Last week on “Dancing with the Stars” several of the male celebrities showed that they have the potential to win, especially “Hamilton” star Jordan Fisher who blew the competition out the water. Frankie Muniz and Derek Fisher were both pleasant surprises, though Terrell Owens, Nick Lachey, and Drew Scott didn’t quite live up to expectations.
This week there will be two nights of dancing. On Monday night, each of the 13 couples will take on a ballroom routine in a style they hadn’t learned before, and then one couple will be sent packing. Tuesday is “Latin Night,” where the remaining 12 couples will perform a Latin routine (Argentine tango, samba, rumba, salsa, paso doble, or cha cha) before another couple is given the boot.
Below are the dance styles for each male celeb and my thoughts on how I think each of them will fare.
Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess – Ballroom Night (Foxtrot) / Latin Night (Paso Doble)
Last week former NBA champion Derek Fisher showed that he might be the one to break the NBA curse on “DWTS” with his electrifying salsa. Derek and his partner Sharna are hoping to continue the momentum with a foxtrot to “Hallelujah, I Love Her” by Ray Charles and a paso doble to “Diablo Rojo” by Rodrigo y Gabriella.
Predictions: While Derek proved that he can entertain the audience, his technique still needs quite a bit of work. I think Derek’s experience as a pro basketball player will help him in mastering the fast footwork in the foxtrot. But I could see him potentially having issues with his frame, as is common with several of the pro athletes who have appeared on the show. The paso doble could also be another great dance for him as this style exudes masculinity and aggression, which Derek should have no problem tapping into.
Scoring Predictions: Foxtrot (Carrie Ann Inaba: 6, Len Goodman: 6, Bruno Tonioli: 6 = 18/30) / Paso Doble (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 6, Bruno: 7 = 20/30)
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold – Ballroom Night (Viennese Waltz) / Latin Night (Samba)
Jordan Fisher came out swinging with his hard-hitting tango. Fisher and his partner Lindsay Arnold are hoping their Viennese waltz to “Count on Me” by Judah Kelly and samba to “Mi Gente” by J. Balvin and Willy William will keep them at the top of the leaderboard.
Predictions: I’m looking forward to both of Jordan’s routines this week. What sets him apart, especially from past Disney and teen male stars who have appeared on this show before, is how aware he is of taking the lead in each dance. I expect both routines to be full of content and technique while being entertaining and memorable for the audience. The only hiccup I could see them facing is with how traditional Lindsay decides to go in choreographing both dances. With Jordan being one of the youngest contestants, Lindsay might want to showcase that with their routines, but too much deviation could cost them points from traditionalist Len.
Scoring Predictions: Viennese Waltz (Carrie Ann: 8, Len: 7, Bruno: 8 = 23/30) / Samba (Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 8, Bruno: 9 = 26/30)
Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd – Ballroom Night (Foxtrot) / Latin Night (Argentine Tango)
98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey had a bit of a disappointing first week. Not only did his wife Vanessa outscore him, he lacked the natural performance ability that many former boy band contestants, like Nick Carter and Nick’s brother Drew Lachey, displayed in their week-one dances. This week Nick is hoping that his foxtrot to “Mandy” by Barry Manilow and Argentine tango to “She’s a Lady” by Lion Babe will get him the scores he expected to receive last week, as well as bragging rights over his wife.
Predictions: I was a bit surprised to see that Nick wasn’t as comfortable with the routine last week given his experience as a performer. Hopefully that was just first week-jitters and he’ll be able to get them in check this week. The foxtrot would be a great way to show off Nick’s showmanship. Peta typically does a great job in highlighting her partners’ strengths, so I think this would be a step in the right direction. And I think Nick’s Argentine tango will live up to the audience and judges’ expectations as long as he can keep up with the intricate footwork of the dance.
Scoring Predictions: Foxtrot (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21/30) / Argentine Tango (Carrie: 8, Len: 7, Bruno: 8 = 23/30)
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson – Ballroom Night (Tango) / Latin Night (Cha Cha)
“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz’s foxtrot was one of the highlights from last week. Frankie displayed a vulnerable yet endearing charm that I felt resonated with the audience. For week two Frankie will have the chance to show a different side with a tango to “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons and a cha cha to “Perm” by Bruno Mars.
Predictions: Initially I predicted that Frankie would be one of the stars to struggle on the show, but now I think he has the rooting factor that will help him go far in the competition. However, I feel that this week could be a bit difficult for him. Out of the two dances, I feel that Frankie will do better with the tango as he showed with his foxtrot that he can maintain a proper hold. The cha cha might be another story, as it requires a lot of hip action, which could be a problem for him.
Scoring Prediction: Tango (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21/30) / Cha Cha (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 6, Bruno: 6 = 19/30)
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke – Ballroom Night (Foxtrot) / Latin Night (Samba)
Former NFL play Terrell Owens didn’t have the best night last week. Despite an entertaining cha cha, T.O. placed second to last on the leaderboard. Will Terrell’s foxtrot to “Pillow Talk” by Zayn and samba to “Hot in Herre” by Nelly shoot him to the top of the leaderboard?
Predictions: I felt that Terrell was a bit underscored last week, mainly due to him performing first. Terrell has an interesting set of dance styles this week. With the foxtrot, I can see him rising to the occasion in maintaining the kind of proper hold that Len will like while displaying that NFL charm that audiences have grown to love on the show. The samba, however, is going to be challenging for him, especially since he’ll be compared to Jordan Fisher who will be dancing the samba as well. I don’t think he’ll be able to master this so early in the competition.
Scoring Predictions: Foxtrot (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 6, Bruno: 6 = 19/30) / Samba (Carrie Ann: 6, Len: 5, Bruno: 6 = 17/30)
Drew Scott & Emma Slater – Ballroom Night (Quickstep) / Latin Night (Rumba)
“Property Brothers” star Drew Scott and his partner, reigning “DWTS” champ Emma Slater, danced a stiff yet somewhat entertaining foxtrot last week. They hope that their quickstep to “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima and rumba to “Light Down Low” by Max will put them on the map as potential contenders.
Predictions: I expect this week for Drew to be a bit of a mixed bag. I think we’ll see a vast improvement with his quickstep, as I can see him faring better with ballroom than Latin. With the rumba, I’m expecting Drew to struggle with the hip action. Like T.O., I think Drew is still trying to figure out his body as a dancer, and I don’t think he has the natural movement to pull this off so early in the competition.
Scoring Predictions: Quickstep (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21/30) / Rumba (Carrie Ann: 6, Len: 5, Bruno: 5 = 16/30)
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