Now we know: If you want Len Goodman to call your dance the best of the night, you have to feature the title of your song in huge letters at the top of the stage. It worked for Ralph Macchio last week and Romeo Miller got the same treatment with his 1960's prom routine on Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars Season 12.
Romeo, Chris Jericho and Hines Ward all got scores of 23 out of 30, tying for the top spot on the leaderboard. Combining the scores from Week 1 and Week 2, Karate Kid Ralph Macchio is still in the lead going into Tuesday’s Results Show, but only by one point over Hines Ward. Mike Catherwood is still at the bottom, but only by one point over Wendy Williams.
What’s gonna happen now? That’s up to voters. Here’s what we really care about: Kirstie Alley got to plant one on Maks! Right on the lips! Even if she goes home this week, mission accomplished. Well played, ma’am.
Read on for a full recap of Week 2:
1. Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunsakaya (Team Sugar & Spice) — Jive to “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley — The Jive has a black-and-white intro, then we see their bright costumes. The dance has lots of movement and energy and Ray has a big smile throughout. Len Goodman said he believes Ray will be in jeopardy to go home after that performance. The audience did not like that! (And neither did Anna.) Len said the dance lacked refinement and any dance quality, although it was entertaining. Bruno Tonioli told "Sugar" that it was definitely sweet, but it was too soft around the edges and he needs to work on his feet. Carrie Ann Inaba said based on Ray's face alone, the routine was a 10; but his lower body was a little too spastic. Scores: 6, 5, 6 = 17 out of 30. Total of 34 out of 60 for last Monday and tonight.
2. Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel (Team Kendra n' Louis) — Quickstep to "Gotta Work" by Amerie — After an emotional package where she tearfully insisted she’s really a boy, Kendra tried to find elegance on the dance floor. She messed up a little bit on her footwork. Bruno said it was not very successful. Carrie Ann said Kendra is good at learning choreography and this week she saw more than that. She said Kendra had a newfound elegance. Len thought her “chesticles” were getting in the way, but he saw improvement throughout. Scores: 7, 6, 6 = 19 out of 30. Total of 37 out of 60 for both nights.
3. Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas (Team Kanenball) — Jive to "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At the Disco — These two definitely get the award for best costumes and most creative choreography. Carrie Ann said she loves creative choreography but there’s a time and a place for it and it was not right now. There was too little actual Jive. Len said if he was judging from home he’d love that, but this was too much messing about and there was not enough Jive. “This girl has got fantastic potential. [...] But not with dances like that.” Bruno actually liked the weird and wonderful side of it. Scores: 6, 5, 7 = 18 out of 30. Total of 39 out of 60 for both nights.
4. Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke (Team Chericho) — Quickstep to “I Got Rhythm” by Ella Fitzgerald — Chris grinned his way through this bouncy, feel-good routine. Len said it was bright, breezy and light-footed with good frame. Bruno said dominatrix Cheryl whipped him into shape. Even his bum was under control. Carrie Ann said it was amazing. She’s loving her some Chris Jericho right now. Chris called Cheryl “the dancing Yoda” who always gets results. Scores: 8, 7, 8 = 23 out of 30. Total scores 42 out of 60.
5. Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin (Team Dmitra) — Jive to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen — They are both tall and the Jive is hard for tall people. She's afraid of the tricks they have to do. She bares lots of skin under that yellow skirt, but her movements are stiff. Bruno said Petra can go from uptown girl to floozy in the blink of an eye. Carrie Ann said she has to work on her core. Len said it’s a fatal combination: Long legs, short skirt and bad technique; but she did it beautifully. She has the world’s cutest accent. Scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30. Total of 36 out of 60 for both nights.
6. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Team G-Mak) — Quickstep to "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall — Kirstie gives Maks a spontaneous kiss on the lips at the end of the routine. Lucky! Carrie Ann has to shout over the screaming audience. She says Kirstie is so in her element, but she had a little bit of a mess-up at the end. Len said it was mostly light and fluffy but she lost a bit of energy at the end. It was good but not great. Bruno said she shouldn’t worry about her weight (she wants to lose 40 pounds) because talent is more important and she has talent. Scores: 7, 6, 7 = 20 out of 30. Total 43 out of 60.
7. Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer (Team Schwimmerwood) — Jive to "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy — He’s trying to redeem himself from his embarrassing bottom-of-the-leaderboard scores on the premiere. Lacey is wearing next to nothing. Len said it was better than last week, but it was still a bit rough. He was flying around like a wasp at a picnic. Bruno said some of his kicks were good, but he has to maintain it. Carrie Ann said when they were side-by-side they were good, but he has to think about the full routine and be more consistent. He should also be lighter on his feet. Scores: 6, 5, 6 = 17 out of 30. Total 30 out of 60.
8. Romeo & Chelsie Hightower (Team RomeTower) — Quickstep to “You’re the One that I Want” from Grease — She wants to teach him the difference between flirting and being a gentleman on the dance floor. Bruno said he is the one to watch. He had ease of movement and great musicality. He can still improve on his posture. Carrie Ann said he has style, but he does have to work on his posture. Len said it was the best dance of the night and he loved it. Scores: 7, 8, 8 = 23 out of 30. Total 42 out of 60.
9. Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani (Team MY TONY how you dancing) — Quickstep to "Do Your Thing" by Basement Jaxx — She smiles throughout and the routine definitely shows off more of her personality. Carrie Ann thanked her for showing everyone some sass and what we all wanted to see. Len said it was a bit economical with the movements but it was an improvement. Bruno said it was good to see a bit more of who she is. It’s a step in the right direction. Scores: 6, 5, 6 = 17 out of 30. Total 31 out of 60.
10. Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff (Team Kamacchio) — Jive to “Nobody But Me” by The Human Beinz— His kids showed up to give advice. It's so weird to think of him even having kids. This guy can really move. Is he unstoppable? Cheryl Burke may be the Dancing with the Stars yoda, but Karina is getting killer results as Ms. Miyagi. The audience went crazy, but Len said the dance was just OK. It was all a bit too much. He overdid it and attacked the dance too much. The audience hated hearing that. So Len told them to shut up! Bruno said Ralph has a huge likability factor, but his kicks weren’t that great and his hands are still an issue. Carrie Ann said if Ralph wants him to go further, he has to be sharper. He missed a few of his steps. Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30. Total 45 out of 60 for both nights.
11. Hines Ward & Kym Johnson (Team HineKym) — Quickstep to “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder — Hines is teaching Aussie Kym some of his slang. She is clearly teaching him some good dance moves, since he’s doing great so far. He’s another one with lipstick marks on his face after the routine. It’s becoming a lipstick epidemic. Bruno said forget about part-time lover, it’s more like full-time dancer. They have great chemistry. Carrie Ann said Hines Ward is the new “twinkle toes.” Len said his frame was terrific. He had good movement around the floor. Scores: 8, 7, 8 = 23 out of 30. Total of 44 out of 60 for both nights.