Dancing Recap: Cody Gives Brooke a Run for Her Money
10/21/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Monday's Dancing with the Stars marked the halfway point in the competition, and teams got report cards … in the form of the judges' scores … that indicated how much they have (or haven't) progressed. This week's four new dances proved to be challenging for every team, and while a few rose to the occasion, others fell short of the judges' expectations.
Lance Bass kicked off the night with an upbeat West Coast swing filled with lots of twirling … and some slipping. The so-called Sir Dance-A-Lot fell while sliding across the stage but quickly recovered with the help of partner Lacey Schwimmer. But perhaps too much. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba scolded the pro for going overboard with showing off her own moves. "We already know you're a champion," Inaba said. "I don’t think you paid enough attention to Lance's dancing this week. Please focus on that." Also performing the West Coast swing: Toni Braxton, who appeared a bit stiff and somewhat reserved at certain points of the rhythmic dance, which also included the singer doing the moonwalk that left the judges baffled. Susan Lucci and Warren Sapp stepped in a time machine and transformed the ballroom into Studio 54, battling head to head in a '70s disco-esque dance: the hustle. And while head judge Len Goodman criticized Lucci's partner, Tony Dovolani, for treating her like a china doll, he praised Sapp and partner Kym Johnson's energetic performance. "That's a guy that really knows how to funk!" proclaimed fellow judge Bruno Tonioli.
She may have been in the bottom two last week, but Cloris Leachman explained how she'll climb up the scoreboard. The key, the Oscar winner explained, was getting into her "skanky ho" character to perform the salsa. Though she may have "looked like a pitcher of margarita," according to Tonioli, the 82-year-old actress nailed the technical aspects of the sultry dance. "You're hotter than a chili pepper," Goodman raved. "You did a great job." Not to be outdone, Maurice Greene executed an equally electrifying performance (one that left Inaba speechless), thanks to dance dictator and partner Cheryl Burke, who berated the Olympian for being lazy during practice.
Sibling rivalry kicked into high gear with the Houghs jiving and rock 'n' rolling with their partners during the jitterbug. Derek admitted to partner Brooke Burke that he was unfamiliar with the dance and had to resort to seeking help from the Internet. Practice makes perfect, however, and with their "glorious, gloooorious" performance, according to Tonioli, the super couple once again proved why they're on top--despite Burke's foot injury. But when sister Julianne and Cody Linley made a bold statement on the dancefloor, getting their first 10 of the season, they showed why they could be the new hot couple to beat. "I think you are just now giving somebody else a run for her money!" Inaba exclaimed. --Eunice Oh
Here's how the remaining eight contestants stacked up after Monday's dance:
•Lance & Lacey: 21 out of 30 for their West Coast swing •Toni & Alec: 22 out of 30 for their West Coast swing •Susan & Tony: 22 out of 30 for their hustle •Warren & Kym: 25 out of 30 for their hustle •Cloris & Corky: 21 out of 30 for their salsa •Maurice & Cheryl: 27 out of 30 for their salsa •Brooke & Derek: 29 out of 30 for their jitterbug •Cody & Julianne: 28 out of 30 for their jitterbug
Tell us: Who do you think is going home tonight?