Isn’t it so good to have a Canadian reality TV show on the air?  Thanks CTV!

Bad news for Shelaina Anderson.  Before we even get to a performance show and Shelaina has injured herself in rehearsals and cracked one of the bones in her foot.  The injury doesn’t just affect Shelaina though.  Her partner for tonight is going to be getting a stand in and according to Jean Marc, it’s a big surprise. Who is it? Season two winner Tara-Jean Popowich of course!

So here is the run down of what happened!

Yonni Fournier & Claudia Primeau
Style: Salsa
Choreographer: Tony Meredith & Melanie Lapatin
Calabria 2008 (feat. Natasja), Enur

Mary: I think these two shook it just right
Luther: That was great technique
Blake: I think you’re the sexiest woman we’ve ever had on this show Claudia
Tre: You remind me of a sexy Antonio Banderas Yonni
Jean Marc: You are the salsa gangsta Yonni


Kirsten Wicklun & Jera Wolfe
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Fireflies – Ron Pope

Mary: That really was beautiful.
Luther: That was a great, great job.
Blake: That was refreshing.
Tre: That was like Twilight on stage.
Jean Marc: I want more of Mandy Moore.


Amanda Cleghorn & Denys Drozdyuk
Style: Tango
Choreographer: Tony Meredith & Melanie Lapatin
Grand Guignol – Bajofondo

Mary: Great technique.  Everyone is going to want to partner with you 
Luther: Really, really impressive.
Blake: Damn, that was hot, hot, hot, hot, hot!
Tre: I can’t flirt, my boyfriend will get mad. Beautiful, well done!
Jean Marc: That was engaging, powerful and seductive.


Charlene Hart & Jeff Mortensen
Style: Jive
Choreographer: Danny Arbour
Celebrity Status – Marianas Trench

Mary: You had a little bit of bad luck tonight but I know you can do better than that.
Luther: It’s refreshing to see you with a partner Jeff
Blake: You’re like the two little carebears of the competition
Tre: This show has peaks and valleys but you finished strong
Jean Marc: A little shaky start but some great choreography


Sebastian Mersch & Danielle Gardner
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Longinus Fernandes
Tera Hi Jalwa – Sajid-Wajid, Earl E.D. & Wajid (Wanted Cast)

Mary: It wasn’t bad or great, it was in the middle.
Luther: I think this was the perfect way for the world to be introduced to you.
Blake: I thought you did a really good job and I had fun watching it.
Tre: I think it was a very good example of bollywood from the movies.
Jean Marc: I wanted it a little sharper.


Jonathan Arsenault & Kloe Schultz
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Sho-Tyme
X Gon’ Give it To Ya – DMX

Mary: You guys were like two pitbulls attacking that thing
Luther: I think you did a really good job
Blake: You have a presence and a confidence about you that I love
Tre: You guys matched each other and held it together
Jean Marc: 


Jesse Weafer & Julia Harnett
Style: New Disco
Choreographer: Melissa Williams
Fame (Glam as You Remix) – Lady Gaga

Mary: I think you guys rocked the disco ball
Luther: Good Work
Blake: Good luck to the both of you
Tre: Julia, you are so beeping sexy
Jean Marc: I love it!


Shavar Blackwood & Janick Arseneau
Style: Afro Jazz
Choreography: Sean Cheesman
Dances With Wood / Baba – Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo

Mary: You were so exciting and uninhibited Janick. You just tore this up Shavar.
Luther: I was waiting to hear the jungle and animals and I saw it.
Blake: On the whole I thought it was great.
Tre: Hell yeah, you lived up to the choreography.
Jean Marc: You guys are money players. You dance when it counts and you set the stage on fire.


MacKenzie Green & Nathalie Heath
Style: Vienesse Waltz
Choreographer: Pierre Allaire
For the nights I can’t remember – Hedley

Mary: You looked like you stepped out of a dream tonight
Luther: I was totally caught up in that
Blake: That was like the dream sequence from a movie
Tre: Magical moments!
Jean Marc: That suited you perfectly.


