'Dancing with the Stars' - Season 5 Episode 2 - Recap
'Dancing with the Stars' - Season 5 Episode 2 - Recap
Dancing with the Stars' fifth season premiere resumed tonight with the men coming out to play.  After yesterday's above average performance from the women, most notably Melanie Brown, Sabrina Bryan, and Jennie Garth, the men are on the spot.  There will definitely not be a ‘warm up' period  this season, the game is on now.  There are clear favorites, and if a man is going to be amongst them, he has to show it tonight.

Cameron Mathison
started out the show by revealing he suffered from a degenerative bone disease as a youth that will make any splitting impossibly.   Edyta is not thrilled, but the duo deliver a pretty admirable fox trot that gets treated roughly by the judges.  Maybe they are still in awe of last night.

The general mood for Dancing with the Stars is somewhat sullen on men night.  As it should be.  One of the deciding factors on who is going to be voted off may be attached to the Nielson ratings as much as who dances better.  Personally, splitting the genders over two competition days is a bad idea, and may give whoever is voted off tomorrow a very convenient excuse, “there were fewer viewers on my night.”  Of course, that may not happen, as well.

Floyd Mayweather's debut on Dancing with the Stars scored an underwhelming 18, which drew boos from the audience.  The retrospective on his training reveals that Mayweather may not be taking the competition as seriously as he claims. 

Helio Castroneves, on the other hand, delivers above and beyond expectations, and with a fox trot at that.   The argument could be made that a decent cha cha will trump a perfect foxtrot when it comes to the viewer votes, mostly because the audience has more of an eye for the speed and excitement of the cha cha, but Helio and Julianne Hough deliver a performance full of charm and chemistry. 

Billionaire Mark Cuban delivered an admirable foxtrot despite a hip replacement.  Wayne Newton is oozing the charisma from the beginning and working like the consummate performer that he is, but his cha cha is without a doubt the weakest  performance of the night, but not according to the judges.  At the end of the show it is Helio in the lead, and favorite Floyd surprisingly in the bottom.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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