'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Week 2 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Week 2 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Could anything possibly be better than the dancing we saw in the Dancing with the Stars season 14 premiere last week? Let's hope so, because all 12 DWTS celebrities are back to take to the dance floor again. Who will keep up the good work? Who will stumble first? Keep reading to find out!

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For week 2, the dancing styles shift quite a bit -- and speed up a whole lot. The DWTS performers will dance either the jive or the quickstep and will have their scores/votes from last week added to this week's winnings. And then tomorrow, someone will be the first Dancing with the Stars season 14 elimination.

Here's the rundown:

1. Katherine and Mark -- 26 points -- Jive
1. Jaleel and Kym -- 26 points -- Jive
3. William and Cheryl -- 24 points -- Quickstep
4. Gladys and Tristan -- 23 points -- Quickstep
4. Jack and Anna -- 23 points -- Jive
4. Sherri and Val -- 23 points -- Jive
4. Roshon and Chelsie -- 23 points -- Quickstep
8. Maria and Derek -- 21 points -- Quickstep
8. Donald and Peta -- 21 points -- Quickstep
10. Martina and Tony -- 20 points -- Jive
10. Melissa and Maks -- 20 points -- Quickstep
10. Gavin and Karina -- 20 points -- Jive

That's a lot of ties. So tonight is extra important!

Forget anything from last week? Remind yourself with our Dancing with the Stars season 14 premiere recap!

And now... Let's get to the dancing!

What did Carrie Ann Inaba think of the DWTS premiere? Find out in BuddyTV's exclusive interview.

If you believe the clip package that the beginning of this episode, I think we can look forward to a whole bunch of violence tonight. Woo!

Probably it will just be dancing though. Dancing is cool too.

Want to know how everyone did? Check out our performance rankings here!



First up, we get the Disney kid (I love that they just call him that)...

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: Chelsie is cute. I need more personality from Roshon. But you can't argue with his dancing skills. He knows how to dance. Even when it's not a dance he knows how to do, Roshon looks good. He's also very fast. This is a good thing for the quickstep. Not only was this a good dance technically (as far as a non-expert like me can tell), it was a lot of fun to watch.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I liked it! Good movement, loved the Charleston." "It was young, it was fresh, and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Bruno: "Pert, alert, precise, traditional, but yet you have that cheeky swagger, that green that I find absolutely delicious!"
Carrie Ann: "You turned that swagger into sophistication and elegance."

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26

That's a good start to the night.
 

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the jive

My Comments: I really hope the jive doesn't kill Sherri. I like her.

I think the spotlights have taken over. Can't actually see an awful lot of the beginning. You've got to hand it to Sherri -- she really knows how to have fun out there. And she's going for it. There seem to be some actual steps that look a little off, but the overall moves and musicality are a lot of fun and look good.

Judges' Comments
Len: "You felt good, the audience felt good, I felt good." "I love watching you."
Bruno: "You know how to work on that magnificent equipment! Shake, rattle and roll!!!"
Carrie Ann: "Sherri Shepherd, I am in love with you." "This is when confidence can take you past mistakes."

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23

I think Len took his happy pills this morning.

Unrelated note: What exactly is Brooke Burke-Charvet wearing? I think there's a piece missing...


Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: Melissa Gilbert dated Billy Idol? That's random. Also, I'd be interested to see Maks cry.

It might be the skirt, but Melissa looked a little messy at the beginning. The slower steps definitely look good, but the faster stuff seems a bit off. There could have been a stumble while dancing up the stairs. The flow just isn't there in this dance the way it was in the previous performances. Not bad -- just not as good as the others.

Also, "Dancing with Myself" is an odd choice for ballroom dancing.

Judges' Comments
Len: "It all started off really well for me... As the dance went on, you lost a bit of energy." "A tad hectic for me and a little bit loose."
Bruno: "When you tighten up, I can see the thought process." "I thought you coped very, very well with a difficult dance."
Carrie Ann: "You recovered well. And I actually liked your performance better after you slipped."

Scores: 7+6+7 = 20

Wow. I'm totally pre-calling the scores in my head at this point. Oh, judges... You're getting predictable!


Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the jive

My Comments: These are strange colors on the dancers. I don't know if I'm believing Jack's jive the way I believed his foxtrot last week. That's not to say that there's anything wrong with it -- certainly not in the dancing anyway. Maybe it's just his attitude not matching the dance and style. At the same time, it's quite fast and energetic. Not bad at all!

Judges' Comments
Len: "I liked the content, I liked the attitude, I liked your energy." "I think they're of an acceptable standard to get you through to next week."
Bruno: "This song was so fast, and quite a few times you lost it -- it wasn't quite on the beat."
Carrie Ann: "The problem with this dance was, I think you just over-danced it." "You are really fun to watch, Jack!"

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: I love Gladys' dress. Love it! So pretty... Anyway, dancing. Or maybe just some closeups on trumpet players. The beginning looks awfully flow-y for a quickstep. Or maybe that's just the lighting making it impossible to see feet. This quickstep is definitely slower than some of the others. Pretty and charming, yes. But not too fast. Also, the music totally doesn't work. That may be where some of the possible stumbling came in...

