Week one of “Dancing with the Stars” provided some interesting scoring results. My predicted frontrunners Normani Kordei, Heather Morris and Nancy Kerrigan did not receive the high scores that I and many others predicted. However, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles lived up to her high expectations and topped the leaderboard with a score of 32 out of 40.
“Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan and entertainers Charo and Mr. T all finished at the bottom of the leaderboard. Will they be able to break through in week two and avoid elimination? Below are the dance styles that will be performed in the second week of competition and the stars who will be taking them on:
Cha-Cha: Normani Kordei, Nancy Kerrigan, Simone Biles, David Ross
Viennese Waltz: Rashad Jennings, Bonner Bolton
Foxtrot: Erika Jayne, Nick Viall
Jive: Heather Morris, Chris Kattan
Paso Doble: Charo, Mr. T
Simone Biles & Sasha Farber
Cha Cha — Song: “Burnin’ Up” by Jessie J featuring 2 Chainz
Last week’s top scoring couple Simone Biles and Sasha Farber will dance another Latin routine this week. I was a bit worried that Biles wouldn’t be able to channel enough intensity in her tango last week, but she exceeded my expectations. With the cha cha, Biles is going to have to bring out her sexy and confident side to match the song that they’re performing to. Expect them to receive high marks from the judges again.
Score Prediction: 9 (from Carrie Ann Inaba) + 8 (from Len Goodman) + 9 (from Julianne Hough) + 9 (from Bruno Tonioli) = 34
Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess
Viennese Waltz – Song: “Unlove You” by Jennifer Nettles
Bull rider and model Bonner Bolton took the title of this season’s heartthrob with his cowboy-inspired cha cha last week. Although his scores were a bit on the low side, the judges all pointed out his strong potential in the competition. For his Viennese waltz, Bolton is keeping it country with Jennifer Nettles’s song “Unlove You.” I think the Viennese waltz will be a great dance for Bolton to let loose and not think so much about each move. And his background in modeling should be an asset for him in maintaining his posture and frame. He should see a bump in his scores this week.
Score Prediction: 8 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 29
Charo & Keo Motsepe
Paso Doble — Song:“España Cani” by Charo
Charo provided several entertaining moments before, during and after her dance last week. Surprisingly, she was able to handle the movements of the salsa better than I expected. This week she’ll be performing a paso doble to one of her own songs, “España Cani.” This performance could either end up being a major improvement for her or a hot mess. Charo’s flamenco background will help her in capturing the dramatic and fierce movements of the paso doble. But will her partner Motsepe make the routine more comedic, or will he show the audience a more intense and dramatic side of Charo?
Score Prediction: 6 (Inaba) + 6 (Goodman) + 6 (Hough) + 6 (Tonioli) = 24
Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko
Foxtrot — Song: “Bad Intentions” by Niykee Heaton
Jayne kept it sexy for her salsa last week. But although she had the look down, she didn’t have enough choreographic content to blow the judges away. This week she will be performing one of the two foxtrots we’ll be seeing from the contestants. After listening to the song she’s performing, I don’t think this will help the viewers or the judges see a different side to Jayne. The song has a very sexy and sensual vibe, which is something that Jayne is already used to. Her partner Savchenko will need to make sure that there’s plenty of content in the routine to make sure that she doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
Score Prediction: 7 (Inaba) + 6 (Goodman) + 6 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 26
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater
Viennese Waltz — Song: “Suffer” by Charlie Puth
NFL footballer Rashad Jennings lit the ballroom on fire last week with his cha cha, which placed second for the night, ahead of my presumed frontrunners Kerrigan, Morris and Kordei. This week Jennings gets to slow things down with a Viennese waltz. I think the song is perfect to capture his smooth moves. As long as he can handle the lyrical movement of the Viennese waltz he should have no trouble earning high scores, especially from Inaba and Hough.
