The 11 pairs of "Dancing with the Stars" returned to the dance floor this week for a performance that would determine who gets to go home first this season. They got to pick between Jive and Foxtrot.
Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas were the first couple who tackled Jive. Len Goodman said, "Amongst all that energy, there has to be control. You lost that control." Bruno Tonioli on the other hand said, "Your energy was so much better," but added later "Kicks and flicks could have been sharper." The score: 7-6-7, a total of 20/30.
Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska danced the Foxtrot. The couple who did bad last week received compliment this time. Bruno said, "I can see a glimmer of hope for Aiden. Your lines were good. Sometimes you get your knickers in a twist. Keep focus." Carrie Ann Inaba was more generous, saying "Nice job. This week you let the dance flow through you. Solid, solid dance." The score: 7-6-6, a total of 19/30.
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya danced the Jive. Carrie said, "Such great energy. Totally in control. Connection was completely there." Len chimed in, "Amongst some of the silly stuff, there was some really good jive out there." Bruno reminded Evan about the feet which tend to get "wobbly". The score: 8-8-8, a total of 24/30.
Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel picked the Foxtrot. Bruno compared it to a strawberry milkshake because it was "light and frothy". Carrie challenged her to do something a bit bigger next week while Len praised her musicality. The score: 7-7-7, a total of 21/30.
Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower performed the Jive. Bruno applauded his technique and precision while Carrie said Jake is "a joy to watch". Meanwhile, Len criticized, "Overall you coped very well. It was a little heavy sometimes. You've got a lot more to give and great potential." The score: 6-7-7, a total of 20/30.
Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa danced Foxtrot to "Fly Me to the Moon". Carrie said, "Very tender, very charming foxtrot... The dancing part was a bit trepidatious." Len still avoided saying something bad about the astronaut, saying "How can you not be a fan of Buzz Aldrin?" But Bruno was more honest, saying "It looked like you were avoiding craters." The score 4-4-4, a total of 12/30.
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough picked Jive. Len commented, "I'm a little bit ambivalent about the whole thing. The traditional part of the jive I thought was very good." Carrie simply called it "perfection". Bruno gushed, "It was phenomenal! I've never seen a jive that good on week two." The score: 8-10-10, a total of 28/30.
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy did the Foxtrot to "Love Story". Bruno praised, "Erin, you're a natural. Your arms are absolutely stunning. Make sure you finish the movement." Carrie warned her, "You have to watch the death-grip on the hold." Len said, "The movement was fluid, your posture was generally good. Three key words: turn up, keep up, and shut up. Trust in your pro." The score: 8-7-8, a total of 23/30.
Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood also danced the Foxtrot. Carrie commented on her elegance, saying "You go from character to character. You brought Marilyn Monroe right back to life." Bruno said, "You can dance, Pamela, you can." Len wanted her to work on the posture. The score: 7-7-8, a total of 22/30.
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke danced the Foxtrot. Len said, "It was like the snow. You're just glad when it's all over." Bruno meanwhile said, "You looked uncomfortable. It was ungainly, no musicality." Carrie was a little nicer, saying "You have great potential. You have got to start understanding your movement and let it go." The score: 6-5-5, a total of 16/30.
Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani closed the night with Jive. Len pointed out Kate's weakness, saying "Nerves can make you or break you, and I think nerves are breaking you... Don't go out as a wimp. Go out fighting." Bruno joked, "You went through the motions like a Stepford wife." Carrie said, "Your feet came off the floor a couple times. You are still standing." The score: 5-5-5, a total of 15/30.