Week two of “Dancing With the Stars” brought the season’s first elimination, but two celebs were sent home instead of just one.
Sent packing were two of last week’s three lowest scorers: swimmer Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov, and hockey player Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff. Nyad earned a combined score of 18 from judges last week and ranked second in our users’ predictions for elimination. Her ouster was revealed mid-show, but judges still gave her the chance to perform the cha-cha she had prepared for the evening.
Avery’s elimination was announced at the end of the show, after he received a respectable 21 from judges for his salsa, up from the 20 he earned last week. Our users’ had ranked him third among stars likeliest to be eliminated.
Our best bet for elimination — 76-year-old “Star Wars” star Billy Dee Williams — got a stay of execution thanks to support from fans. Despite having last week’s lowest combined judges’ score (15) and odds of 10/9 to be sent packing, the erstwhile Lando Calrissian will dance another day.
But our users were right that Williams would once again receive the lowest score. His tango this week didn’t improve on last week’s routine, earning him another 15 from judges. Will he survive the chopping block for a second week?
Our Users also correctly predicted that ice dancer Meryl Davis would be the week’s favorite for the judges: she and Maksim Chmerkovskiy scored 25 for their swing dance. But she had to share bragging rights with her Olympic partner Charlie White, whose tango divided judges but still scored high marks, and actor/singer James Maslow, who used sex appeal to enhance his salsa.
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