'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2 Recap: Kellie Zooms to the Top Alongside Zendaya
It's Week 2 of "Dancing With the Stars," and that means a generous helping of the jive, some quick work of the quickstep, and … what's that? Did someone say jazz?
For viewers who missed last week's contemporary-infused kickoff, the new season of the long-running ABC dance competition has brought on two new dance styles, the first additions to the roster since Season 9. Last season, contemporary and jazz dances were featured only one time: during those wacky theme-week combos (who can forget Apolo and Karina's big top jazz, which had Cirque du Soleil colliding with "A Clockwork Orange"?), but this season they're back with a vengeance.
With new dances, new music, and, for some, new attitudes, Week 2 featured fewer jitters and more generosity -- from the judges, that is. (OK, so they didn't exactly break out the "10" paddles yet, but they'll get there. Baby steps.)
So how did the "Dancing" crew do in Week 2? Here are the highlights:
Kellie joins Zendaya at the top
Last week's leaderboard topper has a few choice words for people who think she has an unfair advantage. On her blog for Access Hollywood, the "Shake It Up" star wrote: "Everyone keeps asking me if my hip-hop background will help me, but this type of dancing is basically the exact opposite of what I'm used to. I have to go back and forget everything I've ever learned when it comes to dancing!"
Well, let's just say this girl is very good at forgetting. The 16-year-old smashed the competition (again!), dancing a spectacular jive that had judge Bruno Tonioli declaring, "A star is born big time!" The Disney star earned the first nines of the season, finishing with an impressive 26 points and firmly marking her territory at the top of the judges' leaderboard.
Right below Zendaya was country singer Kellie Pickler, who's no stranger to TV vote-off shows, although the "American Idol" alum describes "DWTS" as "a whole different type of scary." Still, this pixie princess managed to scare up some fabulous scores from the judges, despite her partner, Derek Hough, taking risks with their choreography. The three-time mirror ball champ pushed the envelope last season with Shawn Johnson and paid the price once or twice when he got slammed for incorporating flips and dives into their dances. This time, however, his crazy choreography earned a standing O -- and a pair of nines.
After a tough week in rehearsals, Victor Ortiz almost walked out on pro dancer Lindsay Arnold. Instead the boxer stuck around to dance an energetic jive, although his feet sometimes had a mind of their own. The dance provided some colorful commentary from Bruno, who said, "At one point you looked like a zumba dance. ... Your bum sticks out like an overhang!"