“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Cheryl Burke, Cody Rigsby Performance



The procedure inside the Dancing with the stars The ballroom took a dramatic turn on Monday night – and it had nothing to do with the Season 30 first knockout.

Okay he had a little to do with this elimination; it’s never fun to be the first couple to get out of competition. But the biggest twist in Week 2 came when – as reported earlier on Monday – professional dancer Cheryl Burke contracted a groundbreaking case of COVID-19, turning her and Cody Rigsby’s future in competition into a big one. interrogation point.

As Cheryl quarantines herself at home for the next 10 days, she and Cody were put on trial this week on their recorded studio rehearsal, which was criticized and rated like any other Monday dance. How did the performance go? Read on for some quick thoughts on this week’s routines:

Matt James and pro Lindsay Arnold (Samba): Truth be told, Matt’s performance in this samba was more in line with how I thought he could do it in these first weeks of competition, when last week’s cha-cha was a very pleasant surprise. I appreciate Matt’s energy on the dance floor, and judging by this strip section, he’s up for anything and isn’t afraid to look a little awkward … but the flow just wasn’t there, and those samba rolls towards the end were awkward and without grace. Judges score: 22/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 46/80)

Olivia Jade and pro Val Chmerkovskiy (Viennese waltz, photo): I feel like a lot of viewers – well, a number of TVLine readers, at least – are rooting against Olivia, thanks to the events of the last few years. But let’s isolate the dance and give credit where it’s due: Olivia is a really, really sweet performer. It can be intimidating, and perhaps a little awkward, for young female performers to develop a sultry chemistry with older male partners, but Olivia and Val had a nice openness to each other here. Judges score: 27/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 52/80)

Kenya Moore and pro Brandon Armstrong (Cha-Cha): Although she does her best Sally O’Malley Print while receiving criticism from the judges, Kenya seemed oddly timid during what should have been the boldest and fearless parts of this dance. She has recovered well from a few sloppy steps at the start of the routine, but maybe not enough to stand out as a true contender this week. Judges score: 24/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 50/80)

The Miz and pro Witney Carson (Tango): Considering the Bobby Bones type energy that emanates from The Miz, I was delighted to see how much he restricted his movements when tango called for him. Now let’s hope Witney helps him break the habit of clenching his jaw and his mouth tight. Judges score: 26/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 50/80)

Brian Austin Green and pro Sharna Burgess (Rumba): Brian and Sharna’s chemistry is clearly off the charts, and the way they kissed at the end of that number, while singing their song, was extremely romantic. But I’m starting to worry that their actual relationship might hurt Sharna’s choreographic prowess: there was strangely little rumba content for Brian here, and I had hoped Sharna could challenge him a bit more than we’ve seen so far. ‘now. Judges score: 23/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 47/80)

Christine Chiu and pro Pasha Pashkov (Salsa): Christine is truly radiant on the dance floor, and her longtime love for DWTS is absolutely precious. This salsa, however, had a number of rough spots, such as Christine’s leg that eerily lifted off the ground when Pasha plunged her head at the start of the act, or her slide between her legs at the very end of the act. turned out to be a bit bumpy. Still, she’s such a fan of the show, and clearly so determined to learn, that I hope she’s had the opportunity to keep improving. Judges score: 24/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 49/80)

DWTS Season 30 RecapJimmie Allen and pro Emma Slater (Rumba, pictured): Elegance! Passion! The hips! Yes, Jimmie’s rumba was particularly impressive after Brian Austin Green’s attempt, but I think we should keep an eye out for the country singer, who has proven with this act that he’s not afraid to be vulnerable and sensual when the dance demands it. Judges score: 27/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 49/80)

Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten (Foxtrot): i know there is a lot of Dancing viewers in “Why are ringtones allowed on this show?” camp… but I’m not one of them. Amanda brings a refreshing ease to her movements, and her previous stage experience allows her to be lively and theatrical in a way most other contestants aren’t yet comfortable with. Judges score: 32/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 60/80)

JoJo Siwa and pro Jenna Johnson (Cha-Cha): Kudos to the judges for calling out the contagious energy but sometimes a little too much JoJo, which was especially evident in those side-by-side sections during the last third of the performance. That said, JoJo and Jenna deserve more credit for the fluidity with which they adjust the traditional male / female choreography to be performed by two women; the movements may seem easy, but there is serious physical strength underneath. Judges note: 31/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 60/80)

Iman Shumpert and pro Daniella Karagach (Rumba): Iman wasn’t as exciting and surprising here as he was at last week’s premiere, and parts of that rumba got a bit heavy. But then again, the NBA player’s commitment to choreography and his pocket-falling ability is so much fun to watch – and excuse me, but that deep slot? When Iman is 6’5 ″? Unbelievable. Judges note: 25/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 46/80)

Martin Kove and pro Britt Stewart (Cha-Cha): Let me repeat my review from last week: Oof! A little less phew, but still. Phew. Judges note: 15/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 28/80)

DWTS Season 30 RecapMelora Hardin and pro Artem Chigvintsev (Rumba, photo): Wasn’t it a little strange that Melora and Artem never came down the stairs during their routine? I continually felt like the performance was just beginning, and I had hoped the choreography would have a more pronounced climax for such a dramatic number. (A waste of that big note in “All By Myself”, if you ask me!) (I realize neither of you were asking me.) Judges score: 27/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 53/40)

Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke (Salsa): It’s hard to accurately judge this recorded repeat, a setting where Cody is allowed to make faces and wince a bit at Cheryl when he makes a mistake. Overall, though, this salsa was quick and light… although Cody needs a bit of work on his timing. Judges score: 24/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 48/80)

Mel C and pro Gleb Savchenko (Foxtrot): I sincerely hope that Gleb knows what a gem he has in Mel and that he challenges her accordingly with his choreography. This foxtrot was so charming and refined, with an ease and certainty in Mel’s movements that only Amanda Kloots fit her routine. Judges score: 30/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 57/80)

Suni Lee and pro Sasha Farber (Cha-Cha): After watching Suni’s rehearsal package, in which she finally let down some emotional walls, I’m not surprised the judges focused more on her fiery demeanor than on her actual performance of the choreography. But while this cha-cha was absolutely filled with legitimate – and quick – glad Suni got it right, she wasn’t as neat as I would have imagined, especially in her arms, which are getting a little loose. Judges score: 28/40 (Weeks 1 and 2 combined: 56/80)

And now the first elimination results!

Christine Chiu and pro Pasha Pashkov
Martin Kove and pro Britt Stewart

Christine Chiu and pro Pasha Pashkov (saved by the four judges)

Martin Kove and pro Britt Stewart

All right, it’s up to you. Do you agree with the elimination of Martin and Britt? And what did you think of the performances of week 2? Tell us below!


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