So things are getting serious as “Dancing With the Stars” heads into the second of this season’s competition. This week was “Guilty Pleasure” night, where apparently Hines’ gratification came from snuggling (and dancing) with a pillow when Kym wasn’t around. Isn’t ABC owned by Disney?
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Is Kirstie getting her cheekbones back? She’s obviously shaved off a few pounds while regaining her form in a fluid samba. Score: 26
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke. I couldn’t see how Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” merited a tango. Obviously Cheryl didn’t feel that it merited her usually musical choreography. Score: 22
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower. Romeo seemed genuinely taken with Chelsie during his waltz to the “Titanic” theme — or else he’s a better actor than we thought. Pretty smoo-oo-ooth. Score: 28
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas. She was “Walking on Sunshine” — he was dancing on a bum ankle, injured during dress rehearsal, in this nifty quickstep. You couldn’t notice it, though. Maybe they should assign a difficulty level at this point, because Mark has been creating both the most imaginative and toughest choreography. They deserved more than a share of the lead. Score: 28
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel. Well, this Playmate could shake her bootie, along with a few other key body parts (admittedly not all of them real) to Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” It was enough for her best score of the competition and a much-appreciated birthday gift for Len. Score: 25
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. Well, Hines made it past the waltz, which can be the graveyard for contestants — no flash, no dash. I do declare, he reminded me of Fred Astaire in a couple of moments, but could have provided more connective tissue. Score: 27
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff. Maybe his eagerness served him well as the Karate Kid, but he’s overdoing things, particularly with this wild-eyed version of the paso doble, where Karina tripped on his caped coat. Macchio is losing his mojo. Score: 24.
Kendra lives on while Chris Jericho takes a fall…