Dancing with the Stars The Second Duo to Go September 30 (Review)


On Dancing with the Stars, the competition is definitely heating up. The celebrities must be on their A games, or risk being eliminated next. Keyshawn Johnson and his dance partner, Sharna Burgess, were the first  two to go — which two will be the second duo to go?

It’s Hollywood Night, so the dances will all presumably be inspired by Hollywood in some way.

As with every episode of Dancing with the Stars, the show opens up with a choreographed production number with the entire cast. It was pretty impressive-looking,

The dances will include the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive, Paso Doble, Rumba, and Charleston. The couples must perform a dance style which they have not yet performed in the competition, and one couple, at the end of the program, will be eliminated.

The first couple up are Leah Remini and Tony Dovolin, and they will dance the Rumba. They are doing a terrific job — I think that the judges will give them good scores.

Len told them “I love the chemistry, it was terrific.” However, he complained that their dancing lacked enough “fluidity.”

Bruno said: “…it is so good when I see people growing and moving out of their comfort zone, I love it.”

Carrie Ann then gave her evaluation: “You turned up the steam notch to full steam ahead.”

Carrie Ann gave them an 8, as did Len and Bruno, for a total of 24. I’m guessing that that score will be high enough to make sure that they’re not eliminated this week.

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced the Quick Step, and kicked some butt — they were dancing very fast, though fluidly.

Bruno said “it is impossible and you did it.” He added: “I loved the old Hollywood; it was incredible.”

Carrie Ann said the they “nailed” the footwork, but didn’t like the “Hip Hop” part of the dance so much.

Len said that their technique was sacrificed for their speed, and stated: “You need a balance, but it was a fabulous number.”

Carrie Ann gave them a 9, Len gave them an 8, and Bruno scored them with another 9, for a total of 26! They did great, but they are two of the favorites to win the whole thing….

Two other favorites to win it all were the dancers who came next, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovsky. They danced to the song Come Fly With Me. They, also, gave an awesome performance, but I don’t know whether the judges will also think so or not.

Carrie Ann told them they “took their performance to new levels.”

Len said that their dance was “chicken soup to the eyes.” Ouch — I think that might be a bit on the boiling hot side.

Bruno stated that “you are a brilliant dancer that shows your love for dancing.”

Carrie Ann scored their dance with an 8, while Len gave them a 9, and Bruno gave them an 8, for a total of 25.

Brant Dougherty and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Quick Step, though Brant had a sprained ligament. The sang they danced to was Crazy In Love.

Len called them the “No Stress Express,” and said that “it was painless to watch, I loved it.”

Bruno told them that “The nation is going to go crazy for you, it was perfection.”

Carrie Ann said of Brant that “You are a fantastic dancer,” and added “You don’t like you were hurt at all.”

Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno gave them straight 9s! They deserved it; they performed a beautiful dance.

Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus were up next on the dance floor. They performed the Cha Cha. They looked like they did fairly well to me, but the judges disagreed.

Bruno said that the had the look “absolutely right,” but added that they “went wrong so many times, it is tough because it is a fast dance.”

Carrie Ann stated that although Valerie lost her way the whole dance, “you shine, you are a star and bring grace to the stage.” I’m not sure how both of these statements or sentiments are possible; but, that’s what she stated about their performance.

Len then told Valerie that she looked “uncomfortable, but you got through it.”

Carrie Ann gave them a measly 6, Len an even worse score of 5, and Bruno also gave them just a 5, for a total of only 16. With a low score like that, they might need the help of fans across America to prevent being voted out of the competition next week.

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater danced the Paso Doble to the theme from The Lone Ranger. Bill improved greatly, and he and Emma turned in a fantastic performance, compared with how Bill’s done previously.

Carrie Ann told Bill that he “nailed the Paso,” and that “all your moments were in sync.”

Len said that when he was a boy, he loved The Lone Ranger: “If you came out on his horse I would have given you a ten, it was your best dance!”

Bruno said that watching them was like “being in an opera house, I love it!”

The judges gave them straight 8s for a total of 24 points overall.

Amber Riley from Glee and Derek Hough danced the Charleston. Though they scored straight 9s the first week, they didn’t do nearly as well last week.

Len seemed to like their dance, saying that “It was such fun to watch, well done.”

Bruno liked it, sort of, but said that “You need to be sharper next time.”

Carrie Ann stated: “Your upper body is great, but your bottom half wasn’t banging like your top half.” Hmm…sounds sort of like an insult….

Carrie Ann gave them an 8, as did the other two judges, for a combined total of 24.

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were the next couple up. They danced the Cha Cha Cha, and I thought they gave a wonderful performance.

Bruno called their performance “cheeky,” and told Jack that he “loved the rock star opening,” but he added “Just watch your hip action.”

Carrie Ann didn’t think that highly of it, saying that “It was good, but not your best.”

Len said “I love your commitment,” but also stated that “It all had a bit too much movement.”

Carrie Ann gave them a 7, as did Len. Bruno did one better, giving them an 8, for a score of 22.

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas were next nad they danced the Charleston.

Carrie Ann enjoyed their performance, saying that “You have a dynamic range of emotion when you dance.”

Len said “I would have liked more Charleston parts but it was top notch.”

Bruno enjoyed the performance, saying that it was “so inventive, it was fantastic and visually inspiring.”

Carrie Ann and Bruno both gave the pair 9s, while Len gave them an 8, for a total of 26.

Snooki and Sasha Farber danced the Quick Step to Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. They danced very well, and might be in the competition right up until the end.

Len told them that, as this was their first ballroom dance togehter and did so well, “you have surprised me.”

Bruno also praised them, and said they’d improved since last week: “You are always on fire, the difference in a week is unbelievable.”

Carrie Ann then gave her opinion: “Tonight what you did out there blew me away,” and she also said “you deserve a star on the walk of fame.”

Carrie Ann gave them a big 9, while Len and Bruno both gave them 8s, for a total of 25.

Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein danced a Jazz dance. I didn’t think it was all that bad, but the judges didn’t give them a very high score.

Bruno said “I didn’t see any jazz, but it was entertaining.”

Carrie Ann, speaking of Bill Nye’s injured knee (he injured it last week dancing the Paso Doble) said “You have an incredible injury and I am very impressed.”

Len said that he thought “Tyne did a terrific job and Bill had guts and determination to perform with that injury.”

Carrie Ann gave them a 6, while Bruno and Len both gave them 5s, for a total of 16.

The duo of Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff are the leaders with a total of 26/30, while Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein are the cellar dwellers with a low score of 17/30. Will America’s voting pull them through yet again?

America’s votes from Week 2 will be added to the scores of the judges from Week 3. One bad performance might be enough to send any one of the couples home.

It’s looking like Bill Nye and Tyne will likely be the ones to go, but who knows?

The couples that are in danger of being sent home tonight are Bill and Tyne; Brant and Peta, and Christina and Mark.

The other couples are safe and will return next week to compete. They are sent backstage while the decision is made about which duo will be the next to go.

Brant and Peta, we learn, are safe from being eliminated this week. That just leaves two couples –Christina and Mark will be staying, and Bill Nye and Tyne are the second duo to go.

It’s perhaps for the best, as Bill’s knee is still hurting him. He tells his fans thanks, and that’s the end of another episode of Dancing with the Stars.

Who will be eliminated next week? Do you think that Bill and Tyne should have been voted off this week, or one of the other couples? Leave your comments below, please.

Written by: Douglas Cobb