Bree Wasylenko & Edgar Gilbert-Reyes
Style: Hip Hop
Choreographer: Jaeblaze
OMG (feat. will.I.Am) – Usher

Mary: Edgar, you were great. Bree, you’re the biggest surprise for me tonight. You need some transportation. 
Luther: Both y’all were amazing.
Blake: Wow. I did not expect that and I couldn’t take my eyes off you.
Tre: Call off the show, this is it.
Jean Marc: Great chemistry.


Hani Abaza & Tara-Jean Popowich (Shelaina Anderson’s replacement)
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Nico Archambault & Wynn Holmes
That’s how Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

Mary: You were there for your partner every step of the way
Luther: To go from having one partner to having to get used to another is a difficult thing.
Blake: It was beautiful to watch.
Tre: If I’d known the future, I wouldn’t have sent Shelaina home in Season 2.
Jean Marc: Hani, you are the real deal.


What a night.  I’m not sure Kloe was as good as the judges suggested she was. Definitely a massive challenge for her but it wasn’t tight at all.  Kirsten would have to be my favourite of the girls.  She’s just delicious to watch.  

It’ll be a tough call at the elimination with Shelaina out.  What is going to be fair if she is able to come back next week? The drama that will unfold at the elimination!

Who were your faves?


I’d forgotten just how much fun So You Think You Can Dance Canada is.  Dancing is intense. People pushing their bodies to the limit in the auditions just to get themselves a boarding pass to the finals. It’s amazing that we don’t see more broken bones and torn ligaments!

Amanda Cleghorn – 18, Mississauga, ON Imogen Heap, between sheets.  Amanda doesn’t want to be in the shadow of her older sister any longer.  The first audition of the day and the first ticket to the finals.

Aneal Ramkissoon, 18, Woodbridge, ON It’s all about Bollywood for Aneal.  If you want diversification then this is it.  If you want a ticket though, try harder next year.

Jenna Speir, 18, London, ON.  She’s incredible to watch. (Sarah McLachlan – Possession).  Mary thinks she’s top 20 material and it’s hard to disagree with her.  She’s through to the choreography round.

Ajamu “Freezy” Eversley, 24, Mississauga, ON. Benchmark is an understatement. Loads of conviction too. All that and a finals berth.

Yana Gorodjanova, 19, Woodbridge, ON is back in 2010 after missing out on the final place in the Top 20 in 2009.  Her audition is like a stage show in its own right. She’s through to the finals.

Roxanne Mignacco, 24, Montreal, QC is a professional cheerleader (Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada) but she doesn’t hit it today.

Sarah Vance, 22 from Waterloo, ON, was the 100th test tube baby in Canada.  (Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol) It doesn’t have nearly anywhere near the same energy as a lot of other dancers we’ve seen.  She’s very happy looking. Very happy to be through to bootcamp!

Rodrigo Basurto, 25 from Toronto, ON has been taking ballet lessons since we last saw him with Shavar Blackwood, 24 from Toronto, ON.  Rodrigo gets bootcamp while Shavar gets a boarding pass.

Christian “Cee” Ancheta, 22 from Kanata, ON is the Unitard guy from Season two.  Wow.  How could he not be getting his boarding pass.

Caroline Holody, 18 from Brampton, ON is a ballroom dancer who only really wants the opinion of one of our judges, Jean Marc Genereux. It’s bootcamp for her.

Alvin Collantes, 20 from Mississauga, ON is a contemporary dancer who is simply incredible to watch. His second year in a row getting a boarding pass.

Enisa Mulic, 20 from London, ON seems to be at the wrong audition.  Perhaps she should just stick to the clubs.

Kirstie Keenan, 18 from Bolton, ON is a real story teller with her movements.  She has a story about dancing for her mother and grandmother.  She’s through to choreography but she’s pretty much guaranteed a place in the next round.

Jonathan “JR” Roumain, 23 from Montreal, QC has an awesome mix of slow and fast moves that impress. Through he is.

Dwayne “Boneless” Gulston, 22 from Toronto, ON is hoping to make it through like is 6″8 tall brother did.  Yes.. They’re both through to the finals.

Charlene Hart, 23 from Abbotsford, BC lost her dress in Season 2 as it came undone from around her neck.  This year she’s wearing a long sleeve top that should stop that from happening.  She gets through to choreography.

Nisheeth Proshanti, 22 from Toronto, ON brings her indian culture to the stage.

