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Dancing with the Stars is back again for Week 2 with the first elimination of the season! Despite one couple being excluded from the live show due to a positive COVID-19 case, things went smoothly! Matt James kicked off the night with a spicy Samba, followed by several touching Rumbas, Foxtrots, and Viennese Waltzes. The costumes truly stole the show with enough beautiful satin gowns to make your dreams come true.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to one couple this week, and despite his dedication and hard work, Martin Kove said farewell to his chance at the mirrorball trophy.
Best Personality in their Performance: Suni Lee & Sasha Farber
Suni Lee opened up in her rehearsal clip package regarding her emotion when performing. The Olympic gymnast felt that her gymnastics background played a big part in her “not being herself” while performing. She shone through, however, in a sassy Cha Cha to Cardi B, and we can’t wait to see more of her as the weeks go on.
Most Improved: Olivia Jade & Val Chmerkovskiy
Olivia Jade is definitely going to go far in this competition, especially with Val on her side. The YouTube influencer performed an elegant Viennese Waltz that really showcased her ballroom potential, and was arguably much better than last week’s Salsa.
Most Surprising: Cody Rigsby & Cheryl Burke
Unfortunately, pro dancer Cheryl Burke tested positive for COVID-19 just one day before the live show. Both Burke and her partner Cody Rigsby did not attend on Monday night but were still involved in the competition. The pair were judged on their Salsa from the week’s rehearsal footage, and although it wasn’t perfect, the quality was there. Of course, no one expected COVID-19 to play into this week’s competition, but we are thankful both Cheryl and Cody are doing well and killed it in their Salsa!
Deserved Higher Score: Kenya Moore & Brandon Armstrong
Honestly, the scores were pretty on point this week. 7s were the magic number for most of the couples; with a lot of improvement going on only a few low scores were handed out Monday night. Kenya Moore, also known as former Miss USA, really popped off in her Cha Cha to “Hot Stuff”. The pair earned 6s across the board for the dance, but honestly, some 7s should be thrown in there! If Iman’s Rumba got at least one 7 then Kenya should have one as well, this Cha Cha was one of the highlights of the night!
Best Costumes: Amanda Kloots & Alan Bersten
The “Best Costumes” category is always the hardest choice, this week especially! From Melanie C’s shimmery gown to Matt James’ inevitably removable shirt, the costumes were on point this week as always. The winner for this category though has to be Amanda Kloots in her baby pink floral gown. The colors matched so perfectly with the overall tone of the dance and created such a sweet look for the pair during their emotional Foxtrot.
Most Creative: Brian Austin Green & Sharna Burgess
Well, romance has taken over the dancefloor once more! Brian Austin Green and his girlfriend Sharna Burgess recreated their date to LA’s Immersive Van Gogh Museum in a romantic Rumba to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. This dance definitely had the most creative set and story, however, it is possible the relationship may be impacting their shot at the mirrorball, as the couple only earned a total score of 23 out of 40 for their unique Rumba.
Best Dance of the Night: Amanda Kloots & Alan Bersten
Doubling up with awards from us are Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten! Not only did this pair have the best costumes of the night, but they also had the best dance of the night! The Foxtrot performed to Kloots’ wedding song was nothing short of phenomenal and quite emotional. There were so many aspects that played into this dance for the Broadway star that it’s clear she put the work in, and it paid off! The couple earned a 32 out of 40 for their Week 2 dance to “It Had To Be You”. Despite Amanda and Alan’s incredible performance, there was some close competition this week with JoJo Siwa’s Cha Cha, Melanie C’s Foxtrot, and Melora Hardin’s Rumba. Things will only get more intense from here!
Week 2 was full of slow emotional dances, quite the difference compared to Week 1. Hard to see Martin Kove leave the dancefloor so soon, but we know we will see him again in the Finale! Now, who’s ready for Britney Week??
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