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Dancing with the Stars: Week 2

by Brett Love, posted Mar 27th 2007 2:30AM
Apollo Ohno, Julianne Hough(S04E02) Two weeks in and I have to say that this is a pretty good group of contestants. The new format with two weeks of performances before the first elimination was a good idea. Sometimes a contestant just doesn't handle a particular dance well, so it's nice to see them get a second shot. Lots of contestants, so a lot to cover. Let's get to it.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough (Quick Step) - At its base, the show is about the "Stars." The partners certainly factor in though, and I continue to be impressed with Julianne. She might be just 18 years old, but she carries herself as well as any of the other pros. It doesn't hurt that she is absolutely adorable either. Apollo has officially impressed me now. I didn't have high expectations for him coming in, but he really shows the potential to be a contender. Len said Apollo is going to stay for weeks and weeks. Bruno called it cool, fresh, young, and exciting. Carrie Ann was impressed with the footwork and sync. High praise all around, and deservedly so. The scores, (8, 9, 9) I like that score. A great start to the night.

Shandi FinnesseyShandi Finnessey and Brian Fortuna (Mambo) - I have to confess, I'm a Shandi fan because of her show on the game show network. That could play in here because personality counts, and if you have seen that show, she is a very funny, engaging, personality. If she can get over the hump with the dancing, those qualities could really pay off. Their performance was good, but Shandi still looks like she isn't quite getting the performance aspect of the contest. Her footwork was improved, her splits were impressive, and she clearly has an amazing body. What was missing was the passion and intensity of the mambo. Carrie Ann didn't think there was anything special about it. Len praised her footwork, but is critical of how she sold the performance. Bruno thought her performance suffered while she was worrying about the footwork. The scores, (6, 7, 7). I thought that was a little low. It should also be noted that Shandi wins the best dressed award of the night.

Clyde Drexler and Elena Grinenko (Quick Step) - Clyde's a good guy, but at this point it seems like he is lacking a bit of the personality that made Jerry and Emmit shine. He's just a little more reserved. There's nothing wrong with that, unless you are in a contest that features fan voting. Elena looked great in that blue dress. It was a pretty impressive dance. She tried to get Clyde a little further out of his shell, but he didn't really look comfortable doing it. Bruno praised Clyde's movement. Carrie Ann called it very smooth. Len thought they overcame a lot of their limitations. The scores, (6, 6, 6). I would have scored Clyde closer to Shandi, so that one seemed a little low to me.

Leeza Gibbons and Tony Dovolani (Mambo) - After her nervous performance last week, I was worried about how Leeza would handle the mambo. Half of the battle is in the attitude. She did an admirable job with the dance, but it looked like she was having a goof instead of actually trying to perform. She also suffered from not being quite as adept at finishing the moves as some of the other girls. She is 50 though, so props to her. Len thought it was precise, but a little careful. Bruno called it a proper mambo, but also didn't care for the performance of it. Carrie Ann called it fantastic. The scores, (7, 7, 7). That was high. I thought both Shandi and Clyde were better.

Ian Ziering, Cheryl BurkeIan Ziering and Cheryl Burke (Quick Step) - Ian really impressed me last week. Based on that performance, and considering that he has Cheryl for a partner, I think it's a safe bet that he will be around for a while. They had another nice performance. Great footwork, and they really do work well together. Cheryl has a legitimate chance at the three-peat. Carrie Ann called it solid. Len agreed and added a couple pointers. Bruno also criticized his frame and called Ian a bunny rabbit. The scores, (7, 8, 7). Fair enough.

Paulina Porizkova and Alec Mazo (Mambo) - Paulina is really likable in her interviews, and I think that will serve her well. Her performance was very similar to Leeza's in that she did a nice dance, but also failed to really grasp the performance aspect of it. She should get a little bonus for the death drop at the end. Bruno liked her grace and elegance. Carrie Ann liked her extension. Len thought it could have been a little more raunchy. The scores, (7, 7, 7). I like that score.

Billy Ray Cyrus, Karina SmirnoffBilly Ray Cyrus and Karina Smirnoff (Quick Step) - Billy Ray really benefited from the new two performance start. Had they made a decision after last week, I think he would have been gone. He really was that bad last week. The second time was something of a charm though, as this was actually a pretty good showing. He still looks very out of place and you can tell how hard he has to concentrate, but he really sold it with that little solo bit at the end. That, and the possible power of Disney fans, may have saved him. Len thought it started rough, but finished strong. Bruno said he has gone from a bear to a southern gentleman. Carrie Ann voted Billy Ray the most improved. The scores, (7, 7, 7). That's a bit high, but good for Billy Ray improving.

Heather Mills and Jonathan Roberts (Mambo) - Last week Heather overcame her physical disability, and this week she overcame her fashion disability. That dress last week really was horrible, wasn't it? In what became a continuing theme, Heather also struggled to get the performance of the mambo. However, she was very good technically with the steps, and the back walk over was very impressive. Any concerns that her leg may hold her back in the competition should be put to rest now. Carrie Ann was blown away by the difficulty. Len called it absolutely great. Bruno called her red hot Heather. The scores, (8, 8, 8). Fair enough.