Jesse Weafer 24 from Aurora, ON thinks he can dance.  He’s full of energy and there’s a ticket with his name on it.

Matthew Cuff, 20 from Mississauga, ON is all about bringing vogue to the So You think You Can Dance Canada stage.  It’s choreography for him.

Nina Strazzulla, 20 from Winona, ON is an acrobat. She is hot to watch with all those tumbles.  She’s straight through to the finals!

Jennifer Abbey, 23 from Toronto, ON brings her hip hop through to bootcamp.

Andrew Chung, 23 from Toronto, ON is adamant he’ll be in the top 20. He gets a ticket to his dreams.

Graeme Goodhall, 24 from Etobicoke, ON is through to choreography.

It’s the third time auditioning for Lisa Frias, 24 from Caledon, ON.  She gets a yes to choreography which is further than she’s been before.

Patrizia Gianforcaro, 24 from Woodbridge, ON is going to the finals.  

At bootcamp, it’s the most punishing hour of choreography from Blake McGrath.  There is good news for so many dancers and heartbreak for others.  In fact, it’s the most bootcampers who have ever made it through to the finals.


The new season of Grey’s Anatomy is set to start on September 23rd, 2010. With all the hype this show has gotten over the years, there are new viewers that have started watching every season.

The only problem is, that means that they’ve missed a lot of the plot! To help with this problem, ABC put together a starter kit that gives you a brief synopsis on everything you should know about past seasons that will be relevant to the new one coming up!

Watch it here on YouTube to get caught up for September!

Every week, the lead writer of each Grey’s episode blogs about the inspiration and the backstory that went into penning the episode. This week’s episode was written by the series creator herself and she writers about it!

When I was a kid and I did something crazy, like climb on the roof or eat detergent to see how it tasted, my mom would say — in that weary, exasperated, “I’d rather be on the beach” tone that all moms have – she would say, “Shonda, what do you have to say for yourself? WHAT?”

I tell you this because I am quite sure that if you saw the finale and you are reading this blog and you…I don’t know, like babies or Mer/Der or happiness or dancing it out…if you like those things, you are shouting, “Shonda, what do you have to say for yourself? WHAT?”

(I’d like to point out that the dark and twisty among you might not be shouting at all. You might be saying, “I get you, Sister! Solidarity!” Or maybe I’m just desperately hoping that is true.)

My point is, if you are asking what I have to say for myself, my answer is this:

I don’t know what to say for myself.

Honestly, I don’t. So I’m going to ramble for a while and see if I come up with something.

Ready? Here we go:


When I pitched this finale at the beginning of Season 6 (those of you who know me know that I pitch the end of the season first and we work towards it), when I pitched a gunman shooting up the hospital, it seemed fine.

Really it did.

And then 20 or so episodes later, I started to write it and it did not seem fine. It did not seem fine at all. On an almost daily basis, I would come into work and throw myself down on the sofa in the middle of the office and burst into tears like a…well, like a bitch baby. And I would tell the other Grey’s writers, “I don’t think I can do this. It’s too horrible. People are getting hurt. That man is shooting them.” Buckets of bitch baby tears. And Tony and Hammer and Pete and everyone on the writing staff would murmur encouraging things.  My assistant Miguel would say, “You can do it! It’s going to be great!” in that cheerful Miguel way.  And so I would suck up the bitch baby tears and keep writing.

But here’s the thing. It hurt to write this finale. It literally hurt me. Because in order to write these episodes, I had to walk in the shoes of Gary Clark.  I had to think like a shooter.  A person who would shoot Reed and Alex and Charles. A person who would shoot Derek.  By the time I finished writing part one, I was sick. And depressed. Because my McDreamy – and I think you all will forgive me for believing he is more mine than anyone else’s because c’mon, I wrote my dream guy saying my dream things which is the reason I am single and the reason he is mine – my McDreamy was lying on my beloved catwalk dying. Mer is screaming and he is dying. And, before you have me shot up with Thorazine and placed in a strait jacket, yes, I DO I know it’s a only TV show, I’m not insane, but dude…it felt too real. It felt WAY too real.

