On tonight's Dancing With the Stars, the remaining couples will take on the Viennese waltz and the paso doble.
Samantha Harris seems to have her voice back, which is good for her, I guess. (P.S. Did you know that because I posted last week that I find her annoying, that means I'm just jealous because she's so pretty? Thank you, random e-mailer. It turns out that I just think she's annoying. And if you think I'm the only one, go back to previous weeks and check the look on Maks' face during the backstage interviews. Just sayin'.)
Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough are up first, and they've drawn the waltz. In rehearsal, Chuck has a tough time at first grasping how big the movements have to be, but once he starts mocking it, Julianne says he's finally doing it right. In the performance, he still looks slightly uncomfortable with the big movements, but he's trying hard and smiling hard the whole time. Head judge Len Goodman says Chuck has come out of hibernation and upped his performance level, but he still needs to finesse his footwork. Bruno Tonioli says he is emerging from Julianne's shadow and that he was in command. Carrie Ann Inaba disagrees and says he lost his focus at times and also his confidence, so that frustrated her. Scores: 7-8-8, for a 23/30.
Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska are the first to try out the paso doble. In rehearsal, he says he is having trouble getting the rhythm of the dance because it doesn't match up with the beat of the music. In the beginning of the performance, he seems to have it down pat, but during the fast footwork in the middle, he looks a little off. The end is pretty strong, though. Bruno calls him the prince of darkness and then totally disagrees with me, saying he started like a block of granite, and then he got his feet moving and did better, but didn't stay with it through the end. Carrie Ann says he seems to have a limited range of motion, but he worked within it and did a good job working with a very difficult piece of music. Len says he brought intensity, but the dance quality is still "not really there." Scores: 6-7-7, for a 20/30.
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas did too many tricks for the judges' taste last week, so this week they are all about technique for this week's Viennese waltz. And it works -- just very lovely. Carrie Ann says they proved that simplicity is sometimes the way to go. Len says the showed off a lyrical romance, but the footwork wasn't quite right -- she didn't "step forward on her heels." Bruno says she is "sweetness and light and pretty as a picture." He gives her a little note on keeping her shoulders down in future performances, too. Scores: 9-8-9, for a 26/30. Samantha says that must be the comeback they wanted. They don't point out to her that it's only one point higher than last week, so don't call it a comeback.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani prepare for the paso doble, and she keeps laughing and making non-serious faces. During the performance, though, she looks appropriately intense, and so does their dance. Len says he coped well with a very difficult routine very well, though there were a couple of little "blunders." Bruno says she went for it in a difficult routine, and though she made mistakes, she looked stunning. Carrie Ann says the choreography was stunning, but Melissa couldn't quite get her footing at times. Scores: 8-8-9, for a 25/30.
David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson are next with the waltz. Kym vamps is up in red, and David is working his character, too, as they dance to "I Put a Spell on You." Bruno says the spell worked at times, but that at times when he lifted his leg, he looked like a dog at a lamppost. Carrie Ann says he seems frustrated because there is a disconnection -- that Kym and David aren't moving quite in unison and it's distracting. Len liked the story, the performance and the choreography. Scores: 7-8-7, for a 22/30.
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke prepare for the paso. Gilles is excited because he hopes he can use his martial-arts background to bring strength to the dance. On Twitter, Ryan Seacrest posted that he had heard that Gilles would be showing a lot of skin, and that's no lie. Gilles starts the dance with no shirt on, but one of the first moves of the performance is Cheryl putting on his jacket. In rehearsal, they were concerned with living up to last week's perfect score, but I'm expecting good numbers from this one: They had intensity, some seemingly complex footwork, and again, amazing chemistry. They get a standing ovation, including from Carrie Ann and Bruno (the latter of whom is doing pelvic thrusts as he cheers for them. OK, then). Carrie Ann says it was breathtaking and almost brought her to tears. Len says he found it a tad hectic at times, but he loved the passion. Bruno says Gilles is going for the kill. "That was more than a dance, that was a battle for supremacy!" Scores: 10-9-10, 29/30.
Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer are taking on the Viennese waltz, and he is dressed like a mime for some reason. It's oddly sweet and earnest for them, but it seems to work for them. Len says it was his best dance (but "I've always been negative about you, so don't get overexcited"). Bruno says his timing was on tonight, but technically, he has work to do yet. Carrie Ann says he brought emotional sweetness to the dance, adding that he should work on his posture if he is back next week. Scores: 6-6-6, for an 18/30.
Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower are in the paso doble crowd. He's familiar with bulls, so that should be good. Well, it should be. But unfortunately, to me, Ty looks like he's kind of stomping around and seems more awkward than the past couple of weeks. Bruno says he did it all, but it was "robotic and metallic," so he looked like a Transformer. Carrie Ann wants to know where here little dancer went. Len says this dance wasn't quite up his alley, but he's stiil doing better than in week one. Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30.
Lil Kim and Derek Hough close the show with their Viennese waltz, which is nice and sweet and gets another standing ovation. Carrie Ann says she was beaming like her mom the whole time because she was so proud. Len says it had a floaty quality and nice musicality, but he says her footwork was a little lacking. Bruno says he smiled the whole time because she made the waltz look sassy and sexy, and he'd never seen that before. Scores: 9-8-9, for a 26/30.
It was another night of good performances -- not quite as many high points as last week, but way fewer low ones. Who did you like? Dislike? Vote for? Let me know in a comment below.