After two weeks of competition, Corbin Blue and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff remain in second place on “Dancing with the Stars,” behind only Amber Riley and Derek Hough. However, it’s Hollywood Night on Sept. 30 and fans are wondering if they can take the lead. On Sept. 28, Bleu confirmed on Twitter that he and Karina are set to perform the Quickstep, a fast-paced routine that involves complicated steps, split beats and advanced patterns.
Earlier in the week, Corbin Bleu talked to “People Magazine” about “DWTS” and his relationship with his partner. “Karina and I still continue to get along great. Anything that seems argumentative is all in a joking manner, which is great.” The former “High School Musical” star also has his share of critics. “Reality TV Magazine" pointed out that Bleu has an “unfair advantage” over the other competitors. It claims that both Bleu and Elizabeth Berkley have had past dance experience, giving them an edge in season 17.
According to Radar Online, Corbin Blue was one of the first students accepted to the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy as a teen. He danced on Broadway and even hit the floor on “Dancing with the Stars” in season 13. As an invited soloist, Bleu sang and danced to the choreography of Kenny Ortega and received a standing ovation from the audience and judges. To watch his performance, check out this YouTube link.
Despite criticism, Bleu’s ace in the hole could be his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff. The Ukranian beauty has competed on 13 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars” and won season 13 with partner J.R. Martinez. She’s one of the most popular pros and has a huge fan base of loyal followers.
Will the two rise to the top of the leaderboard on Sept. 30? It’s Hollywood Night and each couple will take on a dance style that they have not previously performed including the Quickstep, Foxtrot, Charleston, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. At the end of the night, one couple will face elimination.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. PST and closing at the same times on Tuesday evenings.
Here is a look at the “Dancing with the Stars” leader board after two weeks of competition.
- Amber Riley and Derek Hough: 27 + 24 = 51
- Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: 24 + 26 = 50
- Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 + 25 = 49
- Christina Milian and Mark Ballas: 22 + 25 = 47
- Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: 23 + 24 = 47
- Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: 22 + 23 = 45
- Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: 21 + 24 = 45
- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber: 23 + 20 = 43
- Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus: 21 + 19 = 40
- Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: 18 + 21 = 39
- Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess: 17 + 18 = 35 (eliminated)
- Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein: 14 + 17 = 31
New episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” air at 8 p.m. EST on Monday nights on ABC. To see Corbin Bleu’s Jive from last week, be sure to check out the video (above and to the left).
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