Kristyn Burtt, Jake_DuPree, and SuriSerano of Afterbuzz TV review Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Week 2. Trained dancer Darvina Plante is their guest. She went to school with Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, and Mark Ballas. She also lives with Keo Motsepe. Let us know if you agree or disagree with them all on the night.
Pleasantly surprised this week – not only with the scoring and the judging, but with the fact that, for the 2nd week in a row, there were no “phone-ins”: every last couple came out and gave it their all, even if it didn’t quite pan out the way they planned (sorry, Chris). Judging seemed pretty consistent and the scores seemed to match the critiques – one would think this should happen EVERY week, but it’s becoming more and more of a rarity these days…so for tonight, I am happy :-) But that could change next week…
Somewhat sad to see Redfoo & Emma go, but I’ll just leave it at this: I think staying in the competition would have potentially been quite stressful on both of them, as I think they may have forgotten to have fun a few times in rehearsal this week. Ultimately, though, Foo went out on a pretty high note – he was definitely the most improved from last week to this week, and he did show some serious potential…although I think he probably would have struggled just to get the votes week after week, because I just don’t see too many middle-aged, conservative-leaning housewives being huge LMFAO fans 8-)
1.) Nastia & Derek – I think Rumer & Val may have gotten a bit of a gut check after watching this dance – they ain’t the only ones who want that trophy :-) This was a great, almost technically-perfect rumba – Nastia’s got the lines and the feet and the arms and the posture and the extension. Here’s the problem I have: she seems to have a lot of walls up, and the chemistry between she & Derek was almost non-existent. I guess the best way I could describe her facial expressions is “girl who has never been kissed and doesn’t quite know whether to close her eyes or keep them open” :-) And another observation: I think Nastia may be an unfortunate sufferer of “resting bitch face” – I think her neutral face is just so serious and calm that it may come across as a tad standoffish…and I wish I had some advice for her on that, but some people just aren’t as smiley as others. Maybe stand in front of a mirror and practice smiling? I dunno :-P Hoping Derek can work with her on emotional connection, because the technique is there – she just needs to get a tad more vulnerable. Read more..
Okay, we’re trying something new. We’re putting this up on Tuesdays and updating as we find out information – as long as we’ll get no one in trouble, that is. :-) Note that next week is Latin Week. Below are some of the dances. Be sure to check out our Media post for new interviews.
ETA: ABC has released show information for March 30th. Listed below are the new songs for each couple. Be sure to read the link. It has some fun info on the opening number.
ETA2: Court tell us Willow and Mark have a Paso Doble!
Charlotte and Keo – Rumba (??) (“Empire” by Shakira)
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What a great night of dancing! I’m still shocked and saddened Redfoo and Emma were eliminated so early. :( I thought they were doing so well, but, I’m glad they went out with a bang. I’ll always remember Redfoo for the true “Showman” that he is. Thanks for dancing, Redfoo!!!
So, for starters today, let’s get the scores and placings:
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: 34/40
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: 32/40
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 32/40
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: 32/40
Redfoo and Emma Slater: 31/40 (Eliminated)
Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev: 28/40
Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: 28/40
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: 28/40
Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: 28/40
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 27/40
Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe: 26/40
Chris Soules and Witney Carson: 21/40
Below is a recap of the night with ABC7 in LA. Note how the couples are interviewed….
E Online has some interviews. Be sure to see them at this link (I’d embed those but, I can’t get them to stop playing).
And here is JC Rubio with some Afterbuzz TV Interviews. He always asks some excellent questions. He does his homework. Great fan questions too…. Read more..
So, who will go home? Who will be in jeopardy? Will there be a real bottom two?? These questions and more, answered tonight on DWTS. :-)
More importantly, who will get the judges’ scorn and who will get pimped to high heaven?? Do we even need to ask these questions or is it a foregone conclusion? ;-)
Not a great dance from Chris, but not horrendous – thing I like about Chris is that he GOES for it. He really, really tries and he wants to do it.
At least I can handle the Tony and Suzanne wardrobe this week…vastly improved routine too, although I doubt any other celebs or pros will get away with that amount of fluff in the beginning and in the end.
I love Robert and Kym, that is all. :-)
LOL to Patti and Artem walking with Michael and Chris in Shades acting as body guards.
Aw, Charlotte, I love ya girl. And much better than last week. Amen to Julianne!
I liked Michael, but I liked his dance better last week.
“People are scared of us??” Well, Rumer, maybe you should be a bit scared. And humble. So, Len wants nmore recognizable Cha Cha but gives then an 8. This sounds familiar.
Vast improvement from Redfoo, but I don’t think I care for him at all. One point below Rumer?? Maybe he’s going home….
LOL…Mark is the perfect partner for Willow. And the 14 year old just did a pretty damn good AT.
Sharna is so beautiful. The hair/eye combo is amazing….and refreshing on this show.
