With elimination on the line for one couple this week, it was time for the Season 16 celebs and their dancing partners to put their best feet forward on "Dancing With the Stars." The dances for Week 2 were tough -- quickstep, jive and jazz -- and some couples excelled while others faltered. Last week's scores were added to tonight's numbers for a total score.

The top three on last week's leaderboard did a repeat, making them prime candidates to go all the way. Wow, Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy burned up the floor with a jive that host Tom Bergeron said was "like butter." Zendaya has legs up to her armpits while Val's choreography was fast and furious, and the dance brought praise from the judges. Carrie Ann Inaba told Zendaya, "You are the whole shebang. You killed that number. Fantastic!" And Bruno Tonioli began with, "A star is born, big-time." The pair's score for Week 2 was 26, for a total of 50 out of 60.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced in the number one spot last week but were last to dance tonight and what a stunner of a finish! The modern jazz number of the pair brought Carrie Ann to her feet with praise: "Kellie Pickler, you are a dancer!" Head judge Len Goodman remarked that dance is about more than steps; it's "about mood, atmosphere, chemistry, interpretation. If Week 1 was a spark, this week is a fire." Bruno added that it was "modern jazz at its most effective." Their score was 26 for a total was 47.


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And rounding out the Trio of Triumph was Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, but frankly, I was not that impressed. Something just seems a bit off with their dancing and while their quickstep was well-done, there just wasn't the pizzazz we've come to expect with Mark's choreography. And once more, Aly's costume seemed more "mature" than her 18 years, emphasizing her boobs. The judges, however, loved the dance with Carrie Ann calling it the "best quickstep of the night" -- of course, two of the other three doing the quickstep got only 5's and 6's. Len thought Aly and Mark were "terrific" and Bruno's purple prose took over: "It was like watching a magic little bluebird in full flight." Geez! Tonight's score was 24 for total score of 45.

The next three highest total scores -- Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff with 43; Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson with 40; and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd with 39 -- just blurred together for me, with no one hitting the "Awesome" button. Jacoby's jazz was fun, and Ingo's quickstep was OK, but it was Sean's jive with a ton of tricks (the set, the costumes, a major beach/lifeguard theme) and not a lot of great dancing that brought out Len's Mr. Grumpy Pants. After he gave his critique to a chorus of boos, one audience member yelled, "Why are you so cranky?"

But the surprise of the competition so far for me is Andy Dick, dancing with Sharna Burgess. He's not a great dancer and knows it, but he is really giving it everything he's got. Their jazz number was a take on the Mad Hatter's tea party, and it was terrific. Tom called it "fun, crazy" and even Len said, "That was a lark." Carrie Ann said, "You were so lucky it was jazz that allowed you to be wacko, demented and you nailed it!" Andy could go a long way in Season 16, especially if the viewing voters are behind him. Their total score was 37.

Clumped together at a total of 36 were Dorothy Hamill (who was dancing with a painful injury) and Tristan MacManus (jive); Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani (who had them dressed as mall cops for a quickstep that was more "walkthrough"); Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold (jive) -- Victor seems to have lots of energy but needs more technique; and Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko (jive), who just don't seem to have any chemistry at all and their dancing shows it. Two of those celebs have new pros as partners, and it looks like both Lindsay and Gleb could have used a season with the DWTS Troupe to get accustomed to the routines and rhythm of the show.

Once again at the bottom was D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, who had the dreaded quickstep. This may be the first time that Cheryl is eliminated first with her partner. Although D.L. improved over the pitiful performance last week, scoring 5's and a 6 instead of 4's, it really wasn't much better. And the tacky Whitney and Bobby joke that he made after the dance won't win a lot of fans. If he's not voted out tomorrow night, it will be a shock since they have a low, low total score of 28. I think Lisa and Gleb will be joining D.L. and Cheryl under the red light of doom Tuesday night.

Who do you think is dancing well enough to stay in the competition? And is it just me or is co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet's interviewing skills improving? Plus, she's keeping her hand off her hip! Will wonders never cease?

The celebrities and their scores:

Zendaya and Val -- 26 (this week) + 24 (Week 1) = 50

Kellie and Derek -- 26 + 21 = 47

Aly and Mark -- 24 + 21 = 45

Jacoby and Karina -- 23 + 20 = 43

Ingo and Kym -- 20 + 20 = 40

Sean and Peta -- 20 + 19 = 39

Andy and Sharna -- 20 + 17 = 37

Dorothy and Tristan -- 15 + 21 = 36

Wynonna and Tony -- 18 + 18 = 36

Victor and Lindsay -- 18 + 18 = 36

Lisa and Gleb -- 18 + 18 = 36

D.L. and Cheryl -- 16 + 12 = 28