DWTS Season 9: Week 2 Performance

Len and his cranky pants have the night off. In his place sits the great Baz Luhrmann. Let’s see what he has to offer the remaining 14 couples…

Couple: Joanna & Derek

Dance: Jive

This was fast and wild. I wanted more kicking. I mean, Joanna has crazy long legs – they should have been flying all over the place. Their song was “What I Like About You.” I guess cramming in 14 dances in two hours means the performances will be super short. Too bad.

Carrie Ann said it had great energy. She said Joanna has gusto. She thought Joanna’s feet were spastic and out of control. Bruno said he can see Joanna thriving, but she has to keep it clean. Her kicks weren’t precise. Baz said they’re a great couple. He said he’d love to see more relationship and connection between them through the dance.

SCORE: 20

Couple: Natalie & Alec

Dance: Quick Step

I’ll say this for the first time this season: this is my least favorite dance. It makes me want a nap – unless it’s done well (no pressure, Natalie & Alec). I so love their song (“I Want You Back”) and I wanted more from them. I really don’t think they have enough time to perform! What I did see was good.

Bruno said Natalie needs to relax more. He said she has a lot of tension and it shows in her shoulders. Baz said the quick step is a difficult dance. In the beginning she appeared to be a sports person trying to figure out what to do, but in the second half, she was in the moment. Carrie Ann said she likes watching Natalie dance. She said Natalie needs to think of Alec as an extension of herself.

SCORE: 21

Couple: Chuck & Anna

Dance: Tango

At first, a tango to “Seven Nation Army” seemed crazy. Then I saw Chuck and his angry face. This might be his dance. He still looks awkward and uncomfortable – and I mean that in a totally non-threatening way (Chuck, please don’t hurt me). But he seemed to get into the spirit of things by showing off his hairless chest at the end.

Baz said he didn’t know what “Uncle Len” might say about that. Baz said he thought it was fantastic. Carrie Ann said she was a little frightened. She said maybe people dance well, but don’t have impact. She said Chuck had it going on. Bruno said he can see the work Chuck put into it. He said Chuck did all the steps and they weren’t perfect but he wants Chuck to stay in the competition.

SCORE: 19

Couple: Melissa & Mark

Dance: Jive

I thought they looked like Mickey & Minnie without the mouse ears. I think Melissa’s feet were off a little. Here’s where the short length of the dance hurts these two – this dance was more trick and not enough jive treat. It was fun, but I wanted more.

Carrie Ann said she was happy. She said it had great energy. Bruno said Melissa has to check her feet. Baz said he thought Melissa improved from last week. He said the steps were off a bit.

SCORE: 19

Couple: Michael & Anna

Dance: Quick Step

This started a little slow, then the pace picked up. Michael might be one of the few non-pro dancers to make it through this dance with a smile. I think he did much better than last week.

Bruno said the dance had content. He said it was a proper quick step. He said Michael has shown improvement. Baz loved the way the dance was about challenging himself. He said Michael did that. He said Michael is a great performer. He said it was gorgeous and fantastic. Carrie Ann said compared to last week, this was a touchdown. She said stepping together as a team was going to set them apart.

SCORE: 20

Couple: Debi & Maks

Dance: Tango

Debi had a meltdown while learning the dance. I’m hoping that helped develop some passion here. This was the craziest version of the song “Roxanne” (like we were watching “Moulin Rouge”). This tango was the best one of the night. The footwork looked just a smidge off at the end, but I liked it!

Baz said he loved the song. He said the dance was about a love/hate relationship and playing out that story was an achievement. He thought they were fantastic. Carrie Ann called Debi the drama queen who worked it on the dance floor. She said she thought it was beautiful. Bruno said she loved it when Debi is channeling the feisty ball breaker because it works. He said it could be better in the smaller moments.

SCORE: 21

Couple: Louie & Chelsie

Dance: Jive

Oh. My. Goodness. Louie is a dancer! Sometimes I felt like I was watching the dance in slow motion. But he wasn’t bad. In fact, at times, he was good!

Carrie Ann said Louie has so much joy when he dances. She loved the flip in the beginning, but he looked lost at a couple of points. Bruno said Louie can actually do the dance, but he didn’t do enough. He said Louie has the ability and he needs to blast it. Baz said he thinks Louie has so much joy, but he dropped out at some points. He thought it was tremendous and joyous and what a jive should be.

SCORE: 19

Couple: Aaron & Karina

Dance: Quick Step

Aaron had a meltdown while learning this dance. If he’s still crazy, he’d better put that energy in his feet. Why did this need to start with Animal playing the drums? Oh. I get it. Their song was the “Muppet Show” theme. Totally distracting. So was Aaron’s green tuxedo. I had to rewind to watch this one. It was good. No. It was really good! OOH! Gonzo appeared at the judge’s table! Wait. Is it wrong that I was more excited about Muppets than the dance?

