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All of the performers from last week run it back in Week 2, with the scores carrying over and the bottom two dancing for their lives the next night. Let's see who's out in front and who's trailing the field ...
Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin (Quickstep)
In our little practice segment, we learn that Holly has a life mantra: "Every day is a Holly day." Their dancing seems odd. Len thought Holly's top half and bottom half weren't connected. Bruno said she is like she is running to catch the bus. Carrie Ann appreciated the eagerness to learn, but she needs to be an equal partner for Dmitry. Score: 18 (6, 6, 6). Combined: 36.
David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson (Salsa)
The package shows a lot of unsuccessful spinning, but the actual performance succeeds because Kym did most of the spins. Bruno pointed bad footwork and bad timing. Carrie Ann didn't like the lack of musicality. Len thought Kym did all the work. Score: 17 (6, 5, 6). Combined: 36.
Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Quickstep)
Maks sees potential, so he works Denise hard; he tries to adjust her posture and her arm placement. Denise's feet are lost in the beginning. She ends stronger than she began. Carrie Ann says she improved from last week and found elegance and strength. Len also liked the improvement. Bruno thought she used her tools to her advantage. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7). Combined: 39.
Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts (Salsa)
Belinda didn't understand how much emotion goes into the show. She has to parallel when she could let herself go with the Go-Gos. She starts off on two chairs with two guys awkwardly staring at her. Her shakes are slow and boring. She does attempt a handstand. Len saw fun and exuberance, Bruno appreciated that she let her hair down, but Carrie Ann saw that it lacked grace. Score: 18 (6, 6, 6). Combined: 35.
Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower (Quickstep)
Chelsie keeps positive and wants Ty to be happy when he performs. She makes sure he has a smile on his face. Millions of wrinkles emerge. Ty hopped around too much, but Chelsie did a great mix of spins and splits. Carrie Ann is proud of him, Bruno makes a bull riding reference but also likes his posture, and Len calls him a butterfly compared to last week's caterpillar. Score: 20 (7, 6, 7). Combined: 34.
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas (Salsa)
Like many 17-year-olds Shawn is nervous about hip action. She needs to be less rigid. Mark uses visual techniques to teach her. The salsa seems good, but she lacks the booty. Bruno wants more naughtiness. Len thought it was a little too precise, while Carrie Ann loved the sharp turns and spots. Score: 24 (8, 8, 8) Combined: 47.
Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff (Quickstep)
Steve's optimism is his biggest asset. He had some trouble with his left foot and after an MRI, needs a walking cast. The boa returns. The footwork is slightly there. It's a little awkward, but what can you do. Len loves Buddy Holly so he automatically gets a point. Carrie Ann enjoys watching him from week to week but says he needs work on his arms and endurance. Bruno compares him to Wall-E: rusty, but charming. Score: 17 (6, 5, 6). Combined: 30.
Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough (Samba)
Chuck is embarrassed when he's around Julianne. He decides to channel Derek and dance more femininely. They grind close and show good chemistry. Bruno thought it was a waste as Julianne did all the work. Len didn't think Chuck sold the dance. Carrie Ann saw potential, but there wasn't enough basic steps to call it a salsa. Score: 20 (6, 7, 7). Combined: 40.
Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Quickstep)
LT is nervous, but really pushes himself hard in practice; often cursing at himself. In his dance, he dances a little slow, but it's smooth. He lifts Edyta at the end. Carrie Ann thought it was smooth and graceful. Bruno loved the competitor in him. Len saw that he coped well and compares dancing to golf. Score: 20 (7, 6, 7). Combined: 36.
Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer (Salsa)
He wanted to do lots of stunts and tricks, but injured his back during the rehearsals. Lacey tries her best to make it look like a salsa. Len felt sorry for Steve-O because there wasn't any adrenaline. It just wasn't a salsa. Bruno liked the madness, but felt bad for the unfortunate events. Carrie Ann thought unnecessary moves resulted in him getting hurt. Score: 14 (5, 4, 5). Combined: 31.
Lil Kim & Derek Hough (Quickstep)
Kim knows that she has to be prim and proper, but she shows Derek her hooker dances. She wants to prove how elegant she could be, but looks like she's a mannequin. Most of her steps are there, though. Bruno thought that she "blinged" well. Carrie Ann loved the connection of Kim's body and Derek's choreography. Len liked the lack of shyness. Score: 23 (8, 7, 8). Combined: 44.
Melissa Rycroft and Toni Dovolani (Salsa)
Maybe the best of the night. There were some intricate arm movements, but they do the same through-the-leg move that Lacey did, so I'm assuming that it's a salsa move. Carrie Ann thought it was slamming. Len was gyrating in his seat. Bruno thought it was a flavorful, juicy salsa. Score: 26 (9, 8, 9). Combined: 49.
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke (Cha-Cha-Cha)
Quite a steamy opening. The whole performance was themed to Superman and Kryptonite. Great use of the stage. Len thought that he might have been a one-hit wonder, but he proved Len wrong. Bruno loved the mix of French and American. Carrie Ann pointed out the ladies were swooning. Score: 27 (9, 9, 9). Combined: 51.
Tomorrow, the bottom two will perform again to try to improve their scores ...