Scorned "Bachelor" contender Melissa Rycroft was missing from the lineup on Monday's "Dancing with the Stars." Producers said she suffered a rib injury that kept her off the dance floor. She's expected back on the show next week.
During a taped interview, Melissa said she "felt a blinding pain" during a morning rehearsal and went to the doctor. The doctor blamed the pain on a hairline fracture of the ribs. He said she could dance, but couldn't do any lifts. Melissa's partner Tony Dovolani said she tried to practice during the day, but when she couldn't breathe properly, they decided to sit out Monday's live performance.
This was the first week that a group dance was scored along with individual dances. Total scores for the night had Lil' Kim as the top scorer with 56 points. At the bottom was Melissa with 46. Gilles Marini had 55, Ty Murray and Shawn Johnson were tied at 52 and Chuck Wicks had 51. These scores will be combined with viewers' votes and on Tuesday's show, one celebrity will be eliminated.
Here's a roundup of Monday's individual performances:After scoring a 29 out of 30 last week, Melissa had to be judged on footage shown from a Monday morning rehearsal. Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Toniolo each scored the rehearsal with a 7 which added up to 21.
The judges awarded 27 points to actor Gilles Marini and his partner Cheryl Burke for their Lindy Hop. Injuries were a common theme of the evening. Gilles complained of a shoulder injury and got a shot before the show to manage the pain.
Rapper Lil' Kim and her partner Derek Hough received a 28 for their paso doble.
"I was expecting oh-no and I got ole," Len Goodman said.
Bruno Toniolo, who gave the couple a perfect 10, said "The bitch is back." He meant it in a good way, of course. Last week the judges said she was too soft.
Singer Chuck Wicks and his partner Julianne Hough received a 26 for their cha-cha.
"Chuck you are in the game." Carrie Ann Inaba said as she praised his hip action.
Len Goodman agreed, "this is turning into a fantastic competition... You're getting stronger and stronger."
Bruno Toniolo added "great bum action," but criticized Chuck's wooden arms.
The judges were divided on the samba by gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner Mark Ballas. It earned 27 points.
"It lacked hip action," Len Goodman said. He rated the dance an 8.
"You're not a wild child. You're not Lady Gaga yet," Bruno Toniolo said. He gave the couple a 9.
Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed. "You're sort of getting this little sexy thing going on," she said when scored the dance a perfect 10.
Judges also disagreed on rodeo star Ty Murray's salsa with partner Chelsie Hightower.
"I loved it." Carrie Ann Inaba said. She scored the dance a 9.
"Like riding a bull, you've had highs, lows, twists and turns." Len Goodman said. He gave the couple a 7 and some harsh criticism. "Unless you come out in this group tango and really perform, I think it's time you hit the trail." That was met with a round of boos from the crowd and a mean look from Ty's wife singer Jewel, who was sitting in the audience.
"Maybe it was the spray tan, but you went wild." Bruno Toniolo said. He gave the couple an 8. That's a total score of 24.
This is the first week that the group dance was scored. The dancers were split into two groups. The first group had Chuck Wicks, Shawn Johnson and their partners. Melissa Rycroft was supposed to be in the group, but professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer (Steve-O's former partner), took her place. The group earned a 25 for the tango.
"It was entertaining. I thought the section you did together was tight," Len Goodman said.
It's "nice to see men who shop in the ladies department," Bruno Toniolo said. Was he listening to Paula Abdul on "American Idol" last week? What are they taking about? In Bruno's case we can assume he was referring to the final moment of the routine when the men leaped on the judges' table and stripped down to leotards and white fishnet pantyhoes.
"I thought the end of it was fun, but I found it a little distracting... the music overpowered you... the music was more fun than you were in your number" Carrie Ann Inaba said.
Lil' Kim, Ty Murray, Gilles Marini and their partners earned a 28 for their sexy tango that begun with the guys appearing topless and lifting Lil' Kim off the judges' table.
"It gave me goosebumps" Bruno Toniolo said.
"This is about teamwork... that was how to do it." Carrie Ann Inaba said.
Luckily for Ty Murray, Len Goodman said "you nailed it." Maybe Ty won't be going home. Find out tomorrow at ledger-enquirer.com. The hour-long results show airs at 9 p.m. on ABC