Bruno said it was spectacular. He called Aaron a mini-Fred Astaire. He said the danger is, Aaron has to live up to this. Baz said Aaron has grown from last week. He said it was a real quick step and a real show. Carrie Ann said it was truly a pleasure. She said the contact in their hold was great.

SCORE: 27

Couple: Kelly & Louis

Dance: Tango

Come on, girl! Do it! OK. Now, I’ll judge. WOW! Super fast! The footwork was off a little bit. There wasn’t much love/hate here. And, sad to say, it looked like Kelly gave up at the end.

Baz said her story is greater than a dance or the show. He said there’s a great self-revelation coming to Kelly through the work she’s doing. He said there were mistakes, but she’s a fighter. Carrie Ann agreed with Baz. She said Kelly is building a technique baseline. But she said Kelly needs to stay in character. She said she likes what she sees. Bruno said when Kelly got it right, it was like looking at Eva Peron. He said Kelly could be amazing but made too many mistakes.

SCORE: 19

Couple: Kathy & Tony

Dance: Quick Step

Here’s hoping Kathy just lets go! Such improvement! Kathy looked lovely. She moved well. It was a little slow throughout, but I think it made Kathy shine a little more.

Carrie Ann said as a full presentation, this suited Kathy more than the salsa. She said it was a little disturbing to see Kathy so reserved. She said Kathy needs to stand out. Bruno said Kathy is beautiful and elegant, but she needs to be engaging. He said Tony needed to hold Kathy closer. Baz said it was elegant and beautiful, but the quick step is an exciting dance. He said it lacked excitement.

SCORE: 18

Couple: Mark & Lacey

Dance: Quick Step

Please no kung fu! There was a whole lot of action in this and, I’m happy to report, there was not a single bit of kung fu here! He nearly fell at the beginning. This was really good! It was fast-paced through out. They stayed in hold for much of the dance. I could have done without some of Mark’s goofy faces, but it was otherwise really good.

Bruno said Mark is a great performer if only he could get his feet under control. He said Mark was on his heels instead of his toes, but Mark can sell it. Baz thought it was an incredible come back. Carrie Ann thought it was tight. She noticed Mark’s slip and said Mark’s recovery was good. She said he needs to work on breathing a little more.

SCORE: 21

Couple: Mya & Dmitry

Dance: Jive

I could have done without the silly gimmicks at the beginning. But once this started, it was all jive. It was entertaining. I loved the kicks!

Baz said that is the real deal. He said it was fantastic. He said it had speed and accuracy, but Mya claimed it and told a story. Carrie Ann said Len would not have liked the beginning. She thought it was great. She loved it. Bruno called he Mya the Magnificent. He said it was like seeing Josephine Baker and Clark Kent doing it like he’s never seen before. He said Mya is a great performer.

SCORE: 27

Couple: Tom & Cheryl

Dance: Tango

Fingers crossed we don’t have any closeups of The Hammer’s backside! Tom’s foot is hurting. Turns out, he has a pre-stress fracture. He looks tense at the beginning. Maybe that’s his look of passion? There was something a bit off here. He almost dropped Cheryl at the end. I don’t know if it was his injury or what, but this was not the Wild Thing we liked last week.

Carrie Ann said they’re a well-matched couple. She felt the tango was appropriate and liked it until the end. She said, “You got to squeeze ’em together, sir.” Tom said, “I don’t think historically, that’s been his problem.” Bruno said Tom nearly pulled it off. He said it was distinguished, determined and went to pieces. He said Tom tried to do a correct tango. Baz said it was a cliffhanger, but if Uncle Lenny was there he would have been happy with the holds.

SCORE: 18

Couple: Donny & Kym

Dance: Jive

I have to say of all the rehearsal footage seen tonight, I think Donny might have been acting when learning the jive. Right out the gate, he was kicking and moving at such a rapid pace, I started trying to catch my breath while sitting on my sofa. Trust me when I say that is not my usual reaction to Mr. Osmond! This was fun! And so was Kym’s go-go girl outfit! It was the perfect ending for the show!

Bruno said “Mission accomplished.” He said it was well-executed with a touch of John Travolta. He said Donny did a good jive. Baz said the dance was accurate. He said it’s fantastic that dance knows no age. Carrie Ann said that was an amazing performance. She said Kym was wearing one heck of an outfit. She said Donny needs to keep it up.

SCORE: 25

Tuesday, Joss Stone and Selena Gomez will perform. Also, the Macy Stars of Dance will take the stage. Oh, and one couple will go home. Until then, you can check out the DWTS page for highlights and more.

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