Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 2 →
Welcome to Week 2 of Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted, as always with witty and colorful commentary. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli (left to right) judged.
I apologize for my delay in posting; I had computer problems.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy with Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer
Peta Murgatroyd with Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor”
Artem Chigvintsev with Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater
Val Chmerkovskiy with Normani Kordei, Singer
Sasha Farber with Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated)
Keo with Charo, Actress/Comedian
Emma Slater with Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back
Kym Johnson Herjavec with Mr. T., Actor
Lindsay Arnold with David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher
Witney Carson with Chris Katan, Actor/Comedian
Sharna Burgess with Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model
Gleb Savchenko with Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills
Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 Analysis and Results (March 27, 2017)
This week’s Dancing with the Stars performances brought probably an equal number of disappointments and delights. It also showed a combination of unnecessarily elevated and reduced scores, along with favoritism and coddling of certain celebs. One judge again stressed that ballroom dance is very different from having a background in other dance forms without admitting that such a background still gives clear advantages. History on this show has proven that the backgrounds/years of training/skills of Olympians and experts in other forms of dance have an enormous advantage over someone who has no dance experience; it’s only logical. Again, a few pros failed to provide appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content. Producers, get over your grade-school mentalities and show respect for all of us.
The positive: A hot-pink classy and well-done performance of traditional moves, good lines, and good footwork in sufficient traditional content (thank you, Artem).
The negative/work on: Nancy, polish your performance by finishing all moves, steadily. (I’m sorry that the producers keep putting you 2nd or 1st and cheating you on scores.)
The positive: Good attitude/work ethic/physical flexibility. Tonight’s dance was basically pretty, graceful, and smooth with good footwork and good lines.
The negative/work on: Erika, please understand that sex is neither necessary nor sales-worthy in all situations; learn to discriminate and choose wisely without trying to force Gleb to change his choreography for you. You can be and are a good dancer without going toward the “slutty” slide. Gleb, go ahead and choreo sufficient traditional content, which is usually BEST.
The positive: A 65-year-old entertainer should know to do the assigned work, to be honest, and to behave respectfully, but this one did not do so. Her energy level betrayed and cheated the dance. Again, I scored her mainly at a mere 50% on most requirements. Was the dance content sufficient? Keo’s, yes; Charo’s, NO.
The negative/work on: Another letdown, much worse than last week’s! What a disappointment for Dancing with the Stars! Charo, you opened with what seemed to be a sincere and true personal story (“My life is the paso.”) and ended up giving us a walking, barely foot-stomping, but tongue-rolling and petulant tirade of a wannabe flamenco dancer. You did NOT do any form of a paso to represent your difficult childhood. Have some respect for yourself in general, for your potential or existing but hidden talents, as well as for Keo (such a patient and talented gentleman) and the rest of us. Julianne, your score was absurd in rewarding a truly substandard performance and toddler-like behavior.
The positive: He seems eager to learn/improve. I scored him again at 50% to 75% on everything. This dance in certain ways was both better than and worse than last week’s, so it evened out. He showed no rise and fall in the footwork; at times he walked (uncertainly), seemingly forgetting timing, required steps, and technique. He performs at an average, typical level for Dancing with the Stars. Peta wore a beautiful turquoise gown.
The negative/work on: Nick, don’t rush or walk, let your body feel/move to/celebrate the music. Finish your arms and footwork every time; open your chest fully; learn to lead Peta instead of depending heavily on her; believe that you can do this and you will. CAI and Julianne, stop coddling Nick with undeserved higher scores.
The positive: (Alan; Maks is injured.) Rhythm 100%, timing 90%, footwork 75%. Good body moves.
The negative/work on: The dance did NOT have enough bounce; kicks/flicks were not high enough or sharp enough. Don’t throw in hip-hop; do the assigned dance only.
The positive: Bonner and Rashad are unknowingly/unintentionally competing for the Sweetest Young Guy on the Dance Floor Award. I love that their overall conduct evidences a traditional upbringing of respect, value, and restraint for self and others–real gentlemen, the kind I love to see on Dancing with the Stars. Bonner’s a country lad with a Gatsby flair. He did his best, a fine job in a good frame/hold and good posture.
The negative/work on: Sharna, your traditional content was not quite sufficient; your choreo did not maintain constant flow and thus disrupted the beauty and connectivity of what otherwise would have been a nearly perfect dance. Bonner, show us that you feel/experience the music and its joy instead of just performing it. Producers, stop trying to take this sweet guy’s earnest training and performance down to your level of an attention-starved sixth-grade boy with pitiful sexual innuendoes—and alienating viewers in the process; stop offending our sensibilities and our intelligence; come up to our level and allow Sharna to maintain hers here, too.
The positive: Cute, classy girl. Good rhythm, attitude, expressions, technique, and entertainment value.
The negative/work on: Don’t just learn the dance of the week. Experience it throughout your body to your soul while trying harder to appear less gymnastically muscular and more naturally graceful, if that makes sense. Also, challenge the sweet Sasha if you believe that he’s choreographing too much modified content, which is the main problem that anchored your score tonight.
The positive/the negative: A sweet man who tried to overcome a broken neck from 14 years ago and subsequent surgeries. Unfortunately, a full Hollywood production with several other dancers and lifts included can’t cover the obvious problems for a competitor on Dancing with the Stars. I wonder whether he could have achieved minimal bounce in his step without jolting his back. At least, he may have used his full, physically limited potential, which is more than we can say for certain others.
The positive: A full-on class act! Very impressive in every way, including impeccable posture! Content was largely traditional. Push Val for more traditional content if you need to.
The negative/work on: Keep learning techniques. Assure us that you’re truly experiencing the dance, not just performing.
The positive: Ya gotta like this sweet, WYSIWYG gentleman! The Viennese Waltz is supposed to flow smoothly and continuously, and this couple represented it both correctly and beautifully. Theirs was pretty, flowing, sensitive, believable, and balanced, with just a little appropriately understated sexiness. Rashad showed a just-right level of masculinity as an equal participant rather than an aggressive leader or a follower. As an NFL RB he logically came in with some rhythm and a tendency toward effective footwork; but what he’s accomplished already in dance is insanely spectacular. Much of what he did was spot-on, but his footwork was a tad off a few times, with an extra step or two inserted. Still the best male celeb here! A joy to watch! Emma’s movements and gown were gorgeous! “My” Dance of the Night! Perfect for Dancing with the Stars!
The negative/work on: Close your fingers and make your hands graceful. Finish every time (mostly your arms) with graceful hands. Stay successful with straight posture.
The positive & negative: Kym’s choreo’d content was sufficient, but this adorable man’s performance of it was not. Gotta love their chemistry and that Kym looks as gorgeous as ever. Mr. T, in the Paso, be as large as you’ve always been. Unless you have a physical injury or another physical limitation that we don’t know about, I think that you could learn at least some of the dance each week and put some actual bounce into your mere step; believe that you CAN learn it, its proper frame, and do more to experience and share the joy of the dance with us.
The positive: This nice, fun guy showed us some serious rhythm! Fab timing, attitude, expressions, entertainment value, and chemistry with Lindsay. The dance was cute, creative, skillfully rhythmic, and fun.
The negative/work on: Posture, technique, footwork. Lindsay, you did not choreo enough traditional content.
Long-distance true contenders appear to be: Rashad, Heather, Nancy, Simone, and Normani.
BY THE WAY: Maks, in case you’ve forgotten, you’re an extremely accomplished dancer and choreographer; you don’t need baby or pity votes. Best of luck to heal your injury!
WHO WAS ELIMINATED THIS WEEK? Good luck, Chris, in your fail-safe comedy and all else.
WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED NEXT WEEK? Mr. T Teddybear or Charo.
PRODUCERS, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO FOR THE NEXT SEASON of DANCING WITH THE STARS? Follow recommendations within this post and hire a level playing field of contenders (NO experts in other forms of dance, NO Olympians).
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