Dancing with the Stars 8: Top 13 Performance Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)
Dancing with the Stars 8: Top 13 Performance Live Thoughts (Page 1/4)
Welcome to the second week of Dancing with the Stars.  Last week, the 13 new couples of season 8 made their dancing debut to millions of home viewers.  Some wowed us and some proved that they need to log in many more hours of rehearsal time.  Tonight, all 13 couples return for their second chance to prove that they each deserve to continue on in the competition.

Will the athletes take charge as they have in the past?  Who will rise and who will fall?  The only way to find out is to tune into Dancing with the Stars tonight, or read my live blog!

Uh oh, Steve-O is not here tonight because of his injury.  We'll find out more about it later, but I guess his earlier assertion that injuries won't slow him down wasn't exactly true.

Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin get things started tonight with the quickstep.  In rehearsal, they get to know each other by playing a game of 20 Questions (since they didn't have the month together before the show that other couples did).  They are total opposites, but you couldn't tell in the quickstep.  They make a striking pair, with her platinum blonde hair and his dark good looks.  They get a little bit out of sync in some parts, but overall, I think it's really great for a quickstep.  Len says that her quick footwork was good, but that she needs to work on her posture.  Bruno thought that she was looking too rushed, and Carrie Ann thought Dmitry was dragging her around too much.  She needs to hold her own and be an equal partner in the relationship.  The scores: Carrie Ann gives 6, Len gives 6 and Bruno gives 6, for an 18 out of 30.  Combined with last week's, she has a 36 out of 60.

David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson, whose waltz last week was perfectly serviceable, have the salsa tonight.  Davey G, as he refers to himself, wanted this week's performance to be at a higher difficulty level, so he really had to work hard in rehearsal.  (He also does a very funny impression of Bruno's unintelligible ravings.)  The routine has a lot of fun choreography, like walking on the knees, but it isn't quite together.  Bruno and Len say that his rhythm and hip action were not very good, but at least the character he portrayed was correct.  Carrie Ann thinks he needs a bit more work.  The scores:  Carrie Ann gives 6, Len gives 5 and Bruno gives 6, for a 17 out of 30.  The two-week total is 36 out of 60.  Kym is disappointed in the scores.

The third couple to perform are Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.  She didn't impress me with the cha cha last week, so I'm not expecting much with such a difficult style as the quickstep this week.  At least she doesn't cry during rehearsal.  They dance tonight to "That's the Way It Should Be" from Grease.  As much as I love this song, I am completely bored by their performance.  Denise just doesn't have enough dynamic stage presence.  The judges were really harsh on her last week, but this week, they are a more charitable.  Carrie Ann and Len agree that there were great improvements from last week.  Bruno molests her with his eyes as he comments on her leg action, despite the obvious stumble.  Their scores: Carrie Ann gives 7, Len gives 7 and Bruno gives 7, for 21 out of 30.  Combined with last week's scores, they have 39 out of 60.

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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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