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air dates: September 21, 22, 23

overview of this week's competition:


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judges' best quotes

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Len GoodmanCarrie Ann InabaBruno Tonioli
  • Len (to Chuck): "It was a little aggressive."
  • Carrie Ann (to Tom Delay): "That was surreal."
  • Len (to Tom D): "Parts were magic, parts were tragic."
  • Bruno (to Tom D): "You're crazier than Sarah Palin."
  • Len (to Donny): "Too theatrical, too much razzamatazz"

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best moments

Louie Vito
Donny's facial expressions
Michael Irvin's solo boogie
Tom Delay lip-synching "Wild Thing"
Louie's backflip at the start of the group salsa
This group of people sitting on a couch with their arms around each other: Michael Irvin, Donny Osmond, Louie Vito, Tom Delay. Nowhere else on television....

cringe-inducing moments

Tom Delay
Bruno calling Louie a "hobbit"
Nearly any moment involving Tom Delay
Donny falling onto his battery pack
Samantha trying and failing to get the stars to bag on each other after the group dances.

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dance cards

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff


First Dance: Cha cha cha

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score
8
7
722

Judges' Comments:

Len: full of potential. Great start to the show.
Bruno: All the energy goes all over the place
Carrie Ann: Little Aaron Carter’s all grown up!

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska

Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska


First Dance: Foxtrot

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
6
5
415

Judges Comments:

Len: In all the basic steps your footwork was correct. It just had a roughness about it.
Bruno: To me, this was dead. You have to sell it.
Carrie Ann: I didn’t see anything that defined or separated you from everybody.

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo


Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:



Mya and Dmitry Chaplin


Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:



Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova


Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
4
5
413

Judges Comments:

Len: It wasn’t a great first dance. You’ve got to get slicker.
Bruno: You have a great presence, but the cha cha cha was poor. The footwork was out, the content was out.
Carrie Ann: You beat Jerry Rice’s charisma. You’ve got to fill it with way more dance moves.

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas


Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:



Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer

Dance: Cha cha cha

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
7
7
721

Judges Comments:

Len: I’m not a fan of gimmicks (kung-fu)
Bruno: The talent is there.
Carrie Ann: The arms are a little “woo choo” (flailing)

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts

Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:



Lou Vito and Chelsie Hightower

Dance: Foxtrot

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
7
6
619


Judges' Comments:

Len: Your hair’s not what you expect in a ballroom. I was surprised you could hear the music with it all hanging down. Your technique was very good. I enjoyed your dancing very much.
Bruno: It was so cute. It was like watching a little dancing hobbit. If you carry on you’re going to be really, really good.
Carrie Ann: I didn’t expect that from you. You obviously have not danced before. I really enjoyed it, it’s truly fun to watch.

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel

Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:



Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:


Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:



Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score





Judges Comments:

Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya

Dance: Foxtrot

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
5
6
516

Judges' Comments:

Bruno: The footwork was poor, the hands terrible, and the timing went
Carrie Ann: You’re not graceful yet, but you were smooth
Len: It was much better than I thought it was going to be. I want you to get in touch with your feminine side, a little bit more graceful.

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson

First Dance: Foxtrot

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
6
7
720

Judges' Comments:

Bruno: You can play an audience like a master fiddler – full-frontal theatrical, and it works. But the foxtrot wasn’t as good as the theatricality.
Carrie Ann: You’re obviously going to be a fan favorite
Len: For me, too theatrical, too much razzmatazz

Second Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Toniolitotal score





Judges' Comments:



Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke

Dance:

Scores:

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli total score
5
6
516

Judges' Comments:
Bruno: You’re crazier than Sarah Palin. The little cha cha you did was not bad, the rest, I am not sure.
Carrie Ann: That was surreal. You’re very light on your feet, you have a natural grace to you. You’re rockin’ it for the older crowd.
Len: Parts were magic, parts were tragic.




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