Two perfect scores of 30 in one night!
What’s going on?
And, just when we thought the night would go downhill from there (come on, face it, she is fun to watch), Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya also deliver a perfect score of 30 for their Paso Doble in the Latin round.
Could this whole thing come down to the Pussycat Doll vs. the Olympic skater? Could Evan’s dedication and technique really win over Nicole’s passion and perfectionism?
It has begun to look that way. We could debate Nicole’s professional dancing experience all we want, but the judges don’t seem to care and neither does the voting public, and, frankly, I also love watching her on that dance floor.
After Nicole and Derek took their perfect turn in the ballroom round, Evan and Anna stayed right behind them with an impressive Foxtrot that Len Goodman called “Absolutely wonderful.” Always more flamboyant, Bruno Tonioli gushed, “You were as high as a kite out there! That vivacity. That vitality. I haven’t seen something like that since Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.”
The pair landed two 10s and a 9, good for second place in ballroom.
SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT
The surprise of the night was that underdogs Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke caught up with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Both couples scored rock solid 27s for their Waltz and Viennese Waltz, respectively. “Where did you come from?” said Carrie Ann of Chad’s improvement. “New posture, new elegance, neverending movement.”
In the Latin round. Nicole and Derek appeared ever so slightly mortal, emphasis on the word slightly. Their Cha-Cha to Prince’s “Kiss” scored them a 29, the same score as Erin and Maks’ Paso Doble to “You Got the Look.” Len wasn’t digging Erin’s dance so much: “I don’t know what to make of it. I’m a traditionalist. This is a funky monkey type of Paso Doble. I’m confused, really. You’re a talented dancer.”
Chad and Cheryl’s Samba was the low point of the night with just 25 in points. No, the low point was Chad on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning radio show in Los Angeles today talking about his upcoming VH1 dating reality show, ‘The Tournament.’ He revealed the reason Cheryl won’t date him is because 85 females are about to vie for his attention on national television. Yuk. (Kudos to Ms Burke for staying away from that one!)
FUNNIEST MOMENT: When Bruno accidentally held up his 10 paddle instead of the 9 after Erin and Maks’ Viennese Waltz, co-host Tom Bergeron quipped, “He had a premature paddle.” Good one, Tom!
Who was your favorite tonight? Discuss in the comments below.