Speaking of reality TV, The Situation still couldn't quite hack it...but his quickstep was better than his cha-cha. He's sloppy around the edges—it's due to Karina Smirnoff that he doesn't look like a total disaster—but he's still so much more likable on this show than on Jersey Shore.
We kinda hate to see him have to go back to that full time.
Bristol Palin, meanwhile, kept her nerves in check even though mama bear was in the audience and continued to represent. Her quickstep wasn't as polished as Audrina's, but she's just as enjoyable to watch—if not more so.
So, how did the rest of the pack do?
• Brandy is supposed to be bursting out of the pack any time now... but not this week. Maybe it was the distracting Clueless knee socks, but there was something clunky about her jive. Plus, she and Maksim Chmerkovskiy don't have any chemistry yet. You would think calling him an a-hole backstage would've helped, but no. And because of all her so-called potential, "OK from [Brandy] is not good enough," Bruno Tonioli noted. Though Carrie Ann Inaba was doling out 7's like it was going out of style, we much preferred Rick Fox's jive, full of rhythm and power. Now there's a nice hunk o' man.
• Kurt Warner did a better job equaling his fellow athlete this week, looking way more comfortable jiving than waltzing. He doesn't have the same natural ease about him that Rick has, though.
• At times during her quickstep, Florence Henderson looked like a retired ballroom pro, back for a spotlight spin around the floor. And at other times...not. We sincerely hope Corky Ballas isn't giving her less than she can handle. She moves faster than Michael Bolton, anyway. The 57-year-old singer inspired a judges' spat, with Len Goodman telling a hateful Bruno, who said he thought it was the show's worst jive ever, that he should keep some comments to himself.
"We have a 3?" Tom Bergeron said incredulously when Bolton's Gosselinesque score was announced.
• Margaret Cho, who really can dance as it turns out, in no way deserved a lower score than Florence and the same score as The Situation. Based on comparison to last week alone, the comedian's jive was in a different league.
Here's how the leaderboard stacked up:
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 24
Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani: 23
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 22
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 21
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 21
Florence Henderson & Corky Ballas: 19
Margaret Cho & Louis van Amstel: 18
The Situation & Karina Smirnoff: 18
Michael Bolton & Chelsie Hightower: 12
Seal and Janelle Monáe perform on Tuesday's results show, and then one more celeb is going home.