Dancing with the Stars recap: The heat is on
Dancing with the Stars recap: Season 24, Episode 2:
There’s no time to dilly dally around in the ballroom this episode. Dancing with the Stars fans will have to wait for a kicky Mandy Moore opening number next week. This week, we have an elimination, a mysterious injury, and stars who just want to dance! Let’s get to it.
Nancy and Artem
“No Rights, No Wrongs” by Jess Glynne
As a former ice skating champion, Nancy has no problem working hard in order to nail her tricks. Artem is beside himself, because he has never had a partner who actually stood a chance at winning. That’s not the case with Nancy. And Artem has no problem telling her over and over again how G-R-E-A-T she is dancing. This sends Nancy behind a door where the camera picks up the muffled sounds of crying. Poor Nancy isn’t used to being complimented. We’ve all seen “The Cutting Edge.” We know how burly coaches from Russia bark out demands for the athletes to do it AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN.
Artem pretty much doesn’t care that Nancy is upset. His own Russian roots help him appear unfazed by the tears. She needs to suck it up and own her awesome talent. The end.
Even though Nancy is a little stiff (again, I think this is from her skating background), the woman can spin on a dime. And she can do the splits. Plus she looks super confident and comfortable in her hot pink sparkled fringe outfit. There was a rough ending where she almost fell and the unwise decision to drop large confetti from the ceiling (hint: tripping hazard), but she pulled it off.
Bruno’s Best Line: “Ahhhh! A vision! Pretty in pink!” (I’m not sure if he was talking about his own blazer or Nancy’s costume.)
Gleb and Erika
“Bad Intentions” by Niykee Heaton
Erika wants you to know that her raunchy salsa from last week was the perfect amount of sexy. It’s her personality and she’s not going to apologize for being amazing, or her big boobs. Also, she doesn’t need Gleb to like her. She just needs him to make her look good.
Gleb decides that in order to do that, he needs to borrow Erika’s Lamborghini, roll it out onto the stage, and pretend he’s a police man arresting her for bad behavior. Gleb looks great in his outfit. Erika looks a little Morticia Addams, but it worked. They swayed around the dance floor, like a perp and a cop would do, stopping only to admire each other’s bodies. Gleb stuck his nose in Erika’s cleavage on more than one ocassion. She ripped his shirt open somewhere in the middle. All of the judges thought she had great presence on the floor and perfect balance.
Bruno’s Best Line: “It was a sex trot on a hot set of wheels. Chain them up and spin them out.”
Charo and Keo
“España Cañi” by Charo
Charo is passionate about everything. And it makes me extremely uncomfortable. I don’t know why, but I find myself muttering “no, no, no, no, no” when she dances. She’s a bit erratic and Keo is doing his best to keep her in line. She looked great in her red dress, but the single flower on the tip top of her head was an interesting choice. I’m sure it’s traditional paso doble garb, but I thought it looked awkward. Keo throws the woman down on the ground at the end of the piece. I trust she didn’t break a hip. How can she coochie coochie without that thrust movement? All in all, the crowd loved her and Tom only had to bring out security twice to keep her where she was supposed to be. OLÉ!
Bruno’s Best Line: “You were like a tornado in red taffeta.”
Nick and Peta
“Love Me Now” by John Legend
Nick and Peta are “adulting” together. That means that he’s trying to figure out how to be engaged while Peta is trying to figure out how to be a newborn’s mother. Life couldn’t be sweeter. Unfortunately, that sentiment couldn’t be translated to the ballroom floor. Nick was a hot mess. He screwed up several times in obvious ways. Peta looked irritated with him. His fiancé Vanessa cheered from the audience. I’m not sure if she’s ready for this fifteen minutes of fame to be up. Nick saving grace? The sweet teal-colored tuxedo inspired by the late ‘80s.
Bruno’s Best Line: “The definition of foxtrot is effortless ease. You were like a rabbit chasing a fox.”
Heather and Maks
“Grown” by Little Mix
Heather and Maks are kicking along when Maks screams and grabs his calf. We’re still not sure what happened. Any time he spoke about it, the injury was described in vague terms. What we do know is that he is out for the foreseeable future and Alan has come in from the bench. This does not bother Heather in the slightest. She wiggles into her tiny blue sparkly number and jives her butt off in a twirly ball of energy. Alan keeps up for the most part, until the JV lady dancers saunter out for a quick hip hop. Suddenly, we all witness a Beyoncé breakdown mid-performance. It was glorious. Len hated it. Surprise, surprise. Full disclaimer, I can’t blame him since a good chunk of the dance was not jive.
Bruno’s Best Line: “I love the jive with a glimpse from Brittany from Glee.”
Sharna and Bonner
“Unlove You” by Jennifer Nettles
Bonner is excited to perform a “pretty dance with a pretty lady.” Sharna incorporates some Texas two-step into their Viennese Waltz and it is beautiful. Her pink dress was gorgeous. Bonner was elegant. The performance seemed to last thirty seconds, which left me wanting more. I think that’s a good thing. The judges praised the pair but their scores didn’t reflect the love. PS: Are Sharna and Bonner dating on the side? What do you think?
