Dancing With the Stars 2014 RECAP 3/24/14: Season 18 Episode 2

Dancing With the Stars 2014 RECAP 3/24/14: Season 18 Episode 2

Last week the glitz and the glitter returned to the ballroom as we welcomed a all new cast for season 18 of Dancing With The Stars.  On tonight’s episode the dancing continues and we lose our first competition of the season.   The show kicks off with a show-stopping opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore featuring the entire cast followed by an announcement that is not to be missed!

Last week we met the fresh new cast and professional dancer pairings:  Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff, Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke, Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani, James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd,Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov, Amy Purdy& Derek Hough, Cody Simpson & Witney Carson, Charlie White & Sharna Burgess and Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater.  The new contestants took on their first dances and there were some spectacular performances and some not so spectacular performances.  Did you watch last week’s premiere episode?  If you missed it we have you covered, right here.  Did you miss any of the performances?  If you did we have all the videos, right here.

On tonight’s episode  each couple will then perform a dance style of the celebrities choosing including Swing, Tango, Jive, Salsa, Samba, Rumba and the Cha Cha. The couples face the first nerve-racking round of elimination.  Additionally, “The Switch Up” begins and voting guidelines will be revealed live. For the first time ever, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrity and professional dance pairings.

Tune in tonight at 8 PM EST on ABC to watch the stars all hit the ball room. We’ll be recapping it for you live right here. In the meantime hit up our comments section and tell us who you are already rooting for!

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DWTS opens up with the message, “This Changes Everything,” and then the show kicks off with its opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore.

The surprise this week is that all of the couples showed up tonight and expected to compete.  But this is the surprise, tonight they are having a double elimination.  The double elimination could take place any-time tonight.

Drew Carey and professional dancer Cheryl Burke SAFE

Billy Dee Williams and professional dancer Emma Slater SAFE

Meryl Davis and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy SAFE

Danica McKellar and professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy SAFE

Amy Purdry and professional dancer Derek Hough SAFE

Candace Cameron Bure and professional dancer Mark Ballas SAFE

Diana Nyad and professional dancer  Henry Byalikov ELIMINATED

James Maslow and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd SAFE

Charlie White and professional dancer Sharna Burgess SAFE

NeNe Leakes and professional dancer  Tony Dovolani SAFE

Cody Simpson and professional dancer Witney Carson SAFE

Sean Avery and professional dancer Karina Smirnoff ELIMINATED

Drew Carey and professional dancer Cheryl Burke dancing a jive [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Len: “Well first Drew congratulations getting through to next week.  There was a lot of jive content.  It was so much fun to watch.  Well done!”  Bruno: “The consummate stage animal you get the crowd going.  You are so in tune what the crowd wants.  I am telling you that was a good jive, a few mistakes but good job.”  Carrie Ann:  ”I would not have pegged you as a jive man.  I think you did excellent it could have been higher scored if not for a few mistakes.  You will be surprised at your scores.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7  Len: 7  Bruno: 7 TOTAL: 21/30

Danica McKellar and professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy dancing a Samba [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Bruno: “Danica you are like a gorgeous jangle, beautiful to look at, but not yet tame.  There are sometimes on the transitions you throw it away.  There little details but when you get it right you are going to be a scorcher.”  Carrie Ann: “I think you were so sexy.  I thought that first combo you were flawless.  Bruno is right.  The movement was fantastic but you do get lost a bit.”  Len: “You have to straighten your legs a bit but I tell you what, you keep doing what you’re doing. “

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8  Len: 8  Bruno: 8 TOTAL: 24/30

Billy Dee Williams and professional dancer Emma Slater dancing a Tango [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Carrie Ann: “I think there are many men your age jealous of you.  I don’t want you to get discouraged I know you have hip issues.  I thought you handled the choreography well you did not miss a step.  You need to get more content.” Len: “If tango is a plant it is a cactus.  This was like ivy it did not have enough going.  Keep having fun and come back next week.”  Bruno: “You went to the stylized minimum approach.  With those three beauties around you I understand.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 5  Len: 5  Bruno: 5  TOTAL: 15/30

