Dancing with the Stars asked its talented teams to show off some Hometown Glory during a 2-Night, Week 2 event that includes a double-elimination! There were slick routines, a couple stumbles and the first elimination of the season.
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess kicked off the night with a fine Jive to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Bette Midler. The routine was dedicated to the Florida teacher with whom Nick credits with putting him on a proper path. Unfortunately, there were a few stumbles on the dancing path, as Nick had some serious shoe issues. Nevertheless, he powered through well enough to get a trio of 7s from the judges.
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel were all about the Rumba to “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips. This star was all about paying tribute to the town of Savannah. Paula did her hometown proud. She said she was dancing “for Paula” this week. She was also dancing for a 7-6-6 score from the judges.
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater went to town with their Foxtrot to “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan. Memories of North Carolina were on Hayes’ mind and his mom was in the front row cheering on her baby boy. Both were extremely emotional before, during and after the dance. Tears were flowing from Hayes, but he could still see his scores of 8-7-7 from the judges.
Chaka Khan & Keo Motsepe had some Windy City fun with their Foxtrot to “Chicago” by Frank Sinatra. Chaka is so grateful to have been born in such a great town. As for her tribute to it, there were a few missteps due to a lapse in remembering the choreography. Nevertheless, Julianne noticed that Chaka took some of the advice she gave her to heart which led to three 5s from the judges.
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker jumped into the Jive to “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel. Andy was in a New York state of mind as he and Allison did a fun, frenetic routine that really got the crowd going. Unfortunately there were some timing issues that didn’t go unnoticed by the judges. Still, the dance was good enough to earn Trip-7s.
Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani did the Quickstep to “Queen Bee” by Rochelle Diamante. After some fairly low 4s in her Week 1 scores, Kim was looking to up her game. She did just that with a fine routine that let us see her smile. 7-6-6 from the judges was a great improvement from her Dancing debut.
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold did a Jazz routine to “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. The song reminded Alek of his childhood in Sacramento where he grew up with his two buddies who helped him thwart a terrorist attack on a train. For a guy who said he’d never danced before back in Week 1, Alek surely can’t say that anymore. Carrie Ann claimed she was “intoxicated” by him just before his scores of 8-7-8 were revealed.
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas did a little Salsa to Robi Rob’s Boriqua Anthem” by C+C Music Factory. Alexa turned into catwoman for her first routine of Week 2. She did a purr-fectly entertaining dance that had the hearts pumping and caused the crowd to go wild. Her triple 8s from the judges were well-deserved.
Victor Espinoza & Karina Smirnoff got their Jive on to “La Bamba” by Los Lobos. Well, Victor was sporting a really big hat for his really big routine. Carrie Ann said she’d give him a 10 if she were judging him on cuteness and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the scores are all about the dancing and Victor’s 6-5-6 means he’ll need to step things up with his second dance.
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Cha Cha to “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. There was some debate about all the “thrusting” that was needed for the routine. Tamar and Val obviously worked it out before hitting the dance floor because their Cha Cha was top notch. The judges loved it and a trio of 8s popped up on the paddles.
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya gave us our third Foxtrot of the evening to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys. One thing’s for sure, Gary had some fun, fun, fun doing his dance. Bruno said, “Under Anna’s expert guidance, that actually looked like a Foxtrot.” Well, that was the point, right? Gary predicted the scores were going to be great. Well, three 6s aren’t great, but it’s not terrible either.
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson also did a Foxtrot, but theirs was to “Home” by Blake Shelton. While growing up in Missouri, Carlos says his dad used always play country music. That explains his choice of tunes, and a good choice it was. The judges were delighted with his flowing routine as evidenced by his scores of 8-8-8.
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough wrapped up the night with a Tango to “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. Bindi remembered dancing to this tune with her dad. As for what she did with Derek to it, well it was good enough to earn the first 9 of the season. It came from Carrie Ann while the other two judges gave her 8s.
WEEK 1 SCORES (Carrie Ann, Julianne, Bruno)
Victor & Karina 5-5-5 15 total
Tamar & Val 8-7-8 23 total
Chaka & Keo 5-4-4 13 total
Hayes & Emma 7-7-7 21 total
Andy & Alison 7-7-7 21 total
Paula & Louis 5-5-5 15 total
Carlos & Witney 8-8-7 23 total
Alexa & Mark 7-7-8 22 total
Kim & Tony 4-4-4 12 total
Bindi & Derek 8-8-8 24 total
Gary & Anna 5-5-5 15 total
Alek & Lindsay 8-7-7 22 total
Nick & Sharna 8-8-8 24 total
The Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan, left the ballroom in the first elimination of the season. There’ll be one more star heading home at the end of the two-night event. We’ll see who it is at the conclusion of the Hometown Glory dances TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 9|8c.