Melissa and Tony: What a night for her to miss! Their jive hinted at greatness in the rehearsal footage, but unfortunately, they were both just going through the motions, not truly performing. Melissa lost her footing once, and cut short many of her motions. Also, I do believe that Melissa has had the same butt-crack reduction surgery that Edyta seems to have had, because, whoa those were some low-cut jeans! Judges' score: 21/30, with group dance: 46/60
On to the wild and crazy group dances!
Team Mambo consisted of the first, second, and third-highest scores from last week, which were Melissa and Tony, Chuck and Julianne, and Shawn and Mark. Lacey Schwimmer stepped in for Melissa, getting to dance the hottest solo since Beyonce's in the video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," which provided the super-catchy beat for this number. Shawn and Mark had to follow that up, and in comparison to Lacey, Shawn just looked tentative. Things heated back up when the men pulled the women's flouncy skirts off to reveal — you guessed it — nothing but leotards! Lacey, Julianne, and Shawn brought up the temperature with some Beyonce-style shimmying, each flaunting their own distinct brand. The finale was pure hilarity. I'm still laughing. Man-o-tards, white tights, and wait for it — dress socks! Not sexy at all, but completely hilarious. And Carrie Ann? It's SUPPOSED to be distracting! How can that not be? Team score: 25/30
Team Tango were by no means the underdogs, with season-high scorers Gilles and Cheryl, two-time leaders Li'l Kim and Derek, and Mr. Most Improved, Ty and his podna, Chelsie. This formidable six-pack picked up right where Team Mambo left off, with cheap thrills opening, instead of closing, their number. The bare chests of Gilles and Ty are enough to make any girl weak in the knees, but Kim maintained her composure between them. Ironically, tonight's leader was the only one to make a noticeable mistake in the group number, missing some steps in her and Derek's solo, making her the possible weakest link. For the closing sequence, this team was in the best unison I've seen from a group dance. Hypnotically beautiful! Team score: 28/30
Tune in tomorrow night for the results! Len predicted after Ty and Chelsie's salsa that if Ty couldn't pull off a killer tango, he would be the one to go. After Team Tango's performance, Len said Ty had done it! However, it seems like a long shot that he would stay on over Melissa.
We'll see tomorrow at 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central on ABC!