It was a double-score showdown on Monday night's "Dancing with the Stars," with the celebrity couples duking it out on the dance floor on "Passion Night" -- dancing the raunchy rumba and the tempting tango!
After last week's ejection of legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the nine remaining star couples faced a new rules twist, being scored twice: once for technique and once for performance. The judges were looking for passion, precision and intensity in the tango, and romance, projection and solid footwork in the rumba.
Sportscaster Erin Andrews and her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy kicked off the show with a sexy tango to "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by the Eurythmics. Judge Len Goodman applauded, "This was a full-on tango and I appreciate that very much," but found technical issues with her footwork. "You came out and really worked hard. Good job," he added, giving the couple a 6 for technique and 7 for performance. Bruno Tonioli told them, "You started it very, very well, flamboyant. … Then you went wrong and you could not quite catch your performance." He awarded them the same exact score. And Carrie Ann Inaba said, "You're a really beautiful dancer, but I think the technique got the best of you." Also giving the couple a 6 for technique and 7 for performance, they ended up with a total score of 39 out of 60.
Olympic skating champ Evan Lysacek and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya worked through the pain of his broken toes to perform a torrid tango to "Wait a Minute" by Pussycat Dolls, pleasing the judges highly. "What a perfect blend of artistry and technique," said Carrie Ann, who gave them a 9 for technique and 9 for performance. Bruno awarded the same scores, purring, "Strong, powerful, with a hint of cat-like arrogance. You had those details down pat." And Len admired, "As always, great performance." He awarded them an 8 for technique and an 8 for performance, for a total score of 52 out of 60.
"The Insider"'s own Niecy Nash and pro partner Louis van Amstel dedicated their rumba to the memory of her brother Michael, whose life was cut short way too soon. After moving smoothly to Celine Dion's "Taking Chances," Niecy embraced her mother in the audience. But the judges seemed focused on technique, and Len complained that "there were no highlights going on." Bruno said, "I know you were trying, but you looked like you were in a trance. .. It didn't gel." And Carrie Ann agreed, "As a tribute to your brother I could completely appreciate that. Unfortunately, it was so internal, it didn't read well in the dance." All three judges each awarded a 6 for technique and a 6 for performance, totaling 36 out of 60.
Former soap star Aiden Turner and pro partner Edyta Sliwinska danced a saucy rumba to Kris Allen's "Live Like We're Dying." Carrie said, "I definitely felt that you were more comfortable out there and connected to the performance as a whole," but took umbrage with the technique. Len agreed, "There was no flow to it. It was all stop and start." And Bruno complained, "It was like stop-motion animation. … It has to flow, it has to be continuous, and that did not happen." All three judges each gave the couple a 5 for technique and a 6 for performance, giving them a total of 33 points.
Pussycat Dolls performer Nicole Scherzinger and pro partner Derek Hough danced a romantic rumba to Leona Lewis' "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." But for the third week in a row, the judges weren't especially pleased. "You were nervous tonight," said Carrie Ann. "I think the rumba is very revealing because it is very slow. … I do think you're out of your game in your mind tonight." She gave them a 9 for technique and an 8 for performance. Bruno said, "Beautiful to watch, always, but tonight sometimes you were hesitant. … Give me a little more sex." He gave them an 8 for technique, a 9 for performance. And Len had many issues with Nicole's technique, but told her, "You're a great dancer and a wonderful performer." He awarded them an 8 for technique and an 8 for performance, adding up to a total of 50 out of 60.
Former "Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka and his pro partner Chelsie Hightower danced the tango to "A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins, with an enthusiastic Jake tripping a bit on the dance floor during their moment. Len appreciated how Jake "attacked the dance," but, "because of that attack, you had a couple of incidents." Still, Len thought "the attitude" he produced was great. He gave them a 7 for technique and a 6 for performance. Bruno was less pleased, and said, "This tango was very, very messy. … It has to be clean." He awarded a 6 for technique and a 6 for performance. And Carrie Ann pointed out, "You're not quite connected emotionally and physically," but she said she still liked the way it came across. She gave them a 6 for technique and a 7 for performance, for a total score of 38.
Reality mom Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani tangoed to Adam Lambert's "For Your Entertainment," and although Kate remained a bit stiff on the dance floor, the judges acknowledged a breakthrough. Carrie Ann told her, "You may not have artistry in your movements, but you have determination. … I'm truly impressed with you." She awarded them a 4 for technique, and a 6 for performance. Len told Tony, "I think you've done a great job bringing Kate to produce her best dance so far." He gave the couple a 5 for technique, and a 6 for performance. And Bruno raved, "We're having a mini-breakthrough tonight -- you were dancing! You're actually starting to move out there. Keep going!" he awarded them a 5 for technique and a 6 for performance, totaling 32 out of 60.
Football great Chad Ochocinco and pro partner Cheryl Burke brought serious romance to their rumba, moving sensuously to "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" by Alicia Keys. Carrie rallied, "Chad, you definitely turned on the heat, and out of all the dances, this was your best dance by miles." She gave them a 7 for technique and an 8 for performance. Len beamed, "Improvement in the posture, improvement in the performance -- your best dance. Well done." He gave them a 6 for technique and a 7 for performance. Bruno was equally excited, commending Chad for his "smoldering" rumba. He awarded them an 8 for technique and an 8 for performance, totaling 44 out of 60.
Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson and pro partner Damian Whitewood wrapped up the night with the final dance, sizzling on the dance floor with a refined rumba to Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me." Carrie Ann called their connection "profound" and said, "There was magic happening and I love when that happens." She gave them a 7 for technique and an 8 for performance. Len said, "It was understated, it had a sophistication -- well done, great dance." He gave them an 8 for technique, a 7 for performance. And Bruno raved, "Pamela Anderson can do refinement and elegance and still be drop-dead sexy! Technically the best dance you've ever done." With his score of 8 for technique and 9 for performance, the couple totaled 47 out of 60.
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