When they say they have surprises this season on "Dancing with the Stars" they mean it! After a splashy opening number, Tom Bergeron started the show with the announcement that we would be seeing a DOUBLE elimination this week. (Find out who was ELIMINATED here.)
Cut to shocked faces on all the celebs and their pro partners. This really is a "DWTS" first. They're also sprinkling the results throughout the show rather than waiting until the very end. And the dances this week are ones the celebrities most wanted to learn.
Here's a rundown of the scores for the ten celebrities moving into the next round:
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess -- 25 out of 30
The Olympic ice dancer led the pack in week one and wants to hold onto his frontrunner status. He chose the Tango and learns the character he needs to channel is that of a "bad boy." It's clear he has no familiarity with it, so Sharna Burgess gave him some time with "DWTS"'s bad boy poster child, Maks. He got some good pointers about arrogance (on the dance floor!) and it worked.
The routine wowed both Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli; they each gave a "9." But, Len Goodman scolded the couple for breaking hold, a major Tango no-no, and he knocked his score down to a "7."
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 25 out of 30
The Swing dance is a perfect fit for this Olympic athlete. Meryl doesn't shy away from big flips and tricks. It's actually her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy who's a little gun-shy about the flips. There are plenty of butt plants during rehearsals but the difference in their sizes makes Meryl literally fly! And while she kept coming back for more, it was Maks who said he's getting too old for this kind of dance! They got a "9" from Len, and that made Maks smile.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- 25 out of 30
James and Peta Murgatroyd joked about Len's comments from last week (about James and Len being the eye candy of the show), but it is clear James wants to be thought of as more than a hunk. He's super competitive and goes full out with the Salsa. Bruno asked for more of what they were serving and Carrie Ann inducted James into the "DWTS" "sexy hall of fame."
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough -- 24 out of 30
The paralympian has a great sense of humor about her disability. No pity parties for this girl! She chose the Swing dance which seems incredibly hard for anyone, much less someone dancing on prosthetic legs. Leave it to Derek Hough to choreograph something special. Len called her amazing, Bruno said "a knockout."
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy -- 24 out of 30
Winnie Cooper brings her sexy to the dance floor! It's Samba time! Val Chmerkovskiy knows he has a diamond in the rough and choreographs a crazy/tough routine. Rehearsals were intense, and a little teary at times, but Danica brought it to the ballroom when it was time. Bruno called her a gorgeous jungle cat, Carrie Ann said she was elegant and grounded and Len praised the dance as "fantastico!"
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson -- 22 out of 30
The judges all nitpicked about the young pop star's technique during week one, so Cody and Witney Carson focus on that for this week's Tango. Witney has to reign him in a bit during rehearsal; he likes to break the rules and that's something that can't be done with the Tango. He chose this dance for an adorable reason: it's the dance his parents did at their wedding! Len gave Cody mad respect for being able to sneak a little moonwalk into his routine!
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke -- 21 out of 30
Drew was the first one told he'd been put through for another week of competition and that also meant he was the first one to have to dance. But it's clear Drew is most comfortable in front of a crowd so he was happy to be the lead-off man.
While he wanted to learn the Jive, it wasn't the dance Cheryl Burke would have chosen for him just yet. Drew exudes happiness when he's performing and the judges all appreciate his skills. Len said, "If entertainment was judo, you'd be a black belt."
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas -- 21 out of 30
Candace chose the Rumba, the dance of love. But she wants to keep things in check because she wants to stay true to her Christian values. Mark Ballas respects her wishes, which is nice to see, and she vows to do a sensual dance, not a sexual one. Carrie Ann thought their Rumba looked a little too contemporary but praised Candace's potential and Bruno told her she dances from her heart.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani -- 21 out of 30
Nene is dancing the jive because it's her husband's favorite dance. Little did she know it's also very, very hard. She committed to Tony Dovolani's choreography and had fun with it. Len called it a cute routine, Carrie Ann said she looks comfortable on the dance floor and Bruno likes the way she shimmies and shakes!
Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater -- 15 out of 30
Billy Dee had the lowest scores last week, too, but the fans have spoken and he'll be back for another round. It was a little sad to hear him say that when he looks in the mirror, all he sees is an old man doing the Tango. He definitely had a dark cloud hanging over him for part of this week.
Emma Slater tried her best to get him out of his funk. She invited two troupe members (female) in to start the dance so it was Billy Dee and three hot young women. Fun, sure, but it didn't really disguise the fact that Emma was doing all the work on the dance floor. I'm not sure Billy Dee was excited to be put through for another week. But see him we will!
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