'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Episode 2, or the Sherri Shepherd lovefest

Bonus: Sightings of Pips and Jimmy Connors

  • Val Chmerkovskiy can't save us from the overhype of Sherri Shepherd.
Val Chmerkovskiy can't save us from the overhype of Sherri… (Adam Taylor, ABC )
March 26, 2012|By Amy Watts

Welcome to Week 2! Given that all the dancers last week were either good dancers or good sports or both, I'm particularly happy this is a season that didn't have a week 1 elimination. I'm looking forward to seeing everybody dance again.

Brooke's dress is a bright-yellow boob showcase. It's like she's framed her cleavage.  Introductions: Martina's wearing a red bikini top and fishing net. I miss Edyta.

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower
Roshon's hip-hop background is bumping up against the control and elegance required in ballroom as they practice their quickstep. Chelsie tries to rap. Let's just move along. Chelsie's starting the routine to Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" by petting a plush toy dog. Which she then throws aside. Paging PETA (not Peeta). Their dance is certainly fast and high energy, with Roshon definitely being light on his feet. Tom says, "High energy" too -- he owes me a Coke! Len says it had good movement and makes a technical comment about Roshon's heels that I think was a compliment based on Chelsie's reaction. Something about Roshon's hair and tuxedo make him look SO young right now, like "going to his first high school formal" young.
Scores: Carrie Ann:  9 Len: 8  Bruno: 9

Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy
Sherri thinks she should be 20 pounds lighter and a decathlete to dance the jive. I can definitely say that she needs to find/invest in better foundation garments -- I can't imagine how sore her girls must be. They're dancing to "Proud Mary," and Sherri's got on a very good approximation of Tina Turner's famous gold fringe dress. Most of Sherri's energy is in her face, not her legs. UH-OH! She chickens out at doing a slide move through Val's legs. Val recovers quickly, but it's an OBVIOUS goof.  Bruno says he doesn't care that she missed the move, Carrie Ann says she recovered from the mistake well. Even Len's not going to ding her for NOT DOING THE DANCE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO. Now, after the routine's over, Sherri does the missed move. In my book, it's too little, too late, lady. In the interview after the commercial, we're acting as if Sherri forgot the step, but it was CLEAR to me that she didn't forget, she was afraid of doing it and skipped it.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7  Bruno: 8

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Melissa and Maks are dancing to Billy Idol, who Melissa reminds us she dated in the '80s! I had no idea, and I'm retroactively scandalized. From rehearsal footage we learn that Melissa cries when she's happy, OK? It's a quickstep to "Dancing with Myself." (I always heard this song was about something very much not for a family show.) Oops! I think that was a stumble from Melissa as they went back up to the stage atop the steps. Carrie Ann thought the slip helped them, because once Melisssa had made a mistake she relaxed. They're dinging Melissa's posture. Bruno piles on the critique of Melissa's nerves. I do not understand why a chickening-out Sherri got nothing but praise but Melissa is getting killed by the judges.
Scores: Carrie Ann:  7 Len: 6   Bruno:  7

Before the last commercial break, Jack Wagner was shimmying like his life depended on it while making the goofiest faces -- I'm really warming up to him.

Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya
Anna says Jack picks up the steps quickly but has trouble with his arms and hips. He says Anna can be tough on him, but he likes it. Jack is costumed for a second career as an extra in a Brady Bunch stage show. The band is butchering a song I love, the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" for Anna and Jack's jive.  WELL! This time it's a pro who seems to miss a step, with Anna seemingly losing her footing at one point. Is the dance floor cursed? Do we need to call in a specialist to perform a de-jinxing? Bruno says the quick choreography may have caused them to get off the beat sometimes. Carrie Ann thinks they may have "overdanced" the routine, which is how they got out of sync.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7  Len: 7  Bruno: 7

Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus
In the footage from last week, they show something I hadn't seen -- I think Pips were in the audience doing some coordinated standing ovation. Love it. Ooh, another song I really like, Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke." Let's hope the band does better with this than the last song. And we're seeing a very, very slow quickstep. Man, I hope next season they give Tristan a young, athletic partner -- I'd love to see him fly with a capable partner in a quickstep. Bruno advises Gladys to work on her frame, and Carrie Ann agrees. Len finally finds his honesty backbone and tells Gladys that as much as he admires her, he didn't much care for her dance. (And in case you're curious -- the horn section was great, the singer not so much in their rendition of the song.)
Scores: Carrie Ann:  7 Len:  5  Bruno: 7

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