Drew Lachey created one of “Dancing with the Stars’s” most memorable moments when he and partner Cheryl Burke performed “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” before winning Season 2. But now, during All-Stars, the 98 Degrees singer is looking to save himself after he was in the bottom two last week.
Tonight, fans can expect much more from Drew and partner Anna Trebunskaya after their premiere-week scare. While Pamela Anderson and pro Tristan MacManus went home in Week 1, Drew and Anna don’t want another close call this week.
After avoiding last Tuesday’s elimination, Drew vowed, “I’m going to go home and have a beer, hug my daughter, put her to bed, life will go on, but that being said, tomorrow, in rehearsal, it’s going to be a new focus. We’re going to take care of our part and bring the best routine we possibly can. We need the fans to do their part and vote for us.”
For their first dance, Drew and Anna received a score of 21.5 for their foxtrot, tying for fifth place with Kelly Monaco and Helio Castroneves. It wasn’t bad but perhaps didn’t make enough of an impression on viewers.
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Drew, who will dance the jive tonight, admitted he might not have rallied his troops enough for the show’s premiere. “I was late to the social media game. I always kind of value my privacy a little bit more. I’m still building my Twitter following. [But] the [premiere week] outcome shows just how important that is. I’ll get out there and do what I need to do because I don’t want to go home.”
Lachey vowed to “spend more time rehearsing [and] put the best routine out there we possibly can. Our scores weren’t bad. It just goes to show how important the fan voting component actually is.”
His partner Anna, who just appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” said “All-Stars” is brutally competitive. “You really have to vote for your favorite this season and not assume they will be okay,” she said. Although some thought their chemistry didn’t gel during Week 1, Anna declared, “We’re both enjoying creating routines and spending time together. I’m really enjoying becoming part of his family — I’m Auntie Anna now, the Russian relative.”
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Drew’s fellow “All-Stars” are moving on to dance either the jive or the quickstep on Monday’s performance episode. Race car driver Helio Castroneves, who’s paired with Chelsie Hightower and won Season 5, will join Drew in jiving.
Helio said, “Jive wasn’t one of my very strong dances five years ago. It was not bad but it wasn’t strong and hopefully Chelsie can help me out and improve me on that. I know we’re going to need a lot of water because that’s one of the toughest dances of all time, I would say, but I’m up for the challenge. I really want to do it for her.”
Gilles Marini and partner Peta Murgatroyd, who finished second to Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke last week, will also perform the jive. Peta promised xfinityTV that their dance will be “fast and furious and he’s actually doing pretty well so far.”
Sabrina Bryan, whose Week 1 routine with partner Louis Van Amstel was good for third place, said with everyone’s dance skill so evenly matched, chemistry will “play a huge role” for the “All-Stars.” The Cheetah Girl said she and Louis, who are set to quickstep tonight, are both “super serious” and “then we like to have fun. I like when Louis pushes me. I would not ever tell him to back off.”
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Monday night at 8/7c on ABC.