On Week 2 of “Dancing with the Star,” several of the participants showed that they came to play and improved their scores. Mike Catherwood, the least known of the celebs, went home because of his lack of recognition and lack of fancy footwork. With him gone, the participants with at least some name recognition had to prove they deserve to be in the final of the show. This week, they danced to songs that had special meaning to them, hoping to engender emotional responses from the audience and the judges.
Hines and Petra Take the Top
Hines & Kym and Petra & Dmitri took the lead on “Dancing with the Stars,” each couple getting a 25 for their dances. Hines & Kym danced to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy” to honor his mother who raised him as a single mother. It was a fun samba, and Hines definitely showed his potential to take over fellow NFL player Emmitt Smith’s place as the best football player on the show.
Petra gave her best performance so far with her waltz to the song “You Raise Me Up.” She really connected to the music and emotion of the song.
Near the Top
In a close second, Chelsea & Mark and Kendra & Louis earned 23’s for their dances. Chelsea & Mark danced to “Chelsea,” a song written by her first love. Mark tried blending a traditional cha cha cha with a little modern flair. I’ve always hated Mark’s smug demeanor when the judges tell him to do traditional ballroom dancing. Surprisingly, Len liked the dance.
Kendra & Louis did the rumba to “You & Me,” in honor of her relationship with her husband, Hank Basket. I didn’t like all the stuff at the beginning. Though she and Louis had a lot the technique, I didn’t feel the emotion of the dance. I don’t think they have much chemistry yet.
Three in Third
Three pairs landed in third place, earning 21 for their performances. Kirstie & Maksim performed a rumba to “Over the Rainbow.” She wanted to dance to the song because it represented a happy and sad time in her life. Just as she earned her first role in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” her parents were hit by a drunk driver. Her mother died and her father almost died from the incident. They fell at the beginning , but they recovered and did a good dance.
Ralph & Karina fell from the top spot with their rumba to “Stay Gold.” It was the theme song to “The Outsiders,” a movie at the start of his career. He and his wife danced to the song at their wedding. Ralph & Karina did a romantic rumba. Bruno and Len, again, told Ralph that he needed to work on his hands.
Chris & Cheryl rounded out the 21’s with their rumba to “Let it Be.” He wanted to dance to the song as a memorial to his mother, who died in the early 2000s. He played this song at her funeral. Carrie Ann, of course, cried. Despite the emotional impact of the song, Len was honest about Chris’ mistakes during the dance.
At the Bottom
Surprisingly, Romeo & Chelsea received a 20 for their rumba to “I’ll Be There,” in honor of two of his cousins who died at young ages. He complained about the shoes during rehearsals, so I don’t know if they were uncomfortable or he just wasn’t feeling the dance. At least he tried.
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna did a paso doble to “My Prerogative,” a song played at one of Sugar Ray’s fights. Michael Buffer, the “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” guy, introduced the couple. Though his technique was a little unrefined, Sugar Ray looked like he was enjoying himself. I have a feeling, though, that he will be up for elimination this week again.
Wendy & Tony were at the bottom. She wanted to dance her foxtrot to “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life.” She said the song represented the beginning of her career, when she was working several radio jobs before her work as a talk show host. Her dancing was little tentative and she wasn’t as strong as she was last week. She’s so popular that the fans may save her.
More than likely Wendy & Tony and Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna will be at the bottom of the pack, though Sugar Ray had his highest scores of the season. It was interesting watching the dancers try to connect the songs to an emotion. I doubt their will be few surprises at Tuesday’s “Dancing with the Stars” results show.
Scores and Rankings:
Hines & Kym 9 8 8 = 25
Petra & Dmitri 8 9 8 = 25
Chelsea & Mark 7 8 8 = 23
Kendra & Louis 8 7 8 = 23
Chris & Cheryl 7 7 7 = 21
Kirstie & Maksim 7 7 7 = 21
Ralph & Karina 7 7 7 = 21
Romeo & Chelsea 7 6 7 = 20
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna 7 6 7 = 20
Wendy & Tony 5 5 5 = 15