Meryl Davis and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing a Swing Dance [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Len: “I tell you what you were swinging, fantastic, well done.  That was great music, it was great dancing.” Bruno: “That was really a swinging, acrobatic dance.  The level of dancing was incredible.  You made a couple of mistakes, but that was because it was difficult.”  Carrie Ann: “I have to say Meryl you have Max working his butt off and it is so great to see.  I really appreciated your athleticism.  You are a star in these athletic programs.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8  Len: 9  Bruno: 8  TOTAL: 25/30

Candace Cameron Bure and professional dancer Mark Ballas danced a Rumba [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Carrie Ann: “This is hard I felt it was a little too contemporary.  You were so great last week, it was a great strategy to bring it back.  I wanted to see more of a Rumba.  You are a beautiful dancer, I love watching you.”  Len: “Your arms have to be expressive as you face.  It was a little bit hard and agressive.  I know you were trying to make it a romance, but it did not come off like that.  For someone with no dance background you did well.”  Bruno: “Your emotional level is impressive.  I am sure when you are back next week you will correct the small faults.  Great job.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7  Len:  7  Bruno: 7 TOTAL: 21/30

Amy Purdry and professional dancer Derek Hough dancing a Swing Dance [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Len: “You used every nuance in that music to great effect.  You are amazing, well done.”  Bruno: “Clever, witty I loved it.  The only thing you missed was the arm change.”  Carrie Ann: “Your movements are completely synchronized.  It is mind blogging.  Well, well done.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8  Len: 8  Bruno: 8  TOTAL: 24/30

James Maslow and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd dancing Salsa dance [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Bruno: “All I can say is more of that please, you have come out of your shell and you have the abs to prove it.”  Carrie Ann: “Damn!  I am so glad you chose the Salsa.  To me there is a sexy hall of fame of all the former dancers, with that dance you just joined that hall of fame.”  Len: “No one can accuse you of holding back, you came out and attacked.  But it is like driving the car, ease off the gas and you can get more.”

SCORES:  Carrie Ann: 9  Len: 8  Bruno: 8  TOTAL: 25/30

Charlie White and professional dancer Sharna Burgess dancing the Tango [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Carrie Ann: “First of all the power came from you and the power of dance.  What a beautiful way to see it. You looked like Mikhail Baryshnikov  out there.”  Len: “Charles listen carefully you are use to being judged and you know in your sport there are rules and if you don’t the judges go down on you.  You cannot break hold.  You broke the rules, you left me no where else to go.”  Bruno: ” Charlie don’t worry I love you when you are bad.  Stealthy, what I saw coming out of you was the predatory killer instinct.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 7  Bruno: 9  TOTAL: 25/30

NeNe Leakes and professional dancer  Tony Dovolani dancing a Jive dance [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Len: “You had a little mistake on the stage, but it was a cute routine.  I hope your back your so much fun.”  Bruno: “You can shimmy, you can shake it.  You went wrong, a jive has to be much sharper.”  Carrie Ann: “You are so much fun to watch.  Your arms have to be bigger.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7  Bruno: 7 TOTAL: 21/30

Sean Avery and professional dancer Karina Smirnoff dancing the Salsa [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Bruno: “DWTS and when you smile your whole persona changes.  If you stay I would like to see more of it.  You are light on your feet, a few timing issues.  I hope you are staying, get those hips going.”  Carrie Ann: “You are very authentic when you dance.  Work on your feet.  There is such an ease in motion.  Your rhythm is real.”  Len: “I am going to tell you the secret of DWTS, each week you have to get higher scores and that is what you are going to get from me.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7  Len: 7  Bruno: 7  TOTAL: 21/30

Cody Simpson and professional dancer Witney Carson dancing a Tango [VIDEO HERE]

JUDGES COMMENTS: Carrie Ann: “I hope you make it to next week.  I love the way you stylized this.  For the future I would love to see you with someone taller.”  Len: “It could have been a little more compact.  Anyone who can fit a moonwalk into a tango, well done!”  Bruno:  “When you are right on it you are hypnotic.  I can see you put a lot of work into this.  I loved the moon walk.  I think the problem is you leaned forward.  I really liked what I saw.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7  Len: 7  Bruno: 8 TOTAL: 22/30

THE END!!