For the second week in a row, Disney star Zendaya Coleman tonight finished on top of the leaderboard on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Coleman, 16, who uses just her first name professionally, earned 26 out of a possible 30 points for her jive, ending up in a tie with country singer Kellie Pickler. Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill brought up the rear, with 15 points.
Zendaya also topped the leaderboard on the show’s March 18 premiere, earning 24 out of a possible 30 points. Hughley earned 12 points, making him that night’s low scorer.
The scores from last week were added to those from tonight’s performances, making Zendaya the overall high scorer, and Hughley the overall low scorer.
The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes will be cut from the competition during the first results show of the season on Tuesday.
Ingo Rademacher: His jaunty quickstep left judges divided. Head judge Len Goodman said he found the actor much improved. “Your frame was good, your footwork is very hit-and-miss, but overall I think it was an improvement,” Goodman said. But judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she thought Rademacher’s frame “was a little off.” Judge Bruno Tonioli said Rademacher tried his best with tricky choreography and had a good attitude and spirit. Rademacher earned 20 points.
Dorothy Hamill: Dancing with an injured ankle that forced her to sit out several days of rehearsal, the Olympic ice skating legend seemed to struggle to get through the choreography of her jive with partner Tristan MacManus, and judges noticed. “You lost your footing so many times, so many mistakes,” Tonioli said. Inaba told Hamill she had a great natural quality of movement, but she “sensed fear” in her this week. “This was a rough dance, you had a lot of mistakes … Hang in there,” Inaba said. Goodman echoed those sentiments, telling Hamill her routine “had promise, but it didn’t quite deliver.” Judges awarded Hamill 15 points.
Jacoby Jones: The NFL player’s stylish jazz routine brought the ballroom dance floor to its feet in appreciation and charmed the judges in the process. “That, my friend, was rocking!” Inaba told Jones. Goodman called it “full of razzle dazzle and razzmatazz,” adding, “I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. … I have to say, great entertainment and I loved it.” Tonioli told Jones that his interpretation was spot-on, stylistically. “It had wit, charm, energy,” he said. “You’re a performer, man!” Jones was awarded 23 points.
Victor Ortiz: The champion boxer’s jive didn’t wow judges. Goodman said the performance “could have been sharper, it could have been cleaner,” but he commended Ortiz for doing a “full-on jive.” Tonioli told Ortiz he went for it, but pointed out that his kicks needed to be precise and his buttocks needed to be tucked in more. Inaba said Ortiz looked like he was enjoying himself, but said the boxer’s footwork needed improvement. They awarded Ortiz 18 points.
Wynonna Judd: Judges thought the country music legend’s quickstep was a bit tame, and urged her to push herself more. “You’re playing it very safe,” Inaba told Judd. “You’re a wild woman in there, honey, and I want to see it all come out.” Tonioli said the routine started quite well, but ended up a sort of “casual stroll. … The performance has to continue.” Goodman told Judd her performance was entertaining, but lacking. “That was like the engine was running but you never got out of first gear,” he said. Judd earned 18 points.
Zendaya: The Disney star’s snappy jive won rave review from the judges. “A star is born, big time!” Tonioli said. Inaba told Zendaya she was “the whole shebang. … You killed that number!” Goodman added: “For someone, tonight is going to be the last chance to dance. But I’ll tell you this: not you. You’re back next week.” They awarded Zendaya 26 points.
Andy Dick: The comedian’s wacky jazz routine pleased the crowd and had the judges smiling, too. Goodman thought the routine was fun. “What I like is your commitment,” he told Dick. “You’re not the best dancer, but you come out totally committed.” Tonioli said the routine was outlandish but he appreciated it, and Inaba said the category allowed Dick to be “wacko demented” and make the routine fantastic. Dick earned 20 points.
Sean Lowe: The reality TV star’s lifeguard-inspired jive brought mixed reviews. Inaba called it “a solid performance” and told “The Bachelor” star to work on not falling out of rhythm with the music when he was out of sync with his partner, while Tonioli said Lowe had charm and charisma on the dance floor. Goodman wasn’t as enthusiastic. “To be honest with you, Sean, I didn’t get it, at all,” the head judge said. “The theme of the dance took over from the jive. … I didn’t see a lot of what I would call jive going on there.” Lowe earned 20 points.
Aly Raisman: Judges raved about the Olympic gymnast’s quickstep. Tonioli said Raisman had grace, elegance and personality. Inaba said her dance had finesse and attention to detail, and called Raisman’s performance “the best quickstep of the night.” Goodman said it was “terrific.” They awarded Raisman 24 points.
Lisa Vanderpump: The star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” performed a jive with an airline theme. Goodman declared it “a bit of a bumpy ride,” adding it “was a tad wooden.” Tonioli encouraged Vanderpump to exercise more control over her movement, and Inaba said Vanderpump carried herself with refinement but needed to “let loose a little bit more” if she wanted to go far in the competition. Vanderpump earned 18 points.
D.L. Hughley: The comedian earned the lowest score of last week’s premiere, and tonight judges told him he had improved. “I can really see that you worked very, very hard on that,” Tonioli said, telling him he’d done a good job. Inaba told Hughley he still had a long way to go, but noted she, too, saw improvement. Goodman told Hughley that the secret to doing well on the show as to improve a little each week. “Tonight, you improved over last week. Well done,” he said. Hughley earned 16 points.
Kellie Pickler: The country music singer’s moody jazz routine drew a standing ovation from Inaba, who told Pickler that her performance was “amazing.” “I’m blown away, I can’t wait for next week,” Inaba said. Goodman said the routine succeeded on several levels, telling Pickler, “Last week was a spark; this week was a fire. Well done.” Tonioli said the routine represented modern jazz at its most effective, calling it “visually arresting” and “a great achievement.” Pickler earned 26 points.
The Scores: (This Week, Last Week, Grand Total)
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: 26; 24. Total: 50 (out of possible 60)
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 26; 21. Total: 47
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: 24; 21. Total: 45
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: 23; 20. Total: 43
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: 20; 20. Total: 40
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: 20; 19. Total: 39
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: 20; 17. Total: 37
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus: 15; 21. Total: 36
Victor Ortiz and Lindsey Arnold: 18; 18. Total: 36
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: 18; 18. Total: 36
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: 18; 18. Total: 36
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: 16; 12. Total: 28