And here’s the thing you need to know: in my first draft of Part 1, Gary Clark shot Bailey.  Bailey.  He shot her. And I wrote it and then I couldn’t sleep, for days and days, I could not sleep and I had to remove it from the script. Bailey getting shot was just too much for me. She’s our anchor. She’s the soul. Mer is the heart but Bailey is the soul and so I had to delete it.  Because there was no way I could go on if Bailey had a bullet wound.  The world would just be too…broken. Derek was devastating enough but both Derek and Bailey…it meant I couldn’t go on.

And then I got to Part 2. I had shattered a world and now I needed to put it back together. Okay…wait:

Here is where many of you are yelling at me, where those of you who weren’t yelling maybe decide to START yelling. Right here. Right now. You want to know why I didn’t do a happy season finale. Why happy things were not happening to happy people in the happy finale. Why I would do what I did to Meredith. You are hollering, “I hate you and your stupid dark and twisty mind, Shonda Rhimes!”

(Except for y’all who roll with the dark and twisties. You don’t hate, you relate, right? Y’all are out there, still with me, right? Still got your dancing shoes and tequila bottles raised high in the air in solidarity, right? Crap. Not even you guys?)

I promise you, there was a reason for this.

Meredith is whole and healed. I love the scene where she tells April that it took her forever to find Derek and then it took her forever to realize she wanted to be his wife, have his kids. That’s a changed woman. The very fact that being pregnant makes her happy makes her a changed woman.  And then she lost the baby.  It took my breath away. That wince that Meredith gives before she says she is having a miscarriage, it took away my breath.  Reed dies and Charles dies and it’s sad. But the miscarriage, that’s devastating. For Mer. For the audience. For everyone. But you don’t know how much you wanted something until you have lost it. You don’t know your true feelings until a thing you have is gone for good. And that’s what I wanted for Mer. I wanted her to realize just HOW BADLY she wanted a baby. Because Mer is me in a lot of ways. And I always thought I did not want a baby. Until I did. And then suddenly a baby was everything. I wanted her to be sure. Absolutely sure. See, she is a character who spends her life trying not to repeat the mistakes of her mother.  She is trying to overcome. And so I needed her to be sure. I’ve said that Mer will never have kids but then I started to think of that as a challenge. How do I make Mer TRULY WANT to have kids? And so I told this story. It’s horrible and it’s sad.

It is also what I refer to as the bill. You eat a delicious meal at a delicious restaurant, you get a bill. You buy the expensive bag online, the bill comes due.  You want in, you gotta pay.  Same with life (or at least life as it plays out in my head). The scales have to be balanced.  It’s the hideous game of fate our characters always play. She gets to keep her Derek but the very thing that makes it okay to keep him, that hideous stressful moment where she believes he’s dead? That’s the very thing that makes her lose the baby. The bill was due. And the collection agents came calling. I hate it but it’s the only way I know to do it – let the universe hand Mer a shiny pony and then kick Mer in the face. You don’t get to have everything. There’s always a price.

Cristina. This finale, especially the second half, belongs to Cristina. Owen chooses her, did you see that? Owen, faced with life or death, knows what he wants and what he wants is some Cristina Yang. But more importantly, Cristina truly comes into her own as a heart surgeon. She’s had numerous teachers, all kinds of setbacks but she finally had the right teacher, she had Teddy, and when she says to herself “pig or cow, Cristina” as she stands over Derek’s chest cavity…that was her graduation. When she refuses to stop operating with a gun literally pressed to her head, that was her commencement. Another part of her graduation? The girl who always had a hard time giving of herself emotionally gives like crazy in this episode. She is willing to die to save Derek because she loves Meredith so much and she promised Mer that she would do her very best work. Cristina Yang graduated tonight. Toss your caps in her honor.

Poor sweet Alex. He didn’t have much to say tonight. Because he got shot almost immediately.  Which was a difficult choice for me to make. Because I love Alex and he’s so important to the show. You wanna see him TALKING. But he has that incredible moment. Where he’s asking for Izzie. And Lexie’s already said she loves him but it’s so clear that the only person he loves is Isobel Stevens and she’s nowhere to be found.  And poor Mark has to watch all of this happening.  Now, I will tell you guys this: I’m not so sure that Lexie really loves Alex. I think her realization that Gary Clark is the shooter has her feeling guilty, like Alex getting shot might be her fault. I think up until tonight she’s been walking like a duck. After all, Mer did tell her that her heart lives in her vagina. And her relationship with Alex is all about sex. I think she loves Mark Sloan but I think this Gary Clark thing has confused her. So there is hope. For Lexie and Mark, there is hope. It just may take a while.

