Tonight on Dancing With the Stars, in addition to individual dances, there is a group cha-cha challenge.

The first individual dance is with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They are doing a quickstep that follows all of head judge Len Goodman's rules since he keeps dinging them. Except he wants to take off his clothes at the end to spite Len. They compromise and at the beginning of the performance, they flip Maks' jacket around and then rip off his pants and her skirt to reveal hot pink pants and skirt beneath. Seems like the clothing switch doesn't go quite as well as it was supposed to because Erin looks really confused when they first start the dance, but she gets back into it quickly. Their performance is entertaining and much more traditional than usual, with the costume shenanigans adding a little sense of humor to it all. Len tells Maks it was fine and he wasn't bothered by the choreography, and tells Erin that it was her best dance so far. Bruno Tonioli calls it slick and lightning fast. He says other than a little tension in her raised shoulders, it was brilliant. Carrie Ann Inaba says it was gorgeous and they showed lots of attention to detail. Scores: 9-9-9, for a 27/30.


Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke work hard at rehearsal because Chad wants 10s. Their dance this week is the Viennese waltz. You can tell Chad's been working on his lines -- he seems much more graceful, at least in moments. Bruno says he can't believe Chad can be so graceful and gentle. He does say that Chad needs to extend those arms all the way through his fingers so he doesn't get funny hands. Carrie Ann is captivated by how tender he was. Len says this is the night Chad became a contender. Before the scores, Cheryl shows off the giant diamond necklace Chad gave her for her birthday. Dang! Scores:  8-9-8, for a 25/30.

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough are aiming to do a pure waltz, since they too got on Len's bad side last week. They are dancing to "You Light Up My Life," which means a lot to Nicole because it is the favorite song of her aunt, who had Down Syndrome. She says being able to think about her is helping her get out of her own head. They do a lovely, more traditional dance than usual, and it's very sweet. Her aunt gives her a lei after the dance before they go to the judges. Carrie Ann says she is by far the best dancer they have ever had on the show. She loved the movements, but she thinks that they didn't move as one. Len loved it and found parts of it to be fantastic. Bruno says she is as close to dancing royalty as you can possibly be. But he does say, she made a few little mistakes, but only because the routine was at such a high level. Scores: 9-9-9, for a 27/30.

Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood are determined to up her technique. They are also doing the waltz, and their performance is quite nice. I have to defer to the judges on the technique issue. Len says this was a quiet, understated waltz, but she needs to "firm up your upper body." "Welcome to Double Entendre Theatre," host Tom Bergeron quips. Bruno says she needs to keep a close look on her top line. Carrie Ann says she saw an improvement in her legs and in the tone of the dance. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel prepare for the quickstep -- my favorite moment is when Louis is texting with former partner Kelly Osbourne and Niecy starts talking to the camera about how Kelly is not his partner anymore, and how she needs to step off because "these feet need to learn to dance." Their quickstep isn't as quick as some of the others, but it's still on point. Bruno says she has never looked so gorgeous and her footwork was better than ever. Carrie Ann says that was her best dance, and she was light on her feet. Len agrees, but he says she needs to lift her ribcage. Niecy says she has a lot to lift and Len says Louis will help her. Heh. Scores: 9-8-8, for a 25/30. Niecy almost falls over when she sees the 9. "I can dance! AAAH!" she says.

Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya are hoping for better scores this week since they took a hit with last week's "balletic" samba. They're doing the Argentine tango, and Anna says she has choreographed nothing lyrical into it. I think that's true -- this is full of powerful, sharp moves. There are a couple of places, one turn in particular, where Evan's leg goes out into a pretty natural skater's move, but other than that, it's very intense. Oh, and they have this crazy lift, too. They audience goes bonkers. Carrie Ann calls him the eye of the tiger because he was so focused, powerful and controlled. Len says he has a paddle he is going to dust off. Ooh! Bruno says he danced like a true alpha male, conquering his territory. Scores: 10-10-10, for a 30/30! Woot!

Next, there is the team cha-cha, and the scores will be added to the individual scores.

Team Gaga (Pam and Damian, Nicole and Derek, Cheryl and Chad) is up first. They do 30 seconds together at the beginning and the end, with solos in between. In the performance, it seems like Pam is having kind of a tough time; she seems off a few times with Damian trying to get her back to where she is supposed to be. Plus, she does a couple of kicks and the splits twice and her legs aren't straight at all, so it just looks wonky. Nicole and Derek seem spot on, but Nicole looks mad the whole time. Chad and Cheryl also do better, but there is a part during their solo where it feels like Chad is just standing there while Cheryl does all the hard work. Len says the group parts had great formation. Bruno says it was incredible and he claims that Pamela kept up with the other two. Carrie Ann says Pam struggled a few times, but that this team had amazing "sexual energy" and are so in their bodies and cool. Scores: 9-9-9, for a 27/30. Team Gaga is happy.

Team Madonna (Niecy and Louis, Evan and Anna and Erin and Maks) are next. Their dance follows the same pattern of group, solos, group. Mostly, they just look like they are having SO much fun that it's infectious. Bruno says it was great, but they lost sync at the ending. Carrie Ann wishes the part where they ripped off part of the girls' costumes would have come earlier. Len says they all did a fantastic job. Scores: 8-8-8, for a 24/30.

What did you think about the performances tonight? Who's in danger? Who's got it made?