John Ratzenberger, Edyta SilwinskaJohn Ratzenberger and Edyta Sliwinska (Quick Step) - I think Edyta hit it on the nose when she said that John is going to get by on his charisma. That can carry a contestant far.The thing is, John did a pretty solid job with the dancing too. I don't harbor any delusions that John is going to shock us all and win it all, but I think he'll hang around a while and do well for himself. For a guy that is "that old," as he puts it, he really moves quite well. Edyta was as solid as ever. Bruno thought he got the character just right. Carrie Ann liked the pizazz. Len called it a great performance. The scores, 7 - 7 - 7. I'll take that.

Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Mambo) - Billy Ray may have been the most improved this week. But Laila was the one that most impressed me. I wasn't a huge fan of her performance last week, but her mambo was great. More than any of the other ladies, she really got the mambo. I worry that she may be the contestant that is hampered by the fan vote, but so far she is doing well for herself. Len called it the best mambo of the night. Bruno said she was simply irresistible. Carrie Ann thought it was hot hot hot.The scores (9, 9, 9). They were great, but that's maybe a tad high.

Joey Fatone; Kym JohnsonJoey Fatone and Kym Johnson (Quick Step) - "You're not frickin Mary Poppins." That's what makes Joey dangerous. I think we all assumed he would handle the dancing, given his background. But I didn't realize that he was going to be so charismatic. He's funny and charming, and it's hard not to root for the guy. That will carry a team far in this competition. Another great performance. Great dancing, coupled with performance that is a step above. Joey continues to be the leader in the clubhouse. Carrie Ann said Joey had the complete package. Len mentioned a couple funny foot things, but thought it was very strong. Bruno said it was great. The scores, (8, 8, 8). That was low.

Best of the night: Joey and Kym

Who's going home? Unlike the last couple years, it's not completely obvious who should be the first cut. I would really like to see if he could improve more, and I am curious to see if that Disney vote makes a difference, but I don't think Billy Ray did enough to overcome that dreadful first week.

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verily

Would have been nice to see a picture of the BEST: Laila and Maks! :)
Verily

April 04 2007 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peggy

Heather and Jonathan did great tonight please i like them to stay it was well done
peggy

April 02 2007 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lgjsj1417

Ithink Heather needs to go all she want is people to feel sorry for her and yet she wants paul's money he had made long before she came along ,BOO for her

April 01 2007 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tigg

I love Billy Ray.
I think Cheryl needs to go I'm tired of seeing her and her dance moves.
I agree Clyde,Lezza&Shandi need to go next because their dances aren't that good.

Apollo is doing good at his dances. Joey at times acts like a dork.
I think the next person who should go is going to be Laila, Clyde, Lezza,or Shandi. I hope its Laila because she thinks she is so wonderful.
If Billy Ray loses then I won't watch the rest of the show. I'm only watching because I love Billy Ray.

March 31 2007 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol

I think it's obvious that the show is PUSHING for Laila to win (just like they did with Stacey Kiebler). Laila is okay. I think she has a great personality and is very pretty and a good dancer and seems to be someone who would be great to hang out with, but honestly she's not the end all of dancers as the judges and press would have you believe. Heather and everyone else just needs to get over the leg thing, I am SO sick and tired of hearing about that - it's as if she's the first and only person in the world to have a prosthetic leg (let it go). I simply can't stand her. Clyde, Leeza and Shandi need to go - can't dance; This show needs to be between Apollo, Joey and Lailah (and Billy IF he continues to improve - his personality makes me want to vote for him whether he does a good job or not - but I restrain myself - I just love him). Thus far, I'm torn between Apollo and Joey. I just think they are FAR better than Lailah and the others. Also, I'm just tired of Cheryl. I really liked her until this year and now I have seen all of her moves and I keep seeing the same ones over and over and I'm just done with her. Notice I didn't mention Ian? He needs to go because he's so mediocre that he doesn't even inspire love OR hatred. Same goes for John. Oh, and I absoluetly agree - FIRE WHOMEVER DRESSES HEATHER! Judging from the total lack of taste, I'd say they must be a Paul McCartney fan).

March 29 2007 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maureen

The dancing is fun to watch. It adds an elegance to our otherwise fast pace lifestyle. For me, the elegance is diminished when I see large initials on coattails or guitars across the back of a tux. I reduced points for both Joey and Billie.

March 28 2007 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tigg

next week don't vote for laila vote for billy ray

March 28 2007 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tigg

I think Billy Ray improve the best from last week.
The scores the judges gave Billy and Karina 7-7-7-was a little bit low I think they should have gotting 9-9-9-.

I just hope people will vote of Laila she thinks she is wonderful just because he father was a boxer and her dances were not the best. The judges scores for laila was too high 9-9-9- they should have gotten a 4-1-2. not 9-9-9. I think the judges have a fixes on laila. because he father was a processional boxer.

March 28 2007 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BETTYEJ

Laila and Apolo are smoking!

March 28 2007 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BETTYEJ

I think that Laila and Apolo are hot! They dance good together and so far are the best.

March 28 2007 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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