Callie and Arizona. Are together! Yay! I don’t like them apart. They are so great as a couple, so funny and sweet and emotional, that keeping them apart was not even an option right now. This baby thing, it is hard. It is an impossible situation. But in the end, they were each willing to give a little. And that means they can make it work. No matter what they end up actually deciding on the baby front. When they kiss at the end, that’s the one bright spot we have to hold on to. They love each other. Nothing else matters.

This was one of my favorite, most painful Bailey stories. For a doctor to have to sit by and wait and watch as someone dies, to not be able to do anything, that is the greatest tragedy.  When she pulls Charles onto her lap and tells him he is dying but he won’t die alone…well, there are no words. Because all through the finale, she was doing everything she could until there was nothing more to do. Except sit. And wait.

The Mercy Westers really came into their own tonight. Reed died and Charles died and that was awful but April and Jackson joined the tribe tonight. Mer pulled April in when she takes her hand. April lost her best friend and Mer understands that because she has a best friend of her own. And Jackson…he was Cindy Lou tonight. In the face of everything, it’s his quick thinking that saves the day. Sing, Cindy Lou, sing.

Did you see the Chief take back his hospital tonight? Because that’s what he did. He marched into his hospital and he took it back. He poured out the vodka and took control of his hospital. Except now the hospital’s not a hospital anymore. It’s a crime scene. And that’s not a good thing.

Have a good summer. We’ll see you in the fall. And thank you. For watching. Even if you are screaming, “What do you have to say for yourself!?” You make this all possible. The gratitude I feel is kinda boundless.

You can read what Shonda has to say about what will come next on the writer’s blog

The final four contestants battled it out over two dances on Monday night’s instalment of Dancing With The Stars.

Ballroom and Latin were the orders of the day, with each couple dancing an all new style across the two genres.

Two 30s were dished out by the judges with Nicole and Derek’s Argentine Tango impressing along with Evan and Anna’s Paso doble to Evanescene’s Bring Me To Life.

The full recap of scores for the night are listed below:


The Ballroom Round

Erin & Maksim

Dancing: Viennese waltz

Song: “February Song,” Josh Groban

Scores: 9+9+9=27

Nicole & Derek

Dancing: Argentine tango

Song: Instrumental

Scores: 10+10+10=30

Chad & Cheryl

Dancing: Waltz

Song: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”

Scores: 9+9+9=27

Evan & Anna

Dancing: Foxtrot

Song: “I’ve Got the World on a String”

Scores: 10+9+10=29

The Latin Round

Erin & Maksim

Dancing: Paso doble

Song: “You Got The Look”

Scores: 10+9+10=29

Nicole & Derek

Dancing: Cha-cha

Song: “Kiss,” Prince

Scores: 10+9+10=29

Chad & Cheryl

Dancing: Samba

Song: “Alejandro”

Scores: 8+8+9=25

Evan & Anna

Dancing: Paso doble

Song: “Bring Me to Life,” Evanescence

Scores: 10+10+10=30

The Leaderboard:

Nicole & Derek: 29+30=59

Evan & Anna: 29+30=59

Erin & Maksim: 27+29=56

Chad & Cheryl: 27+25=52


We thought we’d start by seeing our characters have some fun.  Or at least feign having some fun.  I mean, technically it’s a party, right?  Fun!  Okay, it’s a lame “meet and greet the Chief” party.  It probably shouldn’t even be called a party… more like a work function.  But there’s much juicy info to be gleaned from the party.  For instance, Alex and Lexie are a couple.  A couple couple.

Also?  Cristina agrees to move in with Owen.  Through all the angst, all the PTSD, all the choking – Cristina wants to make this work.  She’s all in.  Until life happens and kills her bliss (more on that later).  What else… Reed wants to play in the big leagues by hitting on Mark.  Who had just hit on Callie.  Who was watching Arizona.  Who was trying not to watch Callie.  Cause Callie still wants so badly to be with Arizona…and that kiss in the elevator pretty much said the same for Arizona – such a bittersweet moment.  Wonder how they’ll figure out this mess.  Stay tuned.