Judges' Comments
Len: "As much as I admire you, I didn't really 100 percent appreciate the dance tonight."
Bruno: "I love your natural feel for the music, and your connection with Tristan." "You have to be careful about your frame, Gladys."
Carrie Ann: "You were extremely light on your feet..." "I felt it was a little too casual for the quickstep... You were just all gazing into Tristan's eyes..."

Scores: 7+5+7 = 19

I guess Len's happy pills wore off.


Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Dancing the jive

My Comments: I kind of like that Katherine is as bashful as I would be on this show. It probably won't endear her to the audience, but it works OK for me. And hey! They're shooting craps! That's a random beginning. And however distracting the slot-machine dance floor is, I'm liking this dance. It's fast, it looks good, and it honestly bears no resemblance to the shy girl we see when Katherine talks. This woman is not a dancer? How is that possible exactly?

Are judges' faces a jackpot? Or is that a bust?

Judges' Comments
Len: "You can also do this full-on dancing." "The middle section wasn't really my cup of tea -- a little wild and wacky."
Bruno: "The blonde bombshell is unleashed!" "I know sexy when I see it. And you've got it." "That's how you do flicks. That's how you do it!"
Carrie Ann: "Goodness! I'm all hot and bothered by that one." "Damn good choreography!"

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26


Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Soda fountain in this one. Impressive props this week. This is a far more innocent-seeming jive than the last one. Totally G-rated. In a '50s sort of way, it's quite good. Very peppy and fun, throughout, even if the energy seems a little lower than in some of the other dances.

Judges' Comments
Len: "It lacked real attack and speed, really." "There wasn't a crispness about it. It wasn't sharp." "It wasn't terrible. I'm not saying it's terrible."
Bruno: "I loved the concept very much." "Your performances are always very well-thought." "I really, really enjoyed it."
Carrie Ann: "Fantastic performance. It was solid. It just didn't have that sparkle."

Scores: 7+7+8 = 22


Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: "Bonnie and Clyde" quickstep? Is someone going to get gunned down? That would be different. And The Hunger Games is rather big right now... Alas, the budget must have run out, because the car is just on a screen and not real. At least they have raccoon masks.

Although I'm not sure the masks were a good idea, since it makes it harder to get personality from Maria. This is definitely better than last week though -- the energy is good and Maria looks like she knows what she's doing. Plus, they dropped money on the judges at the end. That's always a good choice.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I would have liked more body contact, but after last week, this is an improvement."
Bruno: "That frame! Where does it come from? That's a frame you can frame!" "It was near perfection -- except you lost a step."
Carrie Ann: "That is what we're looking for when we talk about frame and hold." "In the middle there, you just kind of got out of sync." "Huge improvement!"

Scores: 8+8+9 = 25


Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Cute! They match in rehearsals!

Sexing up Len is always a good way to start. Unfortunately it was followed by Martina messing up some steps. She did get back on, but this dance is proceeding at a much slower pace than most of the jives tonight. Martina seems more than a little awkward in this dance. But sexing up all of the judges at the end was good!

Judges' Comments
Len: "You made an old man happy at the start." "It was too neat and too precise."
Bruno: "Oh my darling, I think that serve went into the net." "When you let your hair down, and when you relaxed and enjoyed, it was good."
Carrie Ann: "I loved the approach to this routine." "It was a little slow on the jive."

Scores: 6+5+6 = 17

So did they give the wrong number for Maria and Derek before? That kind of sucks for them. Not so great for Martina and Tony, getting someone else's number posted on top of them.

And considering the bad scores, they're going to need all of the votes they can get.


Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: That beginning was somehow sexy in its sweetness. And I know they're technically not skipping in this dance, but the entire attitude makes me think of happy skipping. It's possibly the happiest, sunniest dance we've seen all night and it's great.

Judges' Comments
Len: "That performance was up there with the best I've seen tonight." "I apologize -- I under-marked you." (on last week's scores)
Bruno: "You've taken our comments on board, and like a true sportsman, you've came back and proven us wrong."
Carrie Ann: "You were working Peta across the dance floor... Nice."

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24


Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Motorcycle? Loving the props tonight... In terms of attitude this is a much better dance for Gavin than last week's foxtrot. He may even be dancing better than before. We're not talking the best dancer of the night, but he's far from the worst in this. Gavin actually seems to be having fun in this dance, playing the motorcycle-guy part with gusto.

Judges' Comments
Len: "I liked the feel of the dance, I liked your attitude... For me, this is an improvement on last week."
Bruno: "Leather does wonders for you... And for me." "You messed up a lot of your kicks and flicks."
Carrie Ann: "You're definitely on the edge and pushing your boundaries." "You really went for it!"

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the quickstep

My Comments: OK... Odd, old-timey beginning. But at least it ended quickly. The quickstep isn't odd at all. It looks like a lot of fun. Very bouncy and fast. William does love that dance floor and performing. I don't think the audience minds either. Even if he is fully-clothed this week.

Judges' Comments
Len: "Your frame started great..." "It was good. Not great." (drowned out by boos)
Bruno: "Even fully-clothed, you have the ability to dazzle." "You remind me of The Artist."
Carrie Ann: "William, you know how to turn up the heat in this ballroom." "You're like the Harry Connick, Jr. of the ballroom!"

Scores: 9+7+9 = 25

And that's it for the second week of Dancing with the Stars season 14! Did you think the dancing improved? Was the premiere better? Who was the best? The worst? Share your comments below!

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