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Dancing with the Stars, Sept. 23 – First Quick Elimination

Everybody is talking about about Bill Nye after the first week of performances on Dancing with the Stars, so despite him having the lowest score last week, and doomed to repeat the same feat this week, I think he is probably safe this week. Everyone is also talking about Jack Osbourne and Valerie Harper, so they are probably safe as well. Look for other low scorers to go home this week. And remember: There is no results show this week. It’s being worked into the end of the show tonight.

Partners: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy. He thinks the samba is showcasing a new side to Elizabeth. She wants to let go and feel the freedom and the expression.

Dance Style: Samba
Song: Straight to Memphis

Me: She definitely has the expression down. She has good lines but needs to hold them.
Len: It was so close. It’s only week two, yet she was impressive with her energy and the way she came out.
Bruno: She was moving fast and had great accuracy considering it’s only week 2. There were a few missed steps, but Val takes responsibility.
Carrie: “You are in your element!” Elizabeth is a strong, sensuous dancer in control of her body.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24 This Week’s Score: 8, 9, 8 = 25

Partners: Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. She is worried knowing the song is going to be moving super fast. It’s also in character and “super fierce.” Mark really pushes her, but she doesn’t mind a bit.

Dance Style: Paso Doble
Song: Applause

Me: Again she shows some great emotion.
Bruno: She’s a fussy intriguing little monster. He loves a paso with little quirks.
Carrie: It was insane and night and day from last week.
Len: It was a paso doble with a little bit of a contemporary twist. Christina was focused and fierce.

Last Week’s Score: 7, 7, 8 = 22 This Week’s Score: 9, 8, 8 = 25

Partners: Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. He feels deflated after last week. The comments were great, but they didn’t coordinate with the scores he received. He’s determined to make the judges into believers this week.

Dance Style: Jive
Song: Crocodile Rock

Me: He’s better than I expected him to be at this. Much better.
Carrie: It was the most entertaining routine so far this season. The footwork was a little funky though.
Len: A lot of basic recognizable steps. From a difference he would have thought Bill was Derek.
Bruno: He definitely hit the performance value big time and threw in everything but the kitchen sink.

Last Week’s Score: 6, 6, 6 = 18 This Week’s Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21

Partners: Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. He complains about getting the worst of the lot in the Osbourne family being fat, having MS, heart problems, etc. Just before Mama Sharon walks in, Jack feels like he’s making a porno as he and Cheryl work on their moves.

Dance Style: Rumba
Song: Mad World

Me: Once again, he really surprises.
Len: He saw great control, style, fluidity, and great lines.
Bruno: He has a hard time believing Jack went all smooth, sensuous, and romantic.
Carrie: When she watches him dance it feels like she’s being transported to another time.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 8, 7 = 23 This Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Keshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess. He knows he just has to get better. He relates it to being down in the first quarter. His peers at ESPN poke a little fun at him, but he does feel their support. Sharna wants him to be in his element on the dance floor just as he is on ESPN.

Dance Style: Samba
Song: Get Up Offa That Thing

Me: He has a few missed steps, but he brings some great ‘tude to the dance.
Bruno: One thing is or sure, he went for it all the way. Some of the things he did might not even be legal.
Carrie: She felt the confidence go way up this week, and he wasn’t lacking in any hip action.
Len: Keshawn was working his assets. For him it was better than last week.

Last Week’s Score: 6, 5, 6 = 17 This Week’s Score: 6, 6, 6 = 18

Partners: Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber. He says the story in the song is that he made a mistake, and she asks if he killed someone or went to jail, and when she hears no, she figures he must have cheated on her with multiple women. Despite the story, she is still going to feel awkward to touch him so sensually.

Dance Style: Rumba
Song: Just Give Me a Reason

Me: She just needs to relax a bit more and make it a little bit smoother..
Carrie: She made pretty pictures, but there wasn’t a lot of fluidity. She wanted more emotions. The lift police make a return.
Len: He thought it was very pretty, neat, and clear, and that was the problem because it became a little too placed.
Bruno: She needs to learn how to act and sustain a character throughout, as well as work on the fluidity.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 8, 7 = 23 This Week’s Score 6, 7, 7 = 20

Partners: Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani. Tony knows she’s hard on herself and figures it’s because of her ordeal she went through this summer by leaving Scientology. She thinks they are waiting for her to fail so they an tell the parishioners that this is what happens when you leave the church.

