Dancing with the Stars: Week 2
by Michael Pascua, posted Mar 17th 2009 2:14AM
(S08E02) - "We all know what Bruno wants." - Chuck
The show was a little off this week with the random sound cue during Ty's judging, the frozen video with Lawrence, the new judges paddles and Steve-O, but the performances were a lot better than last week. Most of the weaker dancers improved, and the rest basically stayed in the same scoring bracket. After the jump, an overall look at all the performances.
Holly & Dmitry (Quickstep) – In our little practice segment, we learn that Holly has a life mantra: "Every day is a Holly day." Their dancing seems odd; basically, she is dragged around. I will say that purple is a flattering color on her.
Len thought that Holly's top half and bottom half weren't connected, probably because her bust was popped forward. Bruno paralleled her to running to catch the bus. Carrie Ann appreciated the eagerness to learn, but she was a doll dragged around the dance floor. She needs to be an equal partner for Dmitry. Score: 18 (6, 6, 6) Combined: 36
David & Kym (Salsa) – The package shows a lot of unsuccessful spinning, but the actual performance succeeds because Kym did most of the spins. His face still bothers me. He also has trouble with his bottom half.
Bruno pointed out the bad footwork and bad timing. Carrie Ann didn't like the lack of musicality. Len thought Kym did all the work. Score: 17 (6, 5, 6) Combined: 36
Denise & Maksim (Quickstep) – Maks sees potential, so he works Denise hard; he tries to adjust her posture and her arm placement. Denise's feet are lost in the beginning, and she automatically loses points for dancing to any Grease song. She ends stronger than she began.
Carrie Ann says she improved from last week and found elegance and strength. Len also liked the improvement. Bruno thought she used her tools to her advantage, but she did stumble. While Tom talks to the audience, Maks dares Denise to goose Tom and she does. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7) Combined: 39.
Belinda & Jonathan (Salsa) – Belinda didn't understand how much emotion goes into the show. She has to parallel when she could let herself go with the Go-Gos. She starts off on two chairs with two guys awkwardly staring at her. I hope they know her. Her shakes are really slow and boring. She does attempt a handstand to end the dance.
Len saw fun and exuberance, but didn't see any hip action. Bruno appreciated that she let her hair down, but her timing and rhythm needs to be sharper. Bruno tries to dance and Tom gets a paddle (the one) and holds it up. Carrie Ann saw that it lacked grace since her legs weren't together. Score: 18 (6, 6, 6) Combined: 35
Ty & Chelsie (Quickstep) – I love Chelsie's teaching skills. She keeps positive and wants Ty to be happy when he performs. She makes sure he has a smile on his face. Millions of wrinkles emerge on Ty's face. She helped create a routine that he can handle. Although Ty hopped around too much, Chelsie did a great mix of spins and splits to end the dance.
Carrie Ann is proud of him; she appreciates his holds. Bruno makes some bull riding reference and also likes his posture. Len calls him a butterfly compared to last week's caterpillar. Score: 20 (7, 6, 7) Combined: 34
Shawn & Mark (Salsa) – Last week had maturity but this performance needed sass. Like many 17-year-olds she's nervous about hip action. She needs to be less rigid. Mark uses visual techniques to teach her. The salsa seems good, but she lacks in the booty. I'm sure she'll fallback on her splits and gymnastic flips each week.
Bruno wants more naughtiness. Len thought it was a little too precise. Carrie Ann loved the sharp turns and spots. Score: 24 (8, 8, 8) Combined: 47
Steve & Karina (Quickstep) – Steve's optimism is his biggest asset. He had some trouble with his left foot and after an MRI, he needs a walking cast. The boa returns from last week. The footwork is slightly there. It's a little awkward for the ending, but I'm sure Kathy Griffin didn't mind.
Len loves Buddy Holly so he automatically gets a point (Len gives a score of five, meaning he gave them a four? Ouch). There was fun, but there was no dance. Carrie Ann enjoys watching him from week to week. She points out that he should work on his arms and his endurance. Bruno parallels him to Wall-E: rusty, but charming. Score: 17 (6, 5, 6) Combined: 30
Chuck & Julianne (Samba) – Chuck makes a strangling joke and I believe that it's in bad taste. He's embarrassed when he's around Julianne. He decides to channel Derek and dance more femininely. I've never gotten used to Julianne's performances in pants, but I guess I'm a purist. They grind quite close and show good chemistry.
Bruno thought it was a waste since Julianne did all the work. Len didn't think Chuck sold the dance. Carrie Ann saw potential, but there wasn't even enough basic steps to call it a salsa. Score: 20 (6, 7, 7) Combined: 40
Lawrence & Edyta (Quickstep) – Lawrence is nervous, but he really pushes himself hard in practices; often cursing at himself. In his dance, he dances a little slow, but it's smooth. He lifts Edyta at the end, but I don't think Carrie Ann noticed.
Carrie Ann thought it was smooth and graceful. Bruno loved the competitor in him. Len saw that he coped well and compares dancing to golf. Score: 20 (7, 6, 7) Combined: 36
Steve-O & Lacey (Salsa) – He wanted to do lots of stunts and tricks (he calls it a Steve-O Salsa). He has a lot of back problems, and he injured himself during the rehearsals. They decide to show the dress rehearsals which were quite messy and everywhere. Lacey tries her best to make it look like a salsa.
Len felt sorry for Steve-O because there wasn't any of the adrenaline. It just wasn't a salsa. Bruno liked the madness, but felt bad for the unfortunate events. He also wants more salsa. Carrie Ann thought the unnecessary moves resulted in him getting hurt. Score: 14 (5, 4, 5) Combined: 31
Lil Kim & Derek (Quickstep) – Kim knows that she has to be prim and proper, but she shows Derek her hooker dances. She wants to prove how elegant she could be, and while she dances, she has this dumb look on her face. It's very mannequin. Most of her steps are there.
Bruno thought that she "blinged" well. She was too far on her holds. Carrie Ann loved the connection of Kim's body and Derek's choreography. Len liked the lack of shyness, but there wasn't enough quality. Score: 23 (8, 7, 8) Combined: 44
Melissa & Tony (Salsa) – I now know who I want on Dancing With the Stars: Fran Drescher. The package tries to convince America that cheerleading and ballet aren't synonyms for ringer. There some intricate arm movements, but they do the same through-the-leg move that Lacey did, so I'm assuming that it's a salsa move.
Carrie Ann thought it was slamming. Len was gyrating in his seat. Bruno thought it was a flavorful, juicy salsa. Score: 26 (9, 8, 9) Combined: 49
Gilles & Cheryl (Quickstep) – Gilles needs to shift the sexiness from last week to maturity this week. He separated his shoulder, but they don't use a lot of arm in ballroom (Latin is a different story). The whole performance is themed to Superman/Kryptonite. There is great use of the stage. He makes a few funny faces, but ends by sliding and ripping his shirt to reveal a "Super Gilles" costume.
Len thought that he might have been a one-hit wonder, but he proved Len wrong. Bruno loved the mix of French class and American flair. Carrie Ann pointed out the ladies were swooning. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9) Combined: 51
Tomorrow, the bottom two (combined votes, I believe) will perform again to try to improve their scores. I'm assuming that David and Belinda will be in the bottom two, since both Steves should get sympathy/Cloris votes. David is definitely doing the Quickstep again. I think that Belinda should do her Waltz. Also, Jewel will perform and probably continue to glare from the sidelines.