At the end of Dancing With the Stars season 29’s Tuesday, September 22 episode, the first couple of the season was eliminated and sent home from the competition.
So, who was sent home, and what happened during week 2 of DWTS? Read on to find out.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. Scroll to the end of the article to find out who was sent home.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29 Week 2 Recap
Heading into week 2 of the competition, Skai Jackson and her partner Alan Bersten were tied at the top of the leaderboard with actress Justina Machado and her partner Sasha Farber. Both couples earned 21 points out of a possible 30 for their premiere night dancers. Carol Baskin and her partner Pasha Pashkov were at the bottom of the pack, with only 11 points.
Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson gave the first performance of the night. They performed a Cha-Cha and it was an energetic opening to the show. The judges teased Schulman for his chest hair but praised his stage presence, gyrations, and foot placement. They got three 7s from the judges for a total of 21 out of 30 for the night, and 41 out of 60 for their combined first two performances.
Skai Jackson and her partner Alan Bersten were up next, performing a Samba to “Miss Independent” by Ne-Yo. Jackson was visibly shaken by a big mistake she made early in her dance, but Derek Hough reminded her that “a setback sets you up for a comeback.” They only scored 15 out of 30, for a total of 36 out of 60 for both weeks.
Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart performed the Tango to “Pokerface” by Lady Gaga. The song was meaningful to Weir because he got to perform to “Pokerface,” with Gaga’s express blessing, during the 2010 Nationals for figure skating. They scored an 18, for a total of 36 out of 40.
Justina Machado and Sasha Farber performed a Foxtrot, and the judges applauded her for her ability as a natural dancer. She scored another 21 out of 30, for a total of 42 out of 60.
Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy performed a Jive to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Val was visibly disappointed in their score of only 16 out of 30, added to their previous week’s score for a total of 35 out of 60.
AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke danced the Foxtrot to “Ain’t That a Kick to the Head,” which he dedicated to his wife. They scored 19 out of 30 for their dance.
After Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe performed their Foxtrot, Hough offered the constructive criticism that she pay attention to improving the tension in her body when she dances. Bruno Tonioli praised Motsepe for the amount of content he put into the dance for Heche to execute. They earned 18 out of 30; combined with last week, they had 36 total points.
Nelly and Daniella Karagach danced the Cha-Cha to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire, for a score of 18. Their total between the two weeks was 34.
Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko performed a very personally-motivated Rumba to the song “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman for their second dance of the season. The judges applauded her improvement and increased confidence, and it showed in her scores; the couple earned an 18 out of 30, for a total of 31 out of 60.
NBA All-Star Charles Oakley and his partner Emma Slater danced the Cha-Cha and got three 5s from the judges, totaling 27 out of 60 points for both weeks.
Jesse MetCalfe and Sharna Burgess danced the Foxtrot and the judges commented on the pair’s on-stage chemistry. MetCalfe told host Tyra Banks that learning the choreography is the hardest part of the competition, and admitted he gets frustrated when he isn’t perfect. The judges scored their dance a 20 out of 30, for 38 out of 60 points between their first two dances.
Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong danced the Cha-Cha for their second dance of the season. They got three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30.
Before Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov performed, Baskin told Pashkov that Tiger King and the negative media attention she got was really hard on her family and that she’s doing Dancing With the Stars so hopefully her daughter can tell her friends “That’s who my mom is.” They dance the Viennese Waltz to “What’s New, Pussycat?” and scored 16 out of 30, a vast improvement from their first week’s score.
Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Paso Doble to “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris. They scored 18 out of 30, for a total of 35 out of 60 for both weeks.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev danced the last dance of the night, in spite of Bristowe sustaining an unexpected ankle injury right before showtime. The judges praised her effortless performance and quality of movement, in spit of dancing on a hurt ankle. They scored a 22 out of 30, totaling 42 out of 60 for both weeks.
Week 2 of ‘DWTS’ Concluded With the First Elimination of the Season
At the end of the night, it was time to reveal the bottom 2 couples, at risk for elimination. The bottom 2 couples for week two of Dancing With the Stars were Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov and Charles Oakley and Emma Slater.
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This season, the judges once again have the final say in who stays and who goes after the bottom 2 has been determined based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. Carrie Ann Inaba voted to save Carole and Pasha while Bruno Tonioli voted for Charles and Emma. Breaking the tie, Derek Hough voted to save Carole Baskin, which meant that Charles Oakley and Emma Slater were the first couple eliminated for season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.
New episodes of Dancing With the Stars season 29 air on Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.