Didn’t we just do this, America? Oh yeah, we did! Last night was Ballroom Night and then Dancing with the Stars returned in a whirlwind for Latin Night. Barbara and Keo were sent packing last night and the tensions ran high as the rest of the contestants awaited their fate knowing a second couple would also be going home this week.
Let’s see how your favorites did on the second night of competition on the second week:
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev, Samba
Dancing a Samba to “Despasito”, Nikki looked about like she always does – a seductress in control of her situation. Len wasn’t keen on all of the gyrating motions in the beginning of the dance, but he admitted he thought it got better with more traditional Samba content by the end. Bruno compared it to the longest foreplay ever, though he thought the timing was a bit off. Carrie Ann appreciated that she pushed herself but told her to watch the footwork. It was mixed reactions from the judges to say the least.
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy, Rumba
Still blown away by Victoria and Val! I also loved the song choice: “Easy” as done by Sky Ferreira. Bruno said it was deeply felt and it had a very contemporary feel, but they lost a little bit of the hip action required in Rumba. Carrie Ann appreciated her vulnerability, calling it a “Coming of Age” dance. Len enjoyed the lovely emotion of the dance but felt it wasn’t a recognizable Rumba. I thought it was great – and color me jealous about that hot pink birthday cake and tiara!
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess, Paso Doble
Dancing a Paso Doble to “Diablo Rojo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela, Derek looked to be more in his element on Latin Night. Mama should be proud! Carrie Ann said it was locked and loaded and he finally owned the floor per her request last night. Len said it was danced with spirit and determination, but he still needs to watch his hands. Bruno also admired his determination, but he cautioned that he lost some of the artistry of the dance because he got too carried away with the characterization. It was a spirited effort!
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko, Samba
I really felt for Sasha in her practice package. I could tell she had gained weight since I’d last seen her on Pretty Little Liars, but I didn’t know about her polycystic ovary syndrome diagnosis that had caused her to gain 70 pounds in the past two years. Dancing to “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld, Sasha looked amazing in her dress, though I wasn’t as impressed with her technique as I was yesterday. Len liked it, saying it had plenty of Samba and sparkle. Bruno called her “Pretty in Pink” and a lovely dancer with a good feel for the music, but he told her she needs to “sell it more” because she’s gorgeous and shouldn’t be shy. Carrie Ann sees her growing, saying she’s really blossoming on the dance floor before America.
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd, Argentine Tango
If anyone can sell sexy on Latin Night, it should be Nick Lachey, right? Looking at Nick, you would assume he’s a natural dancer. And yet he seems awkward and stiff on the dance floor. Dancing an Argentine Tango to “She’s a Lady”, Bruno was shocked by his “terrible table manners” but appreciated the fact that he tried to get into character. Carrie Ann thought she saw more passion from him in this dance and that he’s working beautifully with what he has, but Len told him he’s missing the passion and intensity required for this type of dance. I would concur.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, Samba
What were Jordan and Lindsay worried about with a Samba? They were as amazing and in sync as always. He never wears flashy costumes or relies on tricks – he’s just extremely entertaining in his own merit. Carrie Ann said they have an amazing, vibrant partnership that leaves her hungry for more. Len compared him to the Energizer Bunny that just keeps rolling along, though he did tell him he’s getting some peculiar leg action because he’s not practicing in the right type of shoes. Bruno enjoyed the fresh interpretation of the Samba and loved that he put so much of his personal style into the dance. Amen!
Drew Scott and Emma Slater, Rumba
Drew on Latin Night – bringin’ sexy back with that spray tan! Dancing a Rumba to “Lights Down Low” by Max, I thought it was beautiful and sultry. Aww, how sweet – when his fiancee cries, he cries! Extra votes for Drew. In the most complicated metaphor to ever appear on this program, Len told him he hasn’t worked on the house yet, but the grass is beautiful (the basic dance) and so are the flowers that give it color (the wonderful choreography by Emma). Bruno noted that he really got it together with beautiful lines, but he needs to work on his hips more. Carrie Ann found it expressive and loves how much he’s growing in the competition. (Side note: Why did Bruno fall out of his chair? I couldn’t really tell.)
Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten, Argentine Tango
Ohh, I loved their setting – it was like we were transported to this little bar in “Havana” and were witnessing this tawdry affair. I thought they nailed the characterization required of the Argentine Tango. Bruno called her the “Cougar from Cuba” (haha, I’ll still be laughing about that tomorrow!) but told her to watch her feet to keep them from “going bananas.” Carrie Ann felt it was a solid performance, while Len called her a “strumpet” and thought it was hot and steamy. It was probably her best dance so far.
Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Salsa
Vanessa and Maks continue to prove why they’re a force to be reckoned with thanks to their sexy Salsa! Carrie Ann loved seeing them in sync and in hold together, while Len admired its energy (saying he was going to overlook the mishap) and called Vanessa a serious contender in the competition. Bruno was practically salivating at the mouth, calling it a spicy number. Ole!
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke, Samba
Dancing a Samba to “Hot in Herre” by Nelly, Terrell has never looked better on the dance floor! Good lord, now I feel bad for saying he was forgettable and should be the one going home. Len admired his pluck and posture, while Bruno said he needed to be hosed down because it was too hot of a performance. Carrie Ann called him a crowd favorite but still wants to see more from his upper body strength and bravado. One thing’s certain: Terrell is a fighter.
Lindsay Stirling and Mark Ballas, Salsa
Lindsay and Mark’s Salsa was muy caliente. Bruno called Lindsay a firecracker and complimented her ability to maintain the high level of energy throughout the entire performance. Carrie Ann said she came out on a mission and it was accomplished. She said she doesn’t dance to the music, she becomes the music! Len loved that it was full-on, flat-out fabulous and commended Mark for attacking the dance right away without any larking about.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, Cha Cha
Set to “Perm” by Bruno Mars, they saved the best for last with Frankie’s Cha Cha. Carrie Ann loved that he added swagger to his Cha Cha, while Len admired there was “no hanky panky, Frankie” and congratulated all of the contestants and their partners for coming out so strong with two tough dances on the second week. Bruno told everybody to stand up because that dance was so cheeky that it demands a second viewing with such interesting choreography.
After such an elated evening, it was hard to accept that another couple was going home. It was revealed that Nick & Peta and Debbie & Allen were in jeopardy. In the first shocking elimination of the season (that didn’t take long!), Debbie Gibson was sent packing! I really thought she’d be around to light up my life for a few weeks at least. At least she went out on a high note I guess. It just proves the old adage: you have to continue to vote for your favorites because you never know who’s safe and who’s not. Next week the program returns with a Guilty Pleasures Night and another elimination. Who do you think will be going home next?
What did you think of Latin Night? Did Debbie deserve to go home this week? Tell us in the comments below!