Len loved the artistry and musicality, but also loved seeing the happy-go-lucky fun side. Len mentions some problems in hold, though. Bruno didn't know that Evan had that vivacity in him, and Tom jokes that it was like looking in a mirror for Bruno. Carrie Ann felt Evan and Anna's connection as well as their connection to the audience. I think that was his best performance, and it was definitely the one that I enjoyed the most. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. I really thought they were going to get a perfect score, but I don't know the technical stuff to look for the way that Len does.
Moving on to the second half of the show, the Latin round, in which each star will be required to perform a solo. Erin and Maks are back to go first, and we're going to find out more about her background. Erin was tall and skinny growing up, and was very self-conscious. She took ballet, tap, and jazz growing up, but knew she wanted to be a sports broadcaster. And then, as most people know, she had a stalker who filmed her through a peephole while she was in her hotel room, naked, and the video leaked onto the Internet. She decided to take on this challenge to prove that she's not a victim (ELISABETH HASSELBECK). Anyway, her dance tonight is the paso doble. Okay, maybe it's because it's set to "U Got The Look" by Prince but this doesn't feel like a paso. It feels very modern. I mean, Erin performs it well, but I don't like the choreography at all, and I usually love the paso dobles that Maks does. It's kind of herky jerky, and really fast, and doesn't have any of the bullfighter elements that I've come to expect. And also, Maks stumbles at the end. That said, Erin looks like she's having a blast.
Bruno calls Erin "a hot chick with an attitude" and then curses, I guess, because they bleep it out. Carrie Ann loved the power and the choreography. Really? Len is a traditionalist, like me, and calls it a "funky monkey," and admits that he's confused. It's just like Derek has done multiple times this season -- choreographed a great dance that doesn't have the traditional elements of the dance, and it's too bad that the star gets punished for the pro's decision. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 9, and Bruno 10. Maks takes off his shirt and starts flexing. Well, that's one way to get votes.
Nicole and Derek must be dancing to Prince too, because they're both dressed in purple. Nicole is from Hawaii, and her mother was young when she was born, so they lived with Nicole's grandparents in a small house with fourteen people. Nicole moved to Kentucky at six, and turned to singing because she felt like an outcast, because she looked so different. She was big into the theater program in high school. And after joining the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole was able to buy her mother a house in Hawaii to be with her family. Anyway, they are dancing the cha cha cha to "Kiss," so I was right about the Prince thing. Her solo is basically her giving a lap dance to an empty chair; impressive as an athletic feat, but is it a cha cha? When Derek comes out, they do some cha cha moves, and they are whipping around the dance floor. It ends with Derek smacking Nicole on the ass, and you can see the judges in the background. Bruno loves it and Len is making a schoolmarm face. Uh oh.