Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23, Week 2

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23 Fall 2016: Sep. 19

Welcome to Week 2 of Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, and TV Theme Night! Because I couldn’t get the names of all songs that were danced, I’m not going to list the ones I did get. You could guess some of them (match actors to their TV shows, past and present).


The Cast:  Pros + Stars

Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast

Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer

Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,” “Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy + Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist

Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star

Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author

Emma Slater + Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor

Jenna Johnson + Jake T. Austin, Actor

Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron”

Allison Holker + “BabyFace” Edmonds, Singer

Witney Carson + Vanilla Ice, Singer

Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver

Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer


Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 Analysis

The Stars were out with their pros, supplying technique, surprises, entertainment, disappointments, and, again, receiving some unfair scores. Dance content and the amount of it was WAY better this week.

  1. Maureen McCormick: Traditional Quickstep with Artem. Judges’ scores 7-6-6-7. My score 6.5.

The positive: Good, energetic content and desire to learn/improve. She relaxed more and had fun, with former TV mom Florence Henderson involved.

The negative/Needs to work on: frame, technique, and footwork; training herself not to do those unpleasant/odd facial expressions.


  1. Jana Kramer: Traditional Tango with Gleb.                  Judges’ scores 7-8-7-7. My score 8.

The positive: She put it all out there even though she was still in a lot of pain from pulled muscles between her ribs. She’s a natural, gifted, flexible, athletic, beautiful dancer who mesmerizes those who watch her! Delightful to watch–gorgeous and sexy! WOW!  Loved it! If given consistently appropriate dance content/instruction and fair scores, and if she can avoid further injury, she could win. Dance of the night #1! Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno MAJORLY cheated her on scores for a nearly perfect dance; should have had 8’s and at least one 9.

The negative/Needs to work on: Keeping her long, beautiful legs in proper position for each dance; straighten when necessary and extend fully.


  1. Rick Perry: Traditional Quickstep with Emma.           Judges’ scores 6-5-6-5. My score 6.5.

The positive: Dancing on behalf of all U.S. veterans! Joyous attitude, cute personality, cheerful face, delight and fun in all of it.  Entertaining! Although his scores look a tad worse than Jake Austin’s, Perry is fun to watch because he gives his all, truly performs better than Jake, and has shown that he has more to offer. Len and Bruno underscored him.

The negative/Needs to work on: Rhythm, technique, and timing.


  1. Calvin Johnson: Traditional Foxtrot with Lindsay.    Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7. My score 7.

The positive: Without evening trying, he makes you like him! The dance was cute and fun, which showed in his facials; really enjoyable.

The negative/Needs to work on: His timing, rhythm, and footwork were 50% to 75% there; keep working on these and on techniques. He’ll keep improving but likely will stay in the middle of the pack.


  1. Amber Rose: Tradl./Modified Viennese Waltz with Maks. Judges’ scores 6-6-6-6. My score 6.

The positive: Her arms and hands were graceful and very pretty. Maks should have provided fully recognizable traditional content.

The negative/Needs to work on: frame/hold, posture, flow, confidence.


  1. Jake T. Austin: Tradl./Modern Cha-Cha with Jenna. Judges’ scores 6-6-6-6. My score 5.5.

The positive: The best two things about this young guy are that, on some level, he tries and has a pretty-good attitude. He improved a bit from last week; his frame/hold, rhythm, footwork, arms/extensions, and proper leg positions were halfway there. It’s all a mudslide from there and painful to watch. His legs were really weird at times, not even close to what he should have been doing.  Jenna looked darling, although in a skimpy outfit. The judges overscored him! Please, make it all stop! Bye, Jake! (Sorry for you, Jenna.)

The negative/Needs to work on: Nearly everything, esp. posture, rhythm, timing, technique, hips, footwork, legs.


  1. Vanilla Ice: Modified/Tradl. Foxtrot with Witney.    Judges’ score 6-7-6-7. My score 6.5.

The positive: He worked hard and did pretty well beyond his comfort zone. Good attitude, facials, commitment, and entertainment.

The negative/ Needs to work on: frame, posture, arms/hands/legs/extensions, footwork, grace, techniques, and timing. Big requests for a guy who’s used to doing hip-hop.


  1. Terra Jolé: Jive with Sasha. Judges’ scores 7-6-6-6.                My score 6.

The positive: So likable, cute, and fun; same for Sasha. Did everything pretty well in a big dose of entertainment.

Needs to work on: Not being “scared”/nervous; technique.


  1. “BabyFace” Edmonds: Traditional Argentine Tango with Allison. Judges’ scores 8-7-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: He really got into it, especially with really good intensity, timing, lines, frame, and facials. He even modified the music to better suit the dance. It was amazing for only Week 2! Allison could barely contain her excitement. Bruno and Julianne cheated him on scores; should have been all 8’s and maybe a 9. If the stars align, he could become a serious contender. Dance of the night #2!

The negative/Needs to work on: Again, keep a close eye on posture, technique, rhythm, and footwork.


  1. Laurie Hernandez: Traditional Jive with Val.             Judges’ scores 8-8-8-8. My score 8.

The positive: Can she get any cuter? The dance was cute, energetic, sharp, and fun. I was glad to see traditional jive content this week. She’ll keep improving what little needs to be improved while learning more. A serious contender!

The negative/Needs to work on: Val choreographed too much story/fooling around, which took a surprising time away from actual dancing, which they should have been doing more of. Laurie, keep learning/honing dances, techniques, and control.


  1. James Hinchcliffe: Traditional Paso Doble with Sharna, et al.     Judges’ scores 7-7-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: A great job, especially after having only about two days to learn and prepare. It had all required elements, such as intensity, passionate, sharpness, drama. This guy is really good; funny, too. Good musicality/timing, rhythm, grace and flow, frame/hold, footwork/arms/hands/extensions, entertainment value. My 3rd-fave dance of the night. The judges, except Bruno, cheated him on scoring. A clear contender!

The negative: If he hadn’t had to be away at a race, he would’ve nailed everything.

Needs to work on: Posture and full/better use of himself within the space.


  1. Marilu Henner: Traditional Foxtrot with Derek.        Judges’ scores 7-8-7-7. My score 8.

The positive: She’s enthusiastic and seems to learn easily. The dance was smooth, flowing, graceful, and very entertaining. Content, timing, and rhythm were on spot. Her arms/hands/extensions were lovely! My 4th-fave dance of the night. The judges, except Len, cheated her on scoring. (Julianne is careful not to show favoritism toward Derek.) If she can avoid injury and calm down more, she could become a serious contender.

The negative: Her footwork was off just a little.

Needs to work on: Taming her nerves, depending less and less obviously on Derek. Relax!


  1. Ryan Lochte: Traditional Quickstep with Cheryl.      Judges’ scores 6-6-6-6. My score 6.

The positive: He’s really trying and having fun, which shows in his face. Although fun and cute, the dance had a bit too much fooling around (but more dancing than Laurie’s had). Again, his arms/hands looked pretty good.

The negative/Needs to work on: frame/posture, timing, keeping his bum in, technical footwork and not looking pigeon-toed.


WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED NEXT WEEK?  Jake Austin: a nice kid but too painful to watch!

The true contenders: Jana, James, Laurie—all naturals.

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