Dancing With the Stars Season 16 Recap: All That Wacko Demented Jazz!
Can we call it already? Even beyond tomorrow’s first elimination for Dancing With the StarsSeason 16. Cheryl Burke has never been eliminated first, but D.L. Hughley is almost a full 10 points below the next person up the list. That’s bad. He may have been underscored on Week 2, but it's probably a moot argument. If he makes it through to Week 3’s Prom Night, good for him. It is possible, since there are so many couples stuck with scores of 36. That’s the danger zone. If D.L. doesn’t leave tomorrow, we’re guessing someone from the 36 squad does leave.
But in terms of calling it, we mean the finale. Check out the leaderboard below. Is that our final three right there? Maybe Zendaya won’t win, but it’s feeling like this already a race between Zendaya, Kellie and Aly, with Jacoby as a potential sleeper. Too early to call? Heck, we live for pre-season predictions based on nothing, so we’re totally fine with calling the finals now! (Our pre-season pick, Victor, isn’t totally out of the running but he’s going to have to tame that “Vicious” beast inside.)
Who stood out to you this week? Where are your votes going, and why?
LEADERBOARD Here’s a quick rundown of where the couples stand after Week 2, combining the scores from Week 1 after tonight’s scores:
1.Ingo Rademacher &Kym Johnson— Quickstep to "Billy-a-Dick" by Bette Midler — They had Contemporary last week, so this is his chance to prove he can do a more traditional ballroom dance. His movement seems good and he loosened up toward the end, looking less forced with his smile.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said last week he wanted to see if Ingo could dance and he did just that. “Bingo, Ingo!” His frame was good but his footwork was hit and miss. An improvement. Bruno Tonioli said it was a bonanza of tricky steps. Because it was so difficult, at times he messed it up a bit, but overall he had the spirit, the speed and the attitude. Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed with Len. She thought his frame was the problem and that led them to go out of sync. “What?” piped up Len. “For the male celebrity to maintain that frame is such a hard job,” Len argued. Fight! Fight! Fight! Did Len just say the girl can just hang on? Is Quickstep harder for men, is that what he’s implying?
SCORES: 6 (Carrie Ann), 7 (Len), 7 (Bruno) = 20 out of 30, for a two week total of 40 out of 60. Now it’s Len and Bruno vs. Carrie Ann.
Vote for Ingo & Kym: 1-800-868-3403
2.Dorothy Hamill &Tristan MacManus— Jive to "Chantilly Lace" by The Big Bopper — Dorothy is injured. She has a cyst that’s been pinching her nerve. She has no stability in her ankle? Eek. She wasn’t able to dance for the past few days so they had to get creative about teaching her the routine. You can do it, D! Thankfully, she looks good on the dance floor. Not as good as crazy Tristan, but no one ever could. He’s like the Mad Hatter out there in that suit with that big hair. Love when he just lets loose. She’s not the best Jiver in history — her flicks and kicks aren’t sharp and she missed some steps — but for an injured person, she’s pretty good. Definitely not great, but based on that package, it could’ve been worse. At least it was fun!
JUDGES: Bruno said that was a very brave attempt. He didn’t know if Dorothy was dancing with Elvis or Little Richard. She lost footing several times and made several mistakes. Carrie Ann said she has great natural quality of movement, but she sensed fear this week. If she comes back next week, she needs to have more confidence. Len said it had promise but it didn’t quite deliver. There was no bounce, no flair, no attack. “Jive, you want crash, bang, whallop; we got cool, calm collected. We got lost of mistakes. Coming through the legs I thought were going to go into Splash tomorrow night.” Ha! “It was a mess.” Dorothy agreed. She sounded tearful. She’s such a class act. Even if they don’t do well, they will probably be saved by the fans. They are the wholesome, fun, innocence this season is supposed to be about!
SCORES: 5, 5, 5 = 15 out of 30. Total of 36 out of 60.
Vote for Dorothy & Tristan: 1-800-868-3409
3. Jacoby Jones &Karina Smirnoff— Jazz to "Five Guys Named Moe" by Louis Jordan— He’s like a little kid, farting and playing “pull my finger” in rehearsals. Karina brought in little girls to help train him, and he said they were strict too. Cute! Nice sepia-toned intro. They look like they're in similar outfits to her jazz with J.R. Martinez back on Season 13. You can’t go wrong with suspenders. For some reason, this isn’t as impressive as his Cha-Cha last week, which closed the show strong. Definitely fun, though! But the bar was set so high for him last week, and then he got low-ish scores.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said Jazz includes a lot of elements of different styles. It’s a broad spectrum, and lifts were allowed. That was “rocking,” she said. “That was really fantastic.” She was blown away. Len said it was fun and full of razzle-dazzle and razzamatazz. This will suit him but he wants to see that same attitude but with refined attitude when he’s doing a classical ballroom dance. Bruno said he’s got it. “It was like watching a headlining star at The Cotton Club.” It had wit, charm and energy. “You’re a performer, man.”
SCORES: 8, 7, 8 = 23 out of 30. Total of 43 out of 60.
