After the elimination of Chaka Khan during Part 1 of the Dancing with the Stars Hometown Glory 2-Night Event, we had to bid adieu to another star. Elimination time is never easy, but it can’t take away from the top-notch dances turned in along the way.
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson did a Cha Cha to “Hound Dog” by Kimberly Nichole & Lowell Oakley. The team relentlessly attacked the dance, but the judges had some harsh critiques. Carrie Ann wasn’t impressed and Julianne said he was a little “squatty.” Nevertheless, Carlos said he’ll take the trio of 7s he got from the judges.Hayes Grier & Emma Slater kicked off the evening with a Quickstep to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet. It’s never easy to be first out of the gate, but this team did all right as their scores of 8-7-8 indicate.
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya did the first Paso Doble of the season to Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Anna no longer has a name. She’s simply known as “From Russia with Love” to Gary. Unfortunately, they didn’t feel the love from the judges with scores of 5-5-5.
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker did a Contemporary routine to “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Katie Thompson. The team slowed things down, but turned up the passion to deliver a beautiful routine. Carrie Ann said she felt Andy’s “commitment” to the dance. It was enough to earn him scores of 8-8-7.
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas did a Rumba to “Somewhere in Time” by John Barry and Roger Williams. During rehearsals, Mark revealed that they were going to do his mom’s signature dance move. Alexa knew her partner wanted to make this dance special. Well, special it was, even though the judges had some critical things to say. The team still ended with scores of 7-7-8.
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel did the Tango to “Get Ready” by the Temptations. During rehearsals, this dancing team chatted about Amsterdam, Savannah and their respective ages. Then it came time to do their dance, which failed to wow the judges as the triple 6s indicate.
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough did their first Waltz to “Only a Man” by Jonny Lang. Derek grew up in Utah and feels like he left the boy he was behind when he moved away. All grown up and ready to dance, he and Bindi turned in a lovely, flowing routine that held the crowd spellbound. Carrie Ann was a little disappointed that she had to put her “lift police” badge on, but Bindi and Derek still got scores of 7-8-8.
Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani did the Foxtrot to “Come Home” by OneRepublic. During rehearsals, Tony revealed how important dance has always been for him after having come from a war-torn country. As for Kim, she was excited to do this particular routine. Carrie Ann warned her to not drop the energy out of her dances in the future. As for her Foxtrot, it earned three 6s from the judges.
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold did a Quickstep to “American Girl” by Elle King. Lindsay continued the theme of pros that grew up in Utah telling their stories. It was fitting for her to do a truly American-themed dance with a true American hero. The judges felt the team started out strong before hitting a few rough spots. Still, Bruno was impressed how Alek did the Quickstep on his toes. As for the scores, Alek and Lindsay reeled in a 7-7-8 from the judges.
Victor Espinoza & Karina Smirnoff did a Rumba to “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. During rehearsals, Karina talked about the culture shock of moving to America from the Ukraine. Victor is also from another country, so he could certainly relate to his partner’s plight. When it came time to dance, Victor took control of the situation, and of Karina, to improve greatly from the previous night as the 7-6-7 scores prove.
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess did a Foxtrot to “Coming Home, Pt. II” by Skylar Grey. There are a lot of things going on back home with Sharna’s family. Nick knew this. He promised his partner that they weren’t going home this week. Then he went out and did a dance that may have kept them safe for the following week as well. On a stage adorned with lanterns, this team turned in a smooth, flowing routine which earned them scores of three 8s.
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Charleston to “Living in New York City” by Robin Thicke. Even though his folks came from the Ukraine, Val considers the Big Apple his home. The teammates went back and forth as to how to crank out the routine and Val’s shirtless start. Their fun, uplifting routine earned 8-8-9 from the judges for the top score of the night.
WEEK 2 SCORES:
Hayes & Emma 8-7-7 23 total
Carlos & Witney 7-7-7 21 total
Gary & Anna 5-5-5 15 total
Andy & Alison 8-8-7 23 total
Alexa & Mark 7-7-8 22 total
Paul & Louis 6-6-6 18 total
Bindi & Derek 7-8-8 23 total
Kim & Tony 6-6-6 18 total
Alek & Lindsay 7-7-8 22 total
Victor & Karina* 7-6-7 20 total
Nick & Sharna 8-8-8 24 total
Tamar & Val 8-8-9 25 total
At the end of the night, Victor Espinoza and his partner Karina Smirnoff exited the ballroom.