The key word for the performers on week two of "Dancing With The Stars" is FAST! The eleven remaining couples danced either the Jive or the Quickstep, so that meant we saw a lot of traveling all around the dance floor... followed by a lot of out-of-breath stars. Whose fast feet earned the highest scores from the judges? (Warning: Spoiler Alert!)
Here's a recap, from the highest scoring couple, to the lowest scoring couple:
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough - 23 out of 30
Good for Ricki for trying to go toe to toe with the 16 year younger Derek Hough. He's known for his tricky choreography, and for pushing his partners to beyond their limits. Ricki is feeling the age difference, but she didn't let it hold her back.
She did a very high energy dance; and Bruno Tonioli said Ricki was the only person to do all her flicks and kicks correctly.
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff - 22 out of 30
A star is born! J.R. is worried that he is the least well known of the group (Really? Seriously?) He said he plans to work really hard to overcome his lack of a fan base. Well, J.R. let me tell you, I know firsthand, that even though "All My Children" may be cancelled, there are some very vocal and devoted fans of that show and I'll bet they are all in your corner. (Quick Plea: stop emailing us about AMC being cancelled. There's nothing we can do about it).
Back to "DWTS," Karina Smirnoff gave J.R. some very challenging choreography for their jive, but he performed it with gusto and confidence. Overall, the judges were pleased with the dance, except Carrie Ann Inaba saw a lift, and Len Goodman said it was more of a Lindy Hop than a jive.
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas - 22 out of 30
Kristin told us she was looking forward to the quickstep because she wanted to dance in a hold position with Mark Ballas. She feels more comfortable dancing right with her partner than dancing some steps solo. Mark told her she can't just play on being "cute." Her goal was to actually perform and not just make it through the choreography.
Kristin channeled Marilyn Monroe and the judges were pleased. Bruno said he was bedazzled by the blonde bombshell, and Carrie Ann called the transformation gorgeous and elegant.
Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy - 21 out of 30
Yes, you read that right. The Italian model, or host, or whatever she is, was second from the bottom of last week's judges list.
But the quickstep suits her and even though she and Maks' little brother butted heads a lot during rehearsals (or at least, that's what they showed us on TV), the duo pulled out a quality quickstep. Bruno was most effusive (surprise!) and told Elisabetta she was back on the right track.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke - 21 out of 30
Again, I'm not kidding. Another of last week's low scorers found his "legs" and pulled off a nice jive. When you watch the pre-tape segments, you feel bad for the kid; where does this insecurity come from? Cheryl Burke is helping him get over his shyness and when he feels comfortable, and smiles, it works.
Bruno told Rob he was starting to blossom and find his own voice, and Carrie Ann had the line of the night when she told Rob he is officially a better dancer than big sister Kim. And that comment probably means more to him than anything!
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani - 21 out of 30
Last week's leader was worried about the lack of rehearsal time, but threw herself into learning the jive. Tony Dovolani loves her feistiness; however, he thinks Chynna is a little too hard on herself. And now we all have a new curse word, thanks to Mrs. Billy Baldwin: Fudge! And when you're really, really mad: Fudgesicle!
The judges enjoyed the dance but all thought she played it a little safe. Len Goodman called it a "polite jive."
Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus - 21 out of 30
For someone who is so outspoken and assertive on TV, Nancy comes across as very vulnerable in this type of situation. And by this type of situation, I mean one where she is not completely in control. She and her partner Tristan McManus have a "moment" (or maybe more) during rehearsal but they seem to have made nice and get through learning their quickstep routine.
Len was over the moon with their dance, saying it was refreshing to see a "proper" quickstep. Both Bruno and Carrie Ann commended Nancy for her improvement from week one.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 19 out of 30
The soccer superstar had a busy week with her day job: the U.S. Women's Team had a game in Portland, and not just any game. It was Hope's 100th game for the team. But all the traveling meant juggling dance practice in between soccer commitments. Maksim Chmerkovskiy taught her the jive, which proved a little tricky for Hope because apparently the correct way to do a kick in this dance is the exact opposite way to do a proper kick on the soccer field.
She came out in a soccer inspired costume, complete with high heeled lace up shoes. The judges praised her performance, but thought she could use a little more finesse.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson - 18 out of 30
It's easy to root for David. He seems like the kind of guy who would be a good friend no matter what; who would give you his all and is always friendly and fun. I just wish he danced a little better. He was excited to learn the jive because he said the dance is "like him;" silly but complicated at the same time.
Carrie Ann called the performance a little "Carson-esque," referring to the other low scoring dancer of the night. Len and Bruno both complimented David's enthusiasm, but told him he needs to really focus on technique.
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya - 18 out of 30
Like David, he's also adorable and you just want to hang out with him. I'd be worried about my toes if I danced with him, but I'd still do it because he'd be so darn much fun. We learned that Carson and Anna Trebunskaya put in more rehearsal time than anyone else this week, so absolutely he gets an "A" for effort.
The judges all gave him kudos for his entertainment value, if not his technique, with Len saying the worst dancers are the most fun to watch. Ouch.
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer - 17 out of 30
If this were football, Chaz would be on the injured list. He's got really bad knees, and what's the worst dance for someone with bad knees? That's right, the very fast and bouncy quickstep. Icepacks are Chaz's best friend right now; along with Lacey Schwimmer, who is very accommodating with her very basic choreography.
The judges talked about charm and likability, grit and determination; but they also said the dance was not quite up to par.
So, who goes home? We'll find out Tuesday night on ABC.