Drew explains that tonight, the women will be dancing either a foxtrot or a cha-cha. As always, the audience votes are combined with the judges' scores to determine who will get the boot.
First up: Jennie "I Choose Me" Garth. I actually have a student named Kelly Taylor this semester, and it is so difficult for me to not make a 90210 crack every time I call roll. But she is barely out of high school, so I'm sure she wouldn't get the reference. In Jennie's clip package, she informs us that she's a wife (to Peter Facinelli!) and mother of three. She's been watching the show a long time. Her partner is Derek Hough, who claims that he's "not as macho" as the other dancers. Really? Is that your claim to fame? Derek heads over to Jennie's house to meet her, and Jennie announces that she knows nothing about dancing. They start practicing the cha-cha. Jennie says it's difficult for her to be the center of attention, and that the dancing doesn't feel natural to her. Derek is worried that Jennie doesn't have the confidence she needs.
And now they dance! The song is "Uptown Girl." Derek is wearing a sort-of mechanic's uniform, and Jennie has a pretty navy dress on. Good color for her. She is doing pretty well -- she even pulls off a split. Derek is really...flamboyant? That's not the right word. Expressive? With his arm movements? Not my favorite dance style. Jennie is cracking herself up, but in kind of a charming way. She's quite graceful -- I wonder if she's had ballet training. The Fac is there to cheer her on. While we're waiting for the judges, they show us the band and singers and I swear one of the lady singers was actually a dude. She might want to tone down the tranny-style makeup. Anyway, judging. Len thought Jennie had good hip action, but needs to work on her leg action. He sounds overall impressed though. Bruno has nothing but compliments, except for some advice on the leg work. Carrie Ann says Jennie needs to get a little more confident, but for going first, she did great. Backstage, Derek tells Drew that it was Jennie's best performance thus far. The judges give them straight 7s. I think the judges are being more careful about not inflating the scores so early so they don't end up like last season, with straight 10s the last few weeks. I like it.