Vote for Jacoby & Karina: 1-800-868-3412
4. Victor Ortiz &Lindsay Arnold — Jive to "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars — He’s frustrated with himself for not getting the steps, and he takes it out on her. Does he have a “Vicious” attitude? He seems so sweet! Not happy about the way he moved her arm when he went for that hug. It’s only Week 2 man. But he’s a good guy. And he has personality on the dance floor. We have some natural performers this season, they just have to learn the steps and get the technique right. He’s fun to watch and his kicks are high, but in an aerobics class way.
JUDGES: Len said it had energy and fun but it didn’t have a lot going for it, otherwise. Victor wanted to know if Len’s socks were knocked off. It didn’t happen. Oh well. It could’ve been sharper and cleaner. It became scruffy and not neat. Love when Len yells at the audience! He has a whole Merchant of Venice moment. Bruno said Victor goes or it like a runaway train. But his style goes out the window. Carrie Ann banged her head on the desk. Remember when she fell off her chair last season? She’s a movement judge! Carrie Ann wanted to give Victor bonus points for getting the crowd going. Great attack and personality, but his footwork was off.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 = 18. Total 36 out of 60.
Vote for Victor & Lindsay: 1-800-868-3402
5. Wynonna Judd &Tony Dovolani — Quickstep to "Neutron Dance" by Pointer Sisters— Tony’s plan for this week is to have them be bored mall cops who just want to dance. Wynonna doesn’t want to pee her pants. That’s her motivation. Everyone is pissed off this week ‘cause they can’t get the moves. She’s crying again. We have an emotional dancer! Love the little scooters they ride onto the floor. Her outfit is nice and sexy and Tony is a hot cop, of course, even with that cheesy mustache. She does her thing, but she doesn’t seem comfortable out there, and when compared to so many natural entertainers this season, it shows. She just doesn’t have that dance performance spark.
JUDGES: Bruno said, “Those assets need security at all times.” You had to know he would comment on the boobs! He said it started well and ended as a casual stroll. She needs to keep it up all the way through. Carrie Ann said she’s still on the right track. Her frame is beautiful. Now she needs to up it a notch. She’s playing it safe. Len said the engine was running but she never got out of first gear. It was too slow, and needed more attack. But he thought it was entertaining.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30. Total of 36 out of 60. Hmm. So, at this point, Dorothy, Victor and Wynonna all have the same score. Love her, but Wynonna seems like she should be slightly below both of them, and Victor probably deserves a point higher, just from Dorothy’s tentative Week 2.
Vote for Wynonna & Tony: 1-800-868-3410
6. Zendaya Coleman &Valentin Chmerkovskiy— Jive to "This Head I Hold" by Electric Guest — Great line from Val: “Step away from the pole! What every good father should stay to his daughter.” LOL! Zendaya is very tall in dance shoes, and she hasn’t really grown into her limbs yet. She looks like a supermodel-in-the-making. They really attack the dance. Everything with them is fast. Too fast sometimes? She has those amazing legs, and she and Val do seem to move in sync well together. She looks adorable in that flapper outfit! It does help to have a perfect body.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said “Zendaya, you are the whole shebang!” She was great last week, but she was fantastic. Len said for someone this will be the last chance to dance, but not her. She was fantastic. Bruno: “A star is born, big time.” She hit some lines that are breathtaking. She has so much to live up to. It’s true. She’s like the ringer now.
7. Andy Dick &Sharna Burgess— Jazz to “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga — Sharna jokes that she may have made a mistake to give Andy creative freedom because his contribution was “the demented Worm.” Is it like The Murgalo? Speaking of the Mad Hatter! They have a whole Alice in Wonderland/Queen of Hearts set up. They are wild and wacky, but it works. What is going on that Andy Dick is such a watchable guy, even when he’s peeking out from her dress, “through the looking glass”? Was this one even better than Jacoby’s? It was more of a LOL-surprise, anyway.
JUDGES: Len doesn’t know what to say. “I tell you what, that was a laugh.” He likes Andy’s commitment. “It was awkward in places but it was fun to watch.” Bruno said it was “outlandish and crackers. A monster Jazz.” Carrie Ann made some crazy moves herself. “You inspired me.” Andy is lucky that Jazz was his category so he could be wacko demented and nail it.
SCORES: 7, 6, 7 = 20 out of 30. Total of 37 out of 60.
Vote for Andy & Sharna: 1-800-868-3411
8. Sean Lowe &Peta Murgatroyd — Jive to “(Let's Get Movin') Into Action" by Skye Sweetnam — Peta keeps yelling at Sean, and good for her! After dating 25 women, he could use some tough love. And maybe a shower. He plays a lifeguard and she’s a swimmer he rescues. Her little yellow two-piece is so cute. He’s actually pretty good. His kicks aren’t bad.
