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'DWTS' Week 2 Preview: Sharna Burgess & Bonner Bolton Turn Up the Heat, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Out Injured & More!

by Desiree Murphy 11:20 AM PDT, March 27, 2017
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It's week two of Dancing With the Stars, and the competition is already heating up!

Ahead of the all-new episode airing Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ET's breaking down everything you need to know about what to expect in the ballroom as the stars continue to vie for the coveted mirror ball trophy.

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: 32/40
2. Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: 31/40
3. Three-way tie! Heather Morris and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev: 28/40

Who's in danger of elimination?

Chris Kattan and Witney Carson received the lowest score from the judges -- 17/40 -- on Monday, followed closely behind by Mr. T and Kym Herjavec, who received a score of 20.

But the low scores aren't bringing Witney down.

Following their week one performance, a Cha Cha to Haddaway's "What Is Love," the 23-year-old dancer amped up the energy during rehearsals with Chris by filming a fun video to Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home." Witney later posted the video to Instagram, asking fellow competitor Normani Kordei (who is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy), if she and Chris could join the all-girl group to "make it sixth harmony."

"YAS QUEEN you killed it," Normani replied. "Slay my life with those hair flips. You were born for this. I see you @ChrisKattan."

Perhaps we'll see more glimpses of #TeamMangoTango and #TeamValmani's behind-the-scenes interactions in the pre-taped interview packages for week two?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Suffers First Injury of the Season -- How Long Will He Be Out?

After an elegant Viennese waltz with his partner, former Glee star Heather Morris, the 37-year-old dancer suffered a calf injury during rehearsals for week two. In video from rehearsals, Chmerkovskiy lets out an audible cry of pain and explains, "It's my calf muscle. It just felt like something hit it. I can't stand on it. It's not good."

Luckily, the injury will not require surgery but we’re told the new dad will be out for a few weeks while he recovers.

For Morris, the show will go on with troupe dancer Alan Bersten filling in. "Please show her your love and support while I work on getting my ass back to the ballroom," Maks wrote on Instagram.

"I'm too sad @maksimc won't be on stage with me but my new partner @alanbernsten and I are gonna make him proud!" Morris added on Instagram.Β 

Expect Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton to turn up the heat in the ballroom this week!

Last Friday, ET stopped by one of #TeamDenimNDiamonds' rehearsals, where they gave us the low-down on the Viennese Waltz they'll be performing to Jennifer Nettles' "Unlove You."

"It's a lot easier on my neck than the last dance," Bonner, who joked he's going to "be more cautious" of where his hands are to avoid another "hand gate" scandal this week, dished. "The steps are coming more natural. It feels more like what I'm used to with western country dancing, and closer to the two-step a little bit. I want to win really bad, but most of all, I just want to do the best that I can do and push myself as far as I can go."

"He's doing very well," added Sharna, who confirmed that despite reports, she and Bonner are not dating. "Like he said, he connects to this one because of that Texas two-step dance that he's used to."

"He's used to taking a woman's hand and leading her around a dance floor, which is super rare these days, a man that has the confidence to do that, so it's actually really fitting in his world," she continued. "He's connecting with the steps. We haven't quite got to putting the romance and the character in there yet, but we're going to get it."

So what type of romantic is Bonner in real life? "I've tried to keep it genuine and unique, but I used to take girls out on the ranch and show them a good sunset out on the West Texas desert, show them the stars at night," he gushed. "A little wine and dine."

Could Rashad Jennings be the most talented NFL star-turned-dancer to ever compete on the show?

Fans were in for a big surprise when the 32-year-old athlete made his ballroom debut with Emma Slater to Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" last Monday. While football stars have fared incredibly well in the competition over the show's 24 seasons, no one came out as strong as Jennings did during week one.

"Wow, that's crazy. That's humbling," Rashad told ET when we caught up with him on Saturday. "When I first started training with Emma, I didn't really have a perspective. Before the show started, Emma was like, 'Rashad, can you dance?' And I'm like, 'Yeah, of course. Go to a club, around the house… yeah, I can dance!' But after training for one day, I quickly realized I can't dance. This is a whole new respect for this art that I have."

"I was so freaking nervous on the dance floor," he admitted. "Because I don't know what's good, and I don't know what's bad. I'm just going for it. Everybody was getting 7s from the judges, and I thought some people's dances were amazing, and they got like 6s. I told Emma, I was like, 'I don't know about this, Emma. I don't know what they're gunna do to us.' So when I saw an 8 pop up I was like, 'Oh, s**t!'"

That had us thinking… how does he level up to the other football stars who've competed in past seasons? ET breaks down all the gotta-know-it stats!

