Recap: Dancing with the Stars - Unicycle on the Dance Floor

This week's featured dances are the Viennese Waltz and the Paso Doble. So where does the unicycle come in? Let's find out in tonight's DWTS!

First up are figure skating champ Kristi Yamaguchi and partner Mark Ballas who are performing the paso doble, and what a paso it was. Kristi has improved on her facial expressions and was clearly channeling passion and intensity. And although Len thought she had a "slight sameness" in every dance, Bruno thought Kristi "unleashed the attitude" and was a jezebel on the dancefloor. Carrie Ann praised the dance, calling it fantastic. This is a near-flawless performance, and it's clear why Kristi is the frontrunner. Score: 29

The waltz seemed to be the perfect dance for the elegant Priscilla Presley and her partner Louis van Amstel. Decked out in a sparkly gown, Priscilla displayed her usual gracefulness. Bruno thought it was a great interpretation and Carrie Ann was mesmerized by Priscilla's facial expressions and the dance's choreography. But is the lift police back? Carrie Ann and Len pointed out an illegal lift somewhere in the performance, so that hurt their score. Score: 22

Adam Carolla (who says he's "in it to... not lose it") and Julianne Hough were next up with their own version of the paso doble. A version that involved Adam sporting a moustache and Zorro-like mask... riding a unicycle! Carrie Ann gave the pair an "A for creativity" and while Bruno called Adam's dance a combination of "genius and insanity", he did point out that the dancing "went down the drain." And Len? Maybe he was just as baffled as we were. He said that while Adam is a lovable character, he's just "not much of a dancer." Score: 19.

Who made Carrie Ann cry tonight? That would be none other than Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez who danced a lovely waltz. Len called their dance "poignant" but pointed out that Marlee's posture needed improvement. Bruno agreed, while a teary Carrie Ann thanked Marlee for a performance that was truly touching. Aww. You'd think Carrie Ann would give the pair a 9 at least, but nope. Score: 24

Mario and partner Karina Smirnoff were eager to redeem themselves from the previous week's "mess" of a tango—and they did. Kinda. Bruno called Mario a "conqueror, full of attack" and said he exuded strength and power, and Carrie Ann pointed out that while some movements were awkward, it was a great improvement from last week. Len, who was harsh on Mario last week, didn't let up tonight, though. Like Kristi, he said Mario has one style of dance. Bruno wasn't hearing any of it though, interrupting Len to point out that Mario "worked his ass off!" Oooh, are we going to see a judge throwdown? Nah, this is ballroom dancing after all. Score: 24
Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska followed with their Viennese waltz. The judges caught a little slip on Jason's part but quickly forgave him for it. Carrie Ann thought the performance was "elegant" and Len pointed out that Jason brought out the "Wow!" factor. Bruno said that Jason managed to make the waltz sexy, sensual and erotic—like seeing "majestic swans" doing a "mating ritual". Whoa. Gotta love Bruno and his metaphors. Did the rave reviews translate to a couple of 10s? Yep. Score: 29

Latin heartthrob Cristian de la Fuente and partner Cheryl Burke followed with their paso doble. They certainly had on some interesting outfits. Cristian was bare-chested, and Cheryl danced in an interesting, backless and midriff-baring dominatrix-like costume. We don't know what the judges thought of the costumes but they had praise for Cristian and Cheryl's performance. Bruno thought their paso was "very convincing" and "very Spanish and very Latino". Len thought that Cristian let the music conquer him when it should be the other way around. Carrie Ann disagreed, however, and thought Cristian was right there with the powerful music. Score: 26

Next up was Shannon Elizabeth and partner Derek Hough, who was actually recovering from a neck injury sustained during rehearsal. Everything was alright though, because the pair performed an elegant Viennese waltz that had the judges showering them with praises. Bruno called Shannon a "babe who graduated to a class act" and pointed out the pair's great musicality, saying their dance was like "two lovers meeting in a scented meadow." How very picturesque, Bruno! Carrie Ann said Shanno was just refreshing, while Len called their performance the best dance of the night. Score: 28.

Marissa Janet Winokur and Tony Dovalani performed the last dance of the night, and their paso doble was a hit. Carrie Anne said it was like seeing a "whole different Marissa" and praised the pair for a fantastic job. Len and Bruno agreed and pointed out that Marissa took risks and was all the better for it. I think we see a comeback brewing. Score: 24.

Next week, DWTS will be going back to revealing the bottom two. Who will endure the shame and humiliation?


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