The procedures within the Dancing with the stars The ballroom took a dramatic turn Monday night, and it had nothing to do with the first elimination of season 30.
OK, I had a little to do with that elimination; It’s never fun being the first couple to get out of the competition. But the biggest twist of Week 2 happened when … as reported the previous Monday – Professional dancer Cheryl Burke contracted a groundbreaking case of COVID-19, turning her and Cody Rigsby’s future in competition into a huge question mark.
As Cheryl self-quarantines at home for the next 10 days, she and Cody were put on trial this week for their studio-recorded rehearsal, which was criticized and scored like any other Monday dance. How was the performance itself? Read on for some quick thoughts on this week’s workouts:
Matt James and pro Lindsay Arnold (Samba): Truth be told, Matt’s performance on this samba was more in line with the way I thought I could do it in these first weeks of competition, while last week’s cha-cha was a very pleasant surprise. I appreciate Matt’s energy on the dance floor and judging from that strip section, he’s up for anything and he’s not afraid of looking a bit silly … but the flow just wasn’t there, and those samba rolls close by. at the end they were awkward and graceless. Judges score: 22/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 46/80)
Olivia Jade and pro Val Chmerkovskiy (Viennese waltz, pictured): I have a feeling that many viewers, well at least several TVLine readers, are rooting for Olivia, thanks to the events of the last few years. But let’s isolate the dance and give it credit for what it is: Olivia is a really lovely performer. It can be intimidating, and perhaps a bit awkward, for young performers to develop sensual chemistry with male partners who are older than they are, but Olivia and Val had a beautiful opening with each other here. Judges score: 27/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 52/80)
Kenya Moore and pro Brandon Armstrong (Cha-Cha): Despite doing the best that he could Sally O’Malley print While receiving criticism from the judges, Kenia seemed strangely shy during what should have been the boldest and boldest parts of this dance. She recovered very well from a few failed steps early in the routine, but perhaps not enough to stand out as a true contender this week. Judges score: 24/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 50/80)
The Miz and the professional Witney Carson (Tango): Given the Bobby Bones-like energy emanating from The Miz, I was pleased to see how much he restrained his movements when tango called for it. Now, let’s hope Witney helps you break the habit of clenching your jaw and mouth tight. Judges score: 26/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 50/80)
Brian Austin Green and pro Sharna Burgess (Rumba): Brian and Sharna’s chemistry is clearly off the charts, and the way they hugged at the end of this issue, while singing their song, was wildly romantic. But I’m starting to worry that their relationship in real life is detrimental to Sharna’s choreography prowess – there was strangely little rumba content for Brian here, and I was hoping Sharna could challenge him a bit more than we’ve seen so far. Judges score: 23/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 47/80)
Christine Chiu and pro Pasha Pashkov (Salsa): Christine is really beaming on the dance floor, and her lifelong love for DWTS it is absolutely gorgeous. This sauce, however, had a number of awkward moments, such as Christine’s leg oddly lifting off the ground when Pasha bowed her head at the beginning of the number, or her sliding between her legs at the end that proved a bit uneven. Still, she’s such a fan of the show, and clearly she’s so committed to learning, that I hope she’s been given the opportunity to keep improving. Judges score: 24/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 49/80)
Jimmie Allen and pro Emma Slater (Rumba, pictured): The elegance! The passion! the hips! Yes, Jimmie’s rumba was particularly impressive after Brian Austin Green’s attempt, but I suspect we should be on the lookout for the country singer, who proved with this number that he’s not afraid to be vulnerable and sultry when dancing demands it. Judges score: 27/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 49/80)
Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten (Foxtrot): I know there is much from Dance viewers in the section “Why are ringers allowed in this program?” camp … but I’m not one of them. Amanda brings a refreshing freshness to her movements, and her previous experience on stage allows her to be lively and theatrical in a way that most competitors are not yet comfortable with. Judges score: 32/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 60/80)
JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson (Cha-Cha): Good for the judges for drawing attention to the contagious, but sometimes a little, energy from JoJo, which was especially evident in those side-by-side sections during the last third of the performance. That said, JoJo and Jenna deserve more credit for the perfection with which they are adjusting traditional male / female choreography for two women to perform; the movements may seem easy, but there is great physical strength underneath them. Judges score: 31/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 60/80)
Iman Shumpert and professional Daniella Karagach (Rumba): Iman wasn’t as exciting and surprising here as it was during last week’s premiere, and parts of this rumba got a bit heavy. But once again, the NBA player’s commitment to choreography and his knack for pocketing is so entertaining to watch, and sorry, but that deep lunge? When is Iman 6’5 ″? Amazing. Judges score: 25/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 46/80)
Martin Kove and Britt Stewart (Cha-Cha): Let me repeat my evaluation from last week: Ugh! A little less oof, but still. Oof. Judges score: 15/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 28/80)
Melora Hardin and pro Artem Chigvintsev (Rumba, in the photo): Wasn’t it a little weird that Melora and Artem never came downstairs during their routine? It continually felt like the performance was just beginning, and she hoped the choreography would have a more pronounced climax for such a drama-filled number. (A waste of that great note on “All By Myself”, if you ask me!) (I realize none of you were asking me). Judges score: 27/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 53/40)
Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke (Salsa): It’s hard to accurately judge this recorded rehearsal, a scenario where Cody is allowed to grimace and Cheryl grimace a bit when she makes a mistake. Overall though, this sauce was quick and light … although Cody needs to work quite a bit on his timing. Judges score: 24/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 48/80)
Mel C and pro Gleb Savchenko (Foxtrot): I sincerely hope that Gleb knows the gem she has in Mel and challenges her accordingly with her choreography. This foxtrot was so charming and refined, with an ease and certainty in Mel’s movements that only Amanda Kloots matched her routine. Judges score: 30/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 57/80)
Suni Lee and pro Sasha Farber (Cha-Cha): After seeing Suni’s rehearsal package, in which she finally allowed some emotional walls to collapse, I’m not surprised that the judges focused more on her fighting attitude than the actual execution of the choreography. But while this cha-cha was absolutely full of legit – and Quick – glad that Suni got it right, she was not as lively as she would have anticipated, specifically in her arms, which are getting a bit lazy. Judges score: 28/40 (weeks 1 and 2 combined: 56/80)
And now, the first elimination results!
COUPLES IN JEOPARDY
Christine Chiu and pro Pasha Pashkov
Martin Kove and pro Britt Stewart
SAVED BY THE JUDGES
Christine Chiu and pro Pasha Pashkov (saved by all four judges)
Martin Kove and pro Britt Stewart
Your turn is fine. Do you agree with the elimination of Martin and Britt? And what did you think of the Week 2 performances? Tell us below!