September 27th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
HLN's Nancy Grace was hoping to be the belle of the ball on last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," especially after surviving the "bottom three" last week. But her strong quickstep Monday may have been overshadowed by an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.
Grace appeared to inadvertently expose herself at the end of her dance with partner Tristan MacManus, leading ABC to abruptly go to a bizarre still shot of audience members not clapping (even though you could clearly hear the live crowd cheering in the background). Host Tom Bergeron commented that what just happened "would be perfectly fine" on a European version of the show. Update, 2:21 p.m.: Nancy Grace tells People that what happened on Monday's show didn't "equate to a wardrobe malfunction," but was rather "a little tiny movement."
Nevertheless, the legal eagle was rewarded for her performance with 21 out of a possible 30 points. Judge Len Goodman praised Grace for staying in proper hold throughout the dance, giving her an "8" – his highest score of the night.
"I feel so happy," Grace told CNN after the show. "I can't believe we got an '8'!"
Ten other celebrities and their dance partners also took the floor. For this week, the teams performed either a quickstep or a jive.
The first celeb last night was soccer's Hope Solo, who missed some practice time due to a U.S./Canada game. The two wowed the crowd with a jive dressed like soccer players, but Solo seemed a bit out of control with her steps and kicks. The judges were quick to warn her that while the energy and power are there, her precision needs some fine tuning.
Solo: 19/30 (Carrie Ann Inaba 6, Len Goodman 7, Bruno Tonioli 6)
Kristin Cavallari was up next with her quickstep, and she came onto the dance floor dressed like Marilyn Monroe. She and Mark Ballas appeared to move well, but Cavallari seemed a bit robotic at times. The judges praised Cavallari for her finesse, but she was urged to work on her technique.
Cavallari: 22/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)
David Arquette came out dressed like a Las Vegas lounge lizard for his jive, and he got the crowd into a frenzy with a show trademark - sliding between the legs of partner Kym Johnson. Unfortunately, Arquette's performance was a lot like Carson Kressley's routine from last week - all pizzazz and no technique. The judges, who gently scolded Arquette last week for being too serious in his waltz, warned that he has to find a balance if he wants to advance.
Arquette: 18/30 (Inaba 6, Goodman 6, Tonioli 6)
Elisabetta Canalis was looking to bounce back from last week's disappointing cha-cha, and she appeared to do just that, performing a quickstep that the judges warmly received. Footwork issues remained, and there were still times where she looked a bit lost out there.
Canalis: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)
America's sixth-favorite Kardashian, Rob, was on the block next, and he spent practice time complaining about his "man boobs." This show sure has a dirty mind, doesn't it?
Kardashian looked more confident than he did last week, performing a jive that showed he was in better sync with partner Cheryl Burke. He's still a bit rigid and slow, but the judges praised him for his improvement. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba declared Rob a better dancer than sister Kim, which may or may not be a compliment given Kim's poor performance on the show.
Kardashian: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)
Carson Kressley came next, and again brought the fun to the dance floor by dressing up as the love child of Steve Urkel and pro golfer Ian Poulter. His quickstep was simple and to the point, but technique remains a critical problem, and he didn't appear to have much chemistry with partner Anna Trebunskaya. Nevertheless, the judges praised him for being the hardest worker among all the celebrities.
Kressley: 18/30 (Inaba 6, Goodman 6, Tonioli 6)
Ricki Lake was the star of the show last night, performing a jive that energized the crowd. Lake surprised many by more than holding her own with the experienced Derek Hough, who leaped over Lake to complete the routine.
Bruno Tonioli complimented Lake for being the first celebrity to do the jive correctly, while Len Goodman's attempt at criticism was drowned out by the crowd.
Lake: 23/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 7, Tonioli 8 )
Chaz Bono had the challenge of following Lake's exhilarating performance with a quickstep of his own, and it didn't help that he was dealing with knee and ankle problems that required getting checked out by a doctor.
Bono and Lacey Schwimmer's quickstep was welcomed by the crowd, and Bono was more than game throughout the routine. Unfortunately, the dance is called the "quickstep," and Bono was simply too slow to impress the judges.
Bono: 17/30 (Inaba 6, Goodman 5, Tonioli 6)
Like Solo, Chynna Phillips appeared to take a step back last night, performing a jive that the judges thought was too safe. Goodman noted that Philips' performance was "good, but not great."
Phillips: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)
The final contestant of the night was first-round co-leader J.R. Martinez, who again dazzled the crowd with a jive. For someone who claims to have had no dance experience entering the competition, the veteran and soap star is a quick learner who dances like every performance could be his last.
Martinez: 22/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 8 )
What did you think of last night's "Dancing with the Stars" episode? Who do you believe will be eliminated next?
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