Week 2 of “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” brought out some really fabulous dancing on Oct. 1. Whether it was the jive or the quickstep, the dancers put it all out there with imaginative and sometimes theatrical routines that entertained the judges and the audience.
Some of last week’s stars dropped a bit and some of last week’s not-so stars came up in the rankings. The judges talked a lot about the lively entertainment as they criticized the form and movement of many of the dancers. Will entertainment win the day or will it still take that fancy footwork to be victorious?
There was drama, too, when backstage clips revealed that two of the dancers, Sabrina Bryan and Gilles Marini, had been injured. Surprisingly, those two dancers topped the leader board!
Here’s the recap in order of score, highest to lowest.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel: Danced an eye-catching and technically wonderful quickstep, which the judges loved. SCORE: 26
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: Danced a very high-energy, athletic jive, which everyone loved. SCORE: 25.5
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: Danced a very technical jive including a cartwheel by both dancers down the steps. Len wanted more, but the other judges loved it. SCORE: 25
Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: Danced a really hot, hot, hot quickstep that was perfectly in unison with fast and accurate footwork. The judged loved it. SCORE: 24.5
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: Danced a jive that was entertaining and fast-moving. It was the first dance of the night and inspired a judge’s brawl between Len and Bruno with Len actually arguing for the dancers against Bruno! SCORE: 23.5
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower: Danced a showy and entertaining jive. The judges said he overpumped it a bit, but was really fun to watch. SCORE: 23
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: Danced an elegant quickstep with great chemistry between the dancers. The judges said his frame wasn’t as good as last week. SCORE: 22.5
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya: Danced a very imaginative and different jive. The judges said it was so much better than last week’s performance, but they told Drew to watch his feet. SCORE: 22.5
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson: Danced the most theatrical quickstep of the evening with Joey actually vaulting over a couch at the end and coming up with a sign that said “The End.” The Judges loved it even though they all agreed that Joey’s technique was lacking. SCORE: 22.5
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: Danced an elegant quickstep with great chemistry between the dancers. The judges loved it, but told Kelly she has to watch her frame, especially because she’s tiny. SCORE: 22
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Danced another really theatrical performance as 1920s Parisians. The judges loved the entertainment value, but they said there wasn’t quite enough jive in it. SCORE: 21
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: Danced an imaginative country-western quickstep that was fun to watch. The judges weren’t impressed, though, especially since the dancers broke frame mid-dance which is against the rules. SCORE: 18
It was even harder to pick a favorite this week; however, this Examiner’s choices go right to the top of the leader board:
- Quickstep: Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel
- Jive: Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Stay tuned for tonight’s results and elimination show with entertainment by Placido Domingo, Cher Lloyd and Katherine Jenkins, a Season 14 contestant. It all begins tonight, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. on ABC.