It's Prom Night! And we know we're in for a wild ride as soon as we see hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet; he's wearing a powder blue tuxedo jacket, and she has her hair faux-permed and very BIG.
The night kicks off with a group dance. All eleven couples do their own thing (which is actually a bit messy), and then they form a circle and one at a time, each duo gets to strut their stuff. This isn't just for fun; the stars are dancing for points here. Bonus points! This round has a twitter voting element that will see someone crowned Prom Queen and Prom King. And each of those winners gets two points added to their total score.
Here's a recap of the individual dances, from highest score to lowest:
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough -- 25 out of 30
I think we need to remember that Kellie is a country singer. She's dancing so well, it's easy to think of her as an experienced pro. Derek Hough really pushes her with choreography because he believes she can be great. They have the jive, which is the dance Zendaya did so well last week. So the bar is set high! Derek slides into the ballroom with a grand entrance and the two nail a fast moving routine. Bruno Tonioli called the performance crisp and tight; Carrie Ann Inaba said she was blown away; and Len Goodman anointed Kellie the Queen of the night!
Zendaya Coleman, and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 24 out of 30
The 16 year old Disney star is too young to have actual prom experience herself so she's tapped into a touching family story to help shape her Viennese waltz. Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy will travel back in time to her Grandma's prom. Zendaya's grandmother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer; she also happens to be a big fan of DWTS. The dance will pay tribute to her, and does so with a lovely song "Que Sera Sera." Bruno called the dance enchanting and charming; Carrie Ann praised Zendaya's lyrical quality and said she feels like the best is yet to come from this young star.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff -- 24 out of 30
Jacoby shows his fun side before the routine ever starts ... he's the one spiking the punch bowl at the prom! He tells Karina Smirnoff that he did go to the prom, but by himself. He pulled some pranks and got kicked out! But the football pro turns serious when he reveals that his high school alma mater was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He's dedicating this dance to Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans. Their dance this week is the rumba and Jacoby has a hard time being romantic and serious while they are rehearsing. He pulls out all stops for the performance AND manages to not use his goofy face. Bruno called his dance smoldering like a volcano of passion; Carrie Ann said she was impressed with his artistry; and Len said frankly, he was shocked at the refinement Jacoby was able to show.
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold -- 23 out of 30
The boxing champ confessed he was embarrassed to be at the bottom of the judges' scoreboard last week and promised to work harder. Partner Lindsay Arnold asked him to remember his prom; Victor says he was a broke street kid at the time and the prom was out of his reach. She gives him the prom he never had with a sultry contemporary number. This dance is definitely more in Victor's wheelhouse; his strength is a real asset in this style (he picks her up A LOT). Bruno gave him a standing ovation to applaud his improvement; Len said it was his best dance so far.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas -- 23 out of 30
During Ali and Mark Ballas' prom talk, we learn that the Olympian didn't get to go to a lot of dances because of her gymnastics commitments, but did go to the prom. And her date was a "10." Mark choreographs a flowing and romantic Viennese waltz. Ali has trouble learning this routine because there's so much counting involved and she said she feels like she's back in math class. She figured out the figures by the time they performed. Len started things by saying he was NOT impressed. Then: April Fools! All three judges gave her glowing comments.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson -- 21 out of 30
Ingo's prom past reveals is that his was bad. So Kym Johnson comes up with a fantasy prom date scenario for their Paso Doble. She's excited about this dance for him because he's so big and strong. He enters the ballroom on a motorcycle ... and a bedazzled helmet! She starts as a prom queen but quickly turns into the perfect partner for his motorcycle tough guy. Ingo's cheering section includes several of his ex-wives from his soap opera, "General Hospital." Carrie Ann praised his power but suggested he work on his core strength; Len was middle of the road with his comments saying there was "more cheer than jeer."
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko -- 21 out of 30
The Viennese waltz is a dance made for Lisa's classy style. But this business savvy lady realizes it's not just about what she's able to give on the dance floor; she needs to court the viewers and get out the vote. She tells us she has 600,000 followers on Twitter; we also learn her dog Jiggy has 70,000! Poor Gleb ... he says he has six. The judges liked their dance, calling it bright and breezy, almost regal, and elegant.
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd -- 21 out of 30
The "Bachelor" star and his partner showed some skin with two sexy costumes based on The Village People as they performed a Cha Cha Cha to the 1970s party classic "YMCA." Peta may want to keep Sean away from Bruno after that dance -- he was so fired up, he got up and danced himself.
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess -- 18 out of 30
I have a feeling we'll see Andy struggle (and cry) every week during rehearsal. He and Sharna Burgess have a fight this week over how tight he sometimes holds her; it hurts! They have words; they make up. The cha cha is a tough dance for anyone but Andy leaves his heart and soul on the dance floor. And after this routine ... his shirt! Bruno told him his timing was off and foot placement odd, but his entertainment value was right on the money. Len commented that while he's not a great dancer, what Andy does is make him feel good. Carrie Ann encouraged him by saying the only way to win is to try and told him he has that "X factor." Wait, isn't that another show?
D.L. Hughley Cheryl Burke -- 16 out of 30
D.L.'s knees buckled when he was saved last week. He told us tonight that was not an act! He was literally floored when he and Cheryl Burke were saved. His work is cut out for him; he's got to hit the prom this week with the very tough salsa. They're dancing to James Brown's sex machine.Cheryl dominates the routine and two of the judges are not kind. While Len admires D.L.'s spirit, he criticized his lack of rhythm and hip action. Bruno also prefaced his sucker punch by saying he appreciates D.L.'s effort, but said it looks like he needs a hip replacement. Carrie Ann came to the rescue and told him it's all about taking baby (dance) steps and she sees improvement.
Wynonna Judd and partner Tony Dovolani -- 15 out of 30
Bringing up the rear this week: Wynonna and Tony Dovolani with a lackluster samba. They try to put a little rock and roll flavor in their dance. The song is Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and both Wy and Tony dress the parts. There's even some potential pole dancing! But the routine doesn't gel; Wynonna still looks uncomfortable. And I don't know how many times the judges can ask her to come out of her shell and "go for it." Carrie Ann said Wy didn't go up a notch, as she needed to; and Bruno said the dance was a bit sedated.
Two people get bonus points for this "prom theme." Will it make a difference to who stays and who goes? We'll see Tuesday night!