Last night saw the return of Latin Night as week two saw some improvements and some small setbacks as one couple was eliminated. Let’s get to it shall we? As before we are going from the lowest scoring couple to the highest.
Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska (Salsa) – Forget the horrible dancing (and it was just as bad if not worse than last week) but I was pretty appalled at the story with the routine. I hate to bring up politics on a blog about Nerdy Pop Culture, but as a Latina woman that dance kinda had me a bit irked. Geraldo dressed as Donald Trump with a “Welcome to Mexico” sign in the back bordered on offensive for me. That is my opinion and if you don’t agree and thought it was funny that is okay by me. I did enjoy Bruno’s thinly veiled insults on Trump’s campaign promises. – Score: 13/30
Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev (ChaCha) – Mischa looked like she was in full I-give-up mode and had lots of excuses for a very lackluster dance. Towards the end it seemed as if Artem said something to her to get her to show some kind of spunk, but those scores killed any joy she may have had in that moment. – Score: 15/30
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber (Salsa) – Kim didn’t take Sasha’s criticism well during rehearsals, but he adorably made it up to her by calling Gloria Estefan to cheer her up. The dance was good, up until the end. At least they finished strong. She definitely improved over last week. I’m looking forward to some Tootie action in next week’s show. – Score: 19/30
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess (Rumba) – The routine was good, but Antonio looked as if he was trying not to giggle at touching Sharna in a sexy way. The two of them have good chemistry, but you can tell he sees her as a sister type and he needs to move past that because the dances are going to get more intimate as the weeks progress and they need some heat. Antonio went down a few points from last week. Let’s hope he can find that spark from week one again. – Score: 19/30
Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff (Paso Doble) – Big time improvement over last week’s stiff dance. Len was right in thinking the Paso was going to be more of the former NFLer’s speed. Now that he is feeling some confidence, he may find a bit more grace in his movements. – Score: 20/30
Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani (Argentine Tango) – The judges were a bit too nice in judging the routine. Marla’s execution may have been technically right, but she was lacking in grace and flow in her moves. She looked robotic and had no sexy spark with Tony. It was a lot like watching a brother and sister dance the Argentine Tango. – Score: 20/30
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd (Rumba) – All I have to say about that dance was wow. Nyle looked spectacular with Peta. Leave it to Len to poo-poo on that dance. Their scores should have been higher. – Scores: 20/30
Von Miller and Witney Carson (ChaCha) – Von looked much more comfortable in his skin this time out and showed he can have some gracefulness in his moves. He also looked like he was having more fun this time too. Von may give Witney grief about being a “Barbie Drill Sergeant” but you can tell he likes her and responds well to the tough coaching. For right now that will work in absence of a sexy chemistry, but they also need to find that spark. – Scores: 20/30
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe (Samba) – Jodie came out looking fierce! She had the sexiness and the swagger going on. There is starting to be an effortlessness in her movements and the spark between her and Keo is burning bright on the dance floor. The judges are a little harsh on her, but I think it is because they see she can do big things on the show. – Score: 21/30
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy (Samba) – The perky weather woman had to find her flirt again and she did a pretty good job. It doesn’t seem like flirting with Val would be such a difficult thing to do. The dance itself was not an improvement over last week’s outing, but she didn’t slip in her skill level. Still good enough to be towards the top. – Score: 21/30
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas (Salsa) – Mark slipped a disk during morning rehearsals and Alan Bersten (a backup dancer) stepped in with only a few hours to learn the routine. He is a pro and knows how to handle it, but Paige is not and it is not easy dancing with someone you don’t know yet. The MMA star handled it like a total pro and killed it on the floor. She really has a natural grace and musicality to her that still manages to astound me. I can’t wait to see her tackle a waltz. – Score: 24/30
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold (Salsa) – Amazing dance. The singer looked as if he is having the time of his life on the dance floor (and in rehearsals) and it really shows. Wanya promised to bring the whole alphabet and he delivered. He and Lindsay have such a great harmony, but I wonder if he can keep that kind of energy up during a slower more complicated dance such as the waltz. – Score: 24/30
Endangered Couples – It is no surprise that Doug & Katrina, Mischa & Artem, and Geraldo & Edyta were at the bottom.
Eliminated Couple – Thankfully was Geraldo and Edyta. I don’t think I could handle another week of seeing him try to dance.
Did you think the right couple went home? Who do you think will be the next couple out the door? My money is on Mischa. She looks like she has one foot out the door already.
What did you think of last night’s return of Latin Night? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and come back next week as we walk down memory lane with our stars and their most memorable year dance.