Dancing Recap: Judges Simmer As Stars Turn It On High

Dancing Recap: Judges Simmer As Stars Turn It On High
Craig Sjodin/ABC

updated 09/30/2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/30/2008 12:00AM



While no one was sent home on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, it was still an evening of surprises. Tasked with rumbas and paso dobles, the stars stepped it up, infusing their numbers with a little bit of pop culture.

Lance Bass kissed a girl–his dancing partner, Lacey Schwimmer, that is–and he liked it! The two performed a paso doble to Katy Perry’s hit single “I Kissed a Girl,” and followed it up with a quick liplock for the judges. (And then Lance had to reapply his cherry Chapstick, of course.) But while the audience went wild, judge Len Goodman wasn’t impressed, calling their routine “not very traditional,” and noting that it didn’t capture the “matador style” of the paso doble.

Maks Chmerkovskiy, who has previously dressed partners Mel B and Laila Ali in black leather to dance the paso doble, confirmed his love for the tight-fitting material. His partner, Misty May-Treanor, took the floor in an outfit that had judge Bruno Tonioli recalling Xena: Warrior Princess. But Len had another take: “You belong in a home for the bewildered!” he told the pair–who scored a 21 out of 30–after their routine. “It’s time to rumba!” Kim Kardashian announced at the start of her routine with partner Mark Ballas. But the enthusiasm was short-lived: Despite getting some dancing tips from Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin, Kim’s performance didn’t improve from last week. The starlet was “colder, more distant than Siberia,” Bruno said. The pair ended up losing a point from last week’s score, tallying a 17 out of 30 from the judges.



Bruno gave Rocco DiSpirito -- whom he'd dubbed “the Italian stallion” last week -- an equally cold assessment, saying he had “run out of juice” during his rumba with Karina Smirnoff. Rocco had his own review, comparing the dance to cooking risotto, a “slowly developing dish,” he said. “And when it’s finished, it feels like cashmere in your mouth.” But it felt more like sandpaper to the judges, who gave the team a 16 out of 30.

Brooke Burke and Derek Hough received a standing ovation for their paso doble, scoring 24 out of 30 to tie for first place with Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson.

But once again, the star of the night was 82-year-old Oscar winner Cloris Leachman, whose wig called to mind her role as Frau Bl├╝cher in Young Frankenstein. She stole the spotlight for whinnying like a horse when the character’s name was mentioned (a reference to the film), yet Cloris and partner Corky Ballas still couldn’t impress on the dance floor, scoring only 15 out of 30 points. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba wouldn’t even comment on Cloris’s dancing skills, saying she wanted to keep things positive. Ouch! -- Chris Willard

Here's how the 11 remaining contestants stacked up after Tuesday’s dance: Toni & Alec: 23 out of 30 for their paso oble Brooke & Derek: 24 out of 30 for their paso doble Rocco & Karina: 16 out of 30 for their rumba Lance & Lacey: 20 out of 30 for their paso doble Kim & Mark: 17 out of 30 for their rumba Misty & Maks: 21 out of 30 for their paso doble Maurice & Cheryl: 19 out of 30 for their rumba Cloris & Corky: 15 out of 30 for their paso doble Susan & Tony: 21 out of 30 for their rumba Warren & Kym: 24 out of 30 for their paso doble Cody & Julianne: 21 out of 30 for their rumba

Tell us: Who had the hottest costume? And who do you think will be taking a last twirl on the dancefloor tonight?Craig Sjodin/ABC

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