Dancing With The Stars Week 2: Hughley improves, Pickler scores: VIDEO

SAN DIEGO – March 25, 2013 – As expected, the Quickstep, Jive and Jazz routines challenged competitors this week on “Dancing With The Stars.” Many couples improved, but there were a few real hits and several serious misses.

The highlights: The best was saved for last, as Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough performed a mesmerizing modern jazz routine to the Ellie Goulding song “Lights,” dancing on a darkened stage and using a neon light stick as a prop. It’s too early to score tens, but two nines and an eight will have to do. Hough is a brilliant choreographer and he has a talented partner in Pickler with great legs, lines, and timing. They already look like finalists.

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So do Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, who also scored two nines and an eight for an energetic jive full of sass, speed, and style.

Just in back of these leaders were Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff with a jazz routine that showed improvement and more rehearsal time than last week, with a score of 23; and Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, who did a nice job with their quickstep and notched three eights for 24 points. 

These couples are in zero danger of going home. 

In the middle of the pack these week are competitors whose scores stayed about the same as last week. Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson did an adequate quickstep for 20 points, and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd also scored 20 for their Jive routine.

The surprise of the night: the wacky Mad Hatter meets Lady Gaga jazz routine by Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess. Whatever Andy Dick lacks in dance technique, he makes up in enthusiasm. He’s this season’s Carson Kressley crossed with Woody Allen. It’s hard to imagine unless you saw it. Burgess is doing a great job working with what she’s got, and their 20 points was a true improvement. They’re likely to stick around, because fans will want to see what this entertainment pair will come up with next.

Boxer Victor Oritz and Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump both scored another round of sixes from all the judges for a second week in a row. Ortiz showed energy but not all that much technique in his jive, and Vanderpump simply struggled to get through her jive with Gleb Savchenko, a ill considered routine featuring Savchenko as a hot to trot airline pilot and Vanderpump as the stewardess. Aren’t we done with this 60s Coffee Tea or Me stereotype? 

DL Hughley is at the bottom of the leaderboard, but he improved his scores from last week and got through his quickstep routine without missing any moves. His frame was not the best and his speed needs work, but the judges love seeing improvement and there’s no doubt his comments are so entertaining fans might keep Mr. Boogie Fantastic around another week.

The disappointment of the night was Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus in a lackluster jive. Hamill seemed intimidated and it made her hesitant and slow. She received the lowest score of the night, three fives from the judges.

The dancer who deserves to go home is Wynonna. She danced a quickstep with partner Tony Dovoloni that started out slow and dragged as it went along. Near the end, Wynonna seemed to barely go through the motions. Did she tire out? Did she just give up? It’s hard to say, but the lack of output should earn her a trip to the seats.

But the fans get a say and their votes are half the score. We have seen poor performers saved through the fan votes.  So whose fans will come through for them?

On Tuesday’s first elimination show, singer Josh Groban will peform. For the first time, fans will choose the encore performance via Twitter. Fans can post a hashtag with #encore and the star’s first name they want to see again. Every hashtag is a vote. After the show, the hashtag #encoreKellie was in the top five trending terms on Twitter, no surprise. 

You can vote via text message using the last four numbers for any couple. You can also vote on the official Dancing With The Stars page on Facebook, or online at the ABC Dancing With The Stars page.

The total scores from week one and week two in order: 

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jive (24 + 26) = 50
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Jazz (21 + 26) = 47
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Quickstep (21 + 24) = 45
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Jazz (20 + 23) = 43
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Quickstep (20+20) = 40
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Jive (19 + 20) = 39
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Jazz (17 + 20) = 37
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus: Jive (21+15) = 36
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Jive (18 + 18) = 36
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovoloni: Quickstep (18 + 18) = 36
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Jive (18 + 18) = 36
DL Hughley and Cheryl Burke: Quickstep (12 + 16) = 28 

“Dancing With the Stars: The Results” airs  Tuesday night, March 26, on the ABC Television Network.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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