Week two of Dancing with the Stars brought much more talent, and much less drama.
After Ryan Lochte’s shocking on-screen attack, the Olympic swimmer found himself in a sea of support when the entire DWTS decided to wear shirts with his name on them. Lochte further discussed the situation, explaining how hard it’s been to recover from the recent events. “I’m am Olympian and I never quit,” he later said.
Lochte and his partner Cheryl Burke took the stage for a fun Muppets-themed routine to show off their quickstep skills. Despite the swimmer getting mentally back on track, judge Julianne Hough said she saw “so many mistakes” that they need to work on — if he's still here come next week.
Last week, Laurie Hernandez wowed the crowd with an epic Cha-Cha routine. This week, she and partner Val Chmerkovskiy once again hit the dance floor running. Before practicing, the two reflected on Lochte’s incident last week. Chmerkovskiy felt that it took away from “Laurie’s moment," but that she held it together and still managed to have an incredible performance.
The duo then hit the stage to show off their jive skills in “Duck Tales," which left them laying in a pile of money by the end of the performance. The judges had nothing but good things to say, leaving the team with a high score of 32 and Hernandez grinning from ear to ear.
Jake T. Austin
This week, Jake T. Austin went back in time to his days on Go Diego Go! He and partner Jenna Johnson used the show as their theme for TV night, which brought Austin back to the days of doing the voice of Diego on the hit cartoon series. The duo’s jungle-themed performance allowed them to show off their cha-cha skills, a much different experience than hearing Jake’s voiceover from when he was nine-years-old.