'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 2 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 2 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We're back (and so are all of the dancers) for another week of Dancing with the Stars! After debuting their dancing skills in week 1 of the 12th season, each of the celebrities gets another chance tonight to strut their stuff. But someone will be eliminated after this round of dancing...

Who will it be? It's hard to say.

Mike and Lacey and Wendy and Tony found themselves at the bottom of the pack last week, but this week's jive and quickstep routines may change things significantly. The same goes for Ralph and Karina, and Kirstie and Maks at the top. Will they be able to keep up the momentum?

Let's find out... To the dancing!

As soon as it starts anyway. Until then, have you forgotten about last week's performances? Click here to read the week 1 recap.

All caught up? Then here we go!

The President is done talking now, so we can move from world affairs to ballroom dancing. Isn't that always the way it goes? Or is that just me?

They're walking in now, which indicates to me that the fashion slideshow is going to be very, very entertaining this week. I'm pretty sure Mark is going to lose that particular competition. What was that?

Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the jive

Judges' Comments:
Len: "On that performance, I think you're in jeopardy. Talk to the hand." "It lacked refinement and any true dance quality."
Bruno: "It was definitely sweet and it was definitely pleasant to watch." "It has to be compact, tight and strong in the feet."
Carrie Ann: "You're so entertaining, you're so engaged in what you're doing..." "The lower half just was a little bit spastic."

My Comments: And the boxing analogies are flying! I should be counting those or making them into a drinking game or something. Umm ... is it supposed to be in black-and-white? Sugar Ray looks to be having fun. His moves look a lot smoother and like he's doing something this week. It's almost like he's danced like this before. Oh, and there's the requisite punch-move from Anna. Overall, I liked that dance.    

Score: 6+5+6 = 17

Combined Scores: 34

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel
Dancing the quickstep

Judges' Comments:
Len: "Your posture was a bit hit-and-miss." "Occasionally, your chesticles were pushing into poor little Louis." "I thought you did an excellent job."
Bruno: "Kendra, it's very tough being a lady, isn't it?" "You tried your best, but you were very, very tight. You messed up your footwork many times."
Carrie Ann: "You're really good at learning choreography, but at week 2 I want to see more than choreography. I saw more than choreography this week!"

My Comments: Ah, so Kendra is the crier this week. Or maybe that will be a common occurrence... I like the dress this week -- very pretty! This seems a little slow for the quickstep at the beginning. Kendra looks very nice, and she seems to be getting the steps, but her facial expression is definitely not right. She looks confused and frozen. The music is helping nothing -- not a good choice. She seemed OK overall.    

Score: 7+6+6 = 19

Cumulative Scores: 37  

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Dancing the jive

Judges' Comments:
Len: "Once I see doors and things, you're on a sticky wicket." "This girl has got fantastic potential, but not with dances like that."
Bruno: "I actually liked the weird and wonderful side of it." "Obviously, as jive goes, it could have been sharper."
Carrie Ann: "I love choreography like that, but there's a time and a place for that, and I don't think it's now." "In that choreography, it was hard to see your jive."

My Comments: I'm a little scared by what Mark is wearing. Ah, the flirting! They're way too cute. Doors! Hey, I like props. This is ... interesting? It certainly is different. I could see Len getting irritated by this, since it's weird. But it definitely looks pretty great. Maybe a few flubs here and there, but the overall performance was pretty spectacular. Almost enough to get me over my fear. Almost.

Score: 6+5+7 = 18 

Cumulative Scores: 39

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the quickstep

Judges' Comments:
Len: "Don't take this personal, I don't want to get in a headlock or something..." "It was bright, breezy, light of foot!"
Bruno: "I like a man that responds well to strict discipline." "We even got that bum under control!" "You were sensational!"
Carrie Ann: "All I can say is, I'm loving me some Chris Jericho right now."

My Comments: Chris has put too much thought into his frame analogies. I like the hat. And it's gone. Oh well. This is actually looking good, especially for a quickstep (which I often don't like much). The stiffness from before seems to work better here. And Chris can definitely look like he's having fun. Very cute. 

