Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 2, Latin Night

Who is going home? You don't have to wait til tomorrow anymore, you just have to wait til the end of the show.

There are more changes than solely the eliminated results show on Tuesdays. Scores given on the night of an elimination count towards their total score. There is no more text voting, and special guests and performances will take place on competition night as well.

Couples had to dance a Jive, Paso Doble, Rumba, or Samba.

First up was Elizabeth and Val dancing a Samba-- Len thought it was fantastic. Bruno thought her accuracy for week two was incredible. Carrie Ann said she was in her element, and that she is a strong sensuous dancer. and so in control of her body. I loved the dance and their chemistry, it was so quick and fun, yet sexy. Scores: 8, 9, 8= 25 out of 30

Christina and Mark danced the Paso Doble-- Carrie Ann thought it was insane and on fire and that she nailed every step. Len thought it was a Paso Doble with a modern twist, and called it terrific and well done. I loved the track they were dancing too, it really worked with the dance, and I loved how Mark choreographed to Christina's strengths. The hand claps were so good. Scores: 9, 8, 8= 25 out of 30

Bill and Emma danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann found it entertaining but felt he needed to work on his footwork. Len and Bruno agreed that it had great performance value. Wow, pretty awesome, Bill actually improved. I don't think he's going to be able to keep up with the crowd but this was a good effort. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Jack and Cheryl danced the Rumba-- Len felt the dance had style, control, and fluidity. Bruno is impressed with how well Jack has done in two weeks. Carrie Ann felt like she was transported to another time, like Game of Thrones, kind of a weird comment by Carrie Ann. Jack has a real gracefulness when he dances, the motions all seem to be fluid. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Keyshawn and Sharna danced the Samba-- The judges shared similar feedback expressing that Keyshawn had improved. This was better than last week, but in my mind, not enough to keep him in the competition. Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced the Rumba-- Carrie Ann criticized the lifts and said Nicole made pretty pictures but didn't tell a story. Len thought it was a pretty dance. Bruno believes in her potential. I am actually still surprised with how well she is doing and how serious she is taking the competition. Scores: 6, 7, 7= 20 out of 30

Leah and Tony danced the Samba-- Len thought the samba stuff in it was great and he complimented her pretty hands. Carrie proclaimed that she unleashed her Samba Goddess and she loved it. Leah attacked this dance and she wore it well. I hope Leah stays in this competition for a long time because I'd like to see her conquer the things in her life that are bothering her right now through dance. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Bill Nye and Tyne danced the Paso Doble-- Len said some of the technique was missing in the dance, but he appreciates the commitment Bill has put forth. Carrie Ann told him to work on his feet. Regardless of what the judges say, he'll be around longer than he should, and why? Because he has a huge fan base. Scores: 6, 5, 6= 17 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann said she wanted to see it again, and he turned out every move perfectly but it had this raw edge to it that made it exciting. Len said it's fabulous to watch you, you can dance. Bruno called it a preference of dazzling brilliance. Corbin is my pick to win this whole thing; I love his attitude and his passion. Scores: 9, 8, 9= 26 out of 30

Valerie and Tristan danced the Paso Doble-- At times, I must agree with Len that Valerie looked uncomfortable. She is such a beautiful person though and I appreciate her spirit. Len liked that she started the dance on her own but did point out that she seemed nervous. Bruno mentioned she lost her timing a few times and Carrie Ann felt it was difficult to judge Valerie. Scores: 6, 6, 7= 19 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced the Rumba-- Bruno said the women in the house are going crazy. Bruno told him to work on his feet. Carrie Ann felt their chemistry was incredible and fun to watch and that he can move and that as the male partner he was wowing them. Len said he liked it but he was pigeon- toed. I like Brant; he really seems like he would be a good dance partner. He has a lot of passion. Scores: 8, 7, 8= 23 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann, I continue to be impressed by, but this was a little bit flat footed. Len told her to work on her footwork. Bruno agreed and thought it looked a little like a lindeyhop. I also liked Amber's dance but I did see some flatfootedness. It will be interesting to see how she does in the up coming dances. Scores: 24 out of 30

At the end of the night, Keyshawn ended up going home. It's possible that Valerie or Bill Nye is going home next week, but both of these contestants are so loved which makes me question that.

The Leaderboard:

Corbin & Karina- 26/30
Elizabeth & Val- 25/30
Christina & Mark- 25/30
Leah & Tony- 24/30
Amber & Derek- 24/30
Jack & Cheryl- 24/30
Brant & Peta- 23/30
Bill & Emma- 21/30
Snooki & Sasha- 20/30
Valerie & Tristan- 19/30
Keyshawn & Sharna- 18/30
Bill Nye & Tyne- 17/30

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