'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Week 2 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Week 2 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's time for more dancing!

With the elimination of Ron Artest/Metta World Peace and Peta Murgatroyd last week, there's still plenty of competition left in season 13 of Dancing with the Stars for the remaining 11 contestants. And, this week, they'll have all new dances to face in the ballroom.

Which stars will rise to the occasion? Which will crumble under the pressure? Keep reading to find out!

Going into week 2 of Dancing with the Stars, the competition is fierce -- only 7 points separate first from last place. The DWTS standings, after one week of dancing, are:

  • Chynna and Tony: 22 points
  • J.R. and Karina: 22 points
  • Hope and Maks: 21 points
  • Ricki and Derek: 20 points
  • Kristin and Mark: 19 points
  • David and Kym: 18 points
  • Chaz and Lacey: 17 points
  • Carson and Anna: 17 points
  • Rob and Cheryl: 16 points
  • Nancy and Tristan: 16 points
  • Elisabetta and Val: 15 points

With scores so close, we can definitely expect some major shifts on the leader board when the competitors take on either the jive or the quickstep.

So let's get to it!

Uh-oh. The opening rehearsal montage would have us believe that everyone is already tired and frustrated. Hopefully it's not so bad.

Time for a complaint. Does anybody else find the descent-in-groups-of-three opening a little weird. I liked the individual descents better.

Whatever. It's time for the dancing. Dancing is good.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Hope has to play soccer games in the middle of practicing? And it's a soccer-themed jive. With cleat-shaped high-heels. Oh my. While it doesn't exactly look like Hope is keeping up completely with Maks, she at least seems to be having fun. Also she's successfully moving fast. Her performance skills are actually pretty good, although they do fade in and out at times. Probably when she doesn't have to think about things, she performs well. And you've got to love a dance that ends with kissing Len's head.

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It was crisp. It was booyacatchah." "Unfortunately, you lost your timing a little bit here and there." "First out, first class."
Bruno: "I know you're fit and have got thighs that could crack a walnut, but all that power is not enough." "There is a difference between a flick and kick."
Carrie Ann: "I thought it was a great performance. You were really fun, flirtatious." "All you need to work is just a little of your upper body."

Scores: 6+7+6 = 19


Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: Well, she certainly looks the part if she's going for Marilyn. The dancing is looking pretty good, especially considering that this is the evil, scary quickstep. Overall, Kristin is also giving a pretty good performance. The one downside is her face -- there is a seriously frozen smile there. It's easing up a bit toward the end. Overall, an excellent dance, just needing a little more looseness and fun.

Judges' Comments:
Len: "You look fantastic. But, I've gotta tell you, it wasn't as good as you look." "The footwork could've been cleaner, the hold could've been stronger." "Overall, I thought it was a great improvement over last week, and well done."
Bruno: "I've been bedazzled by the blonde bombshell!" "You really have to hold your frame all the way through."
Carrie Ann: "Last week, nervous. This week, sophisticated, stunning!" "I thought it was goooorrrrgeousss!"

Scores: 8+7+7 = 22


David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Oh... Time for the over-dramatic rehearsal footage to begin! But I'm sure they got over it. It's safe to say that David has figured out his character for this dance: funny, funky and energetic. It's kind of hard to tell if he's doing a jive the way it's supposed to be done, but this is certainly an entertaining performance. As far as this untrained eye can see, he's doing well enough with the steps too. Nice!

Judges' Comments:
Len: "I'm almost speechless." "Any connection that had with the jive was purely coincidental. The technique wasn't there."
Bruno: "We told you not to hold back... and you're like a runaway train." "You lost the timing, you lost a little bit of technique... well, a lot of technique."
Carrie Ann: "Carson has some competition..." "This week, it all came out. You were loose, you were almost too loose."

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18

The audience isn't so happy about that. The audience was right. Stupid judges insisting on actual dance quality...


Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: Whoa. Impressive glasses on Val. Also, DRAMA!!! And we thought Maks was the mean Chmerkovskiy brother. Oh Val, the dictionary isn't going to do it. Elisabetta looks lovely, but she also still looks totally unsure of herself. There's also a lot of stiffness there. On the other hand, she does seem to be getting the steps right. Considering the style, that's awfully impressive. Overall, the dance is actually quite good. She just needs to look even a little bit happy out there.

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It's not great, but it was better than last week."
Bruno: "The Italian exotica is back on track!" "The pistons were pumping!"
Carrie Ann: "You totally came back and you nailed the steps. The quickstep is your dance!"

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Poor Rob has self-esteem issues! But it looks like he's having a fair amount of fun in the ballroom tonight. Rob doesn't look totally sure of himself, and the moves are wrong whenever he's standing still. But overall, the dance is fun and quick. Plus, Rob seems to have actually gotten the steps. Impressive!

