Erin Andrews (of ESPN fame) is partnered with Maks, and they are up next. You know, I used to hate Maks, and then I grew to love him when he was partnered with Mel B. but then he says, "There's one level I work at -- max!" Ugh. That is lame. And then Erin tells him on their first meeting that she actually asked to work with Tony. Awesome. In rehearsals, they joke around and seem to enjoy each other, which is nice. Maks needs a partner that will stand up to him and won't take his crap, I think. Which is why I liked him with Mel B. so much. They are doing the cha cha. She's good, but she kind of has Joanna Krupa syndrome where she doesn't bend her legs at the knees enough and she ends up looking like a Barbie doll. She puts a lot of personality into it, though, playing to the cameras and such, so it's fun to watch.
Carrie Ann thinks Erin moves well, and they have a good connection. Len calls Erin "a funky monkey" and thought their routine was challenging, although he also noticed her leg problems. Bruno thought it was a wonderful debut and makes some joke about her throwing her legs in the air well. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, and Bruno 7. I do appreciate that they're not throwing nines around yet.
Jake was The Bachelor allegedly; I don't watch that show (or haven't in many seasons), so I'll take his word for it. He's partnered with Chelsie, so he must be short. I think they give Chelsie all the shorties. Since Jake has no personality, they use the clip package to try to make us feel for him, because he's worried! That he's not a good dancer! They're doing the Viennese waltz, and not only do they start out with him giving Chelsie a rose (like on The Bachelor!), but they're dancing to "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal. A bit too on the nose. So Jake is stiff, but he gets all the steps right. He needs to work on his hand placement too. Actually, he needs to work on a lot of things, but he's not the worst male star I've seen in week one. This season might be tough, though. The competition is fierce.
Len though he moved well and was impressed that they did the dance in hold. Bruno babbles something about killing and eating Chelsie. Seriously, I have no idea and I could go back and rewind ten times and I still wouldn't know. Carrie Ann is also talking nonsense about bravado. That was a weird judges' sequence. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 6, and Bruno 7. I think we watched different routines. I thought it was kind of boring and stiff. Not terrible, but boring.