‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 18 Episode 2 on ABC: Preview


Disney was the perfect spot for the sale of Lucas Arts. Their holdings in film, TV, and theme parks guaranteed the growth of the “Star Wars” legacy. Super Director J.J. Abrams is already hard at work on a new trilogy of movies based thirty years after “Return of the Jedi”. A big part of the new movies is appearances by the original characters, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leah, Han Solo, and more. With the exception of Marvel, “Star Wars” could be the biggest driver of success for Disney.

For that reason it wasn’t a shock when Disney owned ABC cast Billy Dee Williams, aka Lando Calrissian, in the new season of “Dancing with the Stars”. The ABC reality show is the perfect place to reintroduce Williams to an American audience who has seen him in more Colt .45 ads than movies or TV shows. The one guarantee for Williams on the show was him doing at least one “Star Wars” themed dance routine. What we didn’t know what just how bad Billy was going to be as a dancer.

It’s not all of his fault of course. He’s an older man etc. However he dances like a tranquilized water buffalo careening around the stage covered in silk. The producers obviously knew that Williams could have a short shelf life on the show, and didn’t want to miss out on the “Star Wars” reference. That’s why his opening number on the show was full on Lando.

How smart are the producers? Billy Dee Williams got the lowest score of the night, and the unanimous pick for first to be voted off the show. He might be gone early, but at least Disney got their “Star Wars” plug in. Here’s the list of the Week 2 couples, and the style of dance they are attempting tonight. Out of all the couples NeNe & Tony could be the couple flying under the radar that makes it to the finals.

Couple Week 2
Sean & Karina Salsa
Candace & Mark Rumba
Drew & Cheryl Jive
Meryl & Maks Swing
NeNe & Tony Jive
James & Peta Salsa
Danica & Val Samba
Diana & Henry Cha-cha-cha
Amy & Derek Swing
Cody & Witney Tango
Charlie & Sharna Tango
Billy Dee & Emma Tango

Date: Monday, March 24th
Episode Title: Dancing with the Stars Episode 2
Start Time: 8:00 pm ET
Watch: ABC
Online Stream: ABC.com

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