'Dancing With the Stars' Says Farewell to a Legend in First Elimination of Season 29
By Zach Seemayer and Desiree Murphy
It's week 2 of Dancing With the Stars, and ET is liveblogging all of the night's biggest moments, best dances and the very first elimination of season 29!
Dancing With the Stars officially kicked off Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and ET is covering all the highlights in real time. Check out the live blog below for a breakdown of the biggest numbers and most memorable moments.
And the First Star Going Home Is...
The results are in!
After all the scores and viewer votes have been combined, two couples are in the bottom two -- leaving it up to the judges to choose who moves forward and who goes home.
The two couples on the chopping block this week are Carole and Pasha, as well as Charles and Emma.
Carrie Ann votes to save Carole and Pasha, and Bruno votes for Charles and Emma. A very rushed Derek breaks the tie with a vote for Carole, meaning Charles and Emma are the first couple eliminated in Season 29!
Kaitlyn Bristowe & Artem Chigvintsev Dance Through the Pain
Surprise! Kaitlyn has been cleared to dance! So she doesn't have to give up on her DWTS dream.
The reality star addresses the injury before her dance, telling Tyra, "I tell myself all the time that I'm resilient. This is a dream. I'll dance through anything. As long as I was cleared to do it, I was happy to do it."
The pair end up performing a beautiful foxtrot set to "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack, and get showered with praise from the judges.
"If that's how you dance with an injury, I would love to see it without one," Carrie Ann marvels.
Derek says the performance felt "beautiful, graceful and effortless," and Bruno says she danced like "a ballerina" with a "classical ballet quality."
Kaitlyn and Artem earn two 7s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and an 8 from Derek for a total of 22 out of 30, placing them at the top of the leaderboard!
Vernon Davis & Peta Murgatroyd Found Love With Their Foxtrot
Vernon has some decent moves and he's getting a chance to prove himself with Peta at his side.
The NFL star pull off a formidable foxtrot set to "We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris, and it's evident that the pair have found their footing with one another.
Peta looks particularly stunning in a referee-inspired black-and-white ensemble, while Davis is showing some skin as well in a red blazer and no shirt -- that's how you earn votes, people!
The judges seem to appreciate their efforts as well, awarding them three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30 -- a 1-point improvement over last week.
Carole Baskin & Pasha Pashkov Deliver Golden Viennese Waltz
Carole and Pasha have really upped their game this week.
The Tiger King subject got emotional during her pre-taped package and broke down in tears talking about how difficult it's been to be scrutinized in the press and in popular culture. It's a surprisingly powerful moment.
The pair then take to the stage -- which has been decked out in thousands of roses and a lot of gold -- for a Viennese Waltz set to "What’s New Pussycat" by Tom Jones (because, of course).
Carole rocks another animal print ensemble and a regal sunburst headdress, but shows remarkable improvement in her dance skills.
"I really liked it," Carrie Ann shares. "Yes, it was simple, but Dancing With the Stars is also a platform for people to get to know you, and for you to grow and evolve. And this is how you do it, on the dance floor, bringing these beautiful dances."
Carole and Pasha also earn greatly improved scores: A 6 and two 5s for a total of 16 out 30 -- a full five points more than last week's total!
Jeannie Mai & Brandon Armstrong Shine
As Jeannie Mai explains in her pre-taped package, her mom called her up and told her she needs to do better this week or she's going to ship her off to Vietnam. This threat seems to provide the motivation Jeannie and Brandon need to take things to a new level of sensuality.
The pair come out rocking shimmering ensembles for a cha-cha set to "Roses" by SAINt JHN, and they really amp up the wild fun and seductive charm.
The judges all appreciate their connection, but have critiques for her frame and footwork. While the dance looked great, the judges seem to know how much potential she really has, and are judging her based on that metric.
The duo earn three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30. So, not worse but not better than last week. At least there's consistency!
Jesse Metcalfe & Sharna Burgess Are a "Dreams" Team
Jesse and Sharna are almost too beautiful together, and it's their chemistry that is going to carry them through the show.
The pair attack the stage with a foxtrot set to "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac, and pull off a gorgeous routine that the judges really appreciate.
After the feedback, Jesse admits that learning the choreography has been harder than he anticipated. However, if the judges' scores are anything to go by, he's doing a good job.
The beautiful pair earn two 7s from Carrie Ann and Derek and a 6 from Bruno (which elicits a threatening gesture from Sharna, because she's awesome and fiery) for a total of 20 out of 30.
Charles Oakley & Emma Slater Cha-Cha to Luther Vandross
Charles is doing his best, and Emma knows how to teach anyone, so she really is his best possible partner.