I think Noah’s dance was also an improvement from last week!! But let’s not get carried away, Julianne.
Okay I’m crying. Wanna bet Nastia is next. They would put her after that.
Beautiful Rumba…beautiful. LOL Tom trying to skip CAI’s drama.
Who’s scared now, Rumer?? Watch your back for Willow and Nastia, hon.
Damn, Riker – well done. I’m impressed. Another contender.
OMG….I love Patti Labelle. The woman is COOL….
WhoooHOoooo Charlotte is safe!!
Chris and Witney are safe.
Redfoo is eliminated…it was NOT a real bottom two. Tryin’ to boost Suzanne’s votes a bit maybe….
The odds makers have placed their bets for week 2 of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 at Sports Bovada. Isn’t it interesting that Rumer and Val aren’t at the top? Even after all the pimping of them from the judges this past week and the media drinking the Kool Aid, the odds makers didn’t buy it. Ha!! Though if I was them, I would switch Rumer and Ryker. I’m shocked they have Willow so low. I’d put her more towards the top. Same with Redfoo. Take a look below and let us know what you think in comments. Read on to see what Miss Heidi and Court think too….
Nastia Liukin 6/5
Rumer Willis 5/1
Riker Lynch 6/1
Noah Galloway 7/1
Michael Sam 15/2
Robert Herjavec 10/1
Chris Soules 20/1
Patti LaBelle 20/1
Suzanne Somers 33/1
Willow Shields 33/1
Charlotte McKinney 50/1
Last week’s odds:
Nastia Liukin 2/1
Noah Galloway 4/1
Riker Lynch 7/1
Michael Sam 9/1
Charlotte McKinney 10/1
Patti LaBelle 12/1
Suzanne Somers 12/1
Willow Shields 12/1
Rumer Willis 16/1
Robert Herjavec 20/1
Heidi: Well, Rumer moved up, but only to 5/1 – and after all that pimpage she got! Going last, having the judges drool and proclaim her the winner…seems we weren’t the only ones who don’t buy it just yet. :-) Interesting that they have Nastia at 6/5 – I am still not convinced that she can win. Derek, after 5 wins, could choreograph 12 Emmy winning routines and still not win, plus they are pretty severely handicapped by being in NYC. Poor Nastia – Derek is a bit of an anchor with his track record and an audience who seems to think Pee-wee-baseball-everyone-gets-a-trophy is an acceptable way to hold a competition. Anyway, I think Michael is probably too low – and that Willow needs to be up with Robert. As for Noah, as much as I like him, I’m not so sure he’s going to finish as high as 4th place. It’s hard to say – Amy covered the inspiring territory, so do people expect him to dance as well as Amy? Are they inured to the injured? Is it different because he’s a veteran? Or did people even forget Amy was a double amputee because she was paired with Derek and did so well? What the general audience thinks is what will dictate how well he finishes. I don’t mean to sound callous…but people ARE callous as we saw with Amy. Of course, Amy threatened the precciousssssss….
Courtney: First off, an apology – these odds are late because of moi, as I was out-of-town this weekend and haven’t had a chance to even look at these until right meow. I guess my overall feeling about them, like my power rankings last week, is “Hmmm.” I find it interesting that the oddsmakers didn’t seem to buy into the OTT praise heaped onto Rumer, and the obvious “this could be your season!” subliminal messaging thrown at Val. As I told Heidi & Vogue – I think the oddsmakers’ BS detectors have gotten quite a bit better-calibrated over the seasons, and they probably recognize by now that that pimping doesn’t always work (hello, Vajanel). But they DID seem to buy into the nonsense the judges threw Michael about his feet – honestly, I think his performance was the most underrated of last week’s dances, and he got an incongruous amount of nitpicking from the judges. That’s what puzzles me the most, because I actually think Michael could be the biggest threat to the big 3 (Rumer, Riker, & Nastia) at the moment. I also think they aren’t quite sure what to make of Noah just yet – demographically-speaking, he should be a big draw; but ability-wise, he’s no Amy right off the bat. I think we’ll see them get a bit more decisive with his odds over the next few weeks, as we see what he’s actually capable of.
So sorry that this has been much delayed this week – I’m still trying to catch up from my whirlwind trip to New York City. If anyone cares, I saw Book of Mormon, New York Spring Spectacular (twice) and Wicked. All were tremendous. As I was telling someone on Twitter, Derek actually sings as much as he dances in this show and that was a real treat. Great voice on that boy. My favorite line from the very sacrilegious Book of Mormon?? “Jesus thinks you’re a dick.” OMG, I laughed and laughed and laughed. Read more..
Below is an archive of the Dancing With The Stars All Access Rehearsals for Season 20 from March 15 – 21, 2015. Thnaks to Storm Viking for recording them all. If you haven’t watched them yet, be sure to check them out.