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Tonight's dances are the Argentine tango or the samba, plus there is a swing dance marathon, on Dancing With the Stars.

Want to know who isn't on Dancing With the Stars? No more Kate Gosselin, and I, for one, and 100 percent OK with that.

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The first couple of the night is Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower. Jake, this week, is wearing pants. Their dance tonight is the samba. His goal is to catch up to Evan and Nicole, since he is a distant third to them right now. Their samba is actually a lot of fun and pretty intricate, but Jake does stumble once when they run into the stairs by the judges. I think he just gets so excited about the dance, he loses his sense of where he is in the room. Head judge Len Goodman says he is showing more confidence, but he was lacking rhythm. Still: very polished and well done, he says. Bruno Tonioli says it also lacked bounce, though he did fine with the pelvic gyrations. Carrie Ann Inaba says he pushes himself to the max, which is why she thinks he falls. But, she adds, he needs to connect to the music and "ride it like the ocean." Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30.

Up second tonight (but hoping not to come in second place again) are Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya. During their rehearsal for the swing dance marathon, they were trying to do a lift, and Anna pretty much dropped him on his neck. He has a mild concussion but seems otherwise unharmed. They are also doing the samba, and it's fun and joyful, and back-to-back with Jake's you can really see what Carrie Ann meant about feeling the music because Evan definitely has that down. Bruno says it's nice to see his devilish side, but that for this dance, his lyrical lines don't really work. He says Evan's legs were turned out, which thwarted his hip action. Carrie Ann says he lost the battle with the samba in terms of his lines and the balance of all the pieces. Len says this was his worst dance so far: "It's a carnival dance and this was ballet." Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30. OK, honestly, the same scores as Jake and Chelsie? That's crazy, even if they are holding Evan to a slightly higher standard (which they aren't supposed to be doing).

Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel are doing a comedy Argentine tango, and Niecy is focused on controlling her feet. The comedy aspect of it involves her taking a bite of his rose at the beginning and him tempting her with a cookie at the end, plus a (fake) groin kick in the middle. But the rest of it, Niecy is showing far more technique than usual, comedy or no. It's a lot of fun (though I was concerned she was about to suffer a wardrobe malfunction at the end there). Carrie Ann says it's nice to see her dancing, "really dancing." She says Niecy was in the zone, and she's glad they went for the lift, which is allowed here. She thinks they didn't need the comedy. Len says the comedy didn't interfere with the dancing, which surprises a lot of people. He does think it lacked a bit of intensity. Bruno says her footwork, it was clear she put a lot of work into it, which was great and showed, but did take a little away from the dance itself. Scores: 7-7-7, for a 21/30. And at this point, 7 is the only score anyone has been given tonight!

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have the samba this week, and Erin confesses that she is an overthinker, which is affecting everything. Their dance is fun, though Maks ends up stripping off his shirt in the middle of it, and instead of smiling, Erin keeps making duckface. The get a standing O from the audience, though. Len says Erin should get 8s, 9s and 10s, but he is fed up with Maks' dances. Bruno says she had on spot-on placement of the arms, she danced all the way through, and she was aggressive. Carrie Ann says this is one of the hardest dances to get and, "You nailed it!" (This is complete with a happydance from Carrie Ann.) Scores: 9-7-9, for a 25/30.

Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke prepare for the Argentine tango, and I'm sure Chad is thrilled when Cheryl tells him he needs to manhandle her. Their performance is very intense and filled with chemistry. I'm thinking this is their best dance so far. Bruno calls it the revenge of Ochocinco! He says he was hard on Chad because he knew he had it in him. Carrie Ann says, again, that he nailed it, that it was dramatic, arrogant and sensual. Len says you either grow or go on this show and tonight he grew. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough are doing the samba, and Nicole was excited at first, but then she started freaking out. She gets over it before the performance, though -- it's very complex and fun. Carrie Ann just yells, "Opa!" She says the only thing she could find to criticize was the occasional weird face. But Len says ... I don't really know what Len says. He says the routine didn't have one single [dance move I can't figure out the name of] or [other dance move I can't figure out the name of], and he's really peeved. Bruno, on the other hand, calls Nicole "one ... singular sensation!" He says the dance was superlative. Scores: 9-7-10, for a 26/30.

Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood are fighting to not end up in the bottom two again. They are dancing the Argentine tango and Pam works on her footwork. Their performance is intense and sexy, but a tiny bit stilted to me. Len says it had smoldering intensity, but at parts it was "scruffy and raggedy." Bruno says she portrayed another great character that she played so well. Carrie Ann says it was unquestionably sexy, but she wanted to see more technique in her legs and lines. Scores: 7-7-8, for a 22/30.

Last up is the swing dance marathon. The judges will rank the couples, with the top getting 10, the second getting 9, etc. Oh, and they can do lifts. The first couple out is Jake and Chelsie, and they get 4 points. Second is Niecy and Louis, who get 5 points. Evan and Anna are out next, getting 6 point. Chad and Cheryl are next, for 7 points. Next are Pamela and Damian, for 8 points. Last out are Erin and Maks, who get 9 points, and Nicole and Derek come out on top with 10 points. Whew!

What did you think of the night's performances?

(Photo of Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough from last week's performance show by Adam Larkey for ABC/Courtesy of ABC)

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