Baseball player David Ross lost a bit of his momentum when it comes to the judges’ scores in week two of “Dancing with the Stars.” He was one of the big surprises of the season premiere, when his quickstep tied him for third place on the leaderboard. But while most other contestants saw some improvement, Ross actually slipped a bit, receiving three 7s and a 6 for a total of 27 out of 40, which left him in eighth place. What did you think of his cha cha with pro partner Lindsay Arnold? Watch it above and decide for yourself.
Ross was the last performance of the night before the elimination was announced, so the pressure was on. He had to close out a show featuring dynamite performances by Normani Kordei and Rashad Jennings, while at the same time hoping he wouldn’t be sent home. “I’m kind of on the fence about it,” said Carrie Ann Inaba about his performance. She admired his energy, but wanted better execution. Len Goodman, who gave him the 6, advised, “You’ve got to work on your footwork because you were a little bit pigeon-toed.” But Julianne Hough “thoroughly enjoyed it … You have such a charisma that it doesn’t matter what you do, we’re going to be rooting for you.” Bruno Tonioli thought the 1990s motif was “stylistically perfect … You put on a show, just work on the footwork.”
While many athletes have won “DWTS,” from football players to figure skaters, Ross is the first baseball player to compete in the series, so he’s an unknown quantity capable of surprising us. His results have been mixed in these first two episodes, but do you think he’s the one to beat for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Make your predictions here, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know who you think gave the best performance of the night.