Dancing - Week 2

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 by Travis Cody in

YAY! Finished my Manic Monday rounds just in time.

It’s 20:00 on Monday night…Dancing time!!

I introduced the celebrities and their professional partners last week, so here’s the link if you need a refresher.

Dancing With the Stars Week 1

Tonight, the fellas dance Quickstep,

...while the ladies dance Mambo.

Apolo and Julianne: Now she did a wise thing with this Quickstep by incorporating slide elements from speed skating right off the top. That got Apolo comfortable with it. The steps were quick and they had all the elements of a proper Quickstep. Some of the choreography was a little rough, but overall it was a really good dance. Judges say 8,9,9 for a total of 26 and highest of the season so far. Combined with last week's score = 47.

Shandi and Brian: She still looks very awkward and he went for some very difficult choreography. Not wise - she's not ready for it. He should have tried something a little simpler that she could do. She was so focused on trying to do those hard steps that she forgot the most important thing in Mambo - sexy hip swivels!!!!! Judges say 6,7,7 for a total of 20. Combined with last week's score = 39.

Clyde and Elena: His footwork was fantastic and he really did the best he could with his frame. But I know something of bad shoulders - there's no way he's going to have a proper frame. He definitely enjoyed it more than last week, but it really wasn't very good in terms of a ballroom dance. Better than last week and the crowed was in his corner. I applaud his effort. Judges say 6's across for a total of 18. Combined with last week's score = 34.

Leeza and Tony: It was a little slow and she was less wooden, but she didn't have as much hip action as she needed. She seemed to enjoy it more and she danced much better than last week. Tony kept the choreography simple and matched to her ability, and correct for Mambo. Judges say 7's across for a total of 21. Combined with last week's score = 36.

Ian and Cheryl: His frame is fantastic to start and he's a great partner. He's leading her through the dance and that doesn't usually happen with the celebrity men this early. He's really good. As the dance went on, he lost some frame and glide, but as he progresses with Cheryl he can definitely challenge. Judges say 7,8,7 for a total of 22. Combined with last week's score = 43.

Paulina and Alec: Dang! She's so tall! Oh, I said that last week. She did nothing with hips and the dance was not sexy. She did dance the steps and Alec had all the Mambo elements. It wasn't horrible, but she's so tall and elegant. I think ballroom suits her better. Judges say 7's across for a total of 21. Combined with last week's score = 40.

Hey - Dionne Warwick performs on the results show. And you'll see some fantastic professional dancing. Results begin at 8pm Tuesday with recaps of all the dancing from last week and this week. Eliminations begin at 9pm.

Billy Ray and Karina: You know what? That wasn't horrible. He had the steps and he actually danced. She had to remind him a couple of times what came next, but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever seen. Gotta give him credit. Judges say 7's across for a total of 21. Combined with last week's score = 34.

Heather and Jonathan: Her posture through the whole thing was poor, but she danced it really well. Jonathan had some really tough choreography and she nailed all the steps. Judges say 8's across for a total of 24. Combined with last week's score = 42.

John and Edyta: He had some trouble with frame during the runs, but he was able to get most of the steps. It wasn't as fast as it needed to be, but Edyta controlled the tempo of the dance really well. He performed it extremely well, which over-shadowed some of the difficulty. Judges say 7's across for a total of 21. Combined with last week's score = 38.

Laila and Maks: THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP. And she can dance too. Oh my word. Sexy, sultry, hip action that will put you on the floor. She's this season's Emmitt - this Mambo was outstanding. Judges say 9's across for a total of 27, best score of the night and deservedly so. Combined with last week's score = 50.

Joey and Kym: He's a ham. Very quick feet and outstanding performance. They work very well together. The choreography was difficult and fun and they hit on every step. Very strong, and his ability to perform and entertain makes this pair a strong contender. He is also another of the male celebrities that is leading his partner through the dance as he should. Judges say 8's across for a total of 24. Combined with last week's score = 48.

As it was with the last season, the guys are the better overall dancers right now. But unlike last season, a lady is the best of them all so far.


  1. BeckEye says:

    I'm not watching it but I'm hoping that Ian Ziering wins for some weird reason. I think it's because I just found out the other day that he just turned 43 and that made me feel super old. But it reminded me of how much I loved 90210 back in the day.

  1. Mags says:

    I was thinking the same thing about his age/90210 thing, but he was old when he was on the show...so I don't feel as bad!

  1. drat! missed it AGAIN! sigh...

    smiles, bee

  1. Morgen says:

    so, no one lost a leg yet????

  1. Angell says:

    I actually watched last night's show - I usually don't. I thought it was fantastic. I loved Heather's routine - very in your face for her critics.

    John did so well, you didn't notice that it wasn't actually a "quick" step. :D He's just so darn cute.

    Billy Ray - I didn't see last weeks debacle, but I heard it was horrible. Glad to see him do something well this week.

    Leila - HOT HOT HOT HOT

    Dat's all. Good review Trav.

  1. So, Trav, how do you REALLY feel about Laila Ali? Hmm?


  1. Matt-Man says:

    Hey Trav...Feel as though I have picked up a bit of a bug over my trip but wanted to say hey...."Hey"

  1. SQT says:

    Damn! I keep missing this. Thanks for the rundown, now I don't feel so clueless. Well, almost not as clueless.

  1. Travis says:

    Beckeye: Us 43 year old guys can get it done on the dance floor!

    Mags: Aww now, 43 is just getting started!

    Bee: Mark your calendar for next Monday night at 8 my dear. You'll enjoy it.

    Mo: Not yet. There's still time to get in on the pool.

    Angell: The celebs get better every season.

    Songbird: In case I wasn't clear, that woman is HAWT!

    Matty: Welcome back old son! I got the crud too. Take care.

    Sqt: It's not must see TV, but it's dang close. Always entertaining.

  1. *sigh* I wish I could get my husband to watch this with me. He'd never go for it, though...

  1. TopChamp says:

    Is it good to be a ham?

  1. Anndi says:

    *sobs cause I missed it and was way too tired to watch the west coast feed*

    I did catch Apolo.. and um.. oh my.. THUD!

  1. Sanni says:

    We have a similar show in Germany - I guess it´s a bad copy of your original. =)

  1. Jay says:

    I just do not understand this show. I've never seen it, of course. But I do not understand it.

  1. Dana says:

    I guess I should be watching this...I love ballroom dancing!

  1. Travis says:

    Tammie Jean: Tell him about the HAWT women in skimpy dresses.

    TopChamp: Yes, it's good to be a ham on this show, but at some point one must dance well.

    Ann: Awwwww. They play a recap of the dances tonight prior to the results show. But I know how important it is for you to watch Sanjaya tonight on Idol, so....

    Sanni: While I was looking for videos of the different dances, I saw that this show is on in various forms all over the world!!

    Jay: It's one long ad for cheesy B-list celebs and ballroom dancing. But it's strangely addictive and the dancing is really superb.

    Dana: My dear girl, you must watch this show. Professional male dancers in tight fitting pants doing sexy hip swivels. It's definitely for you!

  1. Gail says:

    I frikkin missed it!! Dang job of mine!!

    I know, I know...TIVO. But I forgot to set it.

  1. Bond says:

    Conflicts with 24... so I just can;t get into it... but i come here to find out how they are doing... nice recap

  1. Travis says:

    Gail: Awww honey! TIVO dangit!

    V: Gotcha. 24 lost me several weeks ago.

  1. Anndi says:

    Caught the recaps.. west coast feed.. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!