The Dancing with the Stars 2011 Fall season may be sans World Peace following the week one elimination of Lakers small forward Ron Artest, but no matter: The remaining 11 hopeful hoofers will take to the ballroom floor for week two action on September 26. The celebs and their pro partners will attempt to tame one of two fleet-footed styles this week, either the elegant Quickstep or the jumpin' Jive. Here are some who's-dancing-what spoilers and a few predictions about how they'll all fare.
The Quickstep requires speedy, precise footwork paired with top-notch hold and carriage. Of the five star-pro combos slated to take on this intensive, formal dance --including activist Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, Italian personality Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy, reality star Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas, legal analyst Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus, and fashion guru Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya-- common sense says to expect the best performance from Cavallari and Ballas. The hot blonde and her two-time DWTS champ partner did comparatively well with their week one offering, a Cha Cha that lacked a little in confidence but still garnered the style's highest marks of the week (19 points) from DWTS judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. If Cavallari can get her nerves under control, she has what it takes to do great things on Dancing with the Stars 2011.
Look for another dose of great entertainment but not a lot of technical greatness from Kressley and Trebunskaya, and a lot of heart from the uber-popular Bono and Schwimmer. The Quickstepping wildcards are Canalis and Grace, who both floundered badly with their week one Cha Chas. Neither seemed comfortable with the style --Canalis was overly reliant on partner Chmerkovskiy to keep her in line, while Grace forgot her choreography more than once-- and both will likely benefit greatly from being in hold with their partners as they dance. Is redemption in store for one or both of these ladies? Could be.
But it's not all about the Quicksteppers. The other six remaining Mirrorball hopefuls, including actor David Arquette and Kym Johnson, reality star Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, talk show maven Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, soap star and veteran J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, singer Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani, and soccer star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, will go for dancing greatness via the Jive.
Martinez and Phillips, both of whom managed to fly under the radar prior to the season premiere, surprised mightily with strong, emotional week one Viennese Waltzes that tied them for the top spot on the leaderboard. Not far behind them was Solo, who also stunned with a lovely dance of her own.
But the Jive is a horse of a different color, and tall stars --like Solo-- may have trouble mastering its frenetic kicks and flicks. Expect more greatness from Martinez and his hips, which Tonioli enthusiastically praised following his Viennese Waltz with Smirnoff. And from Kardashian and the rest of the bunch? We'll have to just wait and see. Wildcard's the word.
Watch the Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 2 performance show on Monday, September 26 at 8 p.m. on ABC.