‘DWTS’: Stumble And An Injury Puts Peformances In Jeopardy

DWTS Season 29 First Round Elimination

Dancing With the Stars entered week 2, and the contestants are already getting into the competition. First week jitters seemed to be shaken off for some duos, leading to improved performances. But we also saw a stumble that got the best of a competitor and an injury that put a performance in jeopardy on DWTS.

The Nerves Are High on ‘DWTS’

This week, we opened up to our dancers in their practice spaces, stressing over the upcoming first elimination. Tyra wanted to help them ease those nerves. She offered the stars a tip that got her through some tough times facing the catwalk: the Smeyes, “a smile with your eyes”. 

The Dances From Week 2

Nev and Jenna

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson dance the Cha Cha to “Dynamite” by BTS

Nev and Jenna return to the floor, this time with a cha-cha to ‘Dynamite’ by BTS. We saw another solid performance out of the duo. The judges are impressed so far with Nev’s potential shown in these 2 performances.

Carrie Ann: 7

Derek: 7

Bruno: 7

Skai and Alan

Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten dance the Samba to “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo

Skai and Alan took on the samba this week. A strong performance last week set the bar pretty high for the pair. While the performance started out seemingly strong, a fumble halfway through the routine had thrown Skai off and she couldn’t recover.

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Carrie Ann: 5

Derek: 5

Bruno: 5

Johnny and Britt

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart dance the Tango to “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

Johnny and Britt, did a tango to a Lady Gaga classic. Despite the figure skater having experience performing to Lady Gaga on the ice, on the floor it wasn’t as smooth. The judges noted a few technical mistakes with his footwork.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Justina and Sasha

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber dance the Foxtrot to “When You Believe” by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston

Justina and Sasha deliver another strong routine for the judges doing the foxtrot. The judges took note of the smooth movements of Justina and the pair remain at the top.

Carrie Ann: 7

Derek: 7

Bruno: 7

Monica and Val

Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the Jive to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

This week the pair did the jive to ‘Shake It Off’. The performance had good energy but judges noticed some troubles with timing.

Carrie Ann: 5

Derek: 6

Bruno: 5

AJ and Cheryl

AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke dance the Foxtrot to “Ain’t That a Kick In The Head” by Dean Martin

The BSB star and his partner performed a foxtrot this week to Dean Martin, a tribute to his wife. Some improvement over last week, Carrie Ann noticed more trust in his movements making them cleaner.

Carrie Ann: 7

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Anne and Keo

Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe dance the Foxtrot to “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Keeping level to last weeks performance, this week Anne and Keo worked a foxtrot to ‘Counting Stars’. The performance was a strong outing but Derek noting more of the performance should have come from the feet.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Nelly and Daniella

Nelly and Daniella Karagach dance the Cha Cha to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Far from his element, Nelly and Daniella deliver a solid cha-cha. Critiques from judges still recognizing his natural flow but stiff shoulders. Also, taking advice on footwear from last week, Nelly unveiled some custom Jordan 3s made just for the competition.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Chrishell and Gleb

Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko dance the Rumba to “This Is Me” by Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble

We saw a totally different Chrishell this week. She seemed more natural in her movements and trusting in her steps, paying off in their improved score.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Charles and Emma

Charles Oakley and Emma Slater dance the Cha Cha to “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross

The legendary big man, Charles Oakley seemed to struggle again with his size on the dance floor. This time attempting a cha-cha to ‘Never Too Much’ by Luther Vandross.

Carrie Ann: 5

Derek: 5

Bruno: 5

Jesse and Sharna

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess dance the Foxtrot to “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac

Showing out with another strong routine, this time in the form of a foxtrot. Jesse continues to display good movements and impress judges. Maybe we’ll see him crack a smile next?

Carrie Ann: 7

Derek: 7

Bruno: 6

Jeannie and Brandon

Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong dance the Cha Cha to “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” by SAINt JHN

In this week’s performance, the two do a cha-cha to “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” by SAINt JHN. Their chemistry was great and so was the energy. Judges saw great improvement that now just needs taming.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Carole and Pasha

Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov dance the Viennese Waltz to “What’s New Pussycat?” by Tom Jones

After last week’s paso doble routine, the team took on the slower Viennese Waltz. Playing more in Carole’s favor paid off as it earned them a few extra points this week.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 5

Bruno: 5

Vernon and Petra

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd dance the Paso Doble to “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

Athletes have a pretty decent track record on ‘DWTS’, specifically football players. Vernon and Petra’s paso doble routine sure showed potential that could be the case here.

Carrie Ann: 6

Derek: 6

Bruno: 6

Kaitlyn and Artem

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev dance the Foxtrot to “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

Earlier in the evening, we had learned the Kaitlyn suffered a minor ankle injury that risked her not being able to dance tonight. Finally, she was cleared and they delivered the dance of the night!

Carrie Ann: 7

Derek: 8

Bruno: 7

The First to Be Eliminated On ‘Dancing With The Star’?

In the end, the bottom two were Carole Baskin and Charles Oakley. The judges voted to save Carole another week, leaving the NBA legend to be the first to go. Who will go next on DWTS?

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Matthew Honda
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Matthew Honda is a contributing writer for Talent Recap. He's new to writing but certainly not new to binging television. If he's not sitting down to some reality TV, you might find him practicing some extreme sport, snapping photos, or shooting some pool.

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