Mya & Aaron Carter Lead on Dancing with the Stars

updated 09/29/2009 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/2009 12:00AM

Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann joined Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli in Len Goodman's place on the Dancing with the Stars panel for Monday's show, as the men and women danced together for the first time, performing either the quick step, the tango or the jive. There were highs (like Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's dramatic tango comeback) and lows (what the heck was Joanna Krupa wearing in her hair?), but we'll start with the bad news first.

Tony Dovolani seemed to be doing everything possible to help his partner Kathy Ireland loosen up and enjoy performing, but their quick step was another disappointment. "You're so reserved," Carrie Ann told her of the stiff performance. "You're beautiful to look at but you have to be engaging," Bruno said. The judges awarded them six points each for a total of 18, one of the lowest of the night.

Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke took on the tango and also earned just 18 points from the judges -- even though the panel had plenty of positive comments for what Carrie Ann called an "oddly well-matched couple." "I thought you had dignity and grace," Baz said, while Bruno called the former Congressman, "distinguished" and "determined."

Finally, after wowing the judges in an emotional performance last week, the pressure of the follow-up must have gotten to Kelly Osbourne, who danced a tango with her partner Louis van Amstel, but made some clear mistakes that ruffled her feathers during the dance. "You're building this wonderful technique," Carrie Ann said, but "you have to stay in character." "When you got it right, I was looking at Eva Peron," Bruno said. "You could be amazing but too many mistakes." The couple got just 19 points.



And now for the good news: Bruno could barely contain himself following a confident Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff's Muppets-themed quick step. "Spectacular, spectacular!" he shouted. "A mini Fred Astaire you are." Carrie Ann said the performance was "truly a pleasure" and complimented their "great pizzazz." Baz thought they were "clever and inventive," and they were awarded accordingly with a whopping 27 points.

But they weren't the only ones. Mya and Dmitri Chaplin danced an outstanding and energetic jive that also earned straight 9's from the judges. "That is the real deal," Baz said of the performance. Bruno, once again, was handing out titles to the singer and her pro partner. "Mya the magnificent!" he yelled. "Like Josephine Baker and Clark Kent." --Aaron Parsley

Here's a full list of the scores: Joanna Krupa's jive: 20 Natalie Coughlin's quick step: 21 Chuck Liddell's tango: 19 Melissa Joan Hart's jive: 19 Michael Irvin's quick step: 20 Debi Mazar's tango: 21 Louie Vito's jive: 19 Aaron Carter's quick step: 27 Kelly Osbourne's tango: 19 Kathy Ireland's quick step: 18 Mark Dacascos's quick step: 21 Mya's jive: 27 Tom DeLay's tango: 18 Donny Osmond's jive: 25

Tell us: Who was your favorite of the night? Did you vote? Who deserves to go home on Tuesday's elimination show?Craig Sjodin/ABC

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