Dancing With The Stars S28 Power Rankings (Round 2)
Sep 30, 2019
- Let’s start by saying I HATE the new version of elimination. If anything, the judges should each pick a bottom pair, and the public should vote to save one of the three of them. Now, it’s still down to America’s votes, and this doesn’t solve how Bobby Bones won last year. Absolutely terrible, especially for Mary Wilson, who was sent home way too early (despite not showing much promise going forward). Still, Spicey stays in, even Lamar (who I root for despite being bad) was bad enough to go home, and between the two, I felt Ray did worse than Mary. Ugh, disappointing night. Let’s rank regardless.
12. Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold- He was just walking to the beat. You can teach a 3 year old to do that. Not getting much respect from me.
11. Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd- Okay, it wasn’t great…not even good. But something about Lamar makes me root for him. He never gives up, and he wants to just forget his past and set forward to the future. Unfortunately, his memory was pretty bad, and it caused him to miss some steps. But I think it’s much more impressive than Sean who really didn’t make an effort to learn many new steps, and just walked in a straight line. Well done for trying Lamar.
10. Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke- Ray was a mess tonight, but I’m glad Cheryl gets some more time to work with him. I definitely think he needs to work more on being light on his feet, and I think that once he starts making that one correction, he’ll be able to really take off and do a good job going forward. It’s just whether or not America can vote for him long enough to make that change.
9. Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong- Mary wasn’t very good, but she certainly brought a ton of personality to the dance floor, and managed to keep up with the dance. I knew she’d suffer when the dances got faster, but I wish she could’ve stayed just a few more weeks to show her improvement. Either way, I’m glad she graced our screens, as she is undoubtedly the biggest legend of the season.
8. Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Valentin Chmerkovskiy- Last week, I thought Sailor committed to the acting moments of the dance very well, but this week, she could not have looked more uncomfortable. I think an 18 was overscoring her. She really disappointed me. I think it’ll take time to get used to being intimate with a partner who isn’t her significant other, but if she can’t break out of that shell, she’s going to be out sooner than we (or her mom) would expect.
7. Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber- Ally’s story is obviously one to root for, but I”m still not entirely on board with her dancing. She just seems a bit too messy still, and while it’s still week two, several stars are really improving already and I feel like she’s still in the middle of the pack, when we expected her to be the showstopper of the season. I like her, but I think she needs to put dance first, as she’s already got voters based on her message and fame.
6. James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater- Here’s where I’m worried for James. He came out SO strong in week one, that I’m afraid he may plateau early. Going first was great, but I also forgot about him by the end of the night. He’ll need to really impress and stand out, and I think he’ll be fine to make at least final five. He’s really good.
5. Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko- Lauren didn’t perform as strongly with this dance as her past dance, but I still thought she did well. The paso is a hard routine to start off with in week 2, so I give her props. I think she’s got the makings for a great dancer, and as long as she rides this momentum, she may end up in the finals.
4. Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson- Kel finally showed his personality this week, and it showed. One of the best of the night, Kel was bringing so much enthusiasm and energy to the ballroom. I think he may be able to take the Alfonzo Ribiero route if he really commits and is able to take the top of the leaderboard. Until then, I still think he’s improved massively and will continue to do well.
3. Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson- BOO GRUMPY LEN. This was a really great dance, and the fact that they got a 5 from Len was terrible. Karamo is smooth, and definitely has a lot of fun dancing. I think this next week will finally earn some respect from Len. He’s one of my favorites, and brought the biggest smile to my face tonight.
2. Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov- Best of the night…until Hannah danced. But that’s still a pretty great honor for someone who was in my bottom three of the rankings last week. She did so well, and I”m so proud of her. She proved that nailing the steps and keeping it simple works every time. But even she still had a theme, and was able to prioritize the dancing and let the theme just exist. It was pretty spectacular.
1. Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten- There’s not much to be said about the person I think should and will win this season. Hannah has been through so much, but just let all of her beauty show in that dance. It was one of the best week 2 dances I’ve ever seen and really warmed my heart. I love her, and hope she continues to do well. Nuff said. Front runner.
With this new method of voting, I expect that if Lamar ever lands in the bottom 2, he’ll go home. If Spicer ends up in the bottom two with anyone but Lamar, he’ll go home. So I think Ray will be safe as long as he’s against one of them in the bottom 2. Judging by voters, I think Lamar has the votes.
Going Home- Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold
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