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Did Erika Jayne Survive Dancing with the Stars' First Elimination?
The #RHOBH songstress delivered "a Beverly Hills foxtrot" that was "full of glitz, glamour, and style."
Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman criticized Erika Jayne's debut performance as being "too raunchy" during last week's Season 24 premiere. But The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills songstress wasn't afraid to bring sexy back when she took to the stage for Week 2 of the competition Monday night. "I am always going to be fearless, and I'm gonna be bold," Erika pledged in a behind-the-scenes clip as she prepared for her performance. "What I'm not gonna do is pull back and become an apologetic version of myself. That's not going to happen."
Erika made good on her promise when she stepped onto the dance floor with her professional partner, Gleb Savchenko — or rather parked it. In an entrance that rivals Erika sitting atop a white unicorn last week, she started off her foxtrot in a sports car with "Pretty Mess" written on the license plate. She then got out of the car and received a sexy pat down from Gleb dressed as a police officer. The pair delivered a sensual yet elegant performance, complete with Erika ripping Gleb's shirt open at one point and ending with the ballroom pro getting handcuffed to the steering wheel of the car himself.
Erika's entrance was epic.
Judge Julianne Hough praised Erika for presenting the foxtrot but in a way that only Erika Jayne could. "That was, for me, the perfect balance of being your true, authentic self, and also bringing us the balance of the authentic foxtrot and the content," she said. "So for me, I absolutely loved it."
Look. At. Those. Lines.
Like last week, judge Bruno Tonioli saw the sexiness in Erika's routine, dubbing it "a sextrot on a hot set of wheels," but he also applauded her smooth moves. "Some of the lines you produced were very, very good," he said. "Beautiful, elongated, lyrical, great body work. Very good balance, darling. Very good."
Erika is always the perfect combination of fierceness and elegance.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba also noticed Erika improving her balance, which is something the panel advised her on last week, and encouraged her to work on her wobbliness in heels. "But mostly, I'm so impressed this week we got to see you dance. You weren't hiding behind anything," she said. "Like, you just were actually giving us beautiful lines."
And as for Len, who gave Erika her harshest critique last week, he seemed to be more impressed by her dancing, but he was still a little shady in his comments. "Well, it was a Beverly Hills foxtrot. It was full of glitz, glamour, and style," he said. "The dance is romantic, and I think you went a little bit past romantic, but I liked it."
Each judge gave Erika a score of 7, giving her a total of 28 out of 40 points, which is a step up from last week's score of 24 out of 40. Erika was pleased with her performance. "I had a great time. It felt really smooth, and hopefully I got my point across," she told co-host Erin Andrews after the dance.
So what was the point of the dance, you ask? "Sensuality and hey, you've got to get out of the ticket, you know?" Erika explained. "You've got to get out of the ticket with the foxtrot."
That ticket wasn't the only thing Erika got out of. She also dodged the first elimination of Season 24 of DWTS. That honor was unfortunately bestowed upon Chris Kattan, who was the first celebrity to be sent home.
But we're definitely thrilled to see our girl Erika make it to another week of DWTS. And you know she's got plenty of awesomeness in store for the rest of the season.
Of course, you can see Erika and all of her fabulousness every Tuesday at 9/8c on RHOBH. Catch a sneak peek of what tonight's new episode will bring, below.
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