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'Dancing with the Stars': Top 11 teams perform Monday night

Dancing with the Stars might be growing on me a bit. I'm looking forward to Cloris Leachman's antics tonight. So let's cut to the chase.

First up tonight are Toni and Alec with a rumba -- a slow, romantic dance of passion. It seems like the two have a great connection, but some of the transitions are a bit rough. Judge Len Goodman says he was surprised at how good the performance was. He says he would have liked more "basic dancing." Bruno Tonioli says Toni "captured the sensuality and vulnerability of a ... mistress." (I used ellipses because I honestly don't know what the adjective was.) Carrie Ann Inaba says she "moves like she sings." She does criticize some lifts. Score: 23

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Next up are power couple Brooke and Derek dancing the paso doble. I like how they stay in character (serious, but not overdramatized), plus there's some great skirt swishing (and cape swishing!) at the end. Carrie Ann says they were a "hair" off but still "amazing." Len says they portrayed the aggression -- it was controlled (for the most part) and not over the top. Bruno says Brooke was "born to dance." Score: 24

Rocco and Karina try the rumba. Key word: try. Toni and Alec's was far more believable. Rocco looks more goofy Italian chef than Latin lover. Bruno says "the stallion has run out of juice." Carrie Ann says he has passion but lacks musicality. Len says it "wasn't really tasty" even though Karina gave him the "ingredients." Score: 16

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Next up are my favorites, Lacey and Lance. Their paso doble is to Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." I'm worried about Len's reaction. The dance is a little wild. (They end in a lip lock.) And LEN IS NOT HAPPY! "It doesn't work!" he says. Carrie Ann liked the witty song choice, and she loves that they take big risks. Bruno says they go for it 100 percent, but that in the paso doble Lance needed to act like a matador and he went hip-hop. Score: 20

Kim and Mark are going to rumba. I hope she puts more passion into it than she did her mambo last week. And ... she's really not. Her moves aren't sharp or sultry. She totally is NOT enjoying this rumba. Bruno says it's "colder and more distant than Siberia." Ouch. Len says he's disappointed because she has potential and she "has all the gear in the rear." Ha. Carrie Ann says it feels like we've seen the same three dances and suggests that she should watch videos of her routines. Score: 17

Misty and Maks do the paso doble. It's another untraditional one -- to a version of Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out." The costumes are hot. I'm not wild about the dancing, but it's good. The judges like it a bit more than I do. Carrie Ann praises the energy and the ambitious routine. She tells her to bring down her shoulders a bit. Bruno says the power makes her stumble a bit. Len tells her to work on the connection; she's too focused. Score: 21

Maurice "the worm" and Cheryl are rumba-ing. I really like their black-and-green costumes. Maurice looks a bit stiff for a rumba. He's not taking too many steps. I find myself watching only Cheryl. That's not a good thing. Len says Maurice talks the talk but doesn't dance the dance. But "not bad," he says. Carrie Ann says she felt like he held back. Bruno says it was a bit robotic and "rough and clunky." Score: 19

Cloris and Corky's paso doble looks like it will be a traditional one. They dance to Ravel's Bolero, a fabulous, emotional song. Immediately I notice that Cloris is taking the "role" seriously. Is it as intricate as some of the other paso dobles? No. Bruno chatters about something (I swear, sometimes I just cannot understand him). Len says the dance was lovely and traditional, and he compliments her solo spins. Carrie Ann says she hopes that when she's 82 she's half the woman that Cloris is, but that she's "not going to comment about the dance." She missed her wit. Score: 15

I realize how unexcited I am for Susan and Tony's rumba when I end up not paying attention to it. After rewinding the DVR, I am pleased to see an improved Susan. I'm kind of bored, but she looks pretty. I'm not a rumba expert, but her legs look fabulous. She points her toes, and every movement looks oh so in the right place. Carrie Ann says she takes viewers somewhere else with her dances. She says the rumba was smooth. Bruno says everything was there, but she still dances like "the virgin queen." He tells her to be more of a cougar. Len gives the pair a "well done." Score: 21

Warren and Kym do the paso doble. They use striking black costumes and dramatic lighting. At a few times, Warren looks like he's concentrating a bit too much, and something weird happens at the end with the costumes. But the footwork is VERY impressive, and I like how he stays so serious while performing. Len loves it. Carrie Ann loves it. Bruno says it was bold and heroic. Score: 24 (They tie the dynamic duo, Brooke and Derek).

The youngest go last. Cody and Julianne do a rumba to Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love." It's a great way to end the night. I'm totally impressed by Cody. He looks more mature, and his moves are spot on. The chemistry is the best of the night, in my opinion. But ... apparently I'm totally wrong. Bruno says Cody needs to learn control, and that the performance needed to be a bit more focused. Len says the dance lacked a bit of polish and finesse. Carrie Ann liked the innocence; she says it was an "age-appropriate rumba." He tells him to loosen up his hips a bit. Score: 21
 
Who do you think is going home? I think it'll be Maurice and Cheryl or Rocco and Karina. I think Kim's and Cloris' fan bases will keep those two around.

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