Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Viennese Waltz: Erin looked really beautiful—and flexible!—dancing the waltz, but the ESPN correspondent's movements still have a jerky quality to them if you look closely. "For me, you just made a giant step through the door [to the finals]," Len Goodman said approvingly. "Like a symphony in blue," Bruno Tonioli said, referring to her blue satiny jumpsuit. Erin admitted backstage that she was super nervous and that her legs were shaking all along. "Sorry, babe," she told her rumored more-than-friend Maks.
Score: 27 (Though Bruno initially gave "premature paddle" and accidentally held up a "10" instead of a "9.")
Paso Doble: Again, Erin seemed a bit off-kilter—and she almost brought Maks down with her this time! But for the most part, she was the picture of power (the predance interview addressed her stalker experience) and she cut quite the striking figure in the thigh-high boots and fishnets. "You are a hot chick with an attitude," growled Bruno. Carrie Ann Inaba complimented Maks on his "beautiful choreography," but the very same routine left Len confused once again. "I'm a traditionalist and this is a funky-monkey paso doble," he complained. "I don't know whether to go with the talent or the dance—" "Go with the hotness!" interrupted Bruno.
Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Argentine Tango: Well, of course this was going to be amazing. Technically exact, brimming with tricks...just a great dance. "You're like a divine enchantress, using each move to draw us deeper…into a love spell…enslaved by you, enchanted by the dance!" raved (and raved is definitely the right word) Bruno. Carrie Ann, brought to tears, called it profound. And Len deemed the routine "more delicious than my grandmother's apple pie." (Yorkshire pudding would have made for a more believable comparison, doncha think?)
Cha-Cha: Except for the Prince-meets-Showgirls solo, this cha-cha was entirely worthwhile! Sometimes it's hard to tell from this show what a cha-cha looks like because most of them occur in the first couple of weeks, but...it's sexy! "You are the sexalicious purple queen of the cha-cha-cha!" growled Bruno. "You've got to be there," Len said, referring to next week's finale.