Week 2 'Dancing With The Stars' Performances Show Improvements, Surprises And Some Disappointment
March 27th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Last night, contestants hit the floor for week two of Dancing With The Stars. For the second week the couples had the option of either choosing the Jive or Quickstep, which seemed to be a challenge for some.
During the night there were some improvements, surprises and contestants who really brought it on the dance floor. Here is a recap that includes the dances, scores, songs and judges response for each couple.
Be sure to leave your thoughts about the show down below.
1. Roshon Fegan (Disney Star) & Chelsie Hightower
Song: Good Charlotte- "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”
Judges: Carie Ann was worried about the performance at first, but said that Roshon turned his swag into sophistication. Bruno said that Roshon was like a bolt of lightning, and that the swag was absolutely delicious. Len said it was young, fresh and that he thoroughly enjoyed it.
During practice Chelsie said that the quickstep was foreign to anything that Roshon had ever done, but his performance didn’t show that. In fact he proved that he was more than just a Hip Hop dancer, and aside from Katherine I would say it was the best of the night.
2. Sherri Shepherd (Actress, Comedienne and TV Host) & Val Chmerkovskiy
Song: Ike & Tina Turner- “Proud Mary”
Scores: 8, 7, 8
Judges: Carie Ann said that she was in love with Sherri. Carrie continued by saying that Sherri's confidence made her overlook some of her mistakes. Bruno said you know how to work that equipment. Tina would be proud. I love it. Len said you felt good, the audience felt good and I felt good. I loved it.
Sherri’s presence and energy level is by far the best in the competition. And even though she had a few doubts about her equipment (body) being to heavy for the jive, I think she did a wonderful job.
3. Melissa Gilbert (Actress, Writer and Producer) & Maksim Chmerkovski
Song: Billy Idol- "Dancing with Myself"
Scores: 7, 6, 7
Judges: Carie Ann said that Melissa had a little slip and recovered well, but thinks that she needs to hide her nervousness. Bruno said that Melissa needs to be a little more natural and fluid, but overall she did very well. Len said very well, but during the performance she lost energy and the performance became hectic.
Melissa seemed to be very stiff during her performance, and I think that she needs to work on her confidence.
4. Jack Wagner (Actor) & Anna Trebunskaya
Song: Steve Winwood- "Gimme Some Lovin”
Judges: Carie Ann said that they over danced it, but Jack is fun to watch. Bruno said that Jack needs to be more precise, because during the performance he lost it. Len said that he liked the content, attitude, and thinks that the dancing was good enough to take them to the next week.
Jack mentioned that he didn’t think that he was a good dancer, which I think carried out in his performance. The confidence that he had last week was just not there, and as Bruno said, he lost it during the performance.
5. Gladys Knight (Singer and Songwriter) & Tristan MacManus
Song: Stevie Wonder- "Sir Duke"
Judges: Carie Ann said that she agreed with Bruno about Gladys’ form. She continued by saying that she was light on her feet, but her quickstep was too casual. Bruno said he loved Gladys’ natural feel for the music, but thought that she needed to be careful with her frame. Len said she didn’t have the technique, and as much as he admires her, he didn’t like the dancing this week.
I have to agree with Len. Gladys' dancing was not the best this week, and she was one of my least favorite.
6. Katherine Jenkins (Singer) & Mark Ballas
Song: Robert Randolph and the Family Band- "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That"
Scores: 9, 8, 9
Judges: Carie Ann said that the performance was brilliant. She continued to say hot, sexy, and great choreography. Bruno said that the blond bombshell has been unleashed. And added, I know sexy when I see it. Len said he liked it.
Mark asked Katherine to think about naughty things when performing, and you can tell that she did just that. The performance was very wild and sexy, and I would say the couple has the best chemistry out of all of the others. In addition, this performance was my favorite of the night.
7. Jaleel White (Actor) & Kym Johnson
Song: Bruno Mars- "Marry You"
Judges: Carie Ann said that since Jaleel blew off the roof last week, it made it a little difficult for him to top that performance. She also added that Jaleel was a little flat footed. Bruno said that Jaleel cooks a very good course, but needed to be sharper. Len said that the performance needed to be a bit more crisp and sharp, and that he expected more after last week.
This performance was a shocker. After leading the pack last week I assumed that Jaleel would end up in the top spot again, but the performance was a big disappointment.
8. Maria Menounos (Actress, Author and TV Host) & Derek Hough
Song: Brian Setzer Orchestra- "Sexy Sexy"
Judges: Carie Ann said that Maria's frame and hold is what they look for, and that her performance was a big improvement from last week. She continued on by saying that Maria lost it in the middle though. Bruno said Maria kiss me. Then he asked her where did she get her frame from. He continued by telling her she lost one step, but he thought it was brilliant. Len said the quickstep is about balance, speed and control, and that he thought she had both. He added that it was an improvement from last week.
I thought Maria’s performance was a big improvement from last week, and I can see her going far in this competition.
9. Martina Navratilova (Tennis Player) & Tony Dovolani
Song: Billy Joel- "Tell Her About It"
Scores: 6, 5, 6
Judges: Carie Ann loved the approach to this routine, but said Martina missed several counts. She added that it was nice to see the couple out there, though. Bruno said that Martina couldn’t keep up with the dance, but there was a moment when she let her hair down. Len said that it was too neat and precise, and that she needs to come out and attack.
Martina tried, but just couldn’t keep up with the steps. This performance was my least favorite.
10. Donald Driver (NFL Football Star) & Peta Murgatroyd
Song: James Blunt-"Stay the Night"
Judges: Carie Ann said that all those years of watching Dancing With The Star is paying off. She continued to say that the performance was elegant and refined. Bruno said refined and elegant. He added that Donald did very well. Len said that the performance was one of the best of the night. In addition, he told Donald that he watched last weeks’ performance and wanted to apologize for his remarks. Adding that he thought the previous performance was great.
Peta challenged Donald with an extremely hard routine this week, and he made it look like it wasn’t challenging at all. The performance was lively, very energetic and by far one of the best of the night.
11. Gavin DeGraw (Singer and Songwriter) & Karina Smirnoff
Song: Wakefield- "Wild One"
Judges: Carie Ann said that part of the competition is about pushing boundaries, and Gavin did just that. She added that she liked how animated his performance was. Bruno said that he liked the Elvis movement. Len said that he liked the feel of the dance, his attitude and thought it was an improvement from last week.
Gavin’s energy and attitude was amazing. I would say that he was the most improved of the week.
12. William Levy (actor) & Cheryl Burke
Song: George Gershwin- "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Judges: Carie Ann said that Williams knows how to turn the heat up. She added that he was like the Harry Connick Jr. of the ballroom. Bruno said even fully clothed William has the ability to dazzle. Len said that there was a lack of body contact, and he thought it was good but not great.
William managed to heat things up once again, and proved that he can do more than latin dancing. This performance was a great way to end the show.
Highest Scores: Katherine & Mark (Jive 26) and Roshon & Chelsie (Quickstep 26)
Lowest Scores: Martina & Tony (Jive 17)
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