‘Dancing with the Stars’ rankings for week 2, ‘Ballroom Night’: Did the judges get it right with that three-way tie?

It’s week two of “Dancing with the Stars” where we see who is really up to the challenge. In no surprise, Jordan Fisher once again topped the leaderboard, tying with Vanessa Lachey and Victoria Arlen. Fisher’s fellow leaderboard winner from week one, Lindsey Stirling, took a bit of a dip, falling to sixth place.

Frankie Muniz, Sasha Pieterse, and Nikki Bella proved to be potential dark horses with their performances. And we also saw some improvement from many of the stars like Terrell Owens, Drew Scott, Debbie Gibson and Derek Fisher.

However, at the end of the night “Shark Tank” panelist Barbara Corcoran was sent to sleep with the fishes as she and her pro partner Keo Motsepe were eliminated.

But did the judges get it right? Below are my rankings for “Ballroom Night.”

1. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold – Viennese Waltz

Lindsay didn’t want to lose the momentum after they topped the leaderboard in the season premiere, but no need to worry — this kid is a star. Although this waltz did teeter on the contemporary side, I thought it was great. Jordan and Lindsay have such an amazing chemistry. Jordan reminds me a lot of Normani Kordei from season 24 in that he seems able to adapt to any dance style.

My Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 23/30

Actual Score: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 24/30

Up two points from week one. Glad to see Len not give Jordan a 7 despite his critical comments.

2. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Foxtrot

Vanessa felt that she got her groove back with her cha cha last week, so the pressure was on from Maks to deliver again. But once again Vanessa proved that she’s in it to win it. The routine was sexy, sultry, and entertaining. She has this natural charm that radiates through the screen. If she keeps on delivering, she could be a huge threat to Lindsey and Jordan for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

My Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 24/30

Actual Score:  8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 24/30

Up three points from last week. I agreed with the judges’ scores. Well deserved.

3. Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson – Tango

After Frankie’s surprisingly strong “DWTS” debut dance, Witney is pulling all the stops to challenge him. Frankie continues to impress me; I had originally written him off, but he proves that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I felt that his tango had plenty of sharp and precise movements.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 21/30

Actual Score: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 23/30

Up four points from last week. I’m a bit shocked that he received 8s from both Carrie Ann and Bruno.

4. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas – Quickstep

What would “DWTS” be without an innovative and creative routine from Mark Ballas? I loved this performance, from the staging to the costumes and most importantly Lindsey’s dancing. But I figured that Len would have a problem with them not staying in hold for the entire routine.

My Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 26/30

Actual Score: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 21/30

Stirling was actually down one point from last week. I definitely felt this routine was underscored. She should’ve received an 8 or two.

5. Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy – Tango

Victoria and her family were crying tears of joy after her fun and bubbly cha cha last week. Victoria is still amazed at how far she’s come in life after an illness that left her in a vegetative state for years, and she’s making the most of her “DWTS” experience. Victoria is quite the actress: her tango was sultry and at times had power and attack. I’m still shocked by how she goes out and kills it on the dance floor despite only learning how to walk again a little more than a year ago.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 20/30

Actual Score: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Bruno) = 24/30

Up five points from last week. I must admit that I was bit shocked that Victoria was able to pull this off.

6. Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev – Waltz

This week Nikki looked for inspiration from her nana in becoming more elegant and graceful for her waltz, and I think she and Artem achieved it with her dance. She looked radiant and poised throughout the routine. I thought she showed lots of lyrical content and did a great job of keeping her frame together.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 21/30

Actual Scores: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) =21/30

Up one point from last week. My scoring predictions matched the judges’ actual scores. I figured that she would receive praise for her transformation tonight.

7. Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko – Viennese Waltz

Gleb wanted Sasha to express more emotion with her face than she did in the season premiere. So to help her train Sasha invited her parents, both former professional dancers, to give her some pointers. I think she should start having them come to rehearsals more often. Sasha seemed more confident in her movements. Overall it was a great routine. I’m still not getting an emotional connection from her, so I hope that she continues to work on that.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 21/30

Actual Score: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 23/30

Up five points from last week. I felt that this dance was a bit over-scored. Her dance wasn’t better or more memorable than Lindsey Stirling’s.

8. Debbie Gibson & Alan Bernsten – Quickstep

Last week proved to Debbie that despite her health battle, she has the strength to push through the competition, and her quickstep on “Ballroom Night” was a big improvement. She seemed more at ease and confident this week. But I agree with Len that she had the speed but lacked the control.

My Prediction: 6 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 18/30

Actual Scores: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 20/30

Up three points from last week. I agreed with the judges’ scores.

9. Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess – Foxtrot

Please, someone add Mama Fisher to the cast! Derek’s mother was a delight when she made an appearance on the show as Derek prepared for his dance. I loved how lighthearted and cute Derek’s foxtrot was. I do agree with the judges, however, that Sharna is going to have to challenge Derek to make his movements bigger and more expressive. He’s been a pleasant surprise, and I hope that he gets to stay for a few weeks.

My Prediction: 6 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 18/30

Actual Score: 6 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 19/30

Up one point from last week. I’m really surprised that Carrie Ann didn’t give him a 7.

10. Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke – Foxtrot

Terrell gets the first unflattering clip package of the season. He complained at one point about being only one point ahead of Barbara and got frustrated in rehearsal, which made him look like a poor sport. Terrell did look more confident and in-tune with his body movements this week than last, but to me the dance felt more like a rumba than a proper foxtrot due to its overt sexual movements.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 19/30

Actual Score: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 20/30

Up five points this week. I figured that Carrie Ann would give an extra point due the T.O.’s shirt coming off.

11. Drew Scott & Emma Slater – Quickstep

During rehearsal Drew pulled his hamstring, causing him to worry if he’d be able to pull off his quickstep. Like many of tonight’s contestants, however, Drew showed great improvement. Although the routine still had a few misses, I thought the opening and ending of his dance were great.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 20/30

Actual Score: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 20/30

Up two points from last week. I felt that this was a bit over-scored, but good for him.

12. Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd – Foxtrot

Nick and his wife Vanessa have a bet that whoever scores higher gets a foot rub from the lower scorer, so Nick hoped that his wife would be on the losing side this week. Unfortunately for him, Vanessa reigned supreme — again (see above). Although he looked a bit more confident this week, his movements are really small and boxy.

My Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 21/20

Actual Score: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 19/20

Up one point from last week. I really thought this would be a great dance for him. Here’s hoping that his Argentine tango helps him break out from the pack.

13. Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe – Tango [Eliminated Couple]

Barbara hoped to prove that she shouldn’t be underestimated despite being last on the leaderboard. I thought there were some small improvements from her dance in week one. But overall it lacked the passion and attack needed to pull off a tango.

My Prediction: 6 (Carrie Ann) + 5 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 17/30

Actual Score: 6 (Carrie Ann) + 5 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 17/30

Up three points from last week. Glad that she was able to end on a somewhat high note.


Tonight the remaining 12 couples perform a Latin routine, followed by another elimination. Based on tonight I think Terrell Owens or Debbie Gibson will be sent home. Although both improved, Terrell had the misfortune of a bad package and Debbie went first and her routine wasn’t as memorable.

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