Running Backs:
RASHAD JENNINGS - Season 24 – TBD (Week 1 Score: 8/7/8/8)
EMMITT SMITH – Season 3 – 1st Place & Season 15 – 4th Place (Week 1 Score: 8/8/8)

Quarterbacks:
KURT WARNER – Season 11 – 5th Place (Week 1 Score: 7/5/7)
DOUG FLUTIE – Season 22 – 9th Place (Week 1 Score: 5/5/5)

Wide Receivers:
HINES WARD – Season 12 – 1st Place (Week 1 Score: 7/7/7)
DONALD DRIVER – Season 14 – 1st Place (Week 1 Score: 7/7/7)
JERRY RICE – Season 2 – 2nd Place (Week 1 Score: 7/7/7)
JACOBY JONES – Season 16 – 3rd Place (Week 1 Score: 7/6/7)
CALVIN JOHNSON JR. – Season 23 – 3rd Place (Week 1 Score: 7/6/6/7)
CHAD OCHOCINCO – Season 10 – 4th Place (Week 1 Score: 6/6/6)
ANTONIO BROWN – Season 22 – 4th/5th Place (double elimination) (Week 1 Score: 8/6/7)
MICHAEL IRVIN – Season 9 – 7th Place (Week 1 Score: 5/4/4)
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON – Season 17 – 12th Place (Week 1 Score: 6/5/6)

Defensive Players:
JASON TAYLOR – Season 6 – 2nd Place (Week 1 Score: 7/8/7)
WARREN SAPP – Season 7 – 2nd Place (Week 1 Score: 7/7/7)
LAWRENCE TAYLOR – Season 8 – 7th Place (Week 1 Score: 6/5/5)
VON MILLER – Season 22 – 7th/8th Place (double elimination) (Week 1 Score: 8/6/7)
MICHAEL SAM – Season 20 – 10th Place (Week 1 Score: 6/6/7/7)

Look out for birthday celebrations!

Val Chmerkovskiy turned 31 on Friday, and Rashad turned 32 on Sunday. We can only hope hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews honor them with a special surprise between dances on live TV.

When ET caught up with the NFL pro, he revealed the one gift he'd love to receive on Monday.

"I do have some of my friends coming into town for the show. We'll prob go grab some sushi, my go-to thing, and then go to this vegan ice cream spot that I just die for, but I'm going to get some rest because I want to be on point for the dance," Rashad shared. "The judges can give me a birthday gift by giving me a good score. And the people can give me a good gift by voting for me. That'll be my gift!"

He also gave ET a few details on what to expect from he and his partner, Emma Slater. The two will be dancing the Viennese Waltz to "Suffer" by Charlie Puth, and Rashad says he's planning to break out his poetry skills -- a hobby he picked up during one of his off-seasons -- to add a fun element that the show has never seen before.

"I do poetry. My hashtag is #ShadThePoet … so anything with a hashtag that has [my nickname] 'Shad' in front of it, it's a way for people to get to know me personally, outside of being a football player," he explained. "I take 10 seconds of a song, and in front of it, I put 10 seconds of poetry. So I lead people with my poetry into how I want the music to move them."

Joy Ride - #ShadThePoet

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"This week Emma was like, 'You have a soothing voice when you do that. I want you to narrate the audience, the crowd, everyone [watching] TV into this song.' So the room is going to be dark, I'm going to be speaking," he teased. "It's going to be unique, and hasn't been done on the show yet. I think this may be one of my favorite dances to do, just because of the song."

What are the other pairs dancing to?

Simone Biles & Sasha Farber
Cha Cha, "Burnin' Up" by Jessie J feat. 2 Chainz

Charo & Keo Motsepe
Paso DoblΓ©, "EspaΓ±a Cani" by Charo

Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko
Foxtrot, "Bad Intentions" by Niykee Heaton

Chris Kattan & Witney Carson
Jive, "Hey Ya!" by OutKast

Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev
Cha Cha, "No Rights No Wrongs" by Jess Glynne

Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Cha Cha, "Give Me Your Love" by Sigala feat. John Newman and Nile Rodgers

Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Jive, "Grown" by Little Mix

Mr. T & Kym Herjavec
Paso DoblΓ©, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

David Ross & Lindsay Arnold
Cha Cha, "Bust a Move" by Young MC

Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd
Foxtrot, "Love Me Now" by John Legend

Well wishes, notes to self and more.

Ever since season 24 premiered, the contestants haven't been shy about sharing their dance journey with fans. Below, see more of the best moments from the stars via social media as they gear up to take the stage to perform again on Monday:

So much fun getting back home with this one. Back to LA! Need to fine tune my πŸ’ƒ moves.

A post shared by Nick Viall (@nickviall) on

Whip that weave @glebsavchenkoofficial

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