Tonight was a first in Dancing with the Stars
history: we saw four brand new styles never before seen on the show. These new styles represented not only a challenge for the stars, but a challenge for the professional dancers too, as most of them were new at these styles.
For the most part, the judges were extremely generous with points tonight. A 7 was the lowest score given tonight. Read on to see the breakdown of the evening's performances.
Brooke Burke and Derek Hough – 29
Jitterbug, scores: 10+9+10=29.
Brooke and Derek were amazing tonight. Derek ostensibly had to learn the jitterbug through Internet research, although I have a feeling that's not exactly how it went down. However, whatever they did, it completely worked. They had everyone on their feet after their energetic and fun jitterbug.
Cody Linley and Julianne Hough – 28
Jitterbug, scores: 10+9+9=28.
Nipping at Brooke and Derek's heels, Cody and Julianne delivered a jitterbug that was just as good. Cody had been struggling in the middle of the pack all season, but tonight proved that he is really a contender in this Dancing with the Stars
Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke – 27
Salsa, scores: 9+9+9=27.
Maurice and Cheryl had a very, very tough week in rehearsals, but they were able to turn it around and give a fantastic salsa. Cheryl created a wonderfully difficult routine for her partner, and the judges awarded them accordingly.
Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson – 25
Hustle, scores: 8+8+9=25.
Warren has always been a strong performer, and he was in his element with his groovy hustle. He continues to amaze us all by being so light on his feet, with attitude to spare.
Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani – 22
Hustle, scores: 7+7+8=22.
Susan probably had the hardest week of all the celebrities. She had an MRI and found out that she fractured two bones in her foot. However, she was able to pull it together and dance a solid routine. She might be stronger than I have been giving her credit for.
Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo – 22
West coast swing, scores: 7+7+8=22.
Toni and Alec really wanted to break out from the middle of the pack this week, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. They still did a perfectly respectable job on their West coast swing, but I know that they have potential to do better. I hope they stick around for another week at least and step up their game.
Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas – 21
Salsa, scores: 7+7+7-21.
Cloris was a saucy old girl tonight, shimmying and twirling like the young kids. She wasn't as technically proficient as the other teams, but she held her own.
Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer – 21
West coast swing, scores: 7+7+7=21.
Lacey must have thought that she had this one in the bag because the West coast swing is her specialty. However, the judges were came down hard on her tonight, criticizing her for taking away all the spotlight from Lance.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(Image courtesy of ABC)