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Dancing with the Chairs, week two. (Photo: Three)
Dancing with the Chairs, week two. (Photo: Three)

Pop CultureMay 2, 2022

Dancing with the Stars, week two: Is this show broken?

Dancing with the Chairs, week two. (Photo: Three)
Dancing with the Chairs, week two. (Photo: Three)

This week’s theme? Top 40. But really, what week two of Dancing with the Stars NZ gave us was pure shock and awe, writes Sam Brooks.

You know what was missing from this week’s overproduced West Side Story/Grease crossover opening dance? Sonia Gray! She would’ve killed this. She would’ve killed this whole competition. New Zealand has failed as a nation by not voting her to go further. We have failed.

Anyway, moving on. This week’s theme was top 40 – about as loose as a theme can get. So how did the dancers do?

Eli Matthewson and Johnny Williams dance a jive. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

ELIMINATED: Eli Matthewson (and Johnny Williams) – jive

What the actual fuck? Is there something broken at Dancing with the Stars? Eli was clearly one of the best dancers on the show, and had so much more to give. His scores should have secured him a spot further on, and clearly shows a flaw in the way that the votes are balanced, honestly. We’ll always have that first week, that genuinely made me emotional. But this is wild. Wild! What’s wrong with you, people who didn’t vote for Eli?

Also, this dance was great! I wanted to see more. Once more: boo.

Score: 29

Alex Vaz and Brittany Coleman dance the rumba. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

7. Alex Vaz (and Brittany Coleman) – rumba

Fine! Alex Vaz remains as tall as he was last week, and is a slightly more graceful dancer than I’d expect. Did you know that ‘Heat Waves’ by Glass Animals currently holds the record for the longest stay at number 1 on the US charts at 59 weeks? Now you do. I have more thoughts about that than this dance, but this was quite nice, I suppose!

Score: 27

Eric Murray throws Loryn Reynolds into the lighting rig. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

6. Eric Murray (and Loryn Reynolds) – cha cha

What is this, Dancing with the Stars or Throwing Women to the Stars? Am I right, (thrown) ladies?

Bless Eric Murray, who seems like a nice guy, but I will eat my various hats if he had ever heard the song ‘Intoxicated’ by Martin Solveig and GTA before starting rehearsals for this dance. It also feels unfair to make anybody dance a cha-cha to it, because ‘Intoxicated’ is less a song and more what you’d hear if you threw a fax machine down the stairs.

Score: 27

Dave Letele and Kirstie Williams dance the foxtrot. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

5. Dave Letele (and Kristie Williams) – foxtrot

Look, Dave loves doing this and he seems like the nicest, best person. That’s what gets you to the middle of the pack.

Score: 23

Brodie Kane and Enrique John do the foxtrot. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

4. Brodie Kane (and Enrique Johns) – foxtrot

This seems as good a place as any to brag that I was on the Lizzo train about five years before everybody else was, and I have seen her live twice! Also to point out that while Lizzo’s ‘Good as Hell’ is indeed good as hell, it’s maybe not a great fit for a foxtrot.

This wasn’t great, according to the judges, but according to me this was pretty charming and fun! But this is Dancing with the Stars (or Throwing Women with the Stars), not Personality with the Stars. That’s… pretty much every other show, really. So here Brodie Kane goes in the rankings.

Score: 24

Kerre Woodham and Jarred Neame dance a paso doble. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

3. Kerre Woodham (and Jarred Neame) – paso doble

You know what I think of when I think of Kerre Woodham? Why, the Drax Project of course! Anyway, I will be thinking of the phrase “I thought throwing nana to the floor was a bang!” for quite some time. Also this was great! She seemed way more comfortable this week than last week, when she apparently had stage fright (you couldn’t tell), and if Kerre Woodham is comfortable, then I am happy. Just how it works.

Also, Kerre, you do not need to take advice from me but I would use the above photo for all future headshots.

Score: 26

Jazz Thornton and Brad Coleman dance a quickstep. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

2. Jazz Thornton (and Brad Coleman) – quickstep

Oh yeah, Jazz Thornton is just a very good dancer – this was as good a quickstep as I’ve seen on this show, probably. And if she’s not a very good dancer, then she’s very good at pretending, which is… definitely good enough for week two of this competition. My only note is that she’s serving TikTok face, and I presume that Warner Brothers is not skint enough to be filming this on iPhones, and she needs to be serving like, Panasonic face. Or at least MacBook face, as that’s what I’m watching this show on.

Score: 35

Rhys Mathewson and Phoebe Robb do the tango. (Photo: Eddison Te Reo)

1. Rhys Mathewson (and Phoebe Robb) – tango

Look, my barometer for a tango is that scene in Mr and Mrs Smith where Angelina Jolie throws a knife mid-tango, and this came pretty close to that.

This was great! Like Lance, this is definitely the best dance I’ve seen on the show so far. High drama, high difficulty (I think), and like, just a good minute and a bit of telly. Sometimes it’s simple! I feel weird calling it “hot” because this will live on the internet forever, but it was hot!

Score: 33

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