By Mimi Whetstone
The dances are done, the scores have been given and Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus’ fate lies in the hands of their fans after the second night of competition on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. After a week of training plagued by a cyst in her lumbar spine, Hamill’s Jive fell short of her dancing debut, earning 15 out of a possible 30 points.
“Tristan has been the best, so patient through everything,” Hamill said after their performance. “Everyone has been so supportive. I just feel bad that I didn’t live up to his (MacManus’) standards.”
Dressed in black lace, Hamill took the floor to the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” and while her overall quality of movement was praised, judge Carrie Anne Inaba said the performance was “rough.”
In the weeks leading up to this evening’s performance, Hamill was admittedly nervous about taking on the Jive, claiming that her feet “don’t move that quickly.” After the injury forced her to sit out most of the week’s practice time, judge Bruno Tonioli described the performance as “a brave attempt” that simply “lost the footing.”
Topping the judges’ leaderboard for the night are country star Kellie Pickler and Disney Channel star Zendaya, who earned 26 points, followed by gymnast Aly Raisman with 24 points, Baltimore Raven Jacoby Jones with 23 points, reality star Sean Lowe, comedian Andy Dick and actor Ingo Rademacher with 20 points, boxer Victor Ortiz, singer Wynonna Judd and reality star Lisa Vanderpump with 18 points and comedian D.L. Hughley with 16 points.
Added to the 21 points they earned for their contemporary routine last week, Hamill and MacManus head into the show’s first elimination with 36 points, however; the judges’ scores only count for half of each contestant’s total score.
To keep Hamill and MacManus in the competition, call 1-800-868-3409, text “VOTE” to 3409 (AT&T customers only) or vote online at ABC.com andfacebook.com/dancingwiththestars. Viewers can vote up to 12 times on each method and voting is open during each performance. Phone lines and text voting will stay open until 60 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Facebook and online voting at ABC.com will remain open until 11 a.m. ET the following day.
The judges’ leaderboard after both dances:
- Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy – 50 points
- Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough – 47 points
- Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas – 45 points
- Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff – 43 points
- Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson – 40 points
- Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd – 39 points
- Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess – 37 points
- Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus – 36 points
- Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani – 36 points
- Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko – 36 points
- D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke – 28 points