September 26, 2011 07:04 PM by Candace Young
Tonight on ABC, Dancing With The Stars whirls into its second week without contestant Ron Artest, who was eliminated after America voted following the season premiere last week. Tonight, hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Charvet welcome the stars and their partners, as well as judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman. Keep reading for all of the highlights of the dances and judges comments…
Hope Solo and Maks Chmerkovskiy are first to take the floor tonight and are dancing the Jive. As a nod to Hope playing soccer earlier in the week, they are wearing slightly weird soccer costumes. The dance is fast and looks fun – Hope seems to have loosened up considerably from last week. The big finish involves Hope kissing Len on the head. He comments first, saying it was energetic but the timing was off. He does add, “First out, first class.” Bruno says they lost it so many times – he doesn’t think Hope has put in enough time to perfect the routine. Carrie Ann likes the confidence and fun of the routine, but she needs to be aware of the details and maybe have a little more rehearsal. Carrie Ann and Bruno give them a ’6′ and Len gives a ’7′.
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas are up next. The pair will be doing the Quick Step. The number is set to Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, and Kristin has gone for a Marilyn Monroe look. The dance is a lot of fun and well-performed. Bruno hollers that he’s been bedazzled! He warns that she has to hold her frame all the way through this dance though. Carrie Ann calls it stunning and sophisticated. Len draws ‘boos’ by saying it wasn’t as good as she looked. He notes that she broke hold a couple of times and a few other issues. He does say it was an improvement from last time. Carrie Ann gives them an ’8′, while Len and Bruno offer up ’7′s.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson are ready to go with the Jive. They hit the floor in gold outfits with David sporting a white fedora. The Jive suits David’s wacky personality, but he still seems a tad out of his element with the dancing. Carrie Ann says he was much looser, almost too loose at times. She reminds him not to dance from his shoulders. Len says the technique just wasn’t there, but he liked the enthusiasm. Bruno compliments him on not holding back. He notes he lost some timing and technique, but he might just be finding his way. All three judges award them a ’6′. The crowd is unhappy.
Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy are doing the Quick Step. They really seemed to be butting heads in practice. They take the stage dressed very elegantly and although she looks a little stiff in the beginning, it doesn’t turn out too badly. Len says it’s not great, but it was better than last week. Bruno thinks Elisabetta is back on track – he says the pistons were pumping and urges her to keep working! Carrie Ann says she came back and nailed it. All three judges award them ’7′s.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke are ready to go on and perform the Jive. They have a tropical theme and dance to Surfin’ Safari. Rob, who was very self-conscious going into this, manages to really get into it. Bruno says his timing was excellent and he showed great improvement. Carrie Ann announces that Rob is officially a better dancer than Kim Kardashian. Len notes great improvement. All three judges award them a ’7′.
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya will be doing the Quick Step tonight. Carson is confident he can bring the personality, but is a little more concerned about learning the steps. It’s a fifties vibe with Carson dressed as a nerd. It’s upbeat and fun. Carrie Ann saw improvement, yet she thought he looked a little wobbly at times. She notes the balance of energy is off in their partnership. Len says if he held his knife and fork like Carson holds Anna, he’d starve to death. He adds that the problem is the worst dancers are the most fun to watch. Bruno says Carson looked like he was dancing on banana skins, but the work he put in was obvious. All three judges award a ’6′.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough are bringing us a Jive this week on Dancing With The Stars. Ricki’s in a sexy hot pink number and the dance is fast and flirty! The crowd loves it. Len says it disturbed him a little bit. He would have like more Jive content. Bruno says she’s the first person tonight to do the flicks and kicks correctly – she did incredibly well! Carrie Ann calls it the best Jive of the night so far. Ricki tells Brooke after that she’s lost 12 inches in three weeks. Carrie Ann and Bruno give them ’8′s and Len awards a ’7′.
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer have their shot at impressing America next with the Quick Step. Chaz is suffering a great deal with his knees and they were forced to take out some of the flashier stuff to accommodate him. They Quick Step to an upbeat version of The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song, We’re Gonna Make It After All. Chaz has great facial expressions and the routine leaves everyone smiling. Bruno says he has a likeability but the Quick Step has to be faster. Carrie Ann can see he’s in pain and thinks he handled it well, but says it wasn’t quick enough. Len agrees it needed more speed and attack. Carrie Ann and Bruno give ’6′s and Len gives them a ’5′.
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani will be doing the Jive tonight. Last week, they were on the top of the leader board. Once again, they do well and Chynna looks like a natural on the dance floor. Carrie Ann likes watching the fluidity of Chynna’s body when she dances but also felt she played it a bit safe. Len also thought she would attack it, but says it wasn’t ‘wow’ enough for the Jive – it was polite. Bruno says everything was there, but you can’t hold back on the Jive. All three judges agree it was worth a ’7′.
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus will be doing the Quick Step this week. Nancy got frustrated in practice and shut down. Nancy and Tristan look slightly awkward at times during the routine (mainly due to her being so much shorter) but the steps look great. Len calls it refreshing, saying they maintained hold and it was a proper Quick Step – well done! Bruno says it was great to see her taking to the dance floor to perform. Carrie Ann saw improvement and notes the challenge for them due to difference in height. She loved the team work. Carrie Ann gives a ’6′, Len gives an ’8′, and Bruno gives a ’7′.
All My Children alum J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff delighted the judges with their Viennese Waltz last week and will be tackling the Jive this week. In newsboy costumes they take the stage to Jump n Jive. It’s full of energy and really fun to watch! The audience is very enthusiastic and come to their feet. Bruno tells J.R. he was born to dance – the most satisfying overall performance of the night! He’s ecstatic! Carrie Ann says it was great and fantastic but warns Karina she’s taking off a point for doing a lift too soon in the competition. Len says it was a great dance but was more of a Lindy Hop than a Jive. Carrie Ann and Len give ’7′s, and Bruno gives them an ’8′.
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