The competition heats up on Dancing with the Stars Week 2 as 13 celebrities and their pro dance partners do their best to impress the judges and fans with some fancy footwork in the ABC ballroom.
The couples’ performances during the TV Week-themed show on Monday night will either help move them one step closer to winning the Season 23 Mirrorball trophy or put them in jeopardy of being eliminated on the first live results show that will air on Tuesday, September 20.
Last week’s premiere showed off the strengths and weaknesses of all 13 couples. After a week of intense practice sessions, all of the celebs are hoping to show a big improvement when they showcase their dance moves to a variety of TV show theme songs on the first night of this week’s two-night event.
According to ABC, the scores and fan votes from Monday night’s show will be combined with last week’s scores and votes to determine which couple will go home on Tuesday night and who will move on to Week 3.
Which couples are in jeopardy of leaving this week, and who is rumored to be leaving on Tuesday night? Aside from the buzz online about the celebrities who are favored to be heading to the finals this season, there is plenty of chatter about the three couples who will be up for elimination on the first results show.
Topping the leaderboard last week will give both James and Laurie an edge this week, but it’s the votes from their fans combined with the scores from both this week and last week that will determine if they stick around for another week.
Last week, IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe and his partner Sharna Burgess tied for first with Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez and her partner. Val Chmerkovskiy. with a score of 31. Although the judges did not give out any perfect 10 scores on the premiere, James and Laurie were four points ahead of the two celebs who earned second place — Marilu Henner, and Jana Kramer (27).
Calvin Johnson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, and Terra Jole all tied for third place (26) on last week’s leaderboard, followed by Vanilla Ice (25) in fourth place, and Ryan Lochte and Amber Rose (24) in fifth. The three bottom-ranking celebrities were Maureen McCormick and Jake T. Austin (22), and Rick Perry taking the bottom spot with an uninspiring 20.
Buddy TV‘s John Kubicek recently revealed his picks for the celebrities don’t have a chance to win the Mirrorball trophy this season. Among them are Rick Perry, Maureen McCormick, and Jake T. Austin, who were all at the bottom of the leaderboard for Week 1.
Is it possible that Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron will announce that Rick, Maureen, and Jake are in jeopardy during Tuesday night’s live results show? If they don’t impress the judges and fail to get enough votes from fans, it’s totally possible that one of the three will make their exit on Tuesday night.
However, there is a buzz among DWTS fans that both Ryan Lochte may be the first to go and not because his dancing skills are mediocre. Despite his apologies over the Rio Olympics robbery claim (via New York Times) that made headlines shortly before the Dancing with the Stars premiere, voters may not support him in his quest to win the Mirrorball trophy, even if there was a bit of a “feel bad” moment last week when protesters rushed the ballroom to protest Lochte’s appearance on the show.
According to oddsmaker Bovada, Laurie Hernandez and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, are currently favored to win the DWTS Season 23 Mirrorball trophy, but the show won’t wrap up until late November, so the top-ranking contestants have a way to go to the finals.
Watch ABC’s Dancing with the Stars two-night event and find out who gets eliminated on Week 2. The couples will perform routines to TV Theme show songs on Monday, September 19, followed by a live, two-hour results show on Tuesday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
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