"DWTS" Week 2 (Take 2) Recap: Fire Burning on the Dance Floor
Helloooo, and happy Wednesday! Did you realize there was a special bonus episode of "DWTS" last night? If you missed it, fear not—we've got you covered, as always. Right off the bat, we will say that the show's wasting no time this season. Just barely recovered from Monday's elimination, we then had to bid adieu to a second couple last night 😭. But that's the name of the game, and like I said yesterday, anything goes when there's a Mirrorball at stake 🏆. On to the dancing!
Our special bonus episode's theme was Latin Night, which is arguably the most lit night of television in existence. The contestants brought it, especially considering they'd literally given it their all, like, 24 hours before. I'd called out Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson in yesterday's recap, and wow did they make an even stronger case for themselves last night. Their high-octane cha cha was polished, energetic, and danced with lots of confidence. The duo also proved that matching metallic silver get-ups are always a good idea.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold were clearly still riding the high from their 24/30 score the night before. They danced a sizzling samba, and the chemistry was flying. Fisher was clearly having an amazing time, and it translated in his dancing. Also, shoutout to Arnold for really delivering on the bedazzled costume front, because truly, what is "DWTS" without the rhinestones? (Rhetorical question.)
This is a competition, though, and couples have their ups and downs. On the up last night? Mark Ballas and Lindsey Stirling, who delivered a textbook salsa performance after a less-than-stellar performance on night one (which only earned them a 21/30). First of all, Stirling's costume was the perfect example of why I continue to watch "DWTS" after 25 seasons—fringe, a big tulle situation in the back, and a dash of hot pink? Check, check, and check. But also, girl came out of NOWHERE with this kick (see my very professional diagram below):
Anyway, I digress, and they did an amazing job and scored a 24/30, a far cry from their 21 the night before.
The crazy part about "DWTS" is that everything's wonderful and sparkly for an hour, and then suddenly a hard-working couple is sent packing. The second pair to go this week? Debbie Gibson and Alan Bernsten. The quest for the Mirrorball continues, and so do our recaps—see you next week!
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