'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Diana Nyad & Sean Avery Sent Home; Ice Dancers Top The Leaderboard
Dancing with the Stars continued with season 18 Monday night with a surprise double-elimination and the stars taking on their preferred dance styles.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
First up on the dance floor and first to know they were safe was Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke dancing a jive. Drew certainly isn’t a natural in dancing shoes, but his effort is apparent to the judges. Len Goodman was pleased to see that Cheryl challenged her partner with a series of true Jive steps. Score: 21
The next safe couple to dance was Wonder Years’ Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy. Dancing the samba, the pair pushed the sexy angle to get the judges' attention – and to best rival Candice Cameron Bure. Bruno Tonioli says that she’s “beautiful to look at, but not quite tame yet,” while Carrie Ann Inaba said she “dominated.” Score: 24
Surprisingly, Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater received enough votes to remain in the competition and danced a tango for the judges. Much like lask week, Emma did her best to distract the judges from the fact that Billy Dee does little more than shuffle around the floor. Attempting not to be too harsh on him, the judges say they hope he's having fun. Score: 15
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, one of the best pairs from last week, performed an energetic jive. Taking advantage of the Olympic ice dancer’s small stature, Maksim choreographed a routine that featured a number of lifts and throws. The judges are impressed with the sheer difficulty of the performance. Score: 25
After it’s announced that Diana Nyad will be the first star to leave the competition, she tells host Tom Bergeron, “I wish I could have given [Henry Byalikov] a couple more weeks.” The two get to dance their cha-cha regardless of the elimination, which although better than last week, shows why the distance swimmer got the boot.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas danced a Rumba that was sensual and emotional, but not sexy, according to the former Full House star. Keeping in mind the actress’ Christian values, Ballas choreographed a rumba that swayed contemporary. The judges wanted to see more of the Latin flare in the dance and for Cameron to work on her arms. Score: 21.
The second swing routine of the night was performed by Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and Derek Hough. Derek choreographed a contained dance that allowed them to focus on their footwork in a small space. The only error the judges spotted was a missed arm turn, which was due to Hough’s jacket. Score: 24
After getting some praise for being this season’s eye candy, James Maslow decided with his pro partner Peeta Murgatroyd to play it up. They danced a salsa in which the Big Time Rush singer bared his abs for the voting public. Carrie Ann put his performance in the Sexy Hall of Fame, and even Len couldn’t deny that his solo dance moves were impressive. Score: 25
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess, who held the top spot coming off last week, danced an intense tango. After getting some bad boy tips from Maks, Charlie brought a lot of confidence to the Latin dance, proving that he’s not only skilled in contemporary. Len remarked that Charlie didn’t keep his hold, and gave him a 7. Thankfully, the other judges weren't quite so harsh. Score: 25
Nene Leakes decided to dance a jive with Tony Dovolani, as it’s her husband’s favorite dance. While Leakes brought her personality to the dance once again, the choreography was too advanced for her. Carrie Ann also took issue with her arms. Score: 21
Hockey player Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff decided to do a salsa this week, which required the athlete to learn how to move his hips. Sean definitely improved this week, even throwing in a few smiles during his dance. While he still needs to work on being a bit more fluid, the judges noticed his improvements. Score: 21
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson did a Tron-themed Tango in which the 17-year-old singer added in some pop choreography – including a moonwalk. One problem for the pairing is the height difference, which the judges seem to hope will be rectified when viewers vote for a “switch-up.” Score: 22
In addition to Nyad, it’s revealed that Avery will also be headed home after this week, despite his improvement on the dance floor. Billy Dee Williams, who miraculously didn’t get eliminated, got the lowest score by 6 points in week two. Charlie White, Meryl Davis and James Maslow sit on top of the leaderboard.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays on ABC at 8/7c.
– Chelsea Regan
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