The first couple has been kicked off during week two of the 17th season of ABC's “Dancing with the Stars.”
Remember, the show is now once a week, mashing together both the dance night and elimination in a two-hour bonanza. The couple that gets eliminated Monday night is the couple who got the least judge and viewer votes on last Monday’s season premiere.
But before the elimination, we get the dances of Week 2, starting with actress Elizabeth Berkley and Val doing a samba. She looks the part of a Latin seductress and her footwork is sharp. There’s a lot of content and fast moves, but Elizabeth doesn’t miss a beat. Judge Len Goodman calls her Queen Elizabeth. Judge Bruno Tonioli says he’s coming down with scarlet fever (because she’s wearing a red dress – get it?!). Judge Carrie Ann Inaba calls her a sensuous dancer in control of her body. Score: 25 out of 30.
Remember, the stars now sit on the dance floor next to the judges – what host Tom Bergeron calls the “glitter pit.”
I also see the show let co-host Brooke Burke on the dance floor this week, and not just relegated to the balcony. And we get our first mention of pro dancer Derek Hough’s new Emmy win for choreography.
Next, singer Christina Milian and Mark have a paso doble. Christina does a good job adapting to Mark’s intense choreography, which fits well with Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” She also demonstrates great transition from sharp, hard moves to being slinky. Bruno says she put her stamp on the dance. Carrie Ann says she was on fire. Len says she maintained the character of the dance. Score: 25.
Comedian Bill Engvall and Emma get to jive. Her strategy is to out-jive golden boy Derek (contain your laughter.) Their routine is lighthearted with plenty of moves, but not a lot of the quick kicks we expect in a jive. Bill simply does not look as fast as her. But they are fun to watch, like some sort of father-daughter jive. Carrie Ann calls it entertaining. Len jokes, “From a distance, I could have sworn you were Derek.” Bruno says it had real performance value. Score: 21.
TV reality star Jack Osbourne and Cheryl have a rumba. He seems like a different person in the ballroom: very graceful and controlled. It’s obvious he’s pushing himself (especially doing the splits – ouch). Len says Jack had great control. Bruno says his progress in Week 2 is unbelievable. Carrie Ann says his presence is otherworldly. Score: 24.
ESPN host Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna samba. It starts with that thing where the pro dances around the star, who does nothing. When Keyshawn starts moving, he has more confidence and fluidity than last week. But he still looks like he’s dancing at rehearsal speed. And almost drops her at the end. Bruno says Keyshawn went for it. Keyshawn calls the show experience amazing and nearly starts to cry. What a gentle giant. He credits Sharna with making him feel comfortable enough to do this. (Remember the magical effect she had on Andy Dick last season?) Carrie Ann says his confidence is up. Len says it’s better than last week. Score: 18.
“Jersey Shore” resident Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha do a rumba. She comes out strong, dancing several beats alone before he joins. Snooki just seems go to into a zone while dancing. She’s very enchanting. Carrie Ann says it was pretty, but she didn’t feel the emotion. Len also calls it pretty, but says it should have flowed more. Score: 20. Odd - felt higher.
She tweeted, “Thank you all so much for your amazing comments and support !!! Love you all! Xoxoxo❤️❤️ @snooki .”
TV actress Leah Remini and Tony have a samba. She channels a wild animal for this one. Leah has a good performance with energy, but her hip movements are not as dramatic as Tony’s. But Len says Leah was working her hips. Bruno asks, “Who is this saucy Latin beauty?” then clarifies he does not mean Tony. Carrie Ann says Leah unleashed her samba goddess. Will the world be safe? Score: 24.
Science Guy Bill Nye and Tyne have a paso doble. He’s rocking some George Washington wig and pretends to compose Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. What a far out performance. Bill’s control is good and his furious, jerky moves work well for his tortured composer character. Again, the crowd cheers his name. Bruno says Bill stepped up. Carrie Ann says Bill is working with what he’s got. Len enjoyed the fun Bill put into it. Score: 17.
Ever scientific, Bill tweeted, “Heart rate is elevated, perspiration evident... it must be #DWTS .”
It’s at this point we learn that Len will not be with us the whole season, due to his TV judging commitments across the pond. We’ll get a couple guest judges, including former pro