Not at the party? Bailey and Ben.  Oh Ben.  Ben with his smile and charm and clothes…off.  Woohoo!

Mostly it was good to see Bailey having some fun for a change.  But then she catches Ben flirting with some chickadee named Liz.  I want to believe that Bailey will get her happiness, if such a thing even exists.

When we first started this episode, the theme was “happiness.”  Simple, right?  Who doesn’t think about their own happiness at least once a day?  Good freaking luck finding your own happiness.  It’s this idea that actually became our theme – how we all try to be happy, constantly searching for it, faking it even, just in case it actually decides to show up.

Okay, we all know it, Cristina and Owen have a complicated relationship.  In fact it’s what makes us love writing about them.  They love each other, but that doesn’t mean both of them don’t have feelings for other people.  Or that they can just decide to shut those feelings off.  And Cristina gets this.  She believes that Owen loves her, she just isn’t okay if he also loves Teddy.  And watching Henry and Betty reconnect made her think long and hard about whether or not Owen was contemplating looking backwards  – to this woman who had been such an important part of his life so long ago.


We’d already discussed the idea of putting our doctors, infamous for their irreverence and dark humor, their ruthless and clever nicknaming of patients, into a lecture on Patient Sensitivity, and this seemed like the perfect patient to tie it to.  Then, I started researching Bailey’s lecture, looking around for the kinds of things that hospitals actually recommend for doctors to do and say, and I found it really telling that almost every program I could find was aimed toward sensitivity to bariatric – obese — patients.  That’s partly because obesity is an epidemic in this country – more than one-third of Americans are considered clinically obese – and the medical community is racing to catch up.  And also because, sadly, obesity is often called society’s last acceptable prejudice.  So sensitivity to these patients apparently needs to be taught, stressed and re-stressed.

So we knew, with the arrival of this patient, we would explore patient sensitivity.  And also see what sensitive areas these doctors could have exposed along the way.

n terms of insensitivity to patients, I think historically it’s been a dead heat between Alex and Cristina.  So it was fun to realize that Alex, who might be the least sensitive person among them, could be the one who actually breaks through Bobby’s armor of jokes and the layers of despair that got him to this point, and helps him to see the good guy inside, the way his wife does. It’s the thing Alex has been learning about himself all season.  And in turn, it helps Alex move forward, saying goodbye to Izzie for good.  How big a step is he taking with Lexie, kissing her like that in front of the whole hospital, taking her hand?  Not sure – but in Alex terms, it looks like a giant step to me.  
And on the other hand…Derek.  Arguably the hospital’s most sensitive doctor, Derek utters perhaps the least compassionate thing in the episode.  It’s shocking, and instantly regrettable. Very Un-Dreamy.  I’ll say I had a hard time with this coming out of his mouth, and I wrote it.  But what Richard tells him is true, the job of Chief can eat away at you, transforming even the most caring surgeon into a callous bureaucrat. And Derek’s clearly having one of the worst days of his Chiefhood yet.


Read more on the Grey Matter writer’s blog

Each pair danced two dances on tonight’s show, one ballroom classic and one Latin.

Nicole and Derek solidified their status as the top competitors with a flawless Paso Doble which garnered 10s from all three judges, leading to the second perfect 30 score in as many weeks.

Niecy Nash is on thin ice however, with a pair of low scores for her Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble.

Here’s a quick scores recap of what went down on the show tonight.

Chad & Cheryl

Dancing: Tango

Song: “Sweet Dreams,” Beyonce

Scores: 7+7+7=21


Niecy & Louis

Dancing: Viennese Waltz

Song: “I Got You Babe”

Scores: 7+8+8=23


Erin & Maks

Dancing: Argentine tango

Song: A Spanish number

Scores: 9+10+9=28


Evan & Anna

Dancing: Waltz

Song: “Open Arms,” Journey

Scores: 9+9+9=27


Nicole & Derek

Dancing: Foxtrot

Song: “Haven’t Met You Yet,” Michael Buble

Scores: 10+9+10=29


Second Dances:


Chad & Cheryl

Dancing: 60s Jive

Song: ”

The Love Man,” Otis Redding

Scores: 8+8+8=24


Niecy & Louis

Dancing: 90s Paso Doble

Song: “Rhythm is a Dancer,” Snap!

