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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Hometown Glory Week, Part 2

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Dancing With the Stars

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Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman
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Hometown Glory week continues on Dancing with the Stars as the pros get to honor their early beginnings on tonight’s episode. Who will survive the second half of the double elimination? Will Gary make any sense? Will I still want to be Bindi’s best friend? Let’s get to it!

Hayes and Emma

Quickstep | “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet

Did you know Emma was a twin? Well tonight’s dance is dedicated to her other half. I mentioned last night that Hayes surprised me with his personality, in a good way, and he continues to grow on me. His legs felt a bit stiff, and we all know how important footwork is in the Quickstep, but between the beat, Emma’s pink hair, and the multi-color beads, it was fun!

Judges’ Score: 23

Carlos and Witney

Cha Cha | “Hound Dog” by Kimberly Nichole and Lowell Oakley

Witney totally looks like someone who would be from American Fork, Utah, and she shares that she, Lindsay, and Jenna have all danced together since they were adorable 9-year-olds. She also says she started watching Dancing when she was 11, because, you know, she wants me to feel super old. Carlos, for his part, is feeling exhausted, but you’d never know it during his routine. (And he can always dance with his shirt half buttoned, just sayin’.) Maybe it was the music, but the number didn’t feel very cha cha-esque to me, but whatever he did it was very much in sync with Witney. Carrie Ann, though, wasn’t impressed.

Judges’ Score: 21

Gary and Anna

Paso Doble | “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky

Anna is channeling her Russian upbringing and Gary is channeling, well, I’m not sure what, by saying he’s here to protect her and kill for her. Then, Gary called a producer a dummy for asking during rehearsal if he thinks they’ll get eliminated tonight. And that’s why we love Gary! Now as for the dance, this was probably the easiest routine for him to master because he had to do a whole lot of nothing but flail his arms in the air.

Judges’ Score: 15

Andy and Allison

Contemporary | “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Katie Thompson

Allison is from Utah but L.A. is her home with husband, tWitch, who stops by. He’s not a Contemporary guy, so he feels Andy’s pain, but I have to say, Andy really nailed this one. Contemporary can feel awkward and weird (I imagine), but Andy fully devoted himself to every move. The judges are a little tougher on him than I – Bruno mentions some ballet term I can’t even figure out how to Google – but they all agree it was an improvement.

Judges’ Score: 23

NEXT: Mark cha-cha-chokes up


Alexa and Mark

Rumba | “Somewhere in Time” by John Barry and Roger Williams

Mark’s parents were world-renowned dancers, and Mark gets choked up talking about one of the last dances they did as a married couple. Alexa wants to make it special for him. And while maybe it’s good, I think I fell asleep during the performance. (Yes, I can hear you yelling at me already, commenters!)

Judges’ Score: 22

Paula and Louis

Tango | “Get Ready” by The Temptations

Louis was born and raised in the Netherlands and admits he wanted to do Broadway. He started teaching ballroom in New York and shares that Maks, Tony, Val, and Karina were all in his classes! (He’s got an epic photo to prove it.)  While there were moments in the dance that felt like Louis and Paula were just standing there and looking at each other, I find myself constantly impressed when she does move. Yes, she freezes up with the choreography, but her kicks weren’t half bad.

Judges’ Score: 18

Bindi and Derek

Waltz | “Only a Man” by Jonny Lang

Baby Derek! So I usually get bored during the slower dances, but this was beautiful. Bindi is stunning and Derek is, well, Derek. Julianne calls it beautiful and calls Bindi a blessing for being so comfortable in her own skin. But points are taken away, apparently, because he lifted Bindi off the ground which is against the Waltz rules.

Judges’ Score: 23

Kim and Tony

Foxtrot | “Come Home” by OneRepublic

Tony opens up about growing up in a war-torn Kosovo, where he discovered the power of dance. Kim wants to do well for him, but unfortunately this performance wasn’t as good as last night. Also, did it feel more Contemporary than Foxtrot? Tony, meanwhile, gets defensive with the judges that it’s only Week 2 and it’s a tad awkward.

Judges’ Score: 18

NEXT: Another elimination!


Alek and Lindsay

Quickstep | “American Girl” by Elle King

Alek knows he dazzled the judges last night and so he’s got a lot to live up to. His Quickstep routine isn’t as impressive. Carrie Ann sums it up by grunting, while Julianne goes on a weird rant about him being mature for his age. I’m meh overall (and on the night as a whole, to be honest).

Judges’ Score: 22

Victor and Karina

Rumba | “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

Karina moved to the states from Ukraine and thinks this number will represent a girl who never gave up. It’s a powerful song, but I find myself only watching Karina because I’m afraid Victor will fall or drop her or all of the above. (The judges don’t seem as bothered as I do.)

Judges’ Score: 20

Nick and Sharna

Foxtrot | “Coming Home, Pt II” by Skylar Grey

Sharna tears up talking about her faraway hometown where her father and grandma are on dialysis so Nick reassures her they’ll make it past this week – and I’m pretty sure they will! Nick seems much more confident on the floor after last night’s mishap and Bruno agrees he’s back on track. This routine makes me really want to see Nick try his hand at Contemporary.

Judges’ Score: 24

Tamar and Val

Charleston | “Living in New York” by Robin Thicke

Val talks about his parents bringing them to New York City and says he’s going to cry just thinking about it all. (I love seeing the soft side of Val.) But the tune changes as soon as he explains the concept to Tamar that involves him shirtless and being a cheater. I’m sensing this bickering will be their “thing.” So they rework the opening and fortunately, he’s still shirtless. Maybe it’s the end of a long night, but this may be my favorite routine.

Judges’ Score: 25

Time for the season’s second elimination! It’s Gary and Anna vs Victor and Karina for the bottom two and unfortunately for the latter couple, they’re getting the boot. Are you happy Gary lived to see another Dancing day? Will you miss Victor and his too tight pants? Weigh in below! And check out Derek’s exclusive video diary for EW before you go.