DWTS 21 – Week 2 Thoughts (Monday Night)

I’m a little late in getting this posted this week. Part of that is because there were TWO nights of DWTS glory. The other part is that we bought an awesome new mattress and I’m really enjoying going to bed early. Priorities.

I missed voting this week, which bums me out – I don’t want to log in to vote and then accidently see who went home. I need to figure out a better system. Anyway, two nights of dancing. This week’s theme was Hometown Glory. I liked it actually, because it meant we got to see a little more depth from the stars earlier than usual. Which also makes it harder to send people home. But anyway, it worked.

I’m going to post my Week 2 thoughts in two posts, just to keep it from getting super long in here…

Monday Night Dances

Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: Victor is without a doubt, the most adorable star this season. He reminds me of Robert from 20, just because you can tell he’s absolutely having a blast. As far as his skill as a dancer….well. Part of that is the choreography – I think Karina is giving him too much too soon. He’s fun, so I’d love to see him stay for that reason.

Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe: So first of all, they wasted a good 20 seconds in that intro mess. Sigh. Once they finally got going, I thought it actually looked decent. A definite improvement over last week. Then Chaka started missing things, and it looked like Keo was just sort of slinging her around.

Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: So did anyone else get the feeling that Tamar and Val don’t really get along? She can dance, no doubt about that. (Although I really don’t understand why she had issues thrusting her hips into Val’s leg….) I’m not sure she’s terribly likeable, which could hurt her.

Carlos PenaVega and Whitney Carson: This dance was a surprise! He’s still one to watch, though I’m not sure he’s terribly likeable either. I don’t feel like we’ve gotten a sense of who he is yet, which could be ok or could work against him.

Alexa PeneVega and Mark Ballas: To be perfectly honest, when I saw the leopard costume I was not sure Alexa was leopard material. She nailed it!! So fun to watch, and it’s nice to see that whatever weirdness was going on with her and Mark last week is gone.

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: I love Bindi, but I actually wasn’t blown away by this dance. I don’t think she did a bad job, I just wasn’t terribly thrilled. Could have been the dance style, could have been the music, could have been the choreography. I’m not sure. I do think she deserved her scores though, and I think she’ll end up going to the finals.

Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Last week I said Anna was handling Gary with grace and humor, but I didn’t see that this week. She looked put out with him. He strikes me as this big goofy awkward guy who’s trying really hard but nobody likes him. That makes me sad. His dance was actually not bad, and you can tell he’s working. I think America needs to cut him some slack and give him a chance.

Paula Dean and Louis Van Amstel: Looks like someone (Louis maybe?) told Paula to keep her mouth shut, and thank the stars. 100% improvement over last week. If she keeps that up, she’ll be good for at least 3 more weeks. And good for her for dancing for herself and not everyone else.

Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani: Kim! What a turnaround!! She brought it, and her quickstep was so much fun! I still think she needs to get out of her head, and when she does, she’ll be a great dancer.

Andy Grammar and Allison Holker: Favorite moment of the night….”Dancing is hard.” Thanks for keeping it real, Andy. His performance was a joy, and yeah, he got off time. Was it him? Was it the band? He’d never say, and I don’t suppose it matters. I enjoyed it.

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Alek is so surprising. He’s got this gracefulness that you don’t expect, and he’s so incredibly in tune with his body and what it can do. He’s beautiful to watch, and the partnership with Lindsay is rock solid. I hope he makes it to the final also, because I love watching him dance.

Hayes Grier and Emma Slater: We saw a much softer side of Hayes in the package, and I think it went a long way in reminding us (me, at least) that he’s just a kid. Yeah he’s a cute kid, but he’s a 15 year old boy from North Carolina who misses his mom. He’s goofy and lanky and he’s another I enjoy watching, if only because I like him.

Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Still Team SharNick. To be honest, I thought his slip was part of the dance. His kicks and flicks weren’t quite what I’d hoped for, but I didn’t see anything to make me concerned. Love him, love her, love them.

Who went home? Chaka and Keo.

Who should go next? Honestly….probably Victor and Karina.

My Week 2 Monday Night Rankings:
Alek and Lindsay
Alexa and Mark
Carlos and Whitney
Bindi and Derek
Nick and Sharna
Hayes and Emma
Andy and Allison
Kim and Tony
Tamar and Val
Paula and Louis
Gary and Anna
Victor and Karina
Chaka and Keo

Who were your favorites? Who do you think should go home?

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