Score Prediction: 9 (Inaba) + 8 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 8 (Tonioli) = 33
Chris Kattan & Witney Carson
Jive — Song: “Hey Ya!” by OutKast
Chris Kattan’s cha cha last week was the lowest scoring dance of the night, receiving a total score of 17 out of 40. For week two, Kattan and his partner Carson are looking to improve. They will be dancing a jive to “Hey Ya!” by Outkast. One downside to “Dancing with the Stars” is that sometimes you get lucky with that dance styles that work for you and other times you don’t, and I don’t think the jive is going to be a dance that will work for Kattan, unfortunately. It requires a lot of fast movements and precise timing. With Kattan’s neck injury and possible lack of confidence after last week’s scores, I’m not expecting much of an improvement.
Score Predictions: 5 (Inaba) + 5 (Goodman) + 5 (Hough) + 5 (Tonioli) = 20
Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev
Cha Cha — Song: “No Rights No Wrongs” by Jess Glynne
To be honest, I was surprised to see Kerrigan only receive 7s for her Viennese waltz last week. I felt that the dance would play to her figure skating background. Because of that, I’m not sure how she will handle the cha cha. I think she’ll be able to manage the choreography, but will she be able to sell the dance and make it entertaining enough?
Score Predictions: 7 (Inaba) + 8 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 30
Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy
Cha Cha — Song: “Give Me Your Love” by Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers
Last week, Kordei and Chmerkovskiy were the first stars to perform. Although their quickstep was full of energy and content, they fell victim to being underscored due to their scheduling at the very beginning of the night. But I fully expect them to do well with the cha cha. I think Latin dances will be in Kordei’s wheelhouse as these dances are more rhythmic, which is up her alley as a pop star. Hopefully, Chmerkovskiy took Inaba and Goodman’s note about getting right into the choreography from the start.
Score Predictions: 8 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 8 (Tonioli) = 31
Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Jive — Song: “Grown” by Little Mix
To the surprise of many, the “Glee” star didn’t top the leaderboard last week. I’m interested in seeing how Morris handles the somewhat disappointing scores as she prepares for this week’s routine. Oftentimes this show can either make people rise to the challenge or buckle under the pressure. Morris has already received so much pressure and criticism because of her extensive dance experience. I think her jive with Chmerkovskiy will show whether or not she lets that affect her. The one thing about the jive is that it’s one of the harder styles for taller contestants like Morris to execute. However, with her dance training and the song that she’s dancing to, we should be in for a treat.
Score Prediction: 8 (Inaba) + 8 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 9 (Tonioli) = 33
Mr. T & Kym Herjavek
Paso Doble — Song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
’80s icon Mr. T performed a lackluster cha cha last week. For his paso doble, Mr. T is dancing to an iconic song, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” The paso doble may be a lot easier for Mr. T to deliver as it’s more about the character and drama and less about hip action like in the cha cha. If his partner Herjavek is able to work on his timing then he’ll receive respectable scores from the judges.
Score Prediction: 6 (Inaba) + 5 (Goodman) + 5 (Hough) + 5 (Tonioli) = 21
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold
Cha Cha — Song: “Bust a Move” by Young MC
David Ross was the biggest surprise last week. His quickstep was light and full of content. Will he continue to surprise the judges and audiences? I’m especially curious about to how this routine will play out. Ross may suffer in scores this week as all the stars have less time to perfect their routines — just seven days between one episode and the next. I can see this performance being entertaining, but lacking the hip action it needs.
Score Predictions: 7 (Inaba) + 6 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 6 (Tonioli) = 26
Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd
Foxtrot — Song: “Love Me Now” by John Legend
Nick Viall showed that he could potentially become the best “Bachelor” to appear on “Dancing with the Stars.” Although he received all 6s in week one, the judges felt that he has the potential to do much better in this competition. His determination to do well will help him gain support from viewers, but he does need to work on being in the moment and not overthinking it. The foxtrot should be a great style for building his confidence as a dancer.
Score Predictions: 7 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 28
So here’s how I think the overall judges’ leaderboard will break down. Do you agree with me that Biles will stay on top?
1. Simone Biles — 34
2. Rashad Jennings — 33
2. Heather Morris — 33
4. Normani Kordei — 31
5. Nancy Kerrigan — 30
6. Bonner Bolton – 29
7. Nick Viall – 28
8. Erika Jayne — 26
8. David Ross – 26
10. Charo – 24
11. Mr. T – 21
12. Chris Kattan – 20
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