Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 27Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 27Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 25Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 21Mark Decascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 21Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 20Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 20Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Balas: 19Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: 19Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: 19Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 19Tom De Lay and Cheryl Burke: 18Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani: 18Aaron Carter, the former preteen idol, and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, had come in first last week as well.
This week, after bickering during rehearsal, the two were all smiles performing a quickstep to the “Muppet Show” theme, with two of that series’ stars, Animal and Gonzo, playing along with Harold Wheeler’s orchestra.
The model and sometime actress Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, who had come in first last week among the women’s pairs, did an energetic jive, but the judges called her on her out-of-control feet.
The judges praised him for his form, although Carrie Ann apparently wanted him to be more, uh, tight-assed. Tom Bergeron cut in: “I don’t think historically that’s been his problem.”Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani’s quickstep to “Shall We Dance” had left no one impressed.With purist Len gone, the couple started their jive with a bit of pantomime in which Mya took off Dmitry’s coat and scarf.(“Luckily, Len isn’t here,” said Carrie Ann later.) From then on, the routine was near perfect.On Monday, the 51-year-old Donny couldn’t stop talking about how he is the second oldest person in the competition, perhaps to lower expectations for his jive to “Secret Agent Man.” He was surprisingly bouncy and light on his feet, and the judges praised him for putting on such a good show for someone his age. Unsurprisingly, the hosts told the three leaders they were safe.The three couples who finished with 21, all of whom had received straight 7’s from the judges, lined up next.The viewers may have found all the drama unpleasant, however, because Debi and Maks were the first couple to be told they were at risk, even though the judges had scored eight couples lower. The former NFL star Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova had tied for last among the men last week, and Michael was tense during rehearsal.But he pulled it together for a standard quickstep that the judges praised for its content (i.e., presenting typical quickstep moves) and for Michael’s star quality, although Luhrmann warned him not to let his tongue hang out.Although he started the routine with an amazing spinning flip and did stunts throughout, his actual dancing was halfhearted.Nonetheless, Lurhmann, playing the anti-Len, praised the number, saying it was “tremendous and joyous and what a jive should be.” He gave it a 7 to the other judges 6’s.Lurhmann said he would love to see more of a connection between the pair.(Perhaps he was thinking of Derek’s year-long romance with a former “DWTS” partner, Shannon Elizabeth.)After the 20’s sailed through, it was time for the large group that scored 19.