This week, the sports legend and his partner hit the stage for a cha-cha set to "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross, and it's a really fun (although not exactly flawless) number.
There's a lot of love for his mirror ball jacket, and his general charisma -- even though the judges all have problems with his footwork.
Eventually, they earn three 5s for a total of 15 out of 30 -- a three point improvement over last week!
Chrishell Stause & Gleb Savchenko Are True Showmen
Chrishell has an emotional pre-taped package, and the reality star got emotional reflecting on her challenging childhood.
"Growing up, we were homeless for a week. We were basically squatters in an abandoned schoolhouse, we didn't have running water. The mattress smelled like mildew," Chrishell recalls to Gleb. "I wanted to give you an idea of where I'm from. It's why I'm so grateful to be here, and why I'm going to try as hard as I can."
To her credit, Chrishell holds up her end of the bargain and the pair pull off an impressive rumba set to "This Is Me" from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
The performance was met with a lot of love -- so much so that Carrie Ann even said she didn't mind the lift they had in the dance!
Ultimately, the pair earned three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30.
Nelly & Daniella Karagach Find Their "Groove"
This week, Nelly wanted to show a very different side, and so he and Daniella work hard to challenge preconceptions with their cha-cha set to "Let's Grove" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
As Bruno notes off the bat, Nelly's timing is on-point tonight, and he showed how hard he's worked over the last week to get real musicality.
Carrie Ann says that he is "the easiest to watch" of everyone who's performed tonight.
Nelly also shows off his special dance shoes that have been made up to look like sneakers, so he can blend his own style with the ballroom style
The pair earn three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30, which is a big improvement over last week's 16.
Will Kaitlyn Bristowe Dance Tonight?
Tyra says that Kaitlyn may have hurt herself during rehearsals, and she keeps hinting that Kaitlyn might not dance tonight.
Which means -- she's probably going to dance tonight. DWTS loves to build tension.
However, if she doesn't dance tonight, it could mean she'll be axed, and THAT could mean there wouldn't be an elimination. We'll all have to wait and see how this plays out.
Anne Heche & Keo Motsepe Are 'Stars' With Their Foxtrot
Anne and Keo are a seriously wonderful pairing, and their connection seems to bring a lot of love to their Foxtrot, set to "Counting Stars" by One Republic.
Bruno praises the pair for having a lot of "foxtrot content" and all three judges comment on the clear and evident bond between the actress and the pro.
However, there were a few technical issues, and the scores reflect that -- three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30. Not terrible, but not ideal.
AJ McLean & Cheryl Burke Foxtrot to Dean Martin
AJ's wife has a special cameo in his pre-taped package, and it's cute to hear their love story. It's all because he and Cheryl are dancing to their special song: "Ain’t That a Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin.
The Backstreet Boy shimmers in a sharkskin tuxedo and Cheryl stuns in a fringe-covered gown as the pair pull off an impressive foxtrot.
Carrie says that their number was "smooth as silk," and Bruno says that "the Rat Pack would be proud."
That being said, they got a little criticism for being "chopping" with the foxtrot, which should have more gliding.
After the feedback, AJ is brought to tears of joy when Tyra asks about his relationship with his wife.
"True love is out there. I found it. I love you," AJ sys, getting choked up with emotion. "She's the most compassionate, caring, understanding woman. An amazing wife and an amazing mom. She's my superhero."
He's also pretty thrilled with his scores: a 7 from Carrie Ann and two 6s from Bruno and Derek for a total of 19 out of 30.
Monica Aldama & Val Chmerkovskiy Deliver a Swift Jive
Monica, being the head coach on Cheer, is displeased about getting critiqued on her technical footwork during the premiere, so she wants to show how on-point she can really be this week.
Monica and Val prove they know how to hit their marks with a fast, energetic jive set to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."
Bruno says her cheerleading background helped amplify the fun and charisma of the number.
Derek says it was "fun, playful and bubbly," but still needed more distinct moves like kicks and flicks.
As expected, Carrie Ann hates the lift in their number, and makes it clear that lifts shouldn't exist ever.
The pair end up with two 5s and a 6 for a total of 16 out of 30.
Justina Machado Get Ethereal With a Romantic Foxtrot
After blowing the judges away last week, Justina and Sasha hit the stage this week with a romantic rumba -- set to "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey -- that shows an entirely different yet flawless side to the actress' skill set.
"You are such a natural, beautiful dancer," Derek marvels.
"I love watching you, you make me happy," Bruno adds. "There's such an honest quality about what you do. You dance from the heart. You seem to embrace me and everybody at home watching."
