Dancing With the Stars, Season 12, Week 2

One thing that always drives me crazy in Dancing With the Stars is when the producers saddle a pair with a piece of music that might have the rhythmic structure of the dance they’re doing(or the easy ability to be adapted to it), but is utterly unfit for the mood of the dance.  WTF music choices are especially rampant in rumba music assignments, but it seems they can be given for jive as well.  Seriously, how do you do a happy fun dance to Panic at the Disco’s “I Write Sins, not Tragedies”?

Well, if you’re one of the better choreographers amoung the pros, which Mark Ballas now proves himself to be, you just go with it, and create a thoroughly entertaining routine which steals the show.  Yeah, it’s the second week, but a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.  If the judges thought it was too early, they ought to have chewed the producers out for assigning them such an unreasonable piece of music in the second week.  But of course that’s not allowed.  Never mind, I highly doubt Chelsea and Mark will go out this week, and they will reach next week with an increase of fans.

It was also nice to see improvement in the majority of the celebrities, though poor Mike probably didn’t do enough to survive.  It’s no longer quite the two-horse race it appeared to be last week, if only because the judges seemed not to like Ralph much this week(though I thoroughly enjoyed him this week), and Kirstie definitely is going to rely more on viewer support than on the judges, at least for a couple of weeks.

I am not watching Chris Brown on my TV; if I’m still awake at 9:50 tonight I’ll tune in for the last ten minutes, just in case someone else actually gets eliminated over Mike, though when the only ones even close to him are probably going to get more votes, I just honestly don’t see it.  Maybe Petra or Kendra will get less votes, but they have enough of a lead that it would be a shock.


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