was amazing,” said Carrie Ann.
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: Jive
Len warned that the Jive is hard for tall people like Petra, but that didn’t stop this supermodel. She rocked the Jive, but what rocked more is she didn’t partake in the typical “DWTS” spray-tanning booth. Bruno said her “performance was great tonight.” Carrie Ann was “really impressed.” “Short shirt, long legs, bad technique,” said Len, who added that “she did it beautifully.”
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Quick Step
“Yay, winning!” was Kirstie’s Charlie Sheen-inspired answer when Maks joked that she could lose 20 lbs. doing the Quick Step. Funny + a good dancer = well done. And, yes, Week 2 proved just as good as Week 1, as the huffing-and-puffing actress still brought humor and elegance to her routine. “That was fabulous,” said Carrie Ann. “Most was light and fluffy, but you lost energy at the end,” said Len, who called it good but not great. “Don’t worry about the weight,” advised Bruno. “You don’t need to worry about that when you got talent.” They scored three less than last week’s second best score of 23.
“Psycho” Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer: Jive
He vowed to ‘explode Len and Bruno’s faces with his fiery dance moves,” but all he did was make us laugh at his goofiness. He came out of the gate fake-playing an electric guitar and jumping off the stairs to Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town.” I’m not sure if America’s crushing on him yet, but at least the guys and gals backstage at “DWTS” sure are. The judges liked it too. “Mike, I got good news. It’s better than last week,” said Len. Bruno said he had some very, very good moments, but he looked like a fly stuck on flypaper.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: Quick Step
Chelsie tried turning Romeo from a childish flirt into a proper gentleman, and by golly she succeeded. “You are the one to watch!” exclaimed Bruno, who said he went from cheeky, funny to sexy cool. “You got everything it takes to make a brilliant dancer. Work on it,” he added. Carrie Ann agreed but wants him to work on his posture. Len said, “That was the best dance of the night!”
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: Quick Step
There was nowhere to go but up, and up she went from Week 1′s 14 to a 17. She brought more of that “how you doing?” attitude, but the talk-show host still looked scared to death and stiff at times. “Thank you, that’s what we wanted to see,” said Carrie Ann, who liked her sass and sauce. Len said it was “economical” with the movement. Bruno thought it was a step in the right direction.
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: Jive
The pressure was on for the Week 1 frontrunner Ralph Macchio, who shocked us with a top score of 23 last week. He kicked things off with some Pete Townshend-like windmills and another rock star jump off the stairs, and the action didn’t let up until the music stopped. “It was okay,” said grumpy Len to loud boos. He then told the booers to “shut up.” Bruno commented on Ralph’s “huge, huge likability factor” but said Len was right about the Jive requiring more precision. Carrie Ann said he danced very well, but he needs to be sharper.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: Quick Step
Forget about part-time lover, this was “more like full time dancer” squealed Bruno after the footballer’s closing-show performance to “Part Time Lover.” Carrie Ann called him amazing and then made some funny little gurgly sound with her lips to express her love for that dance. Len dug it too.
Week 2 Leaderboard Totals:
Chris and Cheryl: 23
Romeo and Chelsie: 23
Hines and Kym: 23
Ralph and Karina: 21
Kirstie and Maks: 20
Kendra and Louis: 19
Petra and Dimitry: 18
Chelsea and Mark: 18
Sugar Ray and Anna: 17
Mike and Lacey: 17
Wendy and Tony: 17
On Tuesday’s show, the first couple will be eliminated! Plus, Chris Brown will perform two songs (“Forever” and “Yeah 3X”), and an all-star dance troupe will perform an opening number.