Carrie Ann continues the love train with a showering of praise for Justina's performance and for Sasha's choreography.
The praise was echoed by the scores, as each judge awarded the duo a 7, for a total of 21 out of 30.
Johnny Weir & Britt Stewart Show Their 'Poker Face'
Johnny says he loves Lady Gaga like "a whale loves fish." So it's fortunate that he and Britt got a chance to do a Gaga-inspired tango set to the pop icon's hit "Poker Face."
Blending Gaga's surreal, groundbreaking glimmering style and the thematic traditions of a tango, Johnny and Britt pull off a visually arresting number that's incredibly fun to watch.
Carrie Ann, however, said she feels Johnny's footwork is "odd," and Derek has some notes for the Olympian's frame.
However, as always, it's a great sign when the judges start giving very specific, technical feedback -- so it already feels like Johnny is a dancer to keep your eyes on this season.
That being said, the judges awarded the pair a lukewarm trio of 6s for a total of 18 out of 30.
Skai Jackson & Alan Bersten Embrace Independence
Skai might only be 18, but she's got the grace and strength well beyond her years. With Alan as her teacher and dance partner, she clearly has what it takes to go the distance.
That being said, things happen and mistakes are sometimes made -- which is exactly what happens when they hit the stage for their samba, set to "Miss Independent" by Ne-Yo.
The number starts great, but some timing issues and missteps leave them deflated by the end.
That being said, Derek encourages them by explaining, "a setback sets you up for a comeback."
The young actress was disappointed by the mishap, but told Tyra after the feedback, "That did happen. It was a little bit slippery, but it's fine. I think we did a really good job."
As expected, the scores are lower than they would have liked: Three 5s for a total of 15 out of 30.
Nev Schulman & Jenna Johnson Deliver 'Dynamite' Cha-Cha
Nev and Jenna are a fun pairing, and the Catfish creator clearly has a lot of charisma, which elevates their fun performance.
The two hit the dancefloor to deliver a cha-cha set to BTS's hit "Dynamite," and it was as explosive as the song's title promises.
During the judge's feedback, Derek says the number was "solid," and Bruno calls Nev's gyrations "mindboggling."
The universal love was reflected in the judges' scores: All 7s across the board for a total of 21 out of 30.
Tyra Teaches the Stars to 'Smize'
As everyone predicted, Tyra Banks' role as host would eventually include talk about "smizing," which is obviously smiling with your eyes.
So week 2 kicked off with a short comedic cold open in which the model teaches the performers how to do just that -- with mixed results.
When she hits the stage, Tyra looks like a golden statue with a stunning metallic gown that fits right in with the glimmering ballroom.
Ahead of Tuesday night's show, ABC unveiled a sneak peek look of the comedic cold open, which features new host Tyra Banks teaching the celebrity contestants how to "smize." Tyra coined the term, which means "smiling with your eyes," while hosting America's Next Top Model.
"Hello, celebrities, it's Tyra," the model says at the beginning of the video. "Look, I know that you guys are probably nervous facing the first elimination so I'm going to teach you a little trick that used to get me through the tough times when I was facing that catwalk. It's a simple thing that I call... the smize."
However, after seeing stars like Charles Oakley, Carole Baskin, Skai Jackson and Nelly attempt the smize, Tyra jokes, "Maybe we should just stick to dancing."
Here's a quick breakdown of what the stars and their pro partners will be dancing to during Tuesday's show.
Monica Aldama & Val Chmerkovskiy
Jive, "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift
Carole Baskin & Pasha Pashkov
Viennese Waltz, "What’s New Pussycat" by Tom Jones
Kaitlyn Bristowe & Artem Chigvintsev
Foxtrot, "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack
Vernon Davis & Peta Murgatroyd
Foxtrot, "We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris
Anne Heche & Keo Motsepe
Foxtrot, "Counting Stars" by One Republic
Skai Jackson & Alan Bersten
Samba, "Miss Independent" by Neyo
Justina Machado & Sasha Farber
Rumba, "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
AJ McLean & Cheryl Burke
Foxtrot, "Ain’t That a Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin
Jeannie Mai & Brandon Armstrong
Cha Cha, "Roses" by SAINt JHN
Jesse Metcalfe & Sharna Burgess
Foxtrot, "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
Nelly & Daniella Karagach
Cha Cha, "Let's Grove" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Nev Schulman & Jenna Johnson
Cha Cha, "Dynamite" by BTS
Charles Oakley & Emma Slater
Cha Cha, "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross
Chrishell Stause & Gleb Savchenko
Rumba, "This Is Me" by Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman ensemble
Johnny Weir & Britt Stewart
Tango, "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga