Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 2 was one to forget for activist Chaz Bono, whose Quickstep with partner Lacey Schwimmer was slammed by the judges for being more turtle than hare.
Although the pair worked hard during rehearsals, Chaz was plagued by a set of snapping, creaking bad knees. Lacey was forced to dumb down their dance in order to increase his chances of avoiding injury and remaining in the running for the Mirrorball trophy.
And the effects of simpler choreography were painfully noticeable. Their dance, set to the tune of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “Love is All Around,” was extraordinarily slow and dragged horribly from start to finish. The footwork in and of itself wasn’t bad, but the content was limited and the stylistic elements that distinguish a Quickstep from a Slowstep simply weren’t there.
The DWTS judging panel was less than impressed with what Chaz and Lacey delivered. Although Bruno Tonioli appreciated the couple’s cuteness and likened the scene to “watching a little Ewok dancing with Princess Leia,” he bemoaned the absence of the required “sporty” and “energetic” delivery. Carrie Ann Inaba said that she could see the pain on Chaz’s face as he danced and appreciated his “charm,” but promised a low score for a too-slow performance. Head judge Len Goodman concurred. Although he gave the activist credit for getting through the dance, he went on to quip that he’d had faster trips through a car wash.
For their effort, Chaz and Lacey earned just 17 points, which cemented for them the bottom spot on the Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 2 leaderboard. They trail leaders Ricki Lake and Derek Hough by six points heading into the second elimination of season 13.
Do Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer have what it takes to escape elimination and dance again next week? With the strength of his fan base, almost certainly. But you can never be sure until the votes are counted. Watch the Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 2 results show Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC to see if Chaz and his knees will hoof it again next week.