Dance Style: Samba
Song: Maria

Me: She really throws everything into this. She could be really good if she continues.
Len: She has lovely hands and was working her hips.
Bruno: He asks who the sassy Latin beauty is. He wants her to believe in herself.
Carrie: Leah unleashed her samba goddess.

Last week’s Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21 This Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein. Last week’s performance ended up going viral. This week, Bill and Tyne are taking the negative comments from last week and using that to drive them. He’s warns that no one should mess with him, as he’s doing the paso doble.

Dance Style: Paso doble
Song: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Me: Surprisingly, he does great character work.
Bruno: He definitely stepped it up a gear. There was some paso doble there he could find as well.
Carrie: She loves that he makes fun of himself a bit, with her new favorite move being hitting himself in the head.
Len: Judging is not an exact science, and he feels he slightly underrated Bill last week. This week he liked his commitment and fun.

Last Week’s Score: 5, 4, 5 = 14 This Week’s Score: 6, 5, 6 = 17

Partners: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. He wants to pay homage to High School Musical with this number and plans to emulate the jump he did on the movie poster that he has come known for.

Dance Style: Jive
Song: Kiss You

Me: He has some great footwork and moves great to the music.
Carrie: She begs Corbin and Karina to do it again. She loves her athleticism and his musicality is spot on.
Len: Corbin can dance and might not have gotten a home run, but he at least made it to third base.
Bruno: It was a performance of dazzling brilliance. The way he managed to keep the beat was almost like HD 3D.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24 This Week’s Score: 9, 8, 9 = 26

Partners: Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus. Her knee is giving her trouble, leading to her stumbling and falling during rehearsal. It has nothing to do with her illness. He wants her to rest, but she says she’s 74 and has terminal cancer, so he should throw in anything he has.

Dance Style: Paso Doble
Song: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Me: Valerie seems to stumble a little walking down the stairs, but recovers well. The dance is too much for her, though.
Len: He liked that she started on her own and came out with total commitment. But she didn’t seem 100% comfortable.
Bruno: He loved the way she captured the grandeur of the great lady of Spain. He could see her working on her shoulders.
Carrie: It is so challenging for her to judge her and take into consideration her courage, but she knows she’s not here for that. She felt Valerie forgot some of the routine in the middle.

Last Week’s Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21 This Week’s Score: 6, 6, 7 = 19

Partners: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. They talk about undressing each other during the dance. He fears the camera cutting to his mom who will just be upset saying she she raised him so much better than this.

Dance Style: Rumba
Song: Underneath Your Clothes

Me: Adding dry ice to the floor is a great way to hide your footwork.
Bruno: He doesn’t think there is a lady in the country who doesn’t feel very restless and fidgety. Brant has to work at arressing the floow with his feet more.
Carrie: The chemistry the two of them has is incredible, but he can move and has beautiful accents.
Len: They are a terrific-looking couple and have great presence on the floor. He could see his pigeon toe feet the through smoke.

Last Week’s Score: 7, 8, 7 = 22 This Week’s Score: 8, 7, 8 = 23

Partners: Amber Riley and Derek Hough. She’s worried after last week that everyone will have big expectations of her. She’s also worried about her breasts during the dance, as he wonders if she thinks they’ll be knocking him out. She doesn’t want anyone to think “she can move for her size.” She wants them to say she can dance.

Dance Style: Jive
Song: Reet Petite

Me: She can dance.
Carrie: She definitely set the bar last week and continues to wow, but she was a little flat-footed this week.
Len: She has great speed and is a bundle of joy to watch, but she needs to work on her footwork.
Bruno: Talent and performance flows out of her like raging torrent, but she does need to work on her footwork.

Last Week’s Score: 9, 9, 9, = 27 This Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

With a combined score of last week and this week, the following couples are safe: Corbin and Karina, Leah and Tony, Bill Nye and Tyne, Christina and Mark, Amber and Derek, Valerie and Tristan, Nicole and Sasha, Jack and Cheryl, Brant and Peta, and Elizabeth and Val. Keyshawn and Sharna and Bill Engvall and Emma are the remaining two. One of these couples will be going home.

The couple going home tonight after just two weeks are Keyshawn and Sharna. For him the best part of the show was the experience. He’s never even bobbed his head in the car, so this was something amazing to him. It doesn’t even matter if they won or lost.

Thisi elimination did come as a surprise. I would have thought Keyshawn would have lasted longer. Bill Engvall needs to be on notice. He needs to have high scores every week, as he isn’t as popular with the voting audience as Bill Nye and Valerie. No one wants to give the woman with terminal cancer a low score, so she’ll probably last for awhle.

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