Erika’s recap: Week two of Dancing with the Stars

By Erika Hollis
The Carolinian




Ballroom night, opening number: Only one little dance shown with professionals and then an introduction of the professionals and celebrities. I wish they would stop using the same songs over and over. There is a lot of music out there.

Alan and Debbie: Debbie is not using her health as a crutch. I love how Alan’s facial expressions are to the camera, it makes me smile. Debbie was great and kept up to the music and had fun.

Artem and Nikki: Nikki is dancing for her Nana who “taught her how to be a lady.” Their stage and set reminds of the movie “La La Land,” where they are dancing in the sky. I love her muscles in the dress she is wearing.

Mark and Lindsay: I loved Mark’s creativeness. I loved Lindsay’s dress because of the butterflies. I loved the story about going from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Lindsay had battled depression and had to go through therapy to get through it. She sees everyone as beautiful. Loved the visuals of flowers in their background of their dance.

Keo and Barbara: When Barbara found out she was at the bottom of the leaderboard she said, “I’ve been dyslexic my whole life.” She got made fun of, but she noted that she’s known how to bounce back all her life. Loved the song. Barbara was being a cougar again in their dance.

Peta and Nick: These dancers focus on the finish, not the start. Nick said that his mom frequently listened to the pair’s song around their house. Peta’s dress tripped Nick.

Emma and Drew: Drew pulled his hamstring in the first rehearsal and could not walk on it. Big band music is overused on DWTS, but I loved how Drew started out with the troupe dancers so that he was highlighted by himself. The couple did really great on the Charleston section of the dance.

Maks and Vanessa: Vanessa must maintain her score. Maks demands perfection. Vanessa cut her left big toe. I loved song and dance choices. Vanessa was called “Ava Gardner, with a little bit of Jessica Rabbit.”

Witney and Frankie: Frankie was so nervous dancing last week because of his serious back injury. I loved the dancers’ start and how Frankie came down the stairs. I loved the fast-paced dance and song lyrics. I thought that Witney was going to overpower Frankie, but that did not happen. Frankie has been trying to heal his back so that he can stay in the competition.

Cheryl and T.O.: T.O. is very competitive and he got frustrated at himself this week. I loved the staging that Cheryl did, reminds me of a bedroom, and at the end T.O. does the “Magic Mike” move. Len thought it was too raunchy for him.

Gleb and Sasha: Sasha’s parents are Latin dancers and they came in with an acrobatic flare. Then, Gleb asked for a private lesson with them. It became three against one. Sasha took her parents’ advice and had her ballroom face. Gleb said that Sasha does not know what he and her parents are talking about, but they agreed on everything that was said.

Val and Victoria: When Victoria was really sick, she used to watch Dancing with the Stars. The couple danced to a new Taylor Swift song, using the same concept from Swift’s music video. In the dance, Victoria was in control, then Val, but then Victoria’s character “won” at the end.

Sharna and Derek: I loved their polka dot outfits and the song choice, they fit perfectly together. Derek’s mother is a fan of the show and was excited to attend this week. Sharna and Derek’s performance was fun and lighthearted, but they need to work on technique. Derek’s mother agreed on the judges’ comments about her son tucking his butt during the dance.

Lindsey and Jordan: Jordan is very ambitious and he and Lindsey have been family right from the start, at rehearsals. The pair wanted the best dance of the night. Jordan is very great at leading and his movements are great too, he danced like a singer.

Bottom two: Cheryl and T.O.; Barbara and Keo
Eliminated: Barbara and Keo





Latin night, opening number: I loved the professionals and the music. I understood the Spanish words they were saying. I was disappointed, because I was expecting the celebrities to dance a few steps with professionals as well. I went to Hispanic Awareness Association’s Latin dance night last Thursday and quickly learned the basic steps.

Artem and Nikki: Nikki kept giggling every time she and Artem got close. Nikki has been with her fiancé, John for five years. I do not like the song they chose, “Despacito” because of what Justin Bieber did to it. Anyway, the dance was just “okay” for me. I loved that Nikki was confident to wear something so short and tight.

Val and Victoria: Victoria was having problems doing an adult dance. There cannot be space between them. I loved when Val said to her, “I don’t know why you are laughing, do you know how many women would love to be in this position?”. Val was teaching Victoria how close together they must be to dance the rumba. The song, again, is overused for DWTS, but I loved the concept. Victoria was entertaining to watch.

Sharna and Derek: Sharna said, “you are so lovable” to him. Traditional Spanish music and the setting they chose has been done so many times. Derek was a very strong force in the dance, but I think Sharna was overpowering him a little bit.

Gelb and Sasha: Sasha has been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is a hormone imbalance and causes weight gain. Sasha had her ballroom face on game. The song was okay… I actually love the song, but I wanted something a little faster for Sasha.

Peta and Nick: Peta told Nick to imagine his first date with his wife, Vanessa. Well, they botched the song. It was okay. It seemed mundane and slow to me.

Lindsay and Jordan: Jordan is very excited to learn new dances. I loved how Lindsay highlighted him by not having any props. Jordan is a great dancer and can probably hold his own, even with the professional dancers.

Emma and Drew: How could they see well enough to dance their routine? I mean, seriously! If you missed it, watch the video. I would be blind after that, if I were them. I could not watch it because the lights hurt my eyes on the video.

Alan and Debbie: Loved the setting. It went nicely with the song and made it feel like you were in a foreign country. Debbie could keep with the tempo and always in contact with Alan.

Maks and Vanessa: I just cannot take Maks doing cheerleading moves. Vanessa based her dance from when she used to go out to clubs with her friends. Powerful and playful. I recognized all those steps from Latin dance night at Upstate.

Cheryl and T.O.: T.O. said he was “sexily handsome” and that “he is single as Kraft cheese.” They did a song that was nostalgic for me. The concept was nice. They were acting as a fireman and a firewoman and actually not mimicking a stripper routine.

Mark and Lindsey: Lindsey grew up milking cows and doing yard work and comes from a very conservative family. Her sarcasm to the producer about using her salsa moves on a future boyfriend is so funny. They were having so much fun and I would want to dance with them. She had all her steps down and knew every single move.

Witney and Frankie: He is doing 15-hour days just to stay on DWTS and he is taking care of his body. Fun, but the song was all right. I did not like it being for Frankie. He did well with the dance, though. I also liked the 3D effect of the set.

Bottom two: Alan and Debbie; Nick and Peta
Eliminated: Alan and Debbie