'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: A Double Elimination
'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: A Double Elimination
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's time to say goodbye to the first couple on Dancing with the Stars season 18. The second week promises more twists and turns as the dancers will all perform the style that the star most wanted to learn.

I predict that Diana Nyad will be the first star to go home, though it's really a coin flip between her and Billy Dee Williams. It will also be interesting to see if Charlie White maintains his lead and if the judges continue to overscore Derek Hough and underscore Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

A Double Elimination

The first big twist is that we have a DOUBLE ELIMINATION and it might happen at any point during the show. I guess that means those two couples won't even get to dance (probably Diana and Billy Dee). It also adds pressure because the couples won't know they're safe until they get to perform.

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Jive

They're the first safe couple. Drew is full of energy and very entertaining. He has some pretty decent moves, though a few transitions are a bit clunky. Len Goodman likes that there were a lot of Jive steps, though Drew needs to work on his footwork. Bruno Tonioli appreciates that Drew tried his hardest to cover his mistakes.

Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

At least they stayed consistent, tying last week's score.

The Results, Part 1

We find out that Meryl Davis, Danica McKellar and Billy Dee Williams are all safe. WTF? Billy Dee is safe? That's very, VERY bad news for Sean Avery and seals Diana's fate. But at least the two Chmerkovskiy boys are safe.

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba

Hot damn, Winnie Cooper is one sexy nerd. This is a great routine for them and Danica shows off some impressive splits. As an added bonus, Val opens his shirt and it's his birthday. Bruno wants her to follow through more on her extensions because she gets a bit out of control when she spins out. But the judges are all very positive about her technical skills.

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

Like Drew, it's the same as last week.

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: Tango

He feels like an old man after being at the bottom of the leaderboard. Um, he IS an old man. Like with the Star Wars antics last week, Emma adds a bunch of extras to offset Billy's lack of skill (in this case, two female dancers from the troupe). I guess he's a little better, but he still just kind of walks and stands there while Emma does all the real work. He really has no right still being in his competition over two others. The judges try to be polite and encourage him to have fun, but they all seem to know that he's much, much worse than everyone else.

Judges' Scores: 5+5+5=15

Again, it's the same score as last week.

The Switch-Up

Tom Bergeron explains that, in two weeks, the stars will switch their pro partners. To decide, you have to tweet #DWTS followed by the first name of the star and pro you want to see together. For instance you might tweet "#DWTS Danica Derek." In fact, that's what I'm doing.

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Swing

Maks is taking advantage of the size difference and tossing the ice dancer around like a rag doll. They start in the sky box then run down the stairs where the real fun begins. These are the most insane lifts ever as he hurls her over his head and I'm in awe that she landed on her feet and kept going. It was amazing and the judges praise the level of difficulty. Bruno points out a few times where they messed up, and Maks demands to be told exactly where so they can fix it.

Judges' Scores: 8+9+8=25

The Maks vs. Judges feud is on as he refers to Len as "the important one." Oh snap At least they improved.

The Results, Part 2

Amy Purdy and Candace Cameron Bure are safe. Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov ARE ELIMINATED! She's shocked and disappointed that she doesn't even get to do her dance. She's very courteous and funny, going on about how much she loves DWTS. And then Tom gives her some good news.

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov: Cha-Cha-Cha

Guess what? They STILL get to dance! This is kind of awkward since they've already been eliminated. It's fun and she's definitely better than Billy Dee, but she's still not that good.

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Rumba

Awesome, they brought in Jeremy Miller from Growing Pains to make up for dragging his name through the mud last week. However, the audience turns on him when he refuses to pick his favorite ex, Candace or Danica. That poor guy can't catch a break.

The moral, Christian mom is having problems doing a sexy Rumba. Mark says she's worse than Bristol Palin when it comes to wardrobe because she refuses to let him take his shirt off. Ouch, that's harsh, but all she seems to care about are Jesus and beating Danica. She moves well, but the video and her face make me really uncomfortable. It seems like she doesn't like doing this at all. And it's very Contemporary with very little Rumba, which the judges don't like.

Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

Yikes, that's a 4-point drop from last week. Her morals are going to get in the way of her scores, but it might help her votes.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Swing

Can the girl with no legs Swing? The rehearsals have a lot of worry about he legs falling off. It's getting harder to judge her. The routine is very contained, all in a small square as Derek does most of the work. I understand the mechanics of it because she can't go off and do a lot on her own. But after Meryl and Maks' lift-heavy Swing, this feels a lot smaller. There was a problem with an arm turn because of Derek's jacket. Carrie Ann praises the angle of her legs. Um, her legs aren't real, so of course they're straight.

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

Man, they are giving her such a free pass because of her legs.

The Results, Part 3

Charlie White and James Maslow are both safe. No real surprises.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Salsa

James suggests embracing his eye candy role by dancing in the nude. I approve. He's not nude, but she does rip his shirt open and it's definitely a sexy and steamy routine. There were some great moves and he was doing some cool hip-hop steps to keep the focus on himself. Carrie Ann puts James in the DWTS Sexy Hall of Fame with Mario Lopez, Corbin Bleu and Gilles Marini.

Judges' Scores: 9+8+8=25

Wow, Carrie Ann have an extra point for sexiness. That's an impressive 4-point jump, switching places with Candace.

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Tango

Sharna brings in Maks to give Charlie lessons in being a bad boy. Basically, you just have to be a jerk to women. For me, this is much better than last week. Now that he's doing actual ballroom, he's able to show off his intensity and technical skills. It's powerful and a little dangerous. Carrie Ann thinks she looks like Baryshnikov. Len calls Charlie out for breaking hold, and while the audience boos, Carrie Ann agrees.

Judges' Scores: 9+7+9=25

Yikes, a 7 from Len. He's cranky again, or maybe just trying to make up for overscoring him last week.

Guest Judges

In two weeks Julianne Hough will be a guest judge. Other futures guests include Ricky Martin and one of the guys from LMFAO. And next week's guest judge will be announced tomorrow on Good Morning America.

The Results, Part 4

It's the final round of results with three stars and only two open spots. However, they won't tell us who is eliminated until after Nene, Cody and Sean perform. This is a weird format.

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: Jive

Her husband chose this dance, but she's not so happy about it. She still brgins a lot of personality to the table with overly exaggerated faces, but I think it's a little worse than last week. It was definitely too challenging for her in week 2 and the judges noticed. Carrie Ann and Tony get into a little fight over NeNe's arms.

Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

Like Danica, Amy, Drew and Billy Dee, she stays the same as last week.

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff: Salsa

I still can't get a read on this guy. He's so low-key and sarcastic. His dancing is like his personality, a little stilted by somehow compelling. He actually does a lot of dancing and he has some sweet moves. He's much lighter on his feet than I expected but he needs more hip action. Carrie Ann likes his intensity, similar to a capoeira dancer.

Judges' Scores: 7+7+7=21

He's only the third person to improve in week 2, following James and Meryl.

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: Tango

This 17-year-old Aussie wanted to add more modern pop moves into the classic dance. He's very opinionated about the choreography. Carrie Ann thinks the height difference is too much to overcome, but Len and Bruno love working a Moonwalk into a Tango.

Judges' Scores: 7+7+8=22

It's another identical score to last week.

The Final Results

After dancing and getting scored, it's time to find out whose scores are pointless.

NeNe and Tony are...SAFE!

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff ARE ELIMINATED!

Aww, that's a shame. He was fascinating and one of only three stars who actually improved in the second week.


For the second week, James had the biggest gain, up 4 points from last week, while Meryl went up 1 point. Candace had the biggest fall, dropping 4 points, and Charlie dropped 2 points. Everyone else in the Top 10 got the same score as they did in week 1.

25 (11.21 percent): Meryl Davis, James Maslow, Charlie White
24 (10.76 percent): Danica McKellar, Amy Purdy
22 (9.87 percent): Cody Simpson
21 (9.42 percent): Drew Carey, Candace Cameron Bure, NeNe Leakes
15 (6.73 percent): Billy Dee Williams

(Image courtesy of ABC)