SAN DIEGO, October 2, 2012 – It only took one hour this week to announce which of the All-Stars was going home in week 2 of Dancing With the Stars. Producers, your fans thank you for not dragging it out.
For the first time, three former Mirror Ball Trophy champions found themselves in the bottom three, in danger of going home. The performers identified as being “in jeopardy” were Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower, and Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson.
Only Kelly and Val were among the lowest three in the voting totals. Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy and Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas received lower scores. But it is a fifty-fifty split between the judges’ scores and fan votes, and the fans voted in large enough numers to save Bristol and Mark and Kirstie and Maks.
Joey and Kym were in a three-way tie at 22.5 points. Helio and Chelsie scored 23.0 points. This made them both much more vulnerable, because their higher scores did not save them from poor fan voting.
In the end, the right couple went home: Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson. Their quickstep routine was entertaining but not very technically proficient. Fatone said he’d had a great time on the show and went out with a smile on his face and a good attitude. He posted to Twitter right after the show: “thanks for all your love n support and votes but my ass got kicked off DWTS tonight lol . It is what it is. Had a great time!” He said he’ll be rooting for Drew Lachey and Sabrina Bryan in the finals.
Fans commenting on Twitter and the fan blogsites aren’t at all happy about Joey and Kym going home, but since they control half the results they have no one but themselves to blame when the competitors with the lower scores aren’t the ones going home.
Next week, two couples will go home in a double elimination. The couples will reinterpret an “iconic dance” from seasons past with new choreography. Judge Len Goodman announced the celebrities will be the creative directors, choosing the costumes, music, and direction of the choreography. We have seen this go horribly wrong before.
Routines you can expect to see coming back (and I’m taking bets): Drew and Cheryl’s “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” routine from the Season 2 finals; Derek’s futuristic Paso Doble originally with Joanna Krupa from Season 9; and the Argentine tango by Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke from Season 12.
Week 3 of “Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” airs on Monday night, October 8, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
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