On tonight's Dancing With the Stars, it's all about the music of the big screen. What excitement!
First up are Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel with a jive to "La Bamba." She is upset that she got called boring last week and determined to rectify the situation. Boring it is not. They have a blast out there on the floor, but Niecy's feet are all over the place -- and not exactly when they are supposed to be. She can shake her, um, shoulders, though. Head Judge Len Goodman says she got her personality into the dance, which was great, but it wasn't sharp. Still: Well done. Bruno Tonioli says the jive has to be accurate, and it wasn't -- Louis interjects that actually he was off, not her. Eeep! Carrie Ann Inaba calls her the shimmy queen. She agrees that it wasn't precise, but it was great to see her having fun. Scores: 6-6-6, for an 18/30.
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke work on the quickstep. He wants to build on his momentum from last week. Their song is "Bear Necessities" from "Jungle Book," which just seems like such a strange choice. Anyway, they have the speed, but Chad's frame looks way off (and if I am noticing, you know it's bad). Bruno says it was a little too wild and lost its refinement. He adds that his hold and frame "were terrible." Carrie Ann says it was extremes -- some moments were good and others were not. Len says his posture was better than foxtrot week, but the big problem is that the top has to stay calm, but overall, "it was a pretty good job." Scores: 6-6-6, for an 18/30.
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fight a lot. Then they dance a jive evoking Uma Thurman and John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction." It's kinda funny, really fast, but they shouldn't have had her do the splits at the end. Carrie Ann says she was a little ahead of Maks the whole time. Len loved it when it got fast, but it did get a little hectic here and there, but over all "a really good job." Bruno says she has Uma magic and that this was her best timing ever. Scores: 7-7-8, for a 22/30.
Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower have the cha-cha, and their movie is "Risky Business." He says he's been compared to Tom Cruise, though he doesn't see it, but he considers it a compliment. It starts and he is wearing a button-down shirt, tighty-whities and no pants, a la that famous scene in "Risky Business." But it just looks REALLY WRONG in the middle of a dancefloor surrounded by people. My husband makes fun of me freaking out and points out that even without pants, Jake has on more clothing than Chelsie, but still. Anyway, quickly, Chelsie brings him some pants. During the dance, they are having fun, but Jake just seems really off-tempo, like he is trying to catch up with Chelsie at parts or something. It's awkward, and not just because I'm hung up on the pants issue. Len says he gave 100 percent effort, and he loved the feeling of it, but it's a pity he messed it up. Bruno says his energy is incredible and he had some great lines. He just needs to stop messing it up. Carrie Ann says he has the guts, so he should enjoy the glory. Scores: 8-7-8, for a 23/30.
Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood are dancing the quickstep to the title track of "9 to 5." Get it? They are likening her to Dolly Parton because they are both blond. Anyway, the performance is very cute and entertaining, and they manage to pull off a move where they dance onto the furniture that served as their props for the beginning of the dance. Impressive. Bruno says her characterization is always spot-on, and this week, the dancing was good as well. Carrie Ann agrees and says this makes her want to see Pam on Broadway. She does criticize their hold, though. Len didn't like how long it took them to set up the performance, but he liked the dancing they actually did. Scores: 7-6-8, for a 21/30.
Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani are doing the foxtrot to "Don't You Forget About Me" from "The Breakfast Club." Tony interviews that he is exhausted because Kate has "no motivation, and I have to push her each week." Ouch! For some reason, Kate is dressed like Little Bo Peep. There are a few moments in the performance when Kate is actually dancing, but it's still pretty quiet compared to the others. Carrie Ann says she is developing little bits of grace, but overall she reminds her of the Charlie Brown teachers, like it's not completely formed sentences or thoughts. Len says it was neat and precise, but it wasn't really dance, it was a stroll. Bruno says everything has gone back to the beginning and that she did hardly anything. Before the scores, Kate says she is tired because she got a visit from "eight little friends" and that her energy went to them. Ah, yes, parenting. Sorry, but it's not like she's the only mom on the dancefloor. Scores: 5-5-5, for a 15/30.
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough are dancing a tango to "Pretty Woman." They are basically dancing like they are on a different show than everyone else. It's cheeky and funny and entertaining -- and the dancing is great. Their last move looks a little awkward, but they are still a mile beyond everyone else. Len says this was Nicole's best dance, and the best dance of the season so far. Bruno calls them two players at the top of their game. "The pride and the passion of tango portrayed to perfection!" Carrie Ann calls them "SUPERSTARS, SUPERSTARS, SUPERSTARS!" Scores: 10-9-10, for a 29/30.
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya are doing the rumba to music from "Armageddon." They have to squeeze all their practice sessions into Evan's schedule, which is packed with Stars on Ice appearances. But they manage. He's not a natural with the hip action that the rumba demands, but he's a performer, so it still works pretty well. Bruno says his top lines are exquisite, and his hips are getting better. Carrie Ann says there was something beautiful going on, and it was mostly the movement generating the emotion. Len says it had artistry, musicality and fluidity. Scores: 9-9-9, for a 27/30.
What do you think about tonight's dances? Who are you voting for?