First things first as I start this week's "Dancing With The Stars" ramblings – I love the group opening numbers they did this week and last. I hope that this is something they continue throughout the season. It's a great way to kick off the show and, in my opinion, gets you amped up for the rest of the show.
Last week I was impressed by the talent coming right out of the gate. There are several celebrities that show real promise. This week was no exception. It was another week of some great performances and others that couldn't end quite quickly enough. Here's my breakdown of the evening's dances.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Samba): The judges often time talk about a dancer's "lines", and for Elizabeth it looks effortless. She has amazing grace but can shake it too. She proved herself again this week with a dance that was a far cry from last week's Contemporary. She's got the talent to go far if the fans support her. Judges' Scores: 8-9-8
Christina Milian (Paso Doble): The Paso Doble isn't one of my favorite dances, so I've realized over the years that if you can get me to really pay attention to a Paso, you've got something. Christina had me watching her entire dance. I enjoyed the slight twist to the routine while staying true to the basics. Judges' Scores: 9-8-8
Bill Engvall (Jive): I know a lot of people were looking forward to seeing Bill on the show. I really haven't watched much with him, although I know his face and name. This week he had me cheering him on. His Jive was just fun, plain and simple. No, he's not the best dancer out there, but he can move. I still love the fact that he's not relying on comedy. He's dancing and entertaining, the way he should be in a dance competition. Judges' Scores: 7-7-7
Jack Osbourne (Rumba): I fully appreciate Jack's insecurity and the fact that he is stepping so far out of his comfort zone. Rumba is definitely a dance where you have to let your guard down, and I think he did a good job at that tonight. He needs to work a little more on his hips, but he overall did a great job. Judges' Scores: 8-8-8
Keyshawn Johnson (Samba): Keyshawn has really surprised me. Granted, going into the season, I didn't see him making it to the finals like so many of the NFL players have in the past. I did think he would do better than he did. This week he wasn't as stiff as he was last week, but it was still awkward. This would be one of those dances I was ready to see end. Judges' Scores: 6-6-6
Nicole Polizzi (Rumba): I can't remember off hand which judge said it, I'm thinking it was Carrie Ann, but these words summed up my thoughts perfectly. Nicole painted some pretty pictures but it lacked flow. There were pretty lines. There were pretty pictures. The movements, though, were staccato, and the routine lacked emotion. I expected more from her after last week, and I was left disappointed. Judges' Scores: 6-7-7
Leah Remini (Samba): Going into this week, I had serious questions as to how Leah would do with a Latin dance. She did well with ballroom style, but I wasn't sure she would "let go" for a fun Latin number. I was totally surprised. Her samba was great. I still don't see her as a final three contender, but, if the fans support her, I think she can stay in the competition awhile. Judges' Scores: 8-8-8
Bill Nye (Paso Doble): This was just painful to me. I know that Bill has a lot of fans that are voting for him, but they need to remember that this is a dance competition… Not a science competition. It's one of my frustrations with the show every season -- contestants that are kept in the competition because of fans when others, that deserve to be there, are sent home. Bill tries. I give him credit for that, but he's definitely not a dancer. Judges' Scores: 6-5-6
Corbin Bleu (Jive): Let me say that I thought the song for this Jive was rather odd, but beyond that the performance was awesome. Last week and this week, Corbin has been in his element. Neither dance has been as structured as some, and that lends well to his background. I think he has great talent, and I don't doubt that he'll catch onto ballroom as well. I'll be curious though to see how quickly he does it. Judges' Scores: 9-8-9
Valerie Harper (Paso Doble): I admire Valerie for some many reasons, and seeing her determination in rehearsals is just inspiring. With that said, though, this week wasn't a great week for her. She seemed to get lost a couple times during the dance, but she plowed through. Even though it wasn't a great dance, I appreciate her moxy. Judges' Scores: 6-6-7
Brant Daugherty (Rumba): I won't lie… This is the performance I was excited to see all night, and it didn't disappoint. Prior too the announcement of the cast, I couldn't tell you who Brant was, but I've quickly become a fan. Yes, he's easy on the eyes, but he can also move. Rumba is one of my favorite dances, and his performance had me sucked in. I loved it. Judges' Scores: 8-7-8
Amber Riley (Jive): Amber just makes me smile. I can't help it. She surprised me last week with her Cha-Cha, and she did a great job on her Jive as well. No, this week wasn't quite as good, but her dance was fully of energy, personality, and fun. Even with some technical issues, you couldn't help but have fun. Judges' Scores: 8-8-8
Week two also brought us our first elimination of the season. I'll gladly admit that I was wrong with my prediction that Leah Remini would be the first to go. That's one of the hard things about seasons like this. When the dancers are so closely matched, you have to predict how the fans are going to vote… who has the most fans? Even though I didn't think Keyshawn Johnson would have as much fan support as some previous NFL players, I thought he'd have enough to see him through a few more weeks. Apparently that's not the case.
So… Who will be out next eliminated celebrity? It's a hard guess. Next week is a theme night, and that can make judges' scores go haywire. There is also the fan factor that has things off balance. I sat debating this with my mom after the show, and neither one of us could agree on a celebrity. Score-wise, Bill Nye should go, but I think he has the fans to help him stay. In the end, I'm going to predict that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be the next celebrity to go.
Do you agree with my thoughts on the celebrities and their dances? Let me know. I'd love to hear from you!
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