Review – DWTS Season 21 Week 2




It’s Hometown Glory Week on Dancing with the Stars and the contestants are asked to learn and perform two dances this week.  This has never happened so early in the competition and I’m wondering what the producers were thinking?!?!?!!

As impossible as it seemed, everyone seemed to learn both dances and some did well, others not so well.  So Monday, we were treated to the stars’ hometown dances and Tuesday it was the pros’ turn at it.  So let’s start with Monday.  It seems that the hometown glory was only reflected in the songs.  You can see the lineup and songs that were danced to here.


The highlights of the night were:


Bindi and Derek’s Tango to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”.  It was a song she grew up listening to with her dad, the late Steve Irwin.  It was very creative and well put together.  It deserved a great score but I don’t think it warranted the highest score of the night.  For this they earned 25/30.

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Tamar and Val did a ChaCha to “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.  It was cute, sexy and very well put together.  The judges said that Tamar was great on the solo parts of the routine, but the connection was lacking when she was in hold with Val.  When I watched the first time I disagreed with the judges but upon further examination, I think they were right.  Team Valentay scored 24/30 for this dance.

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Alek and Lindsay did a Jazz routine to “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey.  It was really good, there were lots of lifts.  The routine was mostly lifts, but they were really well done and there were other parts of the routine where Alek showcased some sweet moves, so I thought it was good and probably should have gotten a higher score than 23/30.

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The PenaVegas both had a great night with Alexa and Mark doing a sexy salsa to Robi Rob’s Boriqua Anthem” by C+C Music Factory.  Carlos and Witney danced a very well done foxtrot to Home” by Blake Shelton.  Both received 24/30 and it was well deserved.
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As always, there were some lows of the night.  Andy Grammar was severely off-beat and was berated by Carrie-Ann for being a musician and not being on rhythm.  Chaka Khan forgot choreography.  Gary Busey is just there to have fun and Paula Deen and Kim Zolciak-Biermann improved from last week.  In the end it was Chaka Khan who was the first to be sent home from Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars.


Okay, so that brings us to Tuesday.  Dun, dun, dun!  It was the pro’s turn to do a dance from their hometowns.  Highlights:

Again, Tamar and Val!  They did a Charleston to “Living in New York City” by Robin Thicke.  It was cool, cute funky and a lot of fun to watch!  A well deserved 25/30.

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Nick and Sharna did a foxtrot to “I’m Coming Home Pt II” by Skylar Grey.  This dance was beautiful and they did a great job with it.  Nick was able to redeem himself from his slip and fall the night before.  Very good.  24/30

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Hayes and Emma danced a quickstep to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet.  It was cool, refreshing and it really fit them as a partnership.  I especially liked the fall to the ground at the end.  I think Hayes is one to watch because he will likely continue to get better. 23/30

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Bindi and Derek danced an absolutely beautiful waltz and likely would have gotten the highest score or tied highest with Tamar and Val had they not included a lift in the routine because those are not allowed in waltz.  Still, it was very good and touching. 23/30

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As for the lows, Gary Busey seems to do a lot of just walking around on the dance floor.  Carlos Penavega took a beating by the judges for bending his legs too much, Andy Grammar did a lot better in my opinion and I still can’t tell whether he was supposed to look like he was stumbling on the big lift he had in his routine.  Paula Deen, Alexa Penavega, Kim Zolciak-Biermann were okay.  Victor Espinoza was the second victim of Season 21.  Sometimes I feel like the people who struggle quite a lot may feel relieved to be voted off because it can be cringeworthy for all involved.

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