Dancing with the Stars season 10 week 6 aired Monday night on ABC and featured all the usual drama, glitz and glamour endemic to the hit reality dance competition. While some celebs stepped up their games and climbed the judges’ leaderboard to new personal heights, others stumbled and tumbled to lows previously unseen. Here’s a look at the evening’s yeas and nays from the land of the beloved 7-paddle.
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger and partner Derek Hough shook things up with their spicy Samba, though the routine left the judges sharply divided: Carrie Ann Inaba called it “ridiculous” (in a good way) and Bruno Tonioli dubbed the hip shaking creation “superlative”, while Len Goodman differed, chiding Derek for choreographing nothing more than “a hodgepodge of sexy moves and gyrations”. Despite Crankypants’ protestations, the duo earned 26 points, topping the leaderboard for the second week running. Nicole and Derek cemented their position on top by winning the evening-ending Swing Dance Marathon and adding an extra 10 points to their Dancing with the Stars season 10 week 6 total.
It was also a good night for ESPN’s Erin Andrews and NFL star Chad Ochocinco, whose performances earned them the second and third spots behind Nicole. Carrie Ann and Bruno lapped up Erin and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Samba, with Bruno praising her notably changed arm movements and Carrie Ann exclaiming “you nailed it!” All three judges appreciated Chad and partner Cheryl Burke’s “arrogant” Argentine Tango.
Dancing with the Stars season 10 week 6 wasn’t all rainbows and kittens, though. Usual DWTS 2010 favorite and skater Evan Lysacek was harshly criticized for he and partner Anna Trebunskaya’s Samba, which the judges unanimously disliked. Bruno thought that Evan’s “lyrical lines” didn’t work for the Samba, while Len called it his worst dance of the season. Thanks to poor marks from the judges (21) combined with a relatively poor showing in the Swing Marathon (as the third participant booted), Evan could be in big trouble during tomorrow night’s results show.
With the action in the books and the vote hanging in the balance, here’s a look at the Dancing with the Stars Season 10 Week 6 Judges Leaderboard; the totals are out of 40 possible points:
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough – 36
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 34
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke – 31
Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood – 30
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya – 27
Niecy Nash and Louie van Amstel – 26
Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower – 25
Be sure to tune in to tomorrow night’s Dancing with the Stars week 6 results show to see who’ll be shown the exit. Melissa Etheridge is scheduled to perform. Or you can just check in with me. You know I’ll be watching.
Dancing with the Stars season 10 Week 6, April 26, 2010, ABC