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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 18, Week 2 Recap: Double elimination (Spoilers!)

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 18, Week 2 Recap: Double elimination (Spoilers!)
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Week 2 of Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars” saw the stars take the dance floor with more energy and confidence and then host Tom Bergeron announced a surprise double elimination according to a March 23 post on Us Weekly. If you haven’t watched yet, be advised there are spoilers ahead.

The announcements of who was safe and who wasn’t seemed almost randomly handled, just tossed in before or after a run of performances. The stars and their partners performed a dance style that the celebrity had designated as the one he or she looked forward to learning most. Here’s how the evening went.

Drew and Cheryl - Jive

The Price Is Right host jived to the Dovells ditty "You Can't Sit Down" and proved once again that Drew is a crowd pleaser. Carrie Ann Inaba told the Drew, "You have such a great spring in your step." The routine was marked by a few mistakes and the judges’ scores reflected that.

Score: 21 out of 30 (7 from each judge)

In spite of earning the lowest score in the first week, Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater were saved, thanks to viewer votes. Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy also learned they were safe.

Danica and Val - Samba

Danica was the first contestant shown crying in the preview package of her rehearsal time The “Wonder Years” actress said "I'm just feeling pressure because we're getting close, and I don't feel ready," despite having a 24 last week and tying for third place last week. She must have figured it out because Bruno said she was “gonna be a scorcher.” Their sizzling and intricate samba earned another good score.

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Billy Dee and Emma

The “Star Wars” star seemed disappointed in his performance from last week, telling his partner, "I look like an old man trying to be a young person." She brought in 2 other female dancers to help with their routine, an overly simplified Tango. The judges tried to be considerate of the aging star’s physical condition and feeling but cautioned him he needed more content.

Score: 15 out of 30 (5 from each judge)

Meryl and Maks - Swing

Maks wanted to take advantage of his partner’s diminutive size and athletic prowess by incorporating lots of lifts and acrobatic flips. The strategy paid off as head judge Len Goodman noted, "That swing had wings...Fly on, girl, you're gonna be here for a while." A few timing errors kept the couple from scoring higher but kept them tied for first place.

Score: 25 out of 30 (9 from Len, 8s from Bruno and Carrie Ann)

Three more couples were called center stage to learn their fates. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas learned they were safe but long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and partner Henry Byalikov didn’t make the cut. Nyad, the consummate good sport, performed her rehearsed cha cha cha and wished she could have given Henry a few more weeks.

Candace and Mark - Rumba

Deferring to her religious beliefs, Candace declined to have Mark go shirtless for their sensual rumba. Last week, she outscored Danica in the friendly rivalry the two have going but this week, her routine was too contemporary and not rumba-like enough, placing her 3 points behind Danica.

Score: 21 out of 30 (7 from each judge)

Amy and Derek - Swing

The ballroom was on edge as Amy proclaimed during her intro package that her prosthetic legs "could potentially fly off" during her routine. Host Tome Bergeron admitted he was holding his breath during the number. They danced to the Jurassic 5 song "Swing Set," and the judges couldn’t have been more pleased with Carrie Ann saying, “It’s mind-boggling.”

Score: 24 out of 30 (8 from each judge)

Next, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess were declared safe.

James and Peta - Salsa

The intro package showed some good-natured flirting with James suggesting they dance nude to get fan votes. They didn’t need to resort to such tactics as their Salsa that was sexy enough to cause Carrie Ann to add James to her mental list of DWTS "sexy hall of fame" dancers which includes Corbin Bleu, Mario Lopez, and Gilles Marini.

Score: 25 out of 30 (9 from Carrie Ann, 8s from Bruno and Len)

Charlie and Sharna - Tango

Charlie's studied with Maks to hone his "bad boy" image for the tango which he performed to Avicii's "Addicted to You." Carrie Ann compared him to dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov but Len chided the couple for breaking hold which was reflected in the score.

Score: 25 out of 30 (9s from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 7 from Len)

The remaining couples would all perform and then learn their fates.

NeNe and Tony - Jive

NeNe chose the jive because her husband loves the dance. She and Tony danced to Estelle's "Do My Thing" and Bruno praised it as “great entertainment.”

Score: 21 out of 30 (7 from each judge)

Sean and Karina - Salsa

Kat Deluna's "Dance Bailalo" showed marked improvement from last week’s performance as Sean actually found his smile and exhibited grace in his movements. Timing issues kept his score low.

Score: 21 out of 30 (7 from each judge)

Cody and Witney - Tango

Chris Brown's "Yeah" was the backdrop for the 17-year-old’s tango that blended pop style with traditional moves. All 3 judges remarked on his sense of style and Len even commented, “Anyone who can fit a moonwalk into a tango gets my respect.”

Score: 22 out of 30 (8 from Bruno, 7s from Carrie Ann and Len)

After these 3 couples danced, Sean learned he had the lowest combined score from last week and was eliminated.

With Diana Nyad and Sean Avery out of the competition, the field shrinks to 10. Host Tom Bergeron explained how to vote for a partner swap on Twitter by using #DWTS followed the first names of the celebrity and professional voters want to see together. For example, #DWTS Danica Tony. The partner swap will take place in 2 weeks.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs on Mondays on ABC.

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