Last week proved to be a bit of a mixed bag for the female celebrities on “Dancing with the Stars.” Violinist Lindsey Stirling tied for first place in the judges’ scores with Jordan Fisher, while former “TRL” host Vanessa Lachey, Paralympian Victoria Arlen and WWE star Nikki Bella proved that they are also ones to watch. Pop star Debbie Gibson and “Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse showed potential but lacked the polish to stand out. And “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard and faces the biggest hurdle in surviving this week’s two eliminations.
This week there will be two nights of dancing. On Monday night, each of the 13 couples will take on a new ballroom routine before one couple is 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 couple and my thoughts on how I think each of them will fare:
Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy – Ballroom Night (Tango) / Latin Night (Rumba)
ESPN host and Paralympic athlete Victoria Arlen danced an inspiring yet fun cha cha in week one. For “Ballroom Night,” Victoria and Val will be dancing a passionate tango to Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” and then a sensual rumba to Sky Ferreira‘s “Easy” for “Latin Night.”
Predictions: I’m really curious about how Victoria will pull off both dances this week considering her past illness has left her with no feeling in her legs. While I think the tango will be full of energy due to the song choice, I’m a bit worried about whether she would be able to attack the leg movements of the dance style. The rumba, on the other hand, will probably be her highest scoring dance thus far. I predict that dance will be very lovely and sensual with lots of hip action, which she proved she could handle with her cha cha.
Scoring Predictions: Tango (Carrie Ann Inaba: 7, Len Goodman: 6, Bruno Tonioli: 7 = 20/30) / Rumba (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21/30)
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev – Ballroom Night (Waltz) / Latin Night (Samba)
WWE star Nikki Bella proved that she had all the makings of a contender with her fiery tango. For week two, Nikki and Artem are looking to slow things down with a waltz to Norah Jones‘s “Come Away With Me” and them a sexy samba to the song of the summer, “Despacito.”
Predictions: Nikki’s waltz should give her the chance to show the audience and herself that she’s more than just a bad-ass wrestler. I think that Artem will do a great job in presenting Nikki as an elegant and graceful dancer. But the samba can either be your best friend or worst enemy in the competition. Nikki will no doubt bring the sexiness to the dance, but will she be able to master the samba bounce and hip rolls that Len tends to look for. If she’s able to master both, then Artem might just be on his way to his first finals.
Scoring Predictions: Waltz (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21/30) / Samba (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 8 = 22/30)
Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe – Ballroom Night (Tango) / Latin Night (Cha-Cha-Cha)
“Shark Tank” panelist Barbara Corcoran proved to be one of the more entertaining stars from last week despite being last on the leaderboard. This week the pressure is on for her and Keo to deliver as they are predicted to be one of the two couples eliminated this week. For “Ballroom Night,” Barbara will be dancing a seductive tango to Sarah Vaughn’s “Whatever Lola Wants” and a funky cha cha to “Bongolia” by the Incredible Bongo Band.
Predictions: This week could be an opportunity for Barbara and Keo to prove to the judges and audiences that she’s more than just comic relief. I think that both dances will be easy for her to show improvement in her technique. The tango should be an especially great dance for her as it requires a great deal of body contact with your partner, which shouldn’t be a problem for Barbara. Surprisingly with her salsa last week she stayed on timing despite a minor slip up in the middle of the routine, so I think that she would do a solid job with the cha cha if she survives Monday’s elimination.
Scoring Predictions: Tango (Carrie Ann: 6, Len: 5, Bruno: 6 = 17/30) / Cha Cha (Carrie Ann: 6, Len: 6, Bruno: 6 = 18/30)
Debbie Gibson & Alan Bersten – Ballroom Night (Quickstep) / Latin Night (Argentine Tango)
Pop singer and actress Debbie Gibson and her partner Alan Bersten performed a respectable foxtrot last week despite receiving low scores from the judges. Will Debbie’s quickstep to “This Is My Time” by Amy Stroup and Argentine tango to “Havana” by Camilla Cabello help Debbie break out from the middle of the pack?
Predictions: Out of all the couples, Debbie has two of the most difficult dance styles. I think Debbie will do well in the performance aspect for both dances. However, with her battle with Lyme disease, I wonder if this would hinder her in having the stamina and strength to perform both dances with full-out passion.
Scoring Predictions: Quickstep (Carrie Ann: 6, Len: 6, Bruno: 6 = 18/30) / Argentine Tango (Carrie Ann 6, Len 7, Bruno 7 = 20/30)
Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Ballroom Night (Foxtrot) / Latin Night (Salsa)
Vanessa’s cha cha last week proved that she could not only hang with frontrunners Lindsey and Jordan but also that she’s a better dancer than her husband Nick. Vanessa and Maks will have to live up to week one’s hype with a foxtrot to “Hit Me With a Hot Note” by Tami Tappan Damiano and a salsa to “Instruction” by Jax Jones.
Predictions: Vanessa is a natural performer, which is key in pulling off both the foxtrot and salsa. Her only downfall this week will be Maks’s choreography. Maks has a tendency to do a lot of “messing around” as Len often describes it before the main choreography kicks in, which could lead to lower scores from the traditionalist judge. If Maks is able to refrain from doing so, then I fully expect Vanessa to be near the top of the leaderboard again.
Scoring Predictions: Foxtrot (Carrie Ann: 8, Len: 8, Bruno: 8 = 24/30) / Salsa (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 8, Bruno: 8 = 23/30)
Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savenchko – Ballroom Night (Viennese Waltz) / Latin Night (Samba)
“Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse’s cha cha last week revealed that she has the moves but lacked the pizazz to standout. Maybe her Viennese waltz to Rolls Royce’s “I’m Going Down” and samba to Hailee Steinfeld’s “Most Girls” will give her a chance to break out of her shell.
Predictions: In order for Sasha to get high scores, Gleb needs to challenge her. He can’t rely on having her lay low and run the risk of being eliminated early in this competition. I expect their Viennese waltz to be high on sex appeal, which Gleb has been known for with his previous stars like Jana Kramer and Erika Jayne. But I expect Sasha to stumble a bit with the samba as it’s very technical but also requires big movement and energy, which she hasn’t shown yet.
Scoring Predictions: Viennese Waltz (Carrie Ann: 7, Len: 7, Bruno: 7 = 21/30) / Samba (Carrie Ann: 6, Len: 6, Bruno: 7 = 19/30)
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas – Ballroom Night (Quickstep) / Latin Night (Salsa)
Violinist Lindsey Stirling and partner Mark Ballas were a match made in “DWTS” heaven last week with their fiery and dazzling cha cha. After tying for first with Jordan Fisher, Lindsey and Mark are hoping that their quickstep to Jurassic 5’s “Swing Set” and salsa to Ricky Campbell‘s “Mani Piarco” will be good enough for them to stand alone atop the leaderboard.
Predictions: After killing their cha cha last week, I have no doubt that both Mark and Lindsey will be able to do the same with their quickstep and salsa. Out of the two dances, I’m most excited for their quickstep to a Jurassic 5 song. Oftentimes hip-hop music doesn’t translate well to the “DWTS” stage, but this track is tailor-made for a showstopping quickstep. In regards to the salsa, Mark will just have to make sure that he’s including choreography that’s as challenging as possible to show Lindsey’s growth.
Scoring Predictions: Quickstep (Carrie Ann: 9, Len: 8, Bruno: 9 = 26/30) / Salsa (Carrie Ann: 8, Len: 8, Bruno: 9 = 25/30)
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