Bruno’s Best Line: “It was so sweet and touching. But don’t go woody.”
Sasha and Simonne
“Burnin’ Up” by Jessie J
Sasha makes it very clear to Simone that he doesn’t want cutesy gymnast in this routine. He wants sexy. She needs to commit to the steps and not just go through the motions. The wardrobe department sticks her in a teeny tiny gold number, slaps on some red lipstick, and she takes the floor. It was fast, furious, and fun. I didn’t love the humping the floor part, but the flip onto their feet (by BOTH dancers) was a neat surprise. Well done!
Bruno’s Best Line: “Smoldering Simone, you burned that floor. You set off all the fire alarms in the studio.”
Chris and Witney
“Hey Ya!” by OutKast
Bless Chris’ heart. He broke his neck fourteen years ago and had four surgeries. That’s clearly why he’s so stiff! His story made the cold hearted Witney cry, which is a miracle in itself. She vamped up her jazz number with a few JV dancers. They helped Chris off the stage, off the floor, into position. It was sad. I wish he had put in a few more years of physical therapy before agreeing to this. Because I believe he could have been good.
Best Bruno Line: “If this was a movie, it would achieve instant cult status.”
Normani and Val
“Give Me Your Love” by Sigala
Norman and Val joined Fifth Harmony during their headlining tour in Japan. They came back the day of the show, and the wardrobe people were cutting Normani’s fringe moments before she waltzed onto the stage. Then she proceeded to dance the crap out of her cha-cha-cha. Her yellow outfit was fierce and for the first time in the history of Dancing with the Stars, I didn’t concentrate on my beloved Val the entire time. That’s saying a lot. Normani is good and she is cute. I predict she’s a dark horse that will go far.
Bruno’s Best Line: “That was jet set!”
Emma and Rashad
“Suffer” by Charlie Puth
I’m telling you, Rashad is another one people need to look out for. He’s SO TALENTED. And strong. His song was somber, so Emma asked him to think of something that makes him sad. Solution? Channeling a long-term relationship that ended in infidelity on his girlfriend’s part. Rashad is not afraid to be vulnerable. That coupled with the fact that he is elegant and can spin like Nancy Kerrigan? Watch out people. He slides at the end of the routine and then dips Emma to the ground. Then he picks her up from the floor with both hands and lifts her to his chest. Remarkable. And attractive.
Bruno’s Best Line: “It was fifty shades of Viennese Waltz.”
Mr. T and Kym
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
YES! I love that Kym put him in a boxing ring so they could fight to “Eye of the Tiger.” Sure he stands there and punches air, but it was fun. I can’t wait to see what she pulls in the future now that she’s used both his famous TV show and movie theme songs. Let the record show that I absolutely love that he practices in old man sweats.
Bruno’s Best Line: “It’s Mr. T-Rex. Big and dangerous.”
Lindsay and David
“Bust a Move” by Young MC
Lindsay and David had two very fast/fun dances in a row. That doesn’t bother me at all. What does bother me is that she camped them both out. In my opinion, she should have choreographed a straight cha-cha-cha without the pomp and circumstance lip syncing at the beginning. It took forever to get started, but when they got into it, I liked the dance. Also, how many of you were around in the ‘90s? Did you wear black sparkly panties to the parties? With thin gold chains down between your boobs? I was more of a Polo, braided belt, loafer type, myself.
Bruno’s Best Line: “It’s MC Gramps that rocks the cha-cha-cha 90s style.”
Chris and Charo were in the red light of doom. Except they didn’t have red light this year. I guess that made people feel self-conscious? Whatever. Chris was the one who was sent home. He started off with a bad attitude, but then softened a bit when Erin asked him how much he appreciated Witney. I think it was the best thing for the competition and Chris’ health.
What did you think? Did Chris deserve to go home before Mr. T? Are Sharna and Bonner dating? Did you wear panties in public during the ‘90s? Sound off in the comments section!
I do wish they would have mentioned Chris’s injury and surgeries last week. It’s a miracle that he is walking, much less dancing. I found it inspirational. Last week, Bonner wrapped his arm around Sharna when they were off to the side and she pushed his arm away. I think DWTS wants us to think they’re dating, but she actually doesn’t even like him.
She pushed his arm away because he accidentally grabbed her square in the denim panties.
Can I answer …All of the above? Sharna and Bonner ( boner? I’m confused…does it matter?) are into each other and DWTS loves it and is taking advantage. They were holding hands at the Country Western Dance Hall
I think DWTS likes to perpetuate romances. I don’t think she’s into the cowboy.
I think it was the right decision to send Chris home. I think the physical demands of this show would take their toll and he would end up seriously injured. Charo is just a trainwreck. She actually dances flamenco, but she was so busy flipping that dress around, there was very little Paso OR Flamenco and the “bruno’s english sucks” gag has gone on long enough. At least there are a lot of contenders this year and not the usual one that you know is going to win.
I agree, Kelli. I have several favorites at this point! Lots of potential!
