If Monday night's episode of "Dancing With the Stars" proves anything, it's that [artist id="610277"]Aaron Carter[/artist] and his professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff have the chops and the chemistry to make it pretty far in the competition. Their Muppet-themed tango routine earned the pair a score of 27 out of 30.
And they were praised accordingly by the judges. Bruno Tonioli declared the routine, "Spectacular, spectacular!" adding that Carter is "a mini-Fred Astaire." Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said the performance was "truly a pleasure" and that it had "great pizzazz." And the guest judge for the night, "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann, said the couple was "clever and inventive.
All this praise may be why Carter thinks he has a shot at winning the dance competition. In an interview with 104.3 MY FM's Valentine in the Morning on Monday, hours before the show, he declared, "There are no if's, ands or buts or possibilities or chances, I'm going to win 'Dancing With the Stars.' "
Carter wasn't quite as confident about his dancing ability when MTV News caught up with him at rehearsals before the season premiere: "I think as a dancer I have a little bit of a competitive edge over some people, absolutely. But who knows?" he said. "We're all coming into this with not knowing what we're doing, so I think it's pretty equal 'cause it's not like this is what I do professionally."
As for his relationship with Smirnoff, as much as he might find her attractive, he promises there will be no office romance. "She's beautiful, but I've got to keep it professional," he explained on the radio show. "I'm sorry, but I'm not that guy. I don't got that kind of time."