'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Top Six Couples and a Cha-Cha Challenge
'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Top Six Couples and a Cha-Cha Challenge
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
We're halfway through Dancing with the Stars season 10, but we're still waiting on the first Perfect 30.  Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough came close with a 29 two weeks ago, but stingy Len Goodman hasn't given out a 10 yet (and only two 9s).

Predict Who's Going Home>>

Your normal Dancing with the Stars expert, Meghan Carlson, is currently on the set of The new FOX series The Good Guys interviewing Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford's moustache, so I'm filling in for the top six couples, the Cha-Cha Challenge, and tomorrow's elimination.

Here's a fun game to play at home: Say "Cha-Cha-Cha Challenge" three times fast.  You'll sound exactly like Shaggy when he sees a ghost on Scooby Doo.

Which DWTS Season 10 Celeb Are You?>>

Introduction Analysis: Lots of nice suits and gowns, except for Chad Ochocinco, who's going for the open-shirt look, and Niecy Nash, who's wearing a massive ball of fur on her chest

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep

Maks is doing a proper Quickstep for Len, though he still plans on ripping his pants off during the routine.  Uh oh, there's trouble in paradise because Erin is sick and tired of getting in trouble for Maksim's nudity.  He storms off in a huff.  Isn't it usually the celebrity who does that?

Their Quickstep kicks off with a quick change where Maks' black suit jacket is inverted and his pants are ripped off to reveal a salmon-colored suit underneath.  They shimmy and fly all over the stage, making it a very good routine.  Len calls it Erin's best yet, and ironically, it's Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba who find the tiny faults.

Judges' Scores: 9+9+9=27  

Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burk: Viennese Waltz

It's Cheryl's birthday, so Happy Birthday, Ms. Burke.  If you want your own birthday present, go here to sign up for the chance to win a Free Dance Lesson from Cheryl Burke.  For some pointers, she brings in Tony Dovolani who uses football metaphors to help him.

This is easily the most beautiful dance the show has, and these two have boatloads of chemistry, which helps a lot.  However, Chad looks a little tentative and doesn't complete his extensions as well as he should.  Still, Chad is so damn smooth that he can get away with anything.  Len even calls him a contender.  In the aftermath, everyone notices the incredibly beautiful and flashy diamond necklace Chad bought his partner for her birthday.

Judges' Scores: 8+9+8=25

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Waltz

I'm an unapologetic Derek Hough fanatic, so I'm not even going to pretend I want anything other than the Mirror Ball Trophy for him and Nicole.  They're dancing to "You Light Up My Life," which is the favorite song of Nicole's aunt, who has Down Syndrome.

Just like with Mya last season, it's perfect as expected.  It was lyrical, beautiful and as perfect as it could be, according to my untrained eyes.  Carrie calls Nicole the best celebrity dancer they've ever had, and because her standard is so high, the judges pounce on every little mistake, which I didn't notice.

Judges' Scores: 9+9+9=27

Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood: Waltz

To teach her how close the Waltz needs to be, Damian ties a ribbon around the two of them, fulfilling a fantasy of many men from the '90s.  If you'd told me Pamela Anderson would have the most romantic and emotional dance, I'd would've laughed, but she did.  In the strangest turn of events ever, Pamela might be the best "actress" on Dancing with the Stars this season.

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

To see the rest of the dances, including the team Cha-Cha Challenge and the season's first Perfect 30, keep reading.


(Image courtesy of ABC)