When “Dancing with the Stars” season 21 resumes Sept. 21 on ABC with a second week of hip-shaking, memory-making action, the 13 celebrity/pro pairs will ignite the storied ballroom with routines inspired by the stars’ hometowns. So what can viewers expect to see from Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza, singer Tamar Braxton, wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin, and the rest of the gang, according to reports from multiple sources?
Pro Karina Smirnoff spilled the beans about partner Espinoza’s childhood-inspired dance via a Sept. 21 People blog post. Per the talented brunette dancer, the pair’s jive will explain how Espinoza’s background “shaped him into the man he is today.” Espinoza isn’t the sole celeb planning to pay homage to home via the fleet-footed jive. Also planning to dance the technically challenging and physically demanding style are singer Andy Grammer and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, who are matched up with pros Allison Holker and Sharna Burgess.
At least two couples, Big Time Rush star Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson as well as Braxton and reigning pro champ Valentin Chmerkovskiy, will offer up the cha cha cha for critiques by “DWTS” judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli. PenaVega’s wife, actress Alexa PenaVega, will deliver her own hip-shaking groove in the form of a salsa with Mark Ballas.
Train hero Alek Skarlatos will look to match the success of his week one foxtrot with Lindsay Arnold via a jazz number, while early-season surprise favorite Irwin will embrace her elegant side with a waltz alongside Derek Hough. At least two pairs, music legend Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe as well as social media sensation Hayes Grier and Emma Slater, will try on the foxtrot, while celebrity chef Paula Deen will look to rebound in the competition with a rumba. Deen dances with pro Louis Van Amstel.
The final two couples seeking the mirror ball trophy –“Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Tony Dovolani, and actor Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya– have not yet confirmed their dance styles.
The 12 pairs who survive the brutal Sept. 21 elimination will return to the ballroom floor on Sept. 22 to dance yet another round of routines. The second set of dances will be inspired by the pro dancers’ hometown memories, and by evening’s end, a second pair will be ceremoniously eliminated from contention.
Who will rise to the occasion? Who will fall short of the mark? Will Deen avoid making another crass joke? Watch “Dancing with the Stars” season 21’s second night of ballroom action Sept. 21 starting at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC for the answers to those and dozens of other burning questions.