Dancing With the Stars: Athletes is back for Week 2 with some dazzling individual routines, as well as two epic team dances!
As the talented couples duke it out on the dance floor, join us, right here on ETonline.com, for all the live action — from the night’s biggest numbers, best scores, wildest wardrobes and craziest moments.
ET is live now recapping the show during the East Coast broadcast, as the eight hopeful athletes try to show that they’ve got what it takes to take home the Mirrorball trophy. Find out which couples wow the judges and which end up on the chopping block. Keep refreshing as we break it all down as it happens.
The bottom three are revealed, and the double elimination hurts
Kareem and Lindsay, Arike and Gleb, and Chris and Witney all turned out to be in jeopardy — which is surprising for so many reasons. However, it was Chris and Witney who get to dance again another day.
Which means we have to wave goodbye to Arike and Kareem, which was heartbreaking for so many fans in the audience — although Arike seemed to take it in stride.
“I mean, it’s okay. It was fun while it lasted,” the basketball star told Tom and co-host Erin Andrews after the elimination.
Clearly, Chris and Witney are going to have to amp up their chemistry even more to make sure they don’t end up in the bottom three next week.
Team ‘70s Football scores epic touchdown with Team Dance
Arike, Adam, Mirai and Jennie lent their impressive skills to Team ‘70s Football, and apparently not playing football (or being alive) in the 1970s made rehearsing for their freestyle harder somehow?
However, you’d never know it as they rocked out to the 1978 disco classic “Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman while rocking sparkling silver pseudo-jerseys and afros, and there really wasn’t a weak link.
Also, Jennie threw that pass like a boss, and a afro-wigged Adam impressed with his catch — but can you imagine how embarrassing that could easily have been?
From the judges’ wildly enthusiastic responses to their number, it was clear which team won the showdown, and the team’s total score of 37 out of 40 made it official.
Finally, the Team Dances! Team 50’s Tennis gives it their best shot
Chris, Josh, Tonya and Kareem donned some sweater vests and picked up their old-timey rackets for a Freestyle set to an awesome retro-cover of “…Baby One More Time” by The Baseballs, and it was pure fun.
While there were some minor missteps, the large nauture of the performance helped cover most of them, and they even found a brilliant way to use Kareem’s towering height to their advantage by making him the team’s tennis coach.
While Len and Bruno admitted that there were some minor issues, they also said that a few of the people on the team are almost locks for making it to the finals.
Also, we gotta agree with Rashad’s comments about how impressive it was that the athletes were able to learn two huge dances in one week — a feat usually achieved much later in longer seasons.
Team ‘50s Tennis ended up earning a formidable 33 out of 40, but it’s going to be interesting to see how Team ‘70s Football — with frontrunners Adam and Mirai — stacks up.
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson are somehow all style and all substance at once
While they are frontrunners for the Mirrorball trophy, DWTS might also need to make a separate trophy for ‘General Awesomeness,’ which just has to go to Adam for his style alone.
Rocking a perfectly tailored red-and-black suit, Adam was a perfect style compliment to Jenna’s sparkling crimson gown — oh, and their Quickstep — set to “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc — was also amazing.
Len couldn’t say enough nice things about the performance, but it was Bruno who truly loved the “impeccable” dance — since he gave out the night’s second ‘10’ and the flawless couple took home a 37 out of 40 — tying Mirai and Alan at the top spot.
Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko ask ‘What About Us?’
The basketball star showed off her vulnerable and delicate side with a Foxtrot set to Pink’s heartbreaking anthem “What About Us,” and the judges really appreciated seeing a new side to the competitive athlete.
For their efforts, the couple earned a score of 33 out of 40, which is a huge improvement over their scores in the premiere and landed them toward the top of the leaderboard.
We also loved the footage of Arike showing her mom her “princess” transformation. It was powerfully touching, and made us appreciate the college athlete even more than we already did (if that’s possible).
Rashad and Emma Slater make their golden comeback!
After taking home the Mirrorball trophy on season 24, the NFL star still has the moves.
He’s been a great guest judge all night, but he blew us all away when he reunited with his former partner and hit the dance floor while rocking the golden outfits they deserve. Such a great reminder of why he won in the first place.
Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten dance happily ever after for epic score!
Aaand we have out first ‘10’ of the season, as well as two new DWTS frontrunners!
The Olympic figure skater brought some much-needed magic to the dance floor with a beautiful Disney-themed Foxtrot. (Although getting “It’s a Small World” stuck in our heads for the rest of the night isn’t ideal.)
But the beautiful number — which included a full Cinderella-themed carriage on stage — showcased Mirai and Alan’s enviable chemistry and won them quite a bit of love from the judges. Nabbing an amazing 10 from Rashad and three other ‘9’s, the couple are in the clear lead with 37 out of 40.
Also, it was nice to see former DWTS champs Meryl Davis and Bindi Irwin back in the theater!
Meryl was cheering Mirai on from the stands, and hopefully Tom wasn’t joking when he said she might be hitting the dance floor sometime this season.
We’d also love to see Bindi came back to show her skills! Maybe an All-Stars season is in order?
Tonya Harding & Sasha Farber dance with a bear?!
After finding herself in jeopardy and almost going home last week, the former figure skater came back with a Quickstep that saw her chopping wood with an axe while Sasha fished in an imaginary river.
Oh yeah, and there was a bear! They danced with a man in a bear costume almost the whole time, and it’s hard to tell if it was fun or just insane. Although there’s no denying that Tonya’s skills were insanely fun.
“I absolutely loved it,” Rashad gushed, before praising Tonya for trying to change her life’s narrative with her performance. Meanwhile, Bruno made the inevitable connection between the dancing bear and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant.
In the end, they became the second couple of the night to earn a ‘9’ and tied Chris and Witney with a score of 33 out of 40. Maybe, this time, a good score will be enough to keep Tonya out of jeopardy.
Chris Mazdzer & Witney Carson score big with romantic routine!
Before they hit the dance floor, we got the chance to get to know a little more about the Olympic luger in a pre-taped package — including the fact that he struggles with ADD.
However, he managed to keep his head in the game as the two pulled off a beautiful and emotional Viennese Waltz set to “Next To Me” by Imagine Dragons.
Witney looked stunning in a flowing pink number, while Chris kept things very sharp in a crisp grey suit, and the little touches of class made the number even stronger.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was blown away by their connection, while Rashad and Len had some very specific praise for Chris’s heel leads.
The pair snagged the season’s first ‘9’ from Carrie, and ‘8’s acorss the board from the other judges for a total of 33 out of 40, and placing them at the top of the leaderboard (for now, that is).
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Lindsay Arnold win over the crowd but not the judges
The 71-year-old NBA legend pulled off a brilliantly choreographed Salsa set to “La Malanga” by Eddie Palmieri, with Lindsay managing to finally dance eye-to-eye with the 7’2” Kareem by virtue of riding on another dancer’s shoulders!
The big, bombastic Salsa earned the couple a 26 out of 40, with two ‘6’s and two ‘7’s, a marked improvement over last week’s routine. But will it be enough to keep them in the game?
Jennie Finch Daigle & Keo Motsepe cha cha in leather!
Leather, black catsuits and an awesome biker vibe permeated every minute of Jennie and Keo’s super sassy Cha Cha set to “Do It Like This” by Daphne Willis — and it couldn’t have been more fun!
As Len said, it was a “very competent performance,” which, coming from him, is almost glowing praise, however judge Bruno Tonioli dinged the dancers for their timing — a lot of that may have stemmed from a last minute change of song.
Ultimately, the couple earned a 26 out of 40, but it’s hard to know where that will score will leave them on the leaderboard.
Josh Norman & Sharna Burgess rule the dance floor
As host Tom Bergeron put it, the couple provided “a dynamic start for the night” with an amazing Paso Doble set to “The Plaza of Execution” by James Horner.
The passion and the romance was apparent in their steamy routine. We cannot get over Sharna’s amazing steampunk-inspired pirate gown and Josh’s power was apparent to the judges, who felt the whole performance was strong.
The pair received a 30 out of 40 for their efforts — which included a surprisingly high ‘8’ from the toughest judge, Len Goodman.
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Former DWTS champ Rashad Jennings returned to the theater to serve as this week’s guest judge, and was introduced with DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” which is super appropriate.
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