Last week saw Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) become the first of the celebrities to leave this season. Going into the second week, the remaining mirror ball contestants must pick up the pace and perform either a jive routine or the quickstep.
Soccer star Hope Solo & Maks dance a jive with a sports theme that is fun and ends with a kiss on top of Len’s head. You know he’s going to like it. The judges tell her that her energy and performance were great, but she needs to work on technique. It was a good routine.
Next up is Kristin Cavallari doing a quickstep with Mark to Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. They really like it, but they tell her she needs to watch her frame. Len also calls out Mark for his choreography since they break holds which is a no-no in the quickstep. Overall, they think she’s improved a lot since last week.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson have a jive this week. David isn’t the strongest dancer, but he obviously put everything on the dance floor. Carrie is supportive, but Len just rips into him. Bruno thinks he’s improving and needs to bring more technique next week. I love that Courtney has been here both weeks supporting him.
Elisabetta Canalis and Val have a quickstep. From their rehearsals, it seems like the chemistry just isn’t there for them, and it shows in their dance. Len tells her that she wasn’t great but that she was better than last week. Carrie and Bruno are happy with her improvement.
Rob Kardashian has a jive with Cheryl Burke. In rehearsal, Rob voices a lot of self-doubt. He still seems stiff but, like David, he put his heart and soul into it. Bruno likes it and Carrie tells Rob that he’s better than Kim.
Carson Kressley and Anna won the judges over with his performance but his technique wasn’t there. In rehearsal, Carson puts in a lot of time but tries to keep it fun. This week they tackle the quickstep. I don’t know if it’s the choreography or the dance, but Carson doesn’t seem to have the energy he had last week. Len says, “If I held my knife and fork like you held Anna, I’d starve to death.”
Rikki Lake and Derek are up next after a good Viennese Waltz last week. This week, they tackle the jive. The energy level seems off to me. Len doesn’t like it, but Bruno and Carrie are more complimentary.
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer have a quickstep which proves to be too much for Chaz’s knees and he has to go to the doctor. They end up removing some of the hard parts, but they still don’t impress the judges.
Chyna Phillips had one of the top spots last week. This week, she and partner Tony have to dance the jive. She does a great job, but the judges all think she could have done more. I thought she did a great job again, but because she performed so well in week one, I think the judges are holding her to a higher standard.
Nancy Grace has a quick step with Tristan. They butt heads in rehearsal but do a decent job in the dance. Nancy isn’t my favorite, but you can’t argue her desire to do well.
J.R. Martinez shared the top spot with Chyna last week. This week, he and Karina tackle the jive. It’s good choreography, and they’re really good together. Len says it wasn’t a jive; it was a Lindy. The war veteran turned actor continues to be impressive.
At the end of the night, here was where our dancers stood:
- Rikki & Derek – 23 pts
- Kristin & Mark 22 pts
- J.R. & Karina – 22 pts
- Chyna & Tony – 21 pts
- Elisabetta & Val – 21 pts
- Nancy & Tristan – 21 pts
- Rob & Cheryl – 21 pts
- Hope & Maks – 19 pts
- Carson & Anna – 18 pts
- David & Kim – 18 pts
- Chaz & Lacey – 17 pts
After viewers voted, it was Chaz & Lacey, David & Kim, and Elisabetta & Val in the bottom three. Chaz & Lacey were safe. Ultimately, it was Elisabetta & Val that went home, and I’m guessing how you felt about it says something about how you watch the show. What is more important to you – the dancing or the narrative? Elisabetta is probably a better dancer than David will ever be, but for me, she is a far less compelling narrative than any of the other stars. I’m not sorry to see her leave. I’m worried about David Arquette coming in so low though. I’m really pulling for him and hope America will join me in pulling for him.
Next week, the final ten will compete for the mirror ball trophy. Dancing With the Stars airs on the ABC affiliate – WOI-Channel 5 on Monday nights at 7:00 pm (CST). The results show airs on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm (CST).