Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 results
(S04E03) I'm always amazed at just how much programming ABC is able to mine from Dancing With The Stars. The performance recap show that led up to the live results show was another good example. Not that there's anything wrong with it. I'm guessing that when the numbers come in that recap show will do two, if not three, times as many viewers as George Lopez and According To Jim would in the same slot.
But the amazing ability of DWTS to fill the programming schedule isn't why we are here. It's time to send one of the teams packing. After the usual schedule of events, of course. Laila and Maksim got the encore with their mambo. That wouldn't have been my choice, but it's a good one. It was one of the highlights of the week two performances.
After that, they got right to revealing the first two safe couples. Heather & Jonathan, and Clyde & Elena will both be back next week. Dionne Warwick came out next to sing "I say a little prayer" while the pros danced. Dionne still sounds great, and it was nice to see Anna Trebunskaya on the show again.
The audience comments segment is back this year, with the usual celebrity cameos. Among them were Sela Ward, Brian Austin Green, Chuck Woolery, and Robbie Williams, who took a shot at Leeza Gibbons. Then, two more couples got the good news. Ian & Cheryl and Laila & Maksim will also return.
Next week, half of the couples will be doing the jive. Eight of the pros came out to perform an exhibition, showing once again just how great they all are at what they do. As often happens, the pro performance was the best part of the show. It was worlds better than Jimmy Kimmel's bit to explain the tango, the other dance featured next week.
Samantha stumbled her way through reading names off of a card as they revealed the first couple in the bottom two. If it was something like Trebunskaya, I could understand, but how do you mispronounce Paulina? That's live TV I guess. Paulina and Alec are in the bottom two. Dionne came back to sing "Do you know the way to San Jose."
The behind the scenes footage was next, with an ominous quote from Shandi saying, "I do not want to be the first one going home." That was where I got a little nervous for Shandi. After the performances, I thought she was safe to get through for another week. But after reading all of the comments from TV Squad readers, it was clear that not everyone is as fond of Shandi as I am. Add in that typical reality show editing and things weren't looking good for the cute blond from the game show network.
Trista, Kenny, and Tucker all returned to talk about being the first one kicked off. One more trip to the spotlights revealed that Joey & Kym, Apollo & Julianne, John & Edyta, Leeza & Tony, and Billy Ray & Karina, were all safe. That left Shandi & Brian in the bottom two with Paulina & Alec.
In the end, Paulina & Alec were sent home. She was very gracious in praising the other couples and I think she came out of the whole thing looking very good. You could certainly make a case that someone else should have been cut, but that's the nature of the show. You never know what is going to happen with the fan vote. Erin will be back next Monday with week three, the jive and the tango.