‘Dancing With The Stars’: Nancy Grace’s Mishap, Ricki Lake’s Success

Plus: Rob Kardashian steps it up in week two.

Talk-show hosts made the biggest headlines on Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars,” with Ricki Lake earning the highest marks and Nancy Grace suffering a near-wardrobe malfunction.

Here’s how it all played out:

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
The soccer goalie kicked off the competition with the jive, giving the judges exactly what they wanted. It was a fitting opening from Solo, who set the tone for what was to come from other contestants. Hard-to-please head judge Len Goodman said, “It was quick! It was sharp. Unfortunately, you lost your timing a little bit here and there. There wasn’t quite the synchronicity. However, having said that, first out, first class.” 19/30

Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas
In their quickstep, Cavallari was aiming to do a Hollywood-glam interpretation of the dance. Dressed in a sexy, long white gown, à la Marilyn Monroe, the judges said the reality-TV star nailed it. Goodman made a few notes but said he thought it was a great improvement from her first week out. His fellow judges concurred. “I’ve been bedazzled by the blond bombshell! I love old, Hollywood glamor! This performance was twinkling with pleasure,” Bruno Tonioli gushed. Carrie Ann Inaba said: “Last week nervous; this week stunning! You kept your hold, you kept your frame. I thought it was gorgeous!” 22/30

David Arquette and Kym Johnson
The judges appreciated the enthusiasm Arquette offered in his routine this week, saying he followed directions by not holding back. Other than that, they think his routine needs work, saying he lost a lot of technique. Still, he was complimented for gaining confidence. “Carson has some competition! That was Carson-esque! What I love about it is the incredible enthusiasm that came out of you,” Inaba said, comparing Arquette to fellow contestant Carson Kressley. “You let it all hang out on the dance floor. I think this is the direction for you to stay in.” 18/30

Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy
The Italian actress and host, who is partnered with newcomer and Maksim’s brother Val, impressed the judges with a big improvement from last week. That said, there’s work to do. “I’m not going to say much. I’m just going to say this: It’s not great, but it was better than last week,” Goodman said. “The gears were grinding, the engines were hot. The pistols were pumping. Keep working,” Tonioli said. 21/30

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
The two danced the jive, and Kardashian looked every bit the surfer dude, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and his hair done up in a pompadour. The judges said it was a proper performance, and Burke declared that Kardashian is a better dancer than his sister Kim, who was a contestant on another season. “You have the dancing gene and it is coming out!” Burke yelled out. Said Tonioli: “You started to blossom. You’re starting to find your own voice. You’re having a good time. Your timing was excellent. But I’m telling you, great, great job.” 21/30

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Judges said the worst dancers on the show were the most fun to watch, which is the blessing and the curse of this performance. They acknowledged that there was a lot of work put into the routine, but there is much more technical work to be done. “I saw improvement, yet I’m not sure what happened to that improvement in the dance. You were a little wobbly. It had good intent. So that was a little disconcerting. But great enthusiasm,” Inaba said. 18/30

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Lake and Hough hit the stage dancing to Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” and Goodman said there were a couple of steps that disturbed them a bit. “I liked the fun. I liked the exuberance. There was a lot of under-the-arm passes. But it was an improvement on last week,” Goodman said. His fellow judges didn’t exactly agree. Tonioli liked her kicks, and Inaba called it the “best jive of the night so far!” 23/30

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
After last week’s much-anticipated performance, Bono wanted to up the ante with the quickstep, a difficult routine considering that Bono was nursing a bum knee. In the rehearsal segments, he complained that he had old, creaky knees and said his doctor gave him something to help with his joints. They ended up taking out some of the flashier bits of their routine because of his injuries. Goodman said it was too slow and needed more attack. Everyone else was in agreement. “I could actually see you in pain, but that’s part of what goes with the territory on this show. Unfortunately, you’re not going to get a great score tonight,” Inaba warned. 17/30

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
The two danced the jive, and the judges thought it was good but lacked exuberance. “I really enjoy watching you dance. It’s genuinely pretty. But I will say, I kind of felt like you played it a little safe. After what we saw last week, I said ‘she’s going to come out and kill this jive,’ ” Inaba said. 21/30

Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus
The TV host and prosecutor had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at the end of her routine, but the TV cameras didn’t catch it, instead focusing on the reaction of the audience. “On the European version, that would be perfectly fine,” host Tom Bergeron joked. Goodman loved her routine, saying, “How refreshing! Let me tell you: Every quickstep has broken the moves of the dance. You did that. I know what people are saying. They’re going to say, ‘Where’s the flash? Where was the razzamatazz?’ I don’t care. It was a proper quickstep,” Goodman said, who gave her an 8. 21/30

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
The last couple to take the stage danced the jive and upped the ante from last week’s impressive Viennese waltz. The war hero scored high praise from the judges, who said he was born to dance. “You have a feel for the music that comes from within you. The most satisfying overall performance of the night,” Tonioli said. 22/30

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