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Pussycat Doll's waltz tops 'Dancing' premiere

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
March 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The football star didn't score a touchdown, yet the Olympic gold medalist got silver, and the astronaut's scores were not out of this world. In the end, the Pussycat Doll clawed her way to the top.Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and her partner, Derek Hough, Viennese waltzed their way to 25 out of 30, enough for the top spot of the week.

"I don't know how that happened. I think I have a really good partner," Scherzinger said.

"I'm going to slap her! She was great!" Hough responded.

Two points behind in second place was Olympic champ Evan Lysacek.

"I'm no stranger to judges, and I definitely know they give constructive criticism, and we should take it to heart. So I'm looking forward to getting back to the drawing board," Lysacek said.

Tied for third with 21 points was ESPN's Erin Andrews and actress Pamela Anderson.

"I'm excited for next week. I'm glad this is over with. I'm very excited to just move on and build off of it," said Andrews.

"I think we're having fun. He's so talented. He's teaching me something. If I don't know what I'm doing, he can just fling me around," said Anderson.

TV's latest bachelor landed in fifth place.

"You know what? You only have a certain number of breaths in life. You don't want to waste any of them because when it's over, it's over," said Jake Pavelka.

Then, there was a three-way tie for sixth place with each of these teams scoring 18 out of 30.

The football star saying he's got some surprises on the way.

"Lady gaga, Rihanna and Ocho. Put it all together. That's what you're going to get," sad Chad Ochocinco.

"I'll definitely be going for some more complicated moves even though I'm totally not ready for them," said actress Shannen Doherty.

"I don't think I was dancing for the judges. I was dancing for myself. I was dancing for redemption. I was dancing for every woman that's not a size two. I was dancing for everybody who has ever had a dream deferred," said actress Niecy Nash.

The bottom three were TV reality star Kate Gosselin, actor Aiden Turner and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

"I am glad that my feet are wet now, and I can go from here and do better," said Gosselin.

"I still thought that he did a great job, and I see a lot of potential in Aiden. I see how hard he works," said Turner's dance partner Edyta Sliwinska.

"I've had some standing ovations before, but this was the most unexpected and thrilling to have," said Aldrin.

Even though he scored only 14 out of 30, Aldrin said that he's having a wonderful time. All 11 teams dance again next Monday night, and on Tuesday, one team goes home.


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