LOS ANGELES — Round two of “Dancing with the Stars” offers the first elimination of season 24. But before we get to that sad news, here’s a rundown of the night’s dances, from highest score to lowest:
Normani Kordei: 32 out of 40
The “Fifth Harmony” singer had a wild week; she and partner Val Chmerkovskiy flew to Japan immediately after last week’s show where she joined the other women on tour. They squeezed some cha cha lessons in between the shows, and actually flew back just a few hours before DWTS. The schedule worked for her because she came out full-steam ahead. Head judge Len Goodman appreciated that she didn’t take the easy way out; and Carrie Ann Inaba said she felt like when she watches Normani she is watching a strong and sexy woman with true star quality.
Rashad Jennings: 32 out of 40
The football star seems to be the celebrity who most understands you need to not only learn each dance routine but also get into a character. He had no problem channeling some raw emotions with his Viennese waltz. He told Emma Slater he’d had a bad breakup in the past but he wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable.