Live from Hollywood, Dancing with the Stars, season 11, the number one show of the season based on the ratings, began week 2. In episode 3, it was Jennifer Grey’s turn to dress in a skimpy outfit, and her attitude showed it. Along with the other contestants, she looked relaxed as she walked down the stairs for the introductions. Dances this episode were the Jive and the Quickstep. Sarah Palin was in the audience.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
Rick Fox ended his basketball career because of an injury to his foot, and the dancing has the potential to aggravate that injury. But Rick was told by basketball great Larry Bird, “Pros play hurt.”
On the dance floor, if Rick was hurt, you couldn’t tell as he and Cheryl Burke danced the Jive. Rick looked great in black, and Cheryl looked equally great in her matching black with pink skirt.
“It was compact. It was fun. It was full of energy,” said Len Goodman. However, Carrie Ann Inaba felt Rick did a better job last week. That sentiment, however, was met with boos from the audience. Nevertheless, Carrie considers Rick a contender, as the other judges do. The score was a 21 out of 30.
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
Florence wants to be thought of as a contender and not just a 76-year-old for comic relief. But Corky Ballas was clear that the Quickstep is an exhausting dance. However, on the dance floor, Florence managed to look like the elegant 76-year-old that she wanted to. Although the dance had a comical side, there was nothing to laugh at.
“I loved the grande dame entrance, but at times it looked like Driving Miss Daisy,” said Bruno Tonioli.
“You don’t want to be judged as a 76-year-old, but you are a 76-year- old,” said Carrie. “I liked it.”
But Len said he only judges the dancing. He doesn’t take age into consideration. “On that performance, I’ll see you next week!” said Len.
The scores were 19 out of 30. Florence joked that she hoped fellow senior citizen Len would give her a better score.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Brandy made a mistake during her dance last week, but she faked it well enough that most of the public probably didn’t notice. But Brandy, the perfectionist, hates to be wrong, and admits that she is budding heads with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy whenever she feels that she’s not perfect. Like the other couples, Brandy looked like she had it together for the Jive, but Carrie said she didn’t point her toes like she should have. Maksim argued that Brandy’s shoes were not meant to point.
Len felt Brandy did worse than last week and took a step backward instead of a step forward. He also didn’t like Brandy’s solo dance. Brandy blamed the solo dance on Maksim since it was his suggestion. Will the two get along well enough to pull it off? That will be the buzz. The pair got a 21 out of 30.
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
Michael Bolton was worried when he heard his second dance with Chelsie Hightower would be the Jive, but he was excited that he could dance to Elvis’ Hound Dog.
Michael came to rehearsals with a throat infection. However, given the fact that he’s competing in Dancing with the Stars while also on singing tour, it’s no surprise that he got sick. The pair wore a comical 50’s get-up with dog house, but Michael still looked stiff this week. Perhaps, because he was not feeling well?
Len was not impressed and said the dance needed a “pooper scooper.”
“You should have taken the dog and gone back into the dog house,” said Bruno. Who also said it was the worst Jive in 11 seasons, which Len said was an unfair statement.
Carrie Ann said,”This is when it’s tough to be a judge.” The pair got a 12 out of 30, the worst score of the night.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
Tony told Audrina, “Bruno called you a show pony, we’re going to make you into a race horse.” But Audrina is having problems getting used to the grueling schedule of Dancing with the Stars. She’s not used to not seeing her family or her boyfriend much. Thinking about it made her cry during rehearsals.
Dancing the Quickstep, Bruno said Audrina is turning from a show pony into Secretariat. Everyone considered the dance a big improvement from last week.
Tony said he would wax his legs if the performance did not pull in all 8’s. The score was a 23 out of 30. Not 8 across the board. Therefore, Tony has to wax his legs. Tony joked and said he must apologize to his wife now.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Jennifer got checked for cancer before Dancing with the Stars and underwent cancer treatment. But dancing the Jive in her sexy gold dress, she was totally healthy and natural. Her dance with Derek Hough deserved a standing ovation.
“It was amazing from start to finish,” said Carrie.
Bruno said it was “wicked.” The pair got a 24 out of 30, finishing on top for a second week.
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
Margaret Cho joked that people could not look her in the face after her horrible dance last week. However, Cho did manage to make it to week 2.
“Margaret cannot hide behind her comedy on the dance floor,” said partner Louis Van Amstel. Cho started crying during rehearsal when she began to realize that she is becoming a dancer and not just someone to laugh at.
Dancing the Jive, Margaret Cho did not look like a clown. Instead, she looked beautiful and elegant in her sexy dress and long hair, and she danced better than last week. “You did a proper Jive,” said Len.
Bruno noted that when Cho smiles, everything changes. The facial expressions were still there, but not as strange as before, as Carrie noted.
Brooke Burke summed it up, “Your Jive was no joke.” The score was an 18 out of 30. It broke down to a 6/6/6, which can be an omen, as Louis pointed out, but Margaret was pleased with the score.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Kyle says in week 2 you have to be twice as good. Kyle has been working to build his endurance so that he can be in better shape. And he can’t eat fast food. But the youngest couple seem to get along well. Kyle said it would be the “coolest, hippest, sexiest” Quickstep of the night.
“As a performer you are a powerhouse of boundless energy,” said Bruno. However, he also said, “In ballroom, you need more control.”
“Welcome to the new school of Quickstep,” said Carrie, “I loved watching it.” Len indicated that it wasn’t classic Quickstep, but he enjoyed it. The score was 22 out of 30.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
Kurt was excited about the Jive and surprised that he is becoming a dancer. When he talks about dance at home with his kids, he says he kids aren’t used to it. Dancing the Jive, Anna is a fantastic dancer and Kurt didn’t look half bad this week.
Carrie Ann said, “I loved it.” She felt that he was like a person at a wedding who’s inner dancer comes out.
Len said last week was the out house but this week is the penthouse. The pair got a 21 out of 30
The Situation and Karina Smirnoff
“If you would have asked me how I felt about the Quickstep, I’d say we have a situation,” said Mike Sorrentino aka The Situation. Karina said she enjoys kicking Situation’s butt. But, the actual dance could have been better.
“It was a series of unfortunate events,” said Len. But he also said, “For a difficult dance, you did a good job.”
Carrie told The Situation that he was pigeon toed. The score was an 18 out of 30.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Bristol brought partner Mark Ballas to Wasilla, Alaska for a visit. Although it is glamorous in Hollywood, Bristol likes Alaska better. Ballas got to meet Sarah Palin, but said that the trip to Alaska took valuable time away from their dance practice. As a result, Bristol needed to buckle down to prepare for the Quickstep. In Hollywood, Sarah, along with her youngest daughter, watched Bristol dance, and Bristol was happy that her mom was there.
Bristol got the steps right, but Len reminded her, “You have to become an actress, because you can do it.”
The pair got a 22 out of 30.
The second couple will be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars, season 11, on episode 4, Tuesday, September 28, 2010.
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