Dancing With The Stars sizzles: Latin Night Monday, 8 p.m. (PHOTOS)


SAN DIEGO, September 22, 2013 –  The first week scores on “Dancing With The Stars” were surprisingly high. Will the stars live up to their early performances in Week 2?

It’s Latin Night, and all the competitors will perform one of four classic Latin ballroom styles: the Paso Doble, Samba, Rumba, and Jive. Yes, the Jive is considered a Latin dance in ballroom competition.

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The competitors with the three lowest scores after Week 1 don’t have it any easier this week. Bill Nye (we will let you add The Science Guy to his name) and Tyne Stecklein were assigned the Paso Doble. They are likely to play it for laughs. Here’s hoping it doesn’t come off any worse than a Kate Gosselin disaster. But Nye’s fans are loyal, and they were outraged after what they saw as low scores last week. The fans are likely to save him this week.

The science of ballroom dancing is still weird for Bill Nye, but his enthusiastic fans may save him to dance another week even though he has the lowest score after Week 1. Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater were assigned the Jive. Bill is one of the oldest competitors, and the Jive requires a tremendous amount of energy. Let’s hope he’s been working on his cardio before starting DWTS.

But it’s likely that Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess are going home. They were assigned the Samba, a high energy dance that requires hip shaking and tremendous knee action to product the bouncy movement the style requires. Johnson’s hips were hopeless in the Cha Cha Cha last week, and he was hunched over which isn’t uncommon for the taller male dancers. Unless Sharna works a miracle, this might be the last you see of Johnson.

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Both Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu drew the Jive, and they are both high energy performers with high energy partners who will make the most of it. Expect them to be at the top of the leaderboard after Week 2.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne had reason to be proud of son Jack after his first week on the show. Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC

Jack Osbourne, Brant Dougherty, and Nicole Polizzi will dance the Rumba. This is the slow, sensual, subtle Latin style and it requires excellent chemistry between the partners. Brant and Peta have the highest potential for success here. We’ll get to see how much progress Jack and Cheryl Burke and Nicole and Sacha Farber have made.

Leah Remini and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren will dance the Samba, the party dance of Brazil and my personal favorite when it’s done right. Both are blessed with partners who really know how to put a Samba together, Tony Dovoloni and Val Chmerkovskiy. If either can generate the feel good energy to keep up, they could do well.

Christina Milian and Valerie Harper will dance the Paso Doble, a dark, dramatic Latin style. If Milian dances with attack and without holding back, she and Mark Ballas could be the big “Wow” of the night. It might be a shock to the system to see Valerie go dark and dramatic, but she knows a little something about putting up a good fight. The audience will be rooting her and partner Tristan McManus on.

But no matter how good the scores on Monday, someone will go home at the end of the show. The judges’ scores from Weeks 1 and 2 will be combined with last week’s fan votes.

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas have the potential to be at the top this week if they can perform a strong Paso Doble. Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC

The list as currently known:

Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Dancing NK: Jive

Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni
Dancing NK: Samba

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater
Dancing NK: Jive

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
Dancing 4th: Rumba

Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein
Dancing NK – Paso Doble

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Dancing NK – Paso Doble

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing NK: Samba

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing NK: Rumba

Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
Dancing NK: Samba

Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus
Dancing NK: Paso Doble ??

Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber
Dancing NK: Rumba

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing NK: Jive

Voting reminders: fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. A couple will go home at the end of each Monday show until the season finale on Monday, November 25.

DWTS fans had a great time in our Communities chat, and we are counting on you coming back for Latin Night Monday at 8 p.m. Bring all your friends and we promise a hot tamale time.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, September 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time 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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