Scores: 7+6+7=20


Erin & Maks

Dancing: 80s Rumba

Song: “I Ain’t Missing You,” John Waite

Scores: 8+8+9=25


Evan & Anna

Dancing: Futuristic Cha-cha

Song: “Bulletproof,” La Roux

Scores: 9+8+9=26


Nicole & Derek

Dancing: 50s Paso Doble

Scores: 10+10+10=30


The Leaderboard:

Nicole and Derek: 29+30=59

Evan and Anna: 27+26=53

Erin and Maks: 28+25=53

Chad and Cheryl: 21+24=45

Niecy and Louis: 23+20=43


Sexy sambas lit up the dance floor tonight on Dancing With The Stars as the remaining seven couples attempted to wow the judges with more than their moves.

Argentine Rumbas and Sambas were the dances of choice this week, with half the contestants performing one or the other. Following this was a special Swing Dance Marathon where couples were awarded points for the length of time they survived on the floor.

But this week the stars not only had their moves to concentrate on but their costumes as well, having been designated design duties on their own, and their partners, flashy dance outfits.

Nicole solidified her position as the star to beat with another stunning dance with partner Derek, taking 26 points from the judges for their samba. Combined with the 10 points for their win in the Dance Marathon, they sit atop the leader board with 36 points for the week.

Jake and Chelsie were the lowest-scoring couple with 21 for their samba and 4 in the Dance Marathon.

Here are the complete results:

Jake & Chelsie
Dancing: samba
Song: Instrumental

Scores: 7+7+7=21

Evan & Anna
Dancing: samba
Song: “Hey Mama”

Scores: 7+7+7=21

Niecy & Louis
Dancing: Argentine tango
Song: Something in Spanish that I don’t know

Scores: 7+7+7=21

Erin & Maks
Dancing: samba
Song: “When I Get You Alone”

Scores: 9+7+9=25

Chad & Cheryl
Dancing: Argentine tango
Song: Instrumental

Scores: 8+8+8=24
Nicole & Derek
Dancing: samba
Song: “Maria”

Scores: 9+7+10=26

Pamela & Damian
Dancing: Argentine tango
Song: “All I Ever Wanted” (Instrumental)

Scores: 7+7+8=22

The Swing Dance Marathon results:

1st eliminated (4 points): Jake & Chelsie
2nd eliminated (5 points): Niecy & Louis
3rd eliminated (6 points): Evan & Anna
4th eliminated (7 points): Chad & Cheryl
5th eliminated (8 points): Pamela & Damian
6th eliminated (9 points): Erin & Maks

WINNER: Nicole & Derek

It was a movie-themed night for the stars and their partners on this week’s Dancing With The Stars and Pussycat Doll Nicole managed to tango her way to the top with a near-perfect 29 points alongside dance partner Derek.

Meanwhile Kate Gosselin wallows at the bottom of the ladder with a total of 15 for her Breakfast Club-themed foxtrot.

Check out the full list of judges scores below:

Niecy & Louis
Dancing: jive
Movie: La Bamba (title song)
Scores: 6+6+6=18

Chad & Cheryl
Dancing: quickstep
Movie: Jungle Book (“Bear Necessities”)
Scores: 6+6+6=18

Erin & Maksim
Dancing: jive
Movie: Pulp Fiction (“You Never Can Tell”)
Scores: 7+7+8=22

Jake & Chelsie
Dancing: cha-cha
Movie: Risky Business (“Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll”)
Scores: 8+7+8=23

Pamela & Damian
Dancing: quickstep
Movie: Nine to Five (title song)
Scores: 7+6+8=21

Kate & Tony
Dancing: foxtrot
Movie: Breakfast Club (“Don’t Forget About Me”)
Scores: 5+5+5=15

Nicole & Derek
Dancing: tango
Movie: Pretty Woman (title song)
Scores: 10+9+10=29

Evan & Anna
Dancing: rumba
Movie: Armageddon (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”)
Scores: 9+9+9=27