DWTS Week 2: Dance Recap

The men and women compete head to head for the first time this season. Director Baz Lurhmann (“Moulin Rouge”) sits in as a guest judge for Len Goodman who is currently in England this week. With only 4 days to prepare their routines, how did the pairs do this week?

Mya and Aaron Carter currently sit on top of the leader board with a two-way tie for first with a score of 27. Donny Osmond comes in at third with a score 25 and another solid performance under his belt. Injuries are starting to plague the contestants and professionals as ABC tweeted the latest injury updates. Tom DeLay has a pre-stress fracture in his foot that caused him to almost drop his partner Cheryl Burke during their Tango performance. Lacey Schwimmer despite her muscle strain injury, her and her partner Mark Dacascos turned in a solid performance which the judges went on to say that he was showing signs of becoming a great ballroom dancer. Check out Schwimmer’s vlog on Radar Online for her injury status.

In my opinion I think Mya delivered the best performance of the night. It was spunky and fun and Bruno called her “Mya the magnificent”! Both Joanna Krupa and Kelly Osbourne had a few mistakes which knocked them a little lower in the leader board this week. Although I do believe they will be able to bounce back for next week, if they are still around. My predication on who is leaving tonight is between Kathy Ireland and Chuck Liddell. Ireland improved from last week but as Carrie Ann pointed out, Ireland needs to stand out more. No offense to Chuck Liddell but he is quite scary on the dance floor and his dancing looks awkward. Find out all the pairs’ scores below and visit ABC.com to watch performances from Week 2 of “Dancing with the Stars”.

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough – Jive:
Joanna had a few missteps and it just seemed like she was just behind the beat. Perhaps the music was a little too fast and I think she would’ve done better with a slower song choice so she could get the timing right with her leg flicks.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Baz – 7, Bruno – 7 Total: 20

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo – Quickstep:
The performance had some good points but it wasn’t consistent. Natalie looked just a little stiff in her face and the judges said that she needs to relax and breathe.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 7, Baz – 7, Bruno – 7 Total: 21

Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya – Tango:
Chuck’s facials expressions were menacing. Carrie Ann said she was afraid but she enjoyed the performance. His performance was much improved from last week though.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Baz – 7, Bruno – 6 Total: 19

Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas – Jive:
Melissa was a little flat-footed but it was an energetic performance. The second half of the dance was better. The judges collectively pointed out that her steps were not there.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 7, Baz – 6, Bruno – 6 Total: 19

Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova – Quickstep:
A massive improvement from Week 1. Michael really has a wonderful personality and is quite enthusiastic. Baz said that Irvin was a natural performer. “Compared to last week…this week is a touchdown” said Carrie Ann.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 7, Baz – 7, Bruno – 6 Total: 20

Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Tango:
Kissing up to Baz much? Debi and Maks danced the tango to the “Moulin Rouge” version of “Roxanne”. Whoever sang this song during the live performance was quite dreadful. They tried to sing in some odd accent that didn’t sound right. A good solid performance though.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 7, Baz – 7, Bruno – 7 Total: 21

Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower – Jive:
Not bad but not great. Carrie Ann said that Vito seemed to have lost touch with the music and Bruno said that he can do better and has ability to do so.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Baz – 7, Bruno – 6 Total: 19

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff – Quickstep:
I believe last season it was stated that the professionals choose the music and costumes. “The Muppet Show” theme song…really? Anyway it was a good performance both technically and in terms of performance. The performance also had guest muppets Animal and Gonzo. Bruno said the performance was spectacular!
Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Baz – 9, Bruno – 9 Total: 27

Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel – Tango:
I loved the song choice! Kelly and Louis danced to “Take Me On the Floor” by The Veronicas. A few missed steps which threw off the performance a little bit but all in all alright. The judges commented that her technique is really developing. Side comment: Louis is so supportive of Kelly!
Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Baz – 7, Bruno – 6 Total: 19

Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani – Quickstep:
Kathy looked elegant and her performance was much improved from last week. Carrie Ann said that the presentation was better but still reserved. Tony seemed upset at the judges comments in regards to their hold which the judges felt was too far apart.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Baz – 6, Bruno – 6 Total: 18

Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer – Quickstep:
A very entertaining number. The beginning was a bit rough (there was a slip) but afterward it was well performed.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 7, Baz – 7, Bruno – 7 Total: 21

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin – Jive:
It was fantastic! said Baz. The choreography was great and the judges thought it was a great performance. Go Mya!
Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Baz – 9, Bruno – 9 Total: 27

Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke – Tango:
An improvement from last week, but if Tom didn’t stumble at the end of the number – it would’ve been a decent performance.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 6, Baz – 6, Bruno – 6 Total: 18

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson – Jive:
A very good performance that was fun and showed personality.
Scores: Carrie Ann – 8, Baz – 9, Bruno – 8 Total: 25

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