The contestants had a chance to shake their nerves out a bit last week and add a little Latin heat. Did they succeed? It can be tough to create chemistry with a partner you’ve only known for a few weeks.
Pittsburgh Steelers player Antonio Brown certainly got comfortable with his partner, Sharna Burgess, while learning the Rumba this week. After their dance, they were interviewed by co-host Erin Andrews, and things got awkwardly dirty very quickly.
“So the best part about this is that you basically became a coach for Antonio teaching him rubbing, touching… What other things did you learn this week, AB?” Andrews said.
“To put my hips on the leg, a lot of stuff,” Brown smirked.
Andrews then asked, “How did that work out for you?”
“Uh, it was a little difficult,” he responded.
She retorted, “Really, why?”
And that’s when Brown lowered the boom.
“Blood flow,” he explained.
Everyone giggled in shock, but Andrews handled the suggestive response with a quick “family show” quip before they went to the scores.
Here’s how the Dancing With the Stars cast fared this week along with our first predictable elimination.
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe — Samba
I was so happy to see that Sweetin left her doubts in the rehearsal room and stepped out onto that dance floor with confidence. She and Keo Motsepe make a sexy couple, and I appreciate that he gave her some challenging Samba content because she has the dance foundation to give her tougher choreography.
Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani — Argentine Tango
I thought her movements were crisp, but I wish they were a bit quicker. Dovolani’s choreography tends to be on the slower side, but he has a contestant this season who can handle a fast-paced piece. Her leg lines are also really to die for.
Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska — Salsa
Rivera was my prediction to go home this week, and I was right. However, I think this dance will be the viral video of the week. He dressed as Donald Trump complete with bad hair and an orange spray tan. The Fox News correspondent had a fun rhythmic moment toward the end, but it marked a very short return for talented Sliwinska.
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas — Salsa
It’s Week 2, and we already have our second injury. Ballas was out with a slipped disc and troupe member Alan Bersten stepped in. VanZant handled the last-minute shift with aplomb in a dance that had some difficult lifts in a jam-packed routine.
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess — Rumba
This was one of my favorite couples on paper before the season began. Brown is almost there, but he has a big breakthrough coming. As Len Goodman said, “You are going to be good.” Let’s hope he focuses on his dancing versus his blood flow for next week.
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber — Salsa
Fields knows how to turn it on the second she steps on the dance floor. Even with a little fumble, her footwork was quick and clean. If Farber continues to pace her correctly, she could make it late into the game.
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd — Rumba
These two are dancing inside a magical bubble, and we are just privileged to watch them together. Yes, the tempo could have been slowed down, but DiMarco has some good basics when it comes to dance technique. Once Murgatroyd adds a little polish to his long lines, this couple could be unstoppable.
Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev — Cha-cha
I feel like the judges’ negative comments from Week 1 took the wind out of Barton’s sails, and she’s already quit in her head. I hate seeing a contestant who’s not having fun on the show, so it was nice to see her crack a smile mid-dance. Girl, believing in yourself is half the battle.
Von Miller and Witney Carson — Cha-cha
I wanted more Cha-cha content in this piece, and I think Miller can pick up his feet to utilize the space. The duo seems to have a playful relationship in rehearsals, so I think Carson can bring that out more in the athlete as the weeks go on.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold — Salsa
What is remarkable about this pair is that they already dance like one unit, and it’s only the second week. This was easily the best Salsa of the night and the best dance of the night. There was so much joy along with an easiness between the duo on that dance floor.
Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff — Paso Doble
I’ve got to admit, I was feeling the Flutie tonight. The retired NFL player has shown tremendous improvement out there on the dance floor. Like a lot of athletes, he has to watch his feet to keep them in alignment and nicely pointed. This was one of the most smoldering dances of the night, thanks to Smirnoff’s savvy choreography.
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy — Samba
Chmerkovskiy is a purist when it comes to dance choreography, and he did a nice job giving the Good Morning America meteorologist the technique behind a strong Samba bounce. She’s a strong contender, but I think Zee is going to have a breakthrough that leaves us in awe. It’s coming….
The first contestant eliminated was unsurprisingly Geraldo Rivera, who gracefully exited the ballroom floor with a smile. Next week is “Most Memorable Year,” which is always a tearjerker, and another contestant will be voted off. I’m thinking it’s Mischa Barton’s turn to dance off into the sunset.