Monday’s Dancing: What You Didn’t See
Under Pressure: Mya and Aaron Carter have performed to huge audiences in their lives, but both admit that as season 9 winds down, the pressure has intensified. Mya, who finally broke through Len Goodman's low-score barrier, says she's not going to rest on Monday night's achievement. "We got 10s, so we must have been really good. But now we have to work extra hard to maintain that," Mya told PEOPLE. But first, she admitted, a celebration was in order: "My family is in town from Maryland, so we're going to go out and eat and relax." Meanwhile, Carter was so spent after his '90s-style samba that "I was gagging," he said, admitting that even though he looked calm and collected, "I didn't get over the nerves tonight. They were there."
Repeat Performance: Speaking of nerves, Sabrina Bryan was feeling the pressure of being back at the ballroom Monday night. One of the stars of season 5, she received more votes than any other former contestant as the celebrity viewers would most like to see return to the show. "I have a huge team behind me, Team Sabrina, that has been behind me since the elimination and this was their chance to rectify their feelings and get vengeance for me. I was extremely honored," Bryan told PEOPLE backstage. On Tuesday's results show, Bryan will perform the paso doble with a male pro whose identity is a secret. Being back in the studio resurrected butterflies for Bryan. "I was just as nervous as I was the first time I was on the show," said Bryan, who rehearsed for about five days. "I'm really excited. I came to the show today to get into ballroom and the atmosphere again. I thought it would help calm my nerves and all it did was heighten them."
Too Much of a Good Thing: Before the show, judge Bruno Tonioli walked from his trailer to the studio wearing nothing but a robe. Buff and tan, Tonioli pulled back the robe's collar and joked with Carrie Ann Inaba to "take a picture of this." Inaba rolled her eyes at her uninhibited costar. She was much more excited to look at the 27 carats of Rafinity diamond jewelry she was wearing, including a white diamond necklace and a 20-carat black and white diamond cuff bracelet.
Character Building: The first hour of Monday's show featured elegant ballroom dances in formal attire. But for the second half, everyone let their hair down -- or stuffed it under a wig -- to capture the time period for the Latin routines. Mya, who had much success helping to design Team DMya's wardrobe last week, took to the drawing board again for the couple's '70s garb. "I got Dmitry to wear pink!" she said. While he channeled Sonny Bono, Mya looked like a roller queen in a sequined hot pink lycra pantsuit. "This is really comfortable," she said of the outfit. "Sometimes you get a little insecure wearing all these short skirts that the pros wear. You can move really well in this." Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa had by far the most inventive costumes, with battery-fueled LED lights accenting their silver futuristic attire. "When we heard future I was like, 'LED lights in the costume. I don't care how you guys do it and how you guys have to make it happen. It has to be good,' and they did it," he explained. After the show, Hough played with the switch on his jacket and joked, "You turn me on." A new pickup line? "I don't think so," Krupa said with laugh. --Monica Rizzo
Tell us: Who had the best costume of the night? Who are you more excited to see tonight, Sabrina or Susan?Trae Patton/NBC; Adam Larkey/ABC