'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2 Recap: The Top Five Dances
Dancing With the Stars” premiered last week with a headline-grabbing lineup and what judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “the best first episode ever.” The cast made news by earning the highest scores of any “DWTS” premiere in history. This week, the show kept delivering the glitz, glamour, and humor that we have come to expect, with a little bit of the usual cast member/pro partner bickering. The combination of famous names, emotional backstories, and heaps of glitter made for must-see TV.
The second episode featured our new lineup of celebrities taking on either the quickstep or the jive, and most of the pairs lived up to the hype created last week. The judges were delighted with many of the contestants, but didn’t hand out the high scores quite as freely. Here are the week’s top five dances:
(5) Sherri Shepard & Val Chmerkovskiy (23 points)
Although the "View” co-host and her partner didn’t score the most points this week, Sherri’s routine deserves a spot in the top five for pure watchability. The confident comedienne radiated fun as she smiled her way through a bouncy jive, establishing herself as one of this season's most self-assured and sassy contestants. Her personality was a hit with the judges, who also pointed out her chemistry with partner Val. “I am in love with you,” Carrie Ann declared.
(4) Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (25 points)
Actress and TV host Maria pushed through a last-minute rib injury to deliver a spot-on performance with her always-adorable partner, Derek Hough. The charismatic couple might win the cute vote, but the judges were equally impressed by the technical execution of their quickstep, despite a brief moment where they were out of sync. The choreography had a lighthearted “Bonnie and Clyde” theme, which made a strong performance even more fun.
(3) Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd (24 points)
Super Bowl champ Donald Driver proved he can do more than a touchdown dance this week with an absolutely effortless quickstep that had the judges over the moon. Donald, who grinned infectiously the whole time, made the complicated moves look easy, and struck a romantic, classy note with his partner Peta. In the episode’s most surprising moment, judge Len Goodman, usually intractable, admitted that after having watched last week’s show, he realized that he had undermarked Donald and owed him an apology. That’s a first!