Season 22 of Dancing With the Stars is only in its second week, but some clear frontrunners and fan favorites have already emerged, while the stars with the lowest chance of winning continued to slide down a steep hill toward elimination.
Geraldo Rivera might have made the biggest impact on Monday night, but not in a good way. The 72-year-old Fox News correspondent performed a Donald Trump-inspired salsa -- which included Rivera doing a Trump impression with a downright disturbing wig and unsettling fake tan.
The dance was terrible, and the judges' score of 13 out of 30 reflected that, but what's even more inexplicable was the attempt at a narrative within the routine.
Rivera as Trump starts off in what is supposed to be the Oval Office, talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, then he rips off his suit to reveal a festive floral print shirt, and he's suddenly dancing in Mexico. It felt like a cheap attempt at political commentary that didn't make any sense.
At the end of the evening, Rivera and his pro partner, Edyta Sliwinska, were sent home. To his credit, Rivera joked about the elimination -- and creepy Trump impression -- on Twitter after getting booted off. “I'm sure there's no future for me either as a dancer or @realDonaldTrump impersonator,” he wrote.
After the show, Rivera opened up to ET backstage, where he said the elimination wasn't too much of a disappointment. "First of all, it's dancing, so you can't really get too upset about it. It's not nuclear physics," he said. "I'm just not much of a dancer unless I'm tequila-drunk at my wedding."
He also weighed in on how he thinks Trump will react to his impersonation, explaining, "I think he'll be really angry that I got thrown off because he wants to win, not lose, [but] I haven't heard from him yet."
Things also don't look good for former NFL star Doug Flutie or actress Mischa Barton, who also found themselves in jeopardy alongside Rivera.
While Flutie's dancing with partner Karina Smirnoff greatly improved this week -- earning him a score of 20, a 5-point improvement over last week -- Barton's score actually dropped one point.
Barton seemed somewhat miserable in the pretaped package, during her performance and while talking with the judges. She also blamed the live band for throwing her off, but the judges weren't warm to her excuses.
However, the feedback she got was slightly less negative than the outright criticism she got last week, and Barton told ET after the show, "It's nice to have somebody say something positive."
Meanwhile, some stand-out stars who dominated the dance floor on Monday, and it's clear that as this contest gets tighter, things are really going to heat up.
UFC fighter Paige VanZant delivered one of the best dances of the night, and she pulled it off despite not being able to dance with her usual partner, Mark Ballas, who was injured during rehearsals.
VanZant teamed up with DWTS troop member Alan Bersten, and their sultry salsa was incredible. Judge Len Goodman even praised it as the best dance of the season so far. The couple ended up with a score of 24 -- three points higher than her score last week -- and tied for the highest score of the night.
Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris was right there with VanZant at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 24 after he and Lindsay Arnold pulled off an amazing salsa -- set to Pitbull's "Echa Pa’lla" -- which got him labeled "king of the ballroom" by judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
This is the second week in a row that Morris has tied for first place, as it looks like the bubbly and entertaining singer could easily be the strongest contestant of the season. Check out the video below to see who shined during last week's premiere.
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas (Alan Bernsten): 24/30