Season 31 of “Dancing With the Stars” is in full swing with the second episode, Elvis Night, airing on Monday, September 26, 2022.
The episode featured the remaining 15 professional dancers and celebrity partners. Daniella Karagach was not present for the episode, as she tested positive for COVID-19 the morning of the episode, so troupe member Alexis Warr stepped in and took her spot to dance alongside Joseph Baena.
SPOILER WARNING: spoilers for “Dancing With the Stars” season 31, episode 2 “Elvis Night,” are below. Do not read on if you do not want the episode spoiled.
The bottom two were Pasha Pashkov and Teresa Giudice as well as Cheryl Ladd and Louis van Amstel and Cheryl Ladd.
Derek voted to save Teresa and Pasha, Bruno voted to save Teresa and Pasha, and Carrie Ann voted to save Cheryl and Louis. Len’s vote counts for two votes essentially, and he voted to save Cheryl and Louis.
That means Pasha and Teresa were sent home.
“Dancing With the Stars” Elvis week started with a professional number featuring many of the male pros in Elvis costumes and wigs, and then the competition started.
First up, the show started with the dances that were a tribute to young Elvis.
Jessie James Decker and Alan Bersten were up first with their Foxtrot to “Trouble.” Len Goodman liked the performance, saying that the couple looked good and improved over the previous week, and the rest of the judges agreed. They ended up with 7 from Carrie Ann, a 6 from Len, a 6 from Derek, and a 6 from Bruno, leaving them with a 25 out of 40 overall.
Next, Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong danced the Quickstep to “Hound Dog.” Their dancing was really strong, and the judges loved it. Derek suggested that Jordin watch her left arm and elbow in the future but called the dance “amazing.” They ended up with a 7 from Carrie Ann, 6 from Len, 7 from Derek, and a 7 from Bruno, putting them at 27 out of 40 overall.
Next up to the ballroom were Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke with their Viennese Waltz to “Heartbreak Hotel.” The judges were impressed, with Bruno saying that he was impressed with Cheryl’s teaching. Len called it “much more confident” than the previous week. They got a 6 from Carrie Ann, a 6 from Len, a 7 from Derek and a 7 from Bruno, putting them at 26 out of 40 overall.
Fourth to the dance floor were Shangela and Gleb Savchenko, who performed a Quickstep to “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.” They were energetic throughout the performance, and the judges loved it, though Carrie Ann noticed the two were off-beat at one point. Len called it fun, entertaining and joyful. They earned 7s across the board, putting them at 28 out of 40 overall.
Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov were the next dancers up, and they were ready to redeem themselves from hitting the bottom two last week. They performed a Jive to “All Shook Up.” Len called it bright and lively, though said there were “too many faults in your leg action,” but he got booed. They earned a 6 from Carrie Ann, 5 from Len Goodman, and 6 from both Derek and Bruno, putting them at 23 out of 40 overall.
The next few dances were a tribute to Hollywood Elvis.
Britt Stewart and Daniel Durant were up next, performing a Jive to “King Creole.” They talked in their package about wanting to get better scores after receiving high scores during the premiere. Derek shared that he loved seeing Daniel in character but said to be “careful” of his arm placement. Bruno said he couldn’t find anything wrong with the dance. They earned 7s from Carrie Ann, Len, and Derek, and they received an 8 from Bruno, ending up with 29 out of 40.
Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy were up next, dancing the Viennese Waltz to “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The judges loved it. Bruno said he was “swept away” and said the partners were in “total harmony.” They earned 8s across the board, ending up with 32 out of 40 overall.
Next up were Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki, who were coming off getting the lowest score of the night on the premiere night. They danced the Quickstep to “Viva Las Vegas.” The judges thought he earned redemption, with Carrie Ann calling it her favorite of the night. They earned a 7 from Bruno, Derek, and Carrie Ann and a 6 from Len, putting them solidly at 27 out of 40.
