Adios! Who Was the First 'Dancing With the Stars' Couple Sent Home?
SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 2 of "Dancing With the Stars."
If you can't take the heat, get out of the ballroom!
Or so it went on Week 2 of "Dancing With the Stars," when the new cast got hot hot hot with a Latin theme that featured the samba, jive, rumba, and paso doble. But for one couple it was not not not a good night, because the show's second episode also meant it was time for the first couple of the season to go home. Yes, we know that was fast, but this season's slimmed-down format means there's no time to waste!
So who sizzled and who fizzled on Latin night? After Monday night's Latin ballroom round, Keyshawn Johnson and his pro partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated from the competition. The couple's Latin ballroom dance scores were combined with last week's totals and audience votes, making them the overall lowest scorers of the competition.
See Johnson's first "Dancing" performance that sent him packing:
The former NFL star — who scored a mere 17 points last week and struggled with this week's samba (Bruno Tonioli told him he needs to learn how to count music) — praised his partner and the experience.
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"For a guy [who's] never even bobbed his head in the car, I think the fact that I could have this experience to learn to dance and Sharna teaching me is something amazing to me," he said. "I don't really care at this point about whether we win or lose. It's just about the fact that I had the opportunity to learn from her. I think she's an amazing choreographer and her time will come. I wish I could have done more to help her out."
Of course, before this week's premature elimination, there was some dancing to be done. Here's who danced what, what the judges said, and who's in danger of going home next week.
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein — Paso Doble
Last week, science guy Bill Nye and his new-to-the-show pro, Tyne Stecklein, who landed at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard, with a paltry 14 points. (Yeah, the judges were harsh; Bruno Tonioli told the PBS science educator he had the wrong "formula," while Len Goodman compared the duo's mad scientist-themed cha-cha to a bad wax job.) But Nye has a huge fan following. "DWTS" co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet told USA Today that Nye's Week 1 dance went viral with close to 3 million hits on YouTube, the most of any dance in the competition's history. Nye's wacky Week 2 dance had him donning a maestro wig for a trippy (literally!) paso doble that had Tonioli saying, "You nearly blew a gasket!" Carrie Ann Inaba called the dance a "weird, bizarre masterpiece of insanity."