After feeling like he let partner Anna Trebunskaya down in their samba last week, Olympian Evan Lysacek made it up to her and then some on Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars." The couple earned the first perfect score of season 10 with their Argentine tango.
"Evan Lysacek has the eye of the tiger!" Carrie Ann Inaba exclaimed before the judges awarded them with 30 points. "It was so sexy, so refined. Just the perfect combination of power and control."
Up first was ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who did a quickstep that the judges raved over. Last week, Chmerkovskiy was criticized for taking his clothes off, so they had a bit of fun with it and had him ripping off his pants and her skirt to reveal another dancing costume. "Erin, without doubt, your best dance. I loved your performance. Well done," Len Goodman said. Score: 27 out of 30.
The second pair to dance was Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke, who did the Viennese waltz. "The pressure is on when you gotta be perfect," the football player groaned during a rehearsal. The judges were impressed, saying that this was the night Chad became a contender. "Chad, I can't believe you can be so graceful and so gentle; truly a gentle giant," Bruno Tonioli said. Score: 25.
Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough said they wanted to do a pure waltz, with no hodgepodge. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called the pop singer by far the best dancer they have ever had on the show. "You're so good that you dance almost as Derek's equal. You still were side-by-side, next to each other. The connection was lacking, but the movements were gorgeous," Inaba said. Score: 27.
Pamela Anderson said she wanted to refine her technique, and her partner Damian Whitewood was determined to make it happen. Goodman called her waltz understated, and said that Anderson needs to "firm up" her upper body. "It's a very tough dance," Goodman added. Tonioli said she always gets the character right, but she "had to check the top line, which is very hard to hold constantly in these ... dances." Score: 24.
Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel did a quickstep, but before they performed, had a rather funny exchange in their rehearsal footage. "We're like a couple who got divorced and still have to tolerate each other for the sake of the kids," Nash joked. That oddball chemistry appeared to work for the judges. "Niecy, you never looked more gorgeous," Tonioli said. "Your footwork was better than ever; your best dance to date." Score: 25.
In addition to the individual routines, the celebrities had to set aside their rivalries to do a group cha-cha, in a Madonna vs. Lady Gaga challenge. Team Gaga (Anderson and Whitewood, Scherzinger and Hough, and Burke and Ochocinco) beat Team Madonna (Nash and Van Amstel, Lysacek and Trebunskaya, and Andrews and Chmerkovskiy), earning 27 points to Madonna's 24.
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