‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Lisa Vanderpump, Use It Or Lose It

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Lisa Vanderpump gets up close and personal.
Tuesday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars donned some unexpected hits and disappointing misses from the famous contenders and their professional partners.

The second week of ABC’s ballroom competition has contestants conquering one of three difficult dance styles. The couples will tackle jazz, the infamously tricky quickstep or the jive, a fast-paced, high-energy dance that requires lots of focus from the contestants.

Judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are ready to get down to business now that it’s an elimination week.

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvetexplain that all the contestants are safe from their premiere performances, but will be combining those scores with this week’s to get a final tally for Tuesday’s elimination.

Victor Ortiz gets so pouty during rehearsals that he threatens to go home, but he’s pulled back in by his persistent partner, Lindsey Arnold. I like their red outfits and song choice, even though I’m not sure what it is. He has a lot of personality and its obvious he’s putting in all his effort and taking each challenge seriously. He tops off the fun performance by jumping right over his partner’s head. Nice. Len doesn’t agree. “You didn’t knock my socks off, “ he says. “It could have been sharper and could have been cleaner.”

After boos came bellowing from the crowd, the tough judge quipped, “If you prick me, do I not bleed?” Probably not as much as the gashes from those consistently cutting comments. Luckily, Carrie-Anne sees the promise, saying, “Get your feet workin’ and you’ll be fine!”

Wynona Judd and her partner, Tony Dovalani, are dancing the quick step this week. She has an exhausting week of rehearsals that seem to push her to her emotional limits. “It’s too much,” she says through tears. “It’s so overwhelming and overstimulating.”

They come out on Segways wearing police uniform-inspired outfits. The only thing I like about this performance is Wynona’s bright red hair set against her black outfit. Other than that, it’s kind of a mess. But, what do I know? The judges thought it was entertaining, but beat up the pair on footwork and consistency.

One of last week’s standouts, Dorothy Hamill is struggling through an ankle injury, and it shows. Her attempt at the jive with partner, Tristan MacManus, is no good. “You lost your footing so many times, so many mistakes,” says Bruno. Sad.

Sixteen-year-old, Zendaya is partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy, who says “she hasn’t grown into her body yet,” leaving her with lengthy limbs that are hard to control. She delivers another flawless performance in her gold, fringed flapper dress and feathered headband. She is kind of amazing, again.

Carrie-Anne is floored by last week’s top-ranking couple. “You are the whole shebang! You killed that number! Great job!” she says. Len agrees, calling her “fantastic.” And Bruno concurs saying, “A star is born, big time!” They earn a 26/30.

Andy Dick is happy he cleared a major hurdle; marking the first time he didn’t face a stressful situation with alcohol. He and partner, Sharna Burgess dance to Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” and it’s really cool. He is so animated and committed; it’s hard not to root for this bad boy-gone-good. The judges loved it too.

Last week, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas delivered one of the strongest performances. This week, they’re taking a stab at the quickstep and it’s just as good. The only bummer is her long blue dress, which covers her amazing, Gold-medal winning body. The pair showcases some fancy footwork, prompting Carrie-Anne to call it, “the best quickstep of the night.” Len agrees, calling it “terrific.” Bruno can’t stop gushing. She should just go straight to the finals.

Lisa Vanderpump is determined to redeem herself from last week’s lackluster performance. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star isn’t living up to her full potential, according to her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko. They take a flirty approach to the jive with Lisa in a pink flight attendant look. She’s not doing much dancing, more like a series of splitting and dipping and twisting around. Her solo moves look more like reckless flailing than choreographed steps. Still, she adds her undeniable charm. “You were trying to fly, but you never really took off on that dance for me,” says Len. “You kept sort of jerking along.” Bruno agrees it wasn’t great, but is more caring with his critique. “You have to contain and place your movement,” he says. “You throw everything away.” Carrie-Anne notes her refinement, but warns she needs to let loose if she wants to succeed. Their score of “18” puts them in hot water. Let’s hope this housewife can swim!

Will Lisa Vanderpump last another week?

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