Hip hop for a living and use it – wrong
Be a professional gymnast and do a flip -right
Judges should follow one rule for everyone!! I do not like Heather, but that was unfair.
I agree! It’s so weird how they are ragging on her for some reason!
I love Rashad!! He’s amazing! And I adore David – he doesn’t take himself too seriously and is so fun to watch. And Normani??? Crazy talented!! I’m so glad Chris went home this week. It was uncomfortable watching him dance and I was honestly worried he was going to further injure himself. Plus the fact that he didn’t seem to actually have the ability to laugh at himself, which I found odd since he was a comedian. He seemed to take himself and the judging way too seriously rather than enjoying the experience, and that made him even more uncomfortable to watch. I wanted him to smile and laugh a little more. Anyway! Love your recaps Lincee!!
Totally agree with this! I don’t really get why Chris seemed so bitter about the whole thing. Yes, he had reasons that contributed to him being terrible, but he was terrible nonetheless! At least try to have a good sense of humor about it! It is one of the reasons I love watching David, he’s having fun with it, owns it, and is absolutely laughing at himself while he’s doing it.
Agree: it was uncomfortable watching and listening to Chris on the show, so I’m glad he headed home this week. I too was really surprised that he didn’t have a better sense of humor about everything given that he built his career around comedy. His bitter attitude and his negative comments from the start creeped me out!
P.S. Lincee, just wanted to say thanks for switching over to the new reCAPTCHA technology for reader comments on your website! The older version where we had to type in the weird combo of numbers and letters was kinda glitchy at times, but this new version consistently works smoothly for me. Love it!!
I know. I was nervous for him the entire time. That makes for some frantic moments on my part as the watcher…
Love your Re-cap Lincee! I just figured out you do DWTS. Lucky me.
Can we talk about Gleb? MEOW!!!!! He doesn’t have to like Erika but Wow….Why not?
I don’t think it’s the last time Keo will have a throw-down with Charo.
Yay Tracee! Glad you are on board!
Heather’s hip hop wasn’t right. I know Julianne is alerting us that backup dancing to Beyonce is NOT ballroom…but hey!! She DOES have an unfair advantage by being a dancer! She moves her body in front of people for a living. Just like gymnasts do…and they memorize routines for a living. Tell Mr T or Bonner that Heather doesn’t have an advantage.
Yes!! I so agree with you, its getting more and more unfair as time goes on. I don’t believe ABC is all that concerned about the fairness of this competition unfortunately. Well, the “stars” go on for increased visibility so I suppose the lesser dancers know that they are entering an unfair competition. It still bugs me though, how much they pretend that everyone has some sort of chance.
That is true, but I don’t know why they are hating on Heather. They asked her on the show! I also think that they are trying to up their dancing game lately. So everyone will have a bit more fun watching. Sadly, Len hates this idea.
This isn’t the first time they have had a professional dancer on the show. Anyone remember Zendaya from season 16? She ended up being runner up. I do not remember them giving her such a hard time about being a hip hop dancer…
LOVED The Cutting Edge reference!!! One of my favorite movies, LOL.
HOW DID YOU NOT MENTION SEEING CHAD IN THE AUDIENCE??? I was worried he was going to run into the floor during Nick’s routine. At least he wasn’t chomping on rolls of meat. I know ABC is all about pimping their shows, but why bring that loser to the audience?? :0
I agree! I thought for sure, Chad’s name would be in this week’s recap!!! I just saw online that he was a special correspondent for “Extra” and that is why he was there but since he was seated next to Jenna Kramer I thought they might be dating, but I think not.
Did anyone notice Nyle being in the audience too!
AAAHHHHH! I totally forgot about The Chad in the audience! He should have rushed the stage. Nick’s routine was pitiful…
Charo bugs me….I can’t tell if she is overdoing it on purpose or if that is how she actually is but two episodes of this and I’m already sick of it. I will hand it to her that she has a ton of energy for her age!
Part of me thinks that’s just who she is…exhausting.
Here’s what I don’t get… they asked Heather to be on this show but now it seems like they’re holding her dance experience against her. I mean it is a little strange to have a (former) professional dancer on the show, but I think the same with the ice skaters and a little with the gymnasts.. they have an advantage as well.
I agree. Don’t ask her to participate if you’re going to be irritated. With that said, I think they were mad that it was hip hop in the middle of a jive.
Anyone else think that Bruno is marking lower than usual this season?? He is usually the most lenient, seems to be toughening up with the marks now. Not that I am complaining, he gave ridiculously high marks as long as the dance was sexy, lol….
I did think that for a minute and then forgot. He seems to be status quo with the others…
Lincee, thanks for recapping this show! I used to watch it religiously but now the costumes have gotten too raunchy. But I miss the dancing so ur recap makes me feel a part of the show. Funny that Vanessa likes the fame. That surprises me. I’m bummed Max is out. He spices up the show. Loved the ‘bust a move’ talk. Lindsay is too young to appreciate the song. Definitely didn’t wear outfits like Lindsay in 90’s. more like baggy striped t-shirts from Millers outpost and shirts with shoulder pads from Wet seal!