Week 2 has arrived! Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet are back for more competition alongside judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. This week, the all-stars performed either the jive or the quickstep.
First up, Melissa and Tony danced their jive. The choreography was very cute, but Melissa’s kicks were not sharp enough and I’m not sure the dance had enough punch to it. Len loved it, Bruno didn’t care for her arms, and Carrie Ann thought the choreography was great. She received a 23.5 out of 30.
The first quickstep performance was performed by Bristol and Mark. The country themed dance was the cutest! She didn’t seem as shy as she normally does, and Mark did a fabulous job putting together country line dancing and the quickstep. Possibly her best dance ever. The judges thought she wasn’t in hold enough, and when she was, the frame wasn’t good. She also messed up by breaking hold in the middle which is against the rules. They received an 18 out of 30, which may get them sent home this week.
Helio and Chelsie performed their jive next, and it was really good. Nothing fantastic or spectacular, but a very good, solid jive. The judges thought it was fabulous overall, but his knees went a bit high during the dance. They received a 23 out of 30.
Speed skater, Apolo Ohno, and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, took on the quickstep this week. Their footwork was impeccable, and they already had a leg up on Bristol and Mark because their holds were correct. The judges thought he was wonderful, and that it was very well done. They received a 24.5 out of 30.
Then, Sabrina and Louis danced their quickstep. After getting hurt in practice, Sabrina did well but it looked to me that her smile was forced as if she were smiling through the pain. The judges loved it, and they received a 26 out of 30.
The next jive was performed by Kirstie and Maks. After receiving the second lowest score last week, this week was an improvement although it was nearly as fast as the rest of the jives tonight. The judges liked it, but Carrie Ann thought that if they go forward, they need to be more in sync as partners. They received a 21 out of 30.
Emmitt and Cheryl then performed their quickstep, and they stayed consistent this week with yet another good performance. The judges thought his upper body was lacking and that they lost timing. They received a 22.5 out of 30.
After Emmitt and Cheryl, Drew and Anna took on the jive. While very fast paced and had nice footwork, it sometimes looked a bit haphazard. The judges thought it was very powerful, but he needed work on his feet. They also received a 22.5 out of 30.
Next up, Joey and Kym performed their quickstep. The dance was quirky and fun with a Charlie Chaplin theme, but it wasn’t that memorable and may not keep them around after this week. The judges thought he made a bunch of mistakes but was very entertaining. They were the third team in a row to receive a 22.5 out of 3.
Former gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner, Derek Hough, took their turn next and performed a jive. I think they’re definite frontrunners and I would not be surprised if they won the entire thing. The judges thought it was just enough jive, great, and were dubbed the “All-Stars Sweethearts.” They received a 25 out of 30.
Season 1 winner, Kelly Monaco, and Maks’s brother, Val, also danced the quickstep this week. There was some seriously complicated footwork, but she handled it very well. The judges noticed some mistakes, and thought she needed to extend her arms and have better holds. They received a 22 out of 30.
Last on the floor, Gilles and Peta danced their version of the jive. Gilles had a very good solo part that made him stand out, and their dance was high paced and definitely energetic. The judges thought he was fabulous and had the best kicks and flicks of the night. They received a 25.5 out of 30.
With Sabrina and Louis at the top and Bristol and Mark at the bottom, it’s still really anyone’s game. “Dancing with the Stars” returns tomorrow at 8/7c on ABC with a review of tonight, and at 9/8c with the elimination of another contestant.