Shawn Johnson might have lost her partner Derek Hough to an injury this week, but she still managed to get a perfect score with her stand-in partner, Mark Ballas.
Johnson landed in second place on the leader board, after Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani won the marathon swing dance at the end of the episode. But the Olympic gymnast did not mind her ranking, given everything that went wrong.
"With everything that's gone on in the past week, I'll take [silver]," Johnson told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OTRC.com, after the November 5 episode. "After he got hurt and Mark stepped in and having to adjust to everything... silver's pretty good!"
For her fusion dance of Tango and Paso Doble, Johnson danced with Mark Ballas, whose partner Bristol Palin got eliminated in week 4. Hough, who suffered a neck injury, choreographed the routine, which Carrie Ann Inaba said was a perfect example of fusion dance.
"The good thing about fusion is that that's kind of Derek and my forte, we grew up doing Jazz and Hip Hop and tonight, my kids from Utah came out and it's the same thing - it was all fused together," Ballas said. "So when we found out that we had this task, we were both super excited to go in and do what we've been doing since we were kids."
Next week's "Dancing With The Stars" will feature trios, the stars, their partners and a dance professional from the troupe or who has already been eliminated.
"Next week is trios and this trio is back!" Hough said. "The song is - I love the song, it's very different than what we've done before... the song is very, very percussive. In fact, it's only percussion. There's no melody, there's no... it's just percussion. It's going to be nice."
While the reality dancing competition is just beyond the half-way point, Johnson said that she is determined to make it to the end.