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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Paso vs. Tango

Tonight's Dancing With the Stars will feature an individual dance from each star and his or her partner, as well as a group paso doble or tango.

Louis Van Amstel is wearing the craziest pants I have ever seen, bright blue fringed trousers. Like COVERED with fringe.

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Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova are first, dancing the foxtrot. He's working so hard and definitely having more fun, but I feel like his arm movements are still too small and restrained and kind of awkward. Head judge Len Goodman says he's glad he made it through last week because his foxtrot was well done. Bruno Tonioli says his musicality has improved, but he needs to work on his posture and "funny arms." Carrie Ann Inaba says he was gracious, fluid and had content. She also likes the costume he designed for Anna. Oh, so Louis has Kelly to blame for those pants? Ouch. Scores: 8-8-7, for a 23/30.

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson have the quickstep this week, and Donny's concerned because he had a tough time keeping up with Kym last week. I'm hoping neither of them gets an arm hooked in all the strips all over the top of Kym's costume. This week's dance, he keeps up much better -- there's less of the desperation he had going on last week -- and the style suits his style. Bruno says he's solid as a rock as a performer, but "nobody could cover up all the mistakes as well as you did." Carrie Ann says it was pretty good and his footwork was light, but he went wrong a few times. Len says he came out "full bore from start to finish, full of attack." He seems less concerned by the mistakes. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

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Mark Dacascos' usual partner Lacey Schwimmer is ill, so he's dancing with Anna Trebunskaya. He also got some training with Tony Dovolani, who happened to be in New York, where Mark was for work. After that, Anna came in since Mark couldn't exactly dance with Tony on the show. They're doing the samba. The dance itself seems OK, but I'm super distracted by Mark's goofy facial expressions. Carrie Ann says it was a total mess and completely disjointed and full of nervous energy. Len says they've had a tough week and a hard dance -- he says he didn't find it terrible, but it wasn't his best dance, but he coped well under the circumstances. Bruno says it was animal yes, but Brazil no. Scores: 6-7-6, for a 19/30.

Mya a Dmitry Chaplin are doing the foxtrot, and she says it is their first elegant dance since week one, when Len gave them a 5 (for no reason), so they're aiming to please him this time around. They get some tips from Cloris Leachman, who points out, rightly, that they need to work on their connection and actually look at each other a little more. Their dance is lovely and flowy, though I'm thinking Len might find a couple of parts of it kind of gimmicky. Len says he liked the parts that were in hold, but again, "too many gimmicks ... but probably you pleased the other two." So ... yes, what I was worried about. Bruno loved it, saying she looked a dream and danced like an angel. Carrie Ann says, "Len is officially smoking crack." She loved the dance, especially their footwork. Len is being so nice to some of the other stars and just so hard on Mya. What is the deal? Scores: 9-7-9, for a 25/30.

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff are doing an absolutely insanely fast jive. I mean, really. And they're dancing to Twisted Sister, which, what? Anyway, as much as Aaron had fears about this dance (and its speed), he handles it well. In particular, the kicks and footwork work well with his loosey-goosey limbs.  Bruno says he kicked ass and that this was his best performance. Carrie Ann says he was like a little Road Runner. "It so good!" Len says it had enough energy to light up Hollywood, that it was wild but it was clean and fast but controlled and fun but not slapstick. He adds, "I was tempted to dust off my 10 paddle." Scores: 9-10-10, for a 29/30.

Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel are taking on the salsa, and Louis is pushing Kelly to the limit. She gets very anxious, but going into break, she mocks herself for crying. Their dance is much less "beige" than last week, but you can see Kelly still thinking some things through. If only Louis could get her to smile through the whole performance; when she's smiling, she just shines up on stage. But still ... it's a fun one. Louis' pants get even worse when he starts dancing -- it looks like he's wearing half of a Cookie Monster costume, but thankfully he tears them off halfway through. Carrie Ann calls her forward for a high-five. She says it was brilliant, elegant and unafraid. Len says he was afraid she was going to be a little girl, but she did well. He adds, though, that all aspects of the dance need to come up another level and Louis was right to push her. Bruno jumps up on the table and shakes his tail-feather. He adds that she needs to find the character and she'll be golden. She thanks him for calling her beige last week. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough have the rumba, the dance of love. They have this whole goofy segment of Derek having a fantasy about dancing with Joanna on the beach. It's so silly. Their performance, however, is not. They do a lovely job with it, but something about the choreography doesn't sit right with me -- there are some jerky movements that appear to be on purpose, but they seem out of place and a little awkward. Len says he thinks the dance fulfilled everyone's requirements. Bruno says she is a goddess, but had a little stumble. Carrie Ann says she often dances on the edge and seems like she could go wrong at any second, but she didn't have any of that going on tonight. Scores: 9-9-9, for a 27/30.

Team Paso -- Aaron, Mya, Mark and Michael -- are up first in the group dances.  Team Tango is Kelly, Donny and Joanna. (And their respective partners, of course.)

Team Paso dances to "I Hate Myself for Loving You," and they're fairly in sync and very powerful. Bruno says the dance was strong, powerful and dynamic, but they lost sync some. He adds that Mya and Dmitry stood out. Carrie Ann says that Mark redeemed himself from his individual dance, and Len credits Michael for bringing everyone together at rehearsal and getting everybody back on track. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

Team Tango dances to "You Give Love a Bad Name," and I feel like they're operating at a higher level. Carrie Ann runs over and high-fives them and then spanks all the boys for the lifts. Len says tango was a little easier to be in sync because they are in hold, but nevertheless, this was superior. Bruno, well, in short, he loved it. Scores: 9-9-10, for a 29/30.

Team Paso's members might be in trouble tomorrow.

What do you think?

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