Score: 8+7+8 = 23

Cumulative Scores: 42

Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin
Dancing the jive

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It's a fatal combination: short skirt, long legs, bad technique. But I must say, she did it beautifully."
Bruno: "This girl can go from uptown girl to floozy at the drop of a hat." "Your performance was great tonight."
Carrie Ann: "Your legs look great!" "I think your core, you really need to work on." "We don't want your shapes to get funky."

My Comments: Oh stop being so adorable, Petra. Probably not possible. And it's another cool hat! Granted, we can't see her face. Oh, there it goes. Along with half the costume. Petra seems a little not-into-it here. Kind of the opposite of Sugar Ray, who looked like he had been jiving for years. Petra doesn't seem familiar with even the basic look of the jive. Cute, but not excellent.   

Score: 6+6+6 = 18

Cumulative Scores: 36  

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the quickstep

Judges' Comments:
Len: "Most was light and fluffy, you lost energy near the end." "It was good, but it wasn't great."
Bruno: "Don't worry about the weight. You don't need to worry about that if you've got talent." "You didn't kind of regain that energy that you had."
Carrie Ann: "Kirstie, you are so in your element! I love watching you dance!" "The connection between you and Maks is going to be unstoppable!"

My Comments: I like the dress, but it kind of makes it hard to see Kirstie's feet. So I honestly have no clue of how well she's doing. It does look fairly good though. Not quite as exuberant as the cha-cha, but I doubt you can expect that. She is definitely a pretty good dancer. And entertaining. Nice kiss!   

Score: 7+6+7 = 20

Cumulative Scores: 43 

Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the jive

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It's better than last week, but don't get excited."
Bruno: "Some moments, your kicks and flicks, especially on the sides, were very good." "You looked like a fly stuck on fly paper!"
Carrie Ann: "When you were side by side, I was very impressed." "You have to make it consistent all the way through."

My Comments: I hope Mike does better this week, if only so I can enjoy looking at him for a few more weeks. If Mike can't dance this, I bet he can't dance anything. Still looking stiff there. Less so than last week, but the guy is so not a dancer. Cute and athletic, but not a dancer. He looked a little better while dancing alone. Overall, improved but still not that great. Mike is just too stiff.   

Score: 6+5+6 = 17

Cumulative Scores: 30  

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Dancing the quickstep

Judges' Comments:
Len: "No wonder we've got global warming with you two, all the hot air coming out." "That was the best dance of the night!"
Bruno: "I tell you Romeo, you are the one to watch!" "Great musicality, yes you can improve on the posture a bit."
Carrie Ann: "You definitely have a certain style while you dance."

My Comments: Nice jump to begin. Romeo seems to be dancing very well, despite what I would have expected from the rehearsal videos. This is one of the more energetic quicksteps, which makes sense from one of the more athletic stars. Overall, they looked good. Not quite as charming as some of the others, but technically excellent.   

Score: 7+8+8 = 23

Cumulative Scores: 42   

Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the quickstep

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It was a little bit economical with the movement through the dance, but it was an improvement."
Bruno: "You can handle my laundry any time." "It's a step in the right direction."
Carrie Ann: "That's what we wanted to see!" "You lost a little steam in the middle but then you caught it back at the end."

My Comments: At least they gave Wendy a better costume this week. That was a cute intro, although the dancing might not be as good. Wendy seems to be a little behind Tony in some of the steps. She does, however, look pretty good while she does them. Weirdly, restrained goes well for Wendy. Maybe because she is such a big personality. Either way, this definitely seemed improved but not as good as some of the others.    

Score: 6+5+6 = 17

Cumulative Scores: 31

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the jive

Score: 7+7+7 = 21

Cumulative Scores: 45

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
Dancing the quickstep

Score: 8+7+8 = 23

Cumulative Scores: 44  

(Due to technical difficulties, the comments from the last two dances got deleted. Sorry about that! They will be back next week...)

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