JUDGES: Bruno wants to be saved from a shark. Sean doesn’t budge. Sorry, Bruno! Sean has a charm on the dance floor, but it was a little more Lindy Hop and Jitterbug than Jive. He wanted more underarm passes. Really? Carrie Ann said it was a solid performance. When he’s not exactly in sync he falls out of the music. Len said he didn’t get it at all. The theme of the dance took over from the Jive. He didn’t see enough of the Jive. It was too much theme. Uh-oh. That’s a challenge to her choreographer. Someone in the audience asked why Len is so cranky, so Len stood up to challenge him. Fight! Fight! Fight!
SCORES: 7, 6, 7 = 20 out of 30. Total of 39 out of 60.
Vote for Sean & Peta: 1-800-868-3407
9.Alexandra Raisman &Mark Ballas — Quickstep to "Jumpin Jack" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Their music got everyone standing and clapping, so that’s a great help right there. She’s great, but you can definitely see how she can improve — which is good, since we want to see a “journey.”
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said “All I have to say is ‘Best Quickstep of the night!’” She’s seeing all the details coming through and the transformation happening already. Len said the Quickstep isn’t an easy dance. It has to be calm up top, fast down below. His only criticism is her head went too far to the left, but overall it was terrific. Bruno said it was like watching a magic bluebird in full flight. She had a classic dance and she gave it a personal skin to it.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30. Total of 45 out of 60. Aly said one of the hardest parts of this is to keep up with Marks’ crazy facial expressions. And the pointing! Don’t forget the pointing.
Vote for Aly & Mark: 1-800-868-3408
10. Lisa Vanderpump &Gleb Savchenko — Jive to "One Way or Another" by Blondie— Lisa keeps complaining about how hard Gleb is pushing her as a Russian dictator, but SIGN. US. UP. NOW. PLEASE. He is the cutest pilot. She’s the sexy, pink-clad flight attendant. They take a few beats to start, which Len never likes, and there’s some little tentative pauses, but they are so cute together. She got better as the dance progressed but her feet did come off the ground at one point. Lift police?
JUDGES: Len said she was trying to fly but it never took off for him. It was a bumpy ride, as Lisa admitted. It wa a little bit wooden and didn’t have enough flow. It jerked along. True. It was neat and precise but not brilliant. Bruno said she’s not used to commercial flight. Ha! Carrie Ann pointed out the lift to Gleb. She said Lisa holds herself with such refinement, but if she wants to go far she has to let loose a bit more. She has a Barbie doll arm that gets stuck.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 =18 out of 30. Total of 36 out of 60. Lots of scores like that tonight.
Vote for Lisa & Gleb: 1-800-868-3404
11. D.L. Hughley &Cheryl Burke— Quickstep to "It Don't Mean a Thing" by Duke Ellington — D.L. felt like DWTS went from a fun thing to “Hunger Games in tights.” He’d rather just be tired than humiliated. He thinks it would take years for him to learn all the moves. He’s so frustrated. What does he want her to do? Understand that this [bleep] is not easy for him. She doesn’t want him to talk to her like that. She walks out to let him cool down. So many frustrated celebs and it’s only Week 2! They make up, but he’s just so humiliated from Week 1, he’s gun-shy. You can do it, D.L.! We just want to see the work, it doesn’t have to be perfect. His Week 1 dance was so lacking in movement that this is already 100 percent better. It pays to have a super-low bar!
JUDGES: Bruno said he can see D.L. worked very hard on that and it had a lot of content. He still has to control his frame but he did a good job. Carrie Ann said this show is so hard and people don’t home don’t realize it (yes we do, give us credit!). D.L. has a long way to go but he’s on the right track. Len said it doesn’t matter where you start, the secret to this show is to improve each week. This week, he’s improved over last week. Well done. Now they are going to walk on eggshells around him.
SCORES: 5, 5, 6 = 16 out of 30. Total of 28 out of 60. TOO LOW! Underscored. He deserved three 6s. Poor guy. D.L. joked that he and Cheryl did their Whitney and Bobby impersonation this week in rehearsals.
Vote for D.L. & Cheryl: 1-800-868-3405
12. Kellie Pickler &Derek Hough— Jazz to “Lights” by Ellie Goulding — They are planning a sharp, contemporary Jazz. He thinks the judges will either love it or they won’t get it. Oh when he says that, he usually does something the audience LOVES. They got the “pimp” spot at the end of the show, so that’s a good sign. The smoke monster is back for this routine and Derek is SHIRTLESS in a kind of futuristic theme. They take “Lights” literally. It’s like Derek has a lightsaber. Rrarrh! This looks like a So You Think You Can Dance routine, which is what Zendaya’s top-scoring routine looked like last week. This show is inching ever closer to SYTYCD every season.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said, “Kellie Pickler, you are a dancer!” She said her Cha-Cha last week didn’t do her justice. It was freaking amazing. Len said it’s not just about a series of steps, it’s mood, atmosphere, chemistry, interpretation. For Week 2, last week was the spark, this week was a fire. Bruno said she’s got a smash hit in her hands. That was modern Jazz at its most effective.
SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Total of 47 out of 60.
Vote for Kellie & Derek: 1-800-868-3401 (1-800-VOTE4-01)
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