It was revealed, after the opening number with pros, troupe, and celebrities, a double elimination would happen anytime during ABC's “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. Luckily Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke were the first couple to be safe for next week. The catch was they danced first. This was from their chosen dance last week.
Drew chose the jive. This is a very ambitious dance in only the second week of competition. Earlier in the day on “The Price is Right” game show, Drew’s dance partner made a special appearance. He closed the show out by asking for votes, along with his usual statement of spaying and neutering pets.
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced an incredibly lively swing dance that was pure entertainment. Not surprising, Bruno and Carrie Ann graded them on a much higher scale, due to Meryl’s ice dancing background. Len gave them their first 9 with a total score of “25.” They tied for first with Charlie White and James Maslow.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess did the tango, though they committed the number one error. You cannot break a hold in this strict ballroom dance. Len gave them a severely low score, while Carrie Ann and Bruno gave them “9’s” once again.
Paralympian Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were the other couple dancing swing. It was heart-pounding, yet exhilarating, to watch her dance despite prosthetics. Amy is making remarkable strides, and most likely the one to watch out for in the coming weeks. They received a “24” tying them for second place with Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Halfway through the show it was announced long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and her partner Henry Byalikov were the first to be eliminated. Diana wanted to dance her cha-cha-cha. Her wish was certainly granted. No scores were given afterwards, though it was a nice send-off for them. Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff were second to last of the night with a samba. At the end of the show it was Sean who was sent home