Monday, March 28, 2011

A trio of kings score 23 on "Dancing with the Stars" week two

It was anything but "ladies night" on the second week of ABC's hit celebrity dance show, "Dancing with the Stars."

Celebs and their professional dance partners had the option of dancing either the jive or the quick step. Three of the male celebrities each drew the top score of the night for their quick step dancing, 23 out of 30: Chris Jericho (with Cheryl Burke), Romeo Miller (with Chelsie Hightower)and Hines Ward (with Kym Johnson).

Judge Len Goodman, who host Tom Bergeron ribbed for being grumpy for most of the night, singled out Miller (left, with Chelsie Hightower) for high praise. "That was the best dance of the night," Goodman said.

Of Jericho's footwork, judge Bruno Tonioli said "I like a man who responds well to strict discipline. And the dominatrix --she has transformed the beast into a gazelle."

Ward, who danced to a version of Stevie Wonder's "Part-Time Lover,"  was told by Tonioli to "forget part-time lover, more like full-time dancer."

Last week's top scoring pair, Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff, scored a 21 for a jive. "You attacked the dance a little bit too much and it got a bit frenzied," Goodman said. Macchio and Smirnoff are still at the top of the leader board as their score this week was combined with the 24 they received last week, for a total of 45. 

Miller, Jericho and Ward had combined scores of 42, 42 and 44, respectively.

Ward's moves were enough to bump last week's second place couple, Kristie Alley and Maxsim Chmerkovskiy, to third place. Tonioli said Alley's footwork on the quick step "started beautifully and started to wilt in the middle." They scored a 20 for the night, for a combined score of 43.

Monday night's most unbelievable moment came from Disney star Chelsea Kane and her dance partner Mark Ballas. The pair performed a freakish jive to "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! at the Disco.

 "I love choreography like that, but there is a time and a place for it and I don’t think it was right now," said judge Carrie Ann Inaba

Tonioli liked it though, saying "Very creative. Marcel Marceau desperately seeking Lolita in a 'Clockwork Orange." 

The pair scored an 18, for a combined total of 39. 

There was less movement at the bottom. Though he shared the night's lowest score of 17 with fellow dancers Wendy Williams and Sugar Ray Leonard, because radio talk show co-host Mike Catherwood scored last week's lowest score of 13, he heads into tomorrow's elimination with the lowest combined score, 30. 

"I’ve got good news: it’s better than last week," Goodman told Catherwood and his partner Lacey Schwimmer, "But don’t get excited it’s still a little bit rough. You were flying about like a wasp at a picnic."

One couple will be sent home tomorrow night. My money is on Catherwood and Schwimmer hanging up their dance shoes.

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