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'DWTS' 5th Judge: Even 'Grocery Store Joe' Did not Blow It on Great Night

"The Dancing with the Stars" Because the caliber of performance and technique 19659002] The amazing thing was that something downright bad.

Last week's front-runners, Tinashe and DeMarcus Ware, continue to come on strong, but they were just four more stars who pushed themselves to that same level of excellence. We got complicated lifts from both male and female stars, and even the dreaded quickstep proved no real threat.

Len Goodman, because even he's finding little to complain about, and that includes "Joe Grocery Store." The "Bachelor" franchise star was an absolute disaster last week, bringing in the lowest scores and skating by viewer votes alone. dancer out there.

And fun fact, the season's rookie pro dancer, Brandon Armstrong, is really making a run for that Mirrorball Trophy in his inaugural season. Spoiler alert: Yes it's early, but he's got a real shot at the brilliantly charismatic and talented Tinashe on his arm.

Who do I think I am? you ask. Well, I spent almost a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to the music as a dancer. From a young boy learning a shuffle-ball-change to performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company, I experienced the ups and downs of one of the most challenging sports on the planet. During this time, I was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a gymnast, writer and cartoonist. I had a lot more energy in my younger years. And I've spent the last sixteen years analyzing and critiquing reality shows for various media publications. I've got this.

Carrie-Ann Inaba I'm safe at home, I'm probably going to a little harder than my colleagues Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli . But I might be nicer, too. Maybe.

DeMarcus Ware & Lindsay Arnold

First off, what a fun piece. DeMarcus was working hard but you could see that he had this sweet story to life. The choreography was pretty rudimentary for a foxtrot, but it kept things simple for DeMarcus as he tried to show off a soft side after last week's high marks. Lindsay's energy or commitment levels, but he has nailed it every step of the way.

Judges Scores: 8, 8, 8

My Score: 8

Danelle Umstead & Artem Chigvintsev

Artem kept this one slow and steady for Danelle, who struggling with remembering the routine. After a misstep once they hit the main floor, they got their feet squared away, but that's about the only part of that. Maybe a week is not enough for you, but you are just learning ̵

1; – with no hip action whatsoever – but it is recognizable as a cha cha. Judge Scores:
6, 6, 6

Judges Scores: 6, 6, 6 19659002] My Score: 5

John Schneider & Emma Slater

Charleston footwork and slipped up during the tandem kicks, but John is a natural showman career. He has been a real Broadway threat then. His charisma and grace onstage almost overcomes the technical difficulties he had here and there throughout this piece. He also kept his carriage a little too upright.

Judges Scores: 6, 6, 6

My Score : 7

Nancy McKeon & Val Chmerkovskiy

This is a much more confident cha than last week's quickstep. Nancy looked like she's actually performing this one and brought a lot of personality to the stage, as well as some sensuality in her movements. Fumbled ever so slightly here and there. This week, though, you can see that Nancy could really grow into someone special to watch this show.

Judges Scores: 7, 7, 7

My Score: 7

Alexis Ren & Alan Bersten

Alan's attack with this choreography was just breathtaking, and Alexis did a great job of giving it all. The ballet opening was not quite as successful, and the transition into the argentine tango did not completely work, but once we got into it, Alexis committed to all that legwork during those lifts and spins. She was a little too calculated, painting the sizzle and flare she needed to really sell those moments, but she was so fortuitous in the week 2 and a lot about where she is as a performer.

Judges Scores: 8, 9, 8

My Score: 8 [19659012] Joe Amabile & Jenna Johnson

Jenna did what she could to protect Joe in her foxtrot choreography, but he may not need her to. Joe showed up this week in a way we did not see at all in the premiere. He had nice up-down motion through about half of the dance, and he was there as a partner for her. He was a little over-excited with that lift, but Jenna used him as a standing prop in a couple of times, but he just did not work anymore it turned out nice. Judge Scores: 5, 6, 6

My Score: 6

Tinashe & Brandon Armstrong

Brandon was really just trying to show off the talents of a dancer he already had as a partner in Week 2. They included the Argentine Tango, and the first two were absolutely stunning. The latter two looked as if they may have been under-rehearsed but still ultimately successful. Even better, the sizzle and the grind throughout the rest of the routine. Tinashe is a firecracker on the stage. Her footwork and body placement was just about flawless. Judas Scores: 9, 8, 9

Milo Manheim & Witney Carson

Look at Milo, learning how to do some lifts throughout this Charleston. On top of that, his footwork was mostly where it needed to be, and with those giant white sneakers there was no hiding. This was a high-energy piece with Witney really pushing him creatively throughout. There are some really fun moments, but Milo was right about one thing.

Judges Scores: 9, 8, 9

My Score: [What'sthematter? 8

Mary Lou Retton & Sasha Farber

That was an absolutely stunning song from the beginning to the end, played by Sarah Bockel ("Beautiful: The Carole King Musical") singing "Natural Woman." Mary Lou's arms and even her hands were exquisite throughout, and there was a lovely grace in her movements. Again, it's crazy this is only Week 2 and these competitors are coming out with such confidence. That final lift-spin move was mesmerizing and flawlessly executed, but so much of the dance thing. Her waltz content was beautiful, her carriage, poise, control. It was everything.

Judges Scores: 8, 7, 7

My Score: 8

Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke

Did Juan Pablo slip some Charleston into this quickstep just 'cause? It can be dangerously off rhythm and quickly out of control. Juan Pablo tackles every bit of it and doing so on Week 2 – broken record time – with a sense of confidence and command being absolutely stunning. On top, its hold a little wobbly at times, but its posture what it needs to be and what a minor overwhelming style.

Judges Scores: 9, 8. 9

My Score: 9

Evanna Lynch & Keo Motsepe

Evanna definitely went for it with more gusto and panache than last week, bringing a little bit of sexuality to this samba. She really got some hip action going, though you could still see that this is not exactly comfortable for her. But her footwork was nice, and she could not match Keo's energy or commitment to hitting those steps with the right flick, she was there with him every step of the way, showing continued growth and a willingness to go for it, and this

Judges Scores: 8, 8, 8

My Score: 8

Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess

Once again, Bobby was a bursting bubble of barely-contained energy, he was a little too big and too broad and too stuttering -stepping in that routine as if he was waiting to break out. Maybe he was thinking of his impromptu closing with The Floss (made famous by Katy Perry's "Backpack Kid"). We can not be sure if Sharna is going to be able to deliver his energy properly, but if he can, he has the potential to become a solid dancer and performer. He just can not perform any style with his wide eyed, jaw agape approach like he's about to challenge.

Judges Scores: 7, 6, 7

My Score: 6

"Dancing With the Stars" runs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 pm Monday Dominance Then, it'll be joined by Sunday episodes of "Dancing With The Stars: Juniors" for back-to-back fun all fall starting Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.ET on ABC.

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