DWTS 21 – Week 2 Thoughts (Tuesday Night)

Two nights of DWTS, a double elimination in one week! I can’t imagine how tough that was on the stars. Tuesday’s episode continued the theme of Hometown Glory, only this time we got to see the pro dancers’ hometowns. That was really awesome, because most of these pros I’ve been watching for multiple seasons and it was nice to get to know their backstories. I’m amazed at how many of them came to the US for a better life, and how many of them are really living the American Dream. Kind of awesome!

Tuesday Night Dances

Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: Holy wow. This dance was by far Victor’s best dance. His first two were so-so, but the Rumba definitely suited him. He was graceful and powerful and beautiful. And those abs? Who knew?!

Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: I disagreed with the judges on this dance…I actually thought Tamar was kind of boring. To me, it looked like she wasn’t putting much into the dance. I didn’t think her energy level matched Val’s. I’m starting to see that I don’t really like her, so that could be part of it.

Carlos PenaVega and Whitney Carson: I loved this dance, but the judges were right. Carlos is a small guy to begin with, and he looked even smaller in this dance. That said, he was super entertaining, and I thought he nailed the steps. Thought his scores should have been higher.

Alexa PeneVega and Mark Ballas: Ok, I’ll admit…watching this dance I actually had the thought that TeamBaega might be giving TeamSharNick a run for their money. It was beautiful and moving and so utterly….spellbinding. I loved it.

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: First of all, I agree with Carrie Ann – the lift was distracting. Would have been better if Bindi had kept her toes on the floor. The rest of it was gorgeous, but I actually didn’t think it was super emotional.

Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Err…Gary. There was lots of stomping. Lots of swagger. Lots of spinning Anna. Not much else. I wasn’t impressed. And then his remarks to the scores….not a smart move, Gary. Not smart.

Paula Dean and Louis Van Amstel: Paula gets better with every dance. Her turns have gotten so much better, and I didn’t notice her clutching Louis’ arm quite so much. She talks too much and there are too many moments of her standing still in the middle of the dance, but she’s improving.

Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani: My thoughts on Kim haven’t changed. She’s good, but she’s not performing. If she can do that, she’ll be fine, but I’m not sure she can.

Andy Grammar and Allison Holker: This dance. OMG this dance. Andy was totally in his element here. Expressive, emotive, and breathtaking. I watched this and felt like at times it was just on the edge of falling apart, and then it would come together, and then spin out again. But it was all deliberate, and they did it so well. I sort of see what Bruno was saying about the lift…it was a little wobbly. Who cares. The dance was stunning.

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: This wasn’t Alek’s dance. It really wasn’t. He kept up, and when it was over he looked relieved that it was done. I don’t blame him – I was relieved for him. I thought his scores were fair, and he’ll come back strong next week.

Hayes Grier and Emma Slater: I am falling in love with this kid. I still don’t think he’ll win – I don’t even think he’ll make it to the final four or five. But, he’s a sweetheart. And I love watching him with Emma. I can’t wait to see them dance a slower dance.

Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Swoon. Swoon. Ahem. Ok, so watching this dance….I STILL say he’s taking the Mirrorball. There are other dancers who are good, but you watch Nick and Sharna and it’s just…it’s just right. He’s one of the only ones dancing like the music is a part of him, and when he and Sharna dance it’s like watching two halves of one person. Easily my favorite dance of the night.

Who went home? Victor and Karina.

Who should go next? Gary and Anna.

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

Who were your favorites? Who do you think should go home next? Do you have a winner in mind yet?