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Dancing with the Stars: week 2 recap

“Dancing with the Stars” has the entire casting shaking their booty all one on night. After taking in a comedy Mambo and many dances that were stellar, this writer is ready to dance some more.

Marissa boogies downThis week, all of the couples danced the night away in hopes of getting your votes so they can remain in the competition.  Alas, tonight on the results show, the male and female stars with the lowest combined totals (judges scores and viewer votes) will be going home.  Want my guess on who that will be?  I’ll tell you after the recap.

Getting down

We started the night with Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya doing the Mambo. Guttenberg was still just as stiff as last week, he certainly doesn’t have the talent but he does put on a good show.  I think he’ll survive this week. 
Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke performed a snappy Quickstep and to get Cristian’s posture in line she put him in a Naval uniform and wow! Talk about an officer and a gentleman! Cheryl’s polka dot dress was my favorite of the night but the dance itself was just cute not fab. Still, better than most.

Monica Seles and Jonathan Roberts had to Mambo and I must give Monica props for loosening up a little — but that’s all she gets. This poor girl looks like an Amazon at the Munchkin Ball, awkward and totally out of her element. She’s got to go home this week and save us all the embarrassment.

And speaking of embarrassing, Kym Johnson looks like she’s had about enough of her partner, Penn Jillette’s antics.  The man covers everything in a joke and it’s getting quite old. Great piece of rehearsal footage though when “Big Foot” leaned against the ballet bar and it snapped off the wall. Penn’s a great magician now if only he could use that talent to make us believe he’s a dancer. (And did he really trip after the judging, or was that another one of his jokes?) 

The King’s ex

Next up was Mount Rushmore, aka Priscilla Presley with her partner Louis Van Amstel. I finally realized what was bothering me about her expression last week, her face doesn’t move. Her lips kind of smile now and again but her cheeks and eyes are immobile! The judges liked her sexy Mambo, but personally, when she crawled toward the camera at the end — it was like something out of a horror movie!  Scary!  
Jumping for ABCShannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough are turning into one of those couples that hangs in the middle then wows them out of nowhere.  They did a nice Quickstep that didn’t wow but didn’t disappoint.  That should keep her in the competition.

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska turned in another fine performance but I didn’t feel the spark from him that I got last week.  Still, he moves amazingly well for a man of his size.

Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough performed a comedy Mambo. ‘Nuff said.

Marissa Jaret Winokur was all upset this week because she can’t perform the way the other women do but her partner took her to task and rightly so. Tony Dovolani convinced her that she has something no one else has and that’s the ability to light up a room.  Such the sweetie, I really want them to stay.

“Are you going to be deaf for the whole season?” was a question that Marlee Matlin got from a fan after her performance last week. She and partner Fabian Sanchez tore up the ballroom again with a charming Quickstep.  They could be the couple to beat!

Well, except for Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas.  Kristi managed to come out of her shell and perform a truly delightful Mambo. “Hey, baby.  Hey, baby!”  It rocked and I must admit, I didn’t think she had it in her.

The last dance went to Mario and Karina Smirnoff who performed a less than classic Quickstep but wow it was sexy and did you see that leap!  Better than most others but I think they can still take it up a notch. 

The verdict

Now it’s all over except the crying, which will happen after the results are announced tonight on ABC. The Jonas Brothers will perform and dancers will fly!  Really.  I promise.

Photos courtesy of ABC.

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