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas were up next, dancing the Quickstep to “Bossa Nova Baby.” They were at the top of the leaderboard during the premiere, which made them feel some pressure for the second episode. Len said it was a “bit jarring” and told Charli to keep her frame up while Derek complimented the side-by-side section. They earned 8s across the board, putting them at the top of the leaderboard with 32 out of 40.
Next up to the dance floor were Selma Blair and Sasha Farber dancing a Jive to “Jailhouse Rock.” The judges loved the performance with Derek calling it “amazing” and “well done.” Sasha called his partner “inspiring” and “mind-blowing.” They earned 7s across the board, earning a total 28 out of 40.
Then, the show moved on to Vegas-era Elvis.
First up in the final era was Cheryl Ladd and Louis van Amstel performing the Tango to “A Little Less Conversation.” Bruno praised them for “going for the attitude.” Cheryl said that it seemed like they were “on the wrong foot” a couple of times. They earned a 5 from Carrie Ann, 6 from Len, 5 from Derek, and a 5, giving them a 21 out of 40.
Next up was Joseph Baena and Alexis Warr, who was filling in for Daniella Karagach after she tested positive for COVID-19. They danced the Viennese Waltz to “If I Can Dream.” They tripped up once or twice, but it was still impressive for only rehearsing together for just a day. Carrie Ann thought it was “very impressive” that he was “genuinely leading.” Len said there were a few “sticky moments” but said he loved to see the “gentle side” of Joseph. They earned a 6 from each judge, putting them at 24 out of 40.
Following that, Artem Chigvintsev and Heidi D’Amelio danced the Foxtrot to “Suspicious Minds.” Len complimented the sophistication and musicality, and Carrie Ann complimented the couple about the trust being built. They earned a 7 from each of the judges, ending up with 28 out of 40.
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater then danced the Rumba to “Always on My Mind.” Derek called the dance “exceptional” while Bruno fanned himself, saying he was “melting.” Len said that Trevor was now a “butterfly.” They earned 7s from Carrie Ann and Len and 8s from Derek and Bruno, putting them at 29 out of 30.
The last dance of the night went to Wayne Brady and Witney Carson dancing the Jive to “Burnin Love.” Bruno loved everything about it. They earned 8s from everyone, putting them at the top of the leaderboard with 32 out of 40.
Songs & Dance Styles
Here are all the performances to expect on episode two of “Dancing With the Stars” season 31:
- Fitness model and actor Joseph Baena and pro Daniella Karagach will perform a Viennese Waltz to “If I Can Dream”
- Actress Selma Blair and pro Sasha Farber will perform a Jive to “Jailhouse Rock”
- Actor and comedian Wayne Brady and pro Witney Carson will perform a Jive to “Burning Love”
- Good Morning America contributor and WABC-TV New York’s weather anchor Sam Champion, and pro Cheryl Burke will perform a Viennese Waltz to “Heartbreak Hotel”
- TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and pro Mark Ballas will perform a Quickstep to “Bossa Nova Baby”
- Heidi D’Amelio (“The D’Amelio Show”) and pro Artem Chigvintsev will perform a Foxtrot to “Suspicious Minds”
- Country music star Jessie James Decker and pro Alan Bersten will perform a Foxtrot to “Trouble”
- TV star Trevor Donovan and pro Emma Slater will perform a Rumba to “Always On My Mind”
- Actor Daniel Durant and pro Britt Stewart will perform a Jive to “King Creole”
- Teresa Giudice (“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”) and pro Pasha Pashkov will perform a Jive to “All Shook Up”
- Vinny Guadagnino (“Jersey Shore”) and pro Koko Iwasaki will perform a Quickstep to “Viva Las Vegas”
- “Charlie’s Angels” star Cheryl Ladd and pro Louis van Amstel will perform a Tango to “A Little Less Conversation”
- Drag queen superstar Shangela and pro Gleb Savchenko will perform a Quickstep to “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
- Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks and pro Brandon Armstrong will perform a Quickstep to “Hound Dog”
- Gabby Windey (“The Bachelorette”) and pro Val Chmerkovskiy will perform a Viennese Waltz to “Can’t Help Falling In Love”