Thanks to an untimely power outage, the judges' comments were lost. Sorry about that!

But Carrie Ann did declare Rob to be a better dancer than Kim.

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: Hey, it's in black and white! And now it's in color! All that means, of course, that I have no idea about the dance. And I can't say I do now, since I'm mostly looking at the costumes. Impressive costumes. That said, the dancing seems to be pretty good -- what I can see of it. At least they're having fun. It's a slightly more restrained dance than last week. but only slightly.

Judges' Comments
Len: "If I held my knife and fork like you held Anna, I'd starve to death." "The worst dancers on the show are the most fun to watch!"
Bruno: "Tonight, we had Pee Wee Herman goes to the prom!" "You can see you put a lot of work into it." "As entertainment, is great."
Carrie Ann: "I saw improvement. Yet, I'm not sure what happened to that improvement in the dance." "It had good intent, but I was concerned for Anna at times."

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18


Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Wow. We're going for another fast jive here. In this case, however, Ricki seems to be keeping up fairly well. I'm not entirely sure that this is a family-friendly dance (not in the strictest sense anyway). But it's sure a lot of fun. If Ricki were to say she was playing the part of an old-time bar lady, I'd totally believe it. That was cool!

Judges' Comments
Len: "There was a couple of steps that disturbed me a little bit -- I didn't like it!" "I would've liked a bit more jive content." "We're judging the jive here, me old sausage."
Bruno: "Let me call it as it is, Ricki. You're the first person tonight who did the flicks and kicks correctly." "You got to sit on Derek as well!"
Carrie Ann: "Best jive of the night so far!"

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23
 

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: I guess Chaz has bad knees, considering Lacey's reaction. Is that Mike Catherwood that Lacey is all over in the audience? This is a much slower dance than some -- I'm guessing this is the concession to Chaz's knees. The dance isn't much to notice, but what there is does seem to be danced well. Chaz is certainly looking cheerful anyway.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I admire your grit, your determination. And you got through it." "It was a quickstep, and I moved faster through a car wash."
Bruno: "There is a likability about you. It was like a little Ewok dancing with Princess Leia." "You've done well for the circumstances you were in."
Carrie Ann: "I think you handled it well. You know, your charm takes you so far."

Scores: 6+5+6 = 17

Those are actually pretty impressive scores, considering the dance...


Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the jive

My Comments: "Sorry Jesus, I have to curse" may be my new favorite quote from this show. Somehow that amuses me. Again, Chynna looks more like an actual dancer than many of those on the show. The dance does seem a little slower than it should, but the steps and the performance all seem just about right-on. If I have any complaint, it's that this dance doesn't seem quite as fun as some of the others. But the actual quality is super high.

Judges' Comments
Len: "It was good, but it wasn't great really. It was neat... The jive is about wow! It needed more excitement."
Bruno: "There is a sexy siren... and he's just trying to come out." "In the jive you have to give it that valawoom feel!"
Carrie Ann: "I really enjoy watching you dance." "I will say -- you're not injured right -- I kind of feel like you played it a little safe."

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: Funniest moment of the night: Watching Nancy watch Tristan prance across the floor on his own. And then the drama... Sigh. I bet she just wanted an opportunity to sit, holding hands with cute Tristan. Nancy seems to be getting the steps pretty well in the dance, but her posture seems oddly off. Maybe it's because Tristan is quite a bit taller? It was a pretty good dance though.

Ummm... Why do they keep showing people sitting silently, not clapping in what looks like the audience? That was super-weird.

Judges' Comments
Len: "How refreshing!" "That was a proper quickstep! Your posture could improve, but it was a proper quickstep!"
Bruno: "It was a bit top-heavy at times." "It really is again great, great to see you taking over the dance floor and perform."
Carrie Ann: "I definitely saw improvement." "I personally like a little more razzamatazz."

Scores: 6+8+7 = 21


J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the jive

My Comments: More black and white? This is kind of odd. At least it ended quickly. Hand clapping! That's obviously the sign of a good dance. This seems to be a different dance from what we've seen before tonight. It also seems to quite possibly be a lot better than some of the other dances. Not that I know what perfect jive steps look like, but J.R. seems to be doing the quick, precise steps with flair and precision. That was a great dance to end the night. And you can't say the guy doesn't have charisma, can you?

Judges' Comments
Len: "The problem was, what's in the label is not on the tin. I was looking for a jive and you gave me a lindy hop." "It was a great dance."
Bruno: "J.R., you're born to dance!" "Right on it, all the way through! The most satisfying overall performance of the night."
Carrie Ann: "It was great, it was fantastic -- but there was a lift!" "Other than that, that was fun."

Scores: 7+7+8 = 22

I think he should have done better. Silly judges and their strictly-ballroom rules. Oh well!

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