Monday night was a double-score showdown on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The fourth week of voting brought out “passion night,” with the stars performing super-sexy tangos and rumbas. The celebrities were judged separately on technique and performance, receiving two sets of scores for each dance.
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy kicked off the show, dancing to Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” with a performance that featured high kicks, big twirls and dramatic low dips. “Last week I said it wasn’t enough content. Well this was a full-on tango and I appreciated that very much. I thought most of the dance was very good,” judge Len Goodman said. Judges gave them 39 points out of 60.
Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya chased last week’s vibrant 1920s kick-step with an equally upbeat tango. They were last week’s top score grabbers, though Lysacek was cautioned about his footwork by Goodman. “We’ve been focusing on details, details, details. I hope we can hang on to the top spot with our tango. We’re sure going to try,” Lysacek said. Judge Bruno Tonioli thought it was strong, with a hint of cat-like arrogance. Judges gave them 52 out of 60, making them top scorers again this week.
Comedian Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel performed the rumba, which they approached as therapy. Nash’s partner challenged her to reach back to 17 years ago when her brother died, and said because it was such an emotional dance, she should tap into her emotions and dedicate the dance to her brother, Michael. “I just really wanted to have a performance that let people know there is life on the other side of loss and suffering. Hopefully some people got that,” Nash said. They scored 36 out of 60.
Edyta Sliwinska wanted to help her partner, soap star Aiden Turner, overcome his shyness. As part of their practice, she made him perform shirtless in front of a group of his fans. “This rumba dance is about being sexy and being physical, and doing that out in the dance room in front of all these people really freaks me out. I’m not going to lie,” Turner said. The judges thought he was more comfortable and connected with the audience in ways he hadn’t before; they still had issues with his technique, saying there was no flow to it. “It was all start and stop,” Goodman said. They scored 33 out of 60.
Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough had a lot to prove to judges this week, after blowing the technical aspects in last week’s dance. They followed up last week’s low score with a very sultry rumba, and the judges thought Scherzinger was edited and not spot on. “I’m very surprised,” Tonioli said. “Give me a little bit more sex.” Inaba said she thought Scherzinger was nervous, and that she was off her game tonight. In spite of that, they still grabbed high scores from the judges: 50 out of 60.
“Bachelor” star Jake Pavelka and partner Chelsie Hightower performed the tango. Pavelka proclaimed, “I’m determined to get all of the elements right because I am not going to be in the bottom two this week,” he said. They scored 38 out of 60.
Reality mom Kate Gosselin and her partner Tony Dovolani performed to an Adam Lambert tune, “For Your Entertainment,” and judges were impressed. But even though she produced her best dance thus far according to the judges, she has a long way to go. “I want to keep going; I want to learn more. It’s good,” she said. They scored 32 out of 60.
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke wanted to prove that hips don’t lie. “I’m learning the rumba because it allows me to show women how good my hips are. If you can’t cook, as long as you got good hips, you’ll be all right,” Ochocinco joked. The judges considered this to be his best dance. The pair scored 44 points.
Once again, Pamela Anderson brought the sexy with her partner Damian Whitewood. She performed the rumba, a dance that she chose to show the judges that she could really perform a refined dance and not just be sexy. Something clicked — judges considered her dance to be understated, a compliment. “Pamela Anderson can do refinement and elegance and still be drop-dead sexy,” Tonioli said. He said that technically, it was the best dance she’s ever done, calling it a beautiful, elegant dance. “I love a little intense romance; I need it right now,” Anderson joked. They scored 47 points.