The Fall season of Dancing with the Stars 2010 continued Monday evening with a second night of competitive hip shakin’ and fancy footwork. After a night of mostly admirable offerings, Jennifer Grey once again found herself at the top of the judges’ leaderboard, while Michael Bolton brought up the rear thanks to a Jive that Bruno deemed the worst in 11 seasons of DWTS. Here’s a full recap of Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2, from (what else?!) the first shimmy to the final shake.
Just a few observations from the night’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 10 ballroom staircase descent before I move on with the night’s real business, just because I can’t help myself. First off, heck to the no on Michael Bolton’s leopard print jacket. Very, very scary. All he needs is his 80s hair back and he could start a lounge band. Second, Jennifer Grey must’ve taken lessons from Pam Anderson in bounce-flouncing. I was seriously worried about a wardrobe malfunction as she hitched her giddy-up down the steps.
Okay, that said, let’s do this thang. Up first on the ballroom floor was former LA Laker Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke, who scored an impressive 22 points in their debut last week. Rick struggled with his foot and vowed to “find a way to push through”. Admirable attitude, dude. It made me giggle a little to see the Big Guy swirling around to the tune of ZZ Top’s Tush. It wasn’t exactly a natural look, per se, but he seemed to have fun with it, so kudos for that.
Head judge Len Goodman called it “compact, fun and full of energy” and said he’d “become a contender”. Bruno Tonioli said it was “a feat” and that for week 2, it was well done. Carrie Ann Inaba confessed that she thought he was better last week, though she agreed that he did a good job with a tough dance. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
DWTS season 11’s eldest contender, Brady mom Florence Henderson, kept things moving with she and pro partner Corky Ballas’ Quickstep. The 76-year old really struggled with learning the fast-paced dance, but promised to show her younger compatriots that “I can dance”. She and Corky put some lovely spins on display during their Suddenly I See routine, I admire her for not passing out in the middle! Florence kept the energy up throughout, and although the footwork wasn’t perfect, it was pretty darn good.
Bruno likened her to “Driving Miss Daisy” but also said it was “lovely at times”. Carrie Ann called notice to her age and said that the quickstep “really suited you”. Len refused to give special notice to her years, and simply said that based on her performance, “I’ll see you next week”. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas’ Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 7, 6, 6 = 19.
R&B Star Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were up next with their Jive. The doubly hard-headed duo struggled with getting along during rehearsals, but pulled it together in time for their Magic-themed Jive. My expectations for Brandy and her bad boy partner were high after their flowy, fabulous Viennese Waltz last week, so I was a little disappointed with their week 2 routine. Brandy looked lost at times, and they just weren’t as synched up as I’d wanted them to be.
Carrie Ann called her “cute” but called the “energy out of control” and told her to point her toes. Len called it “slightly a step back” and said it was “a little bit brittle”. Bruno said at moments she was like “a Gwen Stefani back-up dancer” and that it just wasn’t good enough, given her talent. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
Dancing with the Stars week 2 continued with a Hound Dog Jive from singer Michael Bolton and partner Chelsie Hightower. Michael struggled with laryngitis during rehearsals and had a lot of trouble with learning the dance. I snickered as he crawled out of his ‘Bolt’ doghouse and was very relieved when he tossed off his dalmation (of course! Why did I think it was a cat print?!) jacket and moved on with the dance. Now the dance itself was… well, it was. It was okay. He seemed to get lost over and over again and was very unsure of what he was doing. But he did keep moving, so I guess that’s worth something.
Len said “I don’t think the world was quite ready for your interpretation of the Jive” and noted that “a pooper scooper” was needed to finish it off. Ouch. Bruno called it “the worst Jive in 11 seasons”. Double uber ouch. Carrie Ann praised him for taking “such a huge risk”, but called it “very awkward”. Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 4, 5, 3 = 12. (Ouch! I think even Master P got a higher score than a 3! Egads!)
The Hills star Audrina Patridge and partner Tony Dovolani were up next with their Quickstep. Audrina had trouble with balancing her personal life with the rigorous DWTS schedule during the past week, but once she released the tension she said she felt better. I’m finding it hard to not like her. Their Love Machine dance started off with a powerful punch and continued at a sustained pace throughout. I’m truly impressed with Audrina. She looked good out there! You go girl!
Bruno said “the show pony is turning into Secretariat” and praised her for her “promising performance”. Carrie Ann called it “a huge improvement”. Len called it “the best dance so far tonight”. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 8, 8, 7 = 23. (And without the third 8, Tony has to wax his legs! Hahaha!)
Now I should mention that Brad Womack was officially revealed as the next Bachelor, but I don’t really care. A do-over? Really? Come on, ABC. Moving on.
Actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough kept things going with their Jive. Jennifer said that she thought it could be great, or her “worst nightmare”. I’m betting on more the former than the latter; after all, she IS Baby. After astutely noting that she’s “that girl from Ferris Beuller” and marvelling over how good she looks for a 50-year old, my husband was impressed, offering up an enthused “that was good!”. I agree.
Carrie Ann called her this “sexy, hot, energetic bionic bunny out there”. Len said “there was nothing ‘Grey’ about that” and called it “fabulous”. Bruno called it “a killer Jive” and added that it was “wicked”. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24. (My husband’s reaction? A dismayed “I thought it was better than that!”)
Tom Bergeron sat down with former veep candidate Sarah Palin in the ballroom next, who said she’d be rooting for “Bristol the pistol” and told the judges they were great. Meh.
Dancing with the Stars week 2 continued with a Jive from comedienne Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel, whose debut performance last week left Bruno screaming “what the ::bleep::?!” Her goal for the week was to show that she can actually Jive without making a joke of it. I’m surprised to write it, but Margaret actually did look like she was really trying out there, and she didn’t do anything to make light of her performance. She was really Dreaming!
Len praised the “energy” and “life” of the dance, but told her to work on her kicks. Bruno told her to “keep it tight” and encouraged her to smile more. Carrie Ann called it “much better this week” but cautioned her against her shoulder motion and her facial expressions. Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18.
Disney Dude Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer, who lit the ballroom on fire last week with their Cha Cha Cha, were up next with a Quickstep. Kyle had lots of trouble connecting to the dance during rehearsals. Ooh, I’m worried. I really appreciated his energy as I did last week, but his carriage was a little… weird. And he never seemed to master pointing those toes. It was still a ton of fun, though, so I’d be surprised to see them get the boot tomorrow night.
Bruno called him “a powerhouse of boundless energy” as a performer, but told him that he needs “more control” in Ballroom. Carrie Ann said he was a “little flat-footed” but enjoyed the dance. Len said it was “as though you were engulfed in a feather duster” (in reference to Lacey’s dress), but concluded his criticisms by confessing that he liked it anyway. Weird. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 8, 7, 7 = 22.
DWTS season 11 rolled on with NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya’s Jive set to Danger Zone. He put his goofiness on display during rehearsals, so we’ll see how it goes! Could it have been a sharper performance overall with better kicks? Yes. But Kurt is just so likeable and has such fun out there that it’s hard to not like him. Woot!
Carrie Ann giggled and called him “everybody’s favorite uncle who gets a little drunk at the wedding” before dubbing him a contender. Len called it “the penthouse” in contrast to last week’s “outhouse”. Bruno called him “a cool guy who does a cool Jive” and said he “can’t wait to see your progression over the competition”. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and partner Karina Smirnoff were up next on DWTS week 2 with their Americano Quickstep. Oh, holy awkwardness, Batman. This could be a disaster. Okay, so it was… okay. Definitely awkward. The Situation definitely looked lost at times. But points for trying. It’s a tough dance.
Len called it “a series of unfortunate events” but called it “a good job” anyway. Bruno said he could tell how hard Mike was trying, but that he needs to “find the right balance”. Carrie Ann thanked him for “not doing the fist pump” and told him to “work on musicality”. The Situation and Karina Smirnoff’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18.
With 10 contestants down, just teen activist Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas remained. The duo traveled to Alaska for a quick visit before buckling down to attack the Quickstep. I have to start off by noting that I once had a Glamour Gal that wore a dress just like Bristol’s purple layered number. Ah, the memories. Moving on, she was actually, for the second week in a row, better than I’d expected. It was truly a solid offering! Go girl!
Bruno addressed her first, praising her “charming” non-show biz quality, but told her to “become an actress”. Carrie Ann said she reminds her of former contestant Kelly Osbourne and that she can’t wait to see how she develops. Len told her to “take chances” and “wow us a bit more”. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas’ Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2 scores: 7, 8, 7 = 22.
Wow, what a great night of dancing! Seriously, one of the best Dancing with the Stars week 2s e-vuh! Well, with the exception of the Master P like travesty that was Michael Bolton’s routine. That said, unless something very unsavory and odd happens (that honestly would indicate a disturbing shift in the world’s equilibrium, if you ask me), the crooner should get the boot during tomorrow’s elimination show, hands down. He was so bad, in fact, that they shouldn’t even insult someone else by having a designated bottom two.
Tune in tomorrow night for the Dancing with the Stars week 2 results show to see if I’m right. Or you can just check in with me after the dance dust has settled. You know I’ll be watching.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 2, ABC, September 27, 2010