We were huge "Lover"s of Hannah Brown's stunning Viennese waltz. (ABC)

"DWTS" Week 2 Recap: Things Are Getting Serious

Is it just us, or was last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" particularly dramatic? It wasn't just the new live voting setup (which forced us to stress-text our votes in during each commercial break)—the celebs also shared some truly heart-wrenching stories with their partners. Plus, there was the first elimination of the season, which sent one of our favorite couples packing.

In case you missed last night's emotional rollercoaster of an episode, we rounded up the highlights for you.


Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov: Foxtrot

Someone queue up "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry, because Kate Flannery came out of nowhere to totally stun us with this foxtrot. Top to bottom, this was one of the most enjoyable performances of the evening, from the understated costumes and sets (courtesy of new pro Pasha Pashkov), Kate's surprisingly graceful footwork and textbook foxtrot frame, to the judges' alien antennae. It earned Kate a 21 out of 30, the second-highest score of the night.

Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson: Samba

We're pretty used to Kel Mitchell as the face of "Goodburger, home of the Goodburger," so seeing him in this sexy samba was a bit of a shock. But he and partner Witney Carson really brought it to the ballroom this week, in a performance that showed off Kel's natural movement quality. We would've loved to see a little more samba styling, not to mention a samba roll or two (because who isn't a sucker for a samba roll?), but this dance proved Kel and Witney are a serious partnership, and landed them a 21 out of 30.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten: Viennese Waltz

When head judge Len Goodman calls a performance the "best dance of the night," that is not a comment to be taken lightly. And Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten's fabulous routine last night was worthy of the praise. The graceful quality of a Viennese waltz can be difficult for dancers new to the ballroom to master, but this performance looked natural, elegant, and, overall, magical (or maybe that was just our reaction to Hannah's amazing lilac eyeshadow). The duo received the highest score of the night, 24 out of 30.

The final two couples—whose fates were ultimately left in the hands of the judges—were Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke, and Mary Wilson with Brandon Armstrong. The panel chose to save Ray and Cheryl from elimination, making Mary and Brandon the first couple to go. We're going to miss having "Miss Mary" in the ballroom.

What did you think? Did the right couple go home? Who's at risk for elimination next week?

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