S18 E02 Week 2: The Double Elimination

03/24/14 | TV-PG | CC

Each couple must perform a dance style of the celebrities choosing. The couples also face the first nerve-racking night of elimination, which is a surprising double elimination! Plus, "The Switch Up" begins. For the first time ever, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrity and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners.



Carrie Ann




Drew & Cheryl

7 7 7  21

Danica & Valentin

8 8 8  24

Billy Dee & Emma

5 5 5  15

Meryl & Maksim

8 9 8  25

Candace & Mark

7 7 7  21

Amy & Derek

8 8 8  24

James & Peta

9 8 8  25

Charlie & Sharna

9 7 9  25

NeNe & Tony

7 7 7  21

Sean & Karina

7 7 7  21

Cody & Witney

7 7 8  22

RELATED: Vote for new celebrity and pro pairings at The Switch Up page»

Tom Bergeron kicks off the night (which is also Valentin Chmerkovskiy's birthday) by dropping a bombshell: There will be a double elimination in this episode!

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke are the first couple revealed to be safe from elimination. With his former Whose Line Is It Anyway? costar Wayne Brady cheering him on, Drew does a Jive that earns the team straight 7s for a 21 total.

• Val doesn't feel like Danica McKellar stood out as much as she should have in her first week of dancing (though she got all 8s, he countered that Candace Cameron Bure got a 9). For his birthday, Danica got Val an exercise roller, and for their Samba, the judges give the team straight 8s for a 24 total (just like the previous week).

• In rehearsals, Billy Dee Williams was feeling a bit down on himself because whenever he looked in the mirror, he saw "an old man" doing the tango. To reinvigorate him, Emma Slater choreographs a Tango that throws two additional female dancers into the mix. Their dance earns them three 5s for a 15 total.

• Decked out in sock hop gear, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy bust out an energetic Swing dance that racks up one 9 from Len Goodman ("the important one," according to Maks) and 8s from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli for a 25 total.

ELIMINATION 1: Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov are the first couple to be sent home in the double elimination! They're sad that fans won't get to see the dance they rehearsed so Tom welcomes them to the stage, where they perform a farewell Cha Cha.

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas perform a Rumba that Carrie Ann says was too Contemporary for her to see any of the Rumba elements. The sensual performance earns the pair a 21.

Amy Purdy is nervous about her legs coming off during her Swing dance (swinging her legs closed could also unattach them from her body), but she manages to pull off a technical performance with Derek Hough that earns them a 24 total.

• Playing up the "eye candy" label he was given in Week 1, James Maslow dances a high-energy, open-shirted Swing with Peta Murgatroyd. Carrie Ann inducts the routine into her sexy hall of fame (she gives them a 9), and the team scores a 25 total.

Sharna Burgess wants Charlie White to play the role of the bad boy in her Tango, so she recruits Maks to share some moves. The team's dance, revolving around a silver throne, earns comparisons to Baryshnikov from Carrie Ann and a total score of 25 (Len is more critical giving them a 7, while the other judges award 9s).

• Tom teases that some of the celebrity judges in upcoming episodes will include Ricky Martin and Redfoo (formerly of LMFAO).

• Before revealing the final team to be eliminated, Tom says that the three remaining couples (NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani, Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff, and Cody Simpson & Witney Carson) must dance first.

• Nene and Tony perform a Jive that Len hails as "fun." The team scores a total of 21.

• In rehearsals, Sean focuses on his facial expressions and smiling more. On the dance floor, he performs a smilier Salsa with Karina (previous season partner Corbin Bleu watches from the audience), and the team racks up a 21 total.

• Dressed in white accessorized with glowing blue lights, Cody and Witney perform a Tango (that includes him moonwalking) that scores the team a 22 total.

ELIMINATION 2: Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff are the second couple to be sent home in the night's double elimination.

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