Five couples. 10 total dances tonight. Let's get to all the action... which included a perfect 30 for one tandem!
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: Lots of broken holds on this Quickstep. However, Shawn is a great ballroom dancer. This routine showed off her athleticism and grace. Len called themout on the holding, as did the other judges, while Bruno compared her to Sporty Spice.
Paso Doble time. Shawn is tailored for such a dance. "Girlfriend, you delivered the drama!" said Carrie Ann Inaba, while Bruno said the 17-year-old had uncovered her "killer instinct."
Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower: First up, the Argentine tango. Not exactly a smooth showing, as the rodeo star isn't sharpt. Still, to our surprise, Len said Ty and Chelsie Hightower "captured the flavor and essence of the dance" to a tee.
Ty wagging his hips for the rumba? Not exactly his best maneuver. His solo won't earn him a job at Chippendales, either. Sorry, but Murray really has to head home this week. Nice guy, butBruno sums it up: "You can't confuse likeability with ability."
Lil' Kim and Derek Hough: These two begin with the Viennese waltz. Far from perfect, but he rapper is solid in a somewhat stumbly performance. "You tried to be a lady, but you're more comfortable being a tramp," Bruno said, trying to give a compliment, we guess.
Kim had a bounce in her step for the Salsa. After her solo, she came back at full speed and finished off the routne with a death-defying dip and some spot-on shimmy. "You're in your element," said Bruno.
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: A great, unique Fox Trotfox. They danced to "Fever" and it was, hot, hot, hot! Almost like a mating ritual. Len had to mention Marini's lack of leg-straightening, but Bruno, raised a triumphant fist, while Carrie Ann said it was dances like that that are taking them "right into the semifinals."
This is what a Rumbo is supposed to look like! Burke is really having a good time. Carrie Ann said Marini's solo was bit "self-indulgent" and Bruno thought the entire number was "a bit uneven by [Gilles'] usual standards but still very good."
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: Melissa appeared to be in some pain, but still impressed during the Viennese waltz. The judges, though, still see a ballet dancer doing ballroom. "Romance, musicality, great extension of the arms," Len said, listing the high points before adding: "I'm still not a big fan of your feet."
Wow. Melissa's body is made for a solo, that's for sure. Her solo in this Samba seemed shorter than 15 seconds, but was "flawless!" said Carrie Ann. Bruno had even more to say: "The samba should make you happy to be alive."
Perfect score: 30.