comparison and a battle between the brothers Chmerkovskiy were all on the menu for tonight.
(Maybe she doesn't remember that, though Mark won with Shawn Johnson, he got further with Bristol than he did with Sabrina Bryan.)"What does Sabrina or Shawn have to do with this? Which, good news for Bristol, Len Goodman called "easily [her] best dance." (She still finished up in last place, but her numbers Drew Lachey paid homage to fellow boy-bander Joey Mc Intyre's cha-cha and ended up being praised for his "power drill"-reminiscent booty."It worked for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you," purred Bruno Tonioli.After respectable showing (he should've done the worm!), the numbers started ticking upward, starting with Gilles Marini's three-8.5 twist on a tango Maks Chmerkovskiy (ultimately the most borrowed choreographer of the night) did with Erin Andrews.," growled Bruno (ultimately, as always, the most quotable judge of the night).Melissa Rycroft returned to front-runner form, earning a season-high 27 on her J. Martinez-originated samba, only to be joined at the top a little later by none other than Kelly Monaco, whose partner Val Chmerkovskiy couldn't pass up the opportunity to put his own stamp on brother Maks' paso doble wtih Laila Ali.Sabrina also borrowed a page from Maks' paso doble playbook, the chapter titled "Mel B," but—and get this—the judges found her dancing exceptional, but Carrie Ann Inaba said Sabrina and Louis Van Amstel"didn't bring anything new" to the routine. was Sabrina a little miffed perhaps when she earned the same score as Hélio Castroneves, who stumbled over Chelsie Hightower's dress during his Apolo Anton Ohno-inspired quickstep? )Apolo, meanwhile, earned himself 9 with an homage to Gilles' "Fever" fox-trot, and fellow past champ Emmitt Smith earned his best marks yet with a pounding paso doble first danced by the guy he beat for the season-three mirror ball, Mario Lopez.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough closed the show with Hélio's famous banana-man quickstep—but with a trampoline!"One of the best dances I've seen, if not the best dance, in 15 seasons," Bruno raved of their rule-flouting (lifts, ya know? Here's how the leaderboard stacked up tonight: Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27 Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5Hélio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel: 25.5Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5There's a double elimination tomorrow, so this could spell the end for Bristol thinking Mark is bummed, but..never know!dance floor and displayed their amazing chemistry, and now the pair are finally taking on the rumors of their relationship.Most of the dating rumors for Mota and Hough have come via the internet, with wishful fans hoping that the pair hook up.Much like Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis before them, the couple’s fans have yearned to see them get together beyond the dance floor., he said he has learned all about “shipping,” the terminology for when fans wish a couple to be in a relationship together.Hough seemed to joke about the idea, though he didn’t say what he thinks about all the fans shipping him and Mota.