"Dancing with the Stars" started week two of season nine with Baz Luhrmann, director of "Moulin Rouge," as a guest judge. Head judge Len Goodman, who underwent surgery for prostate cancer this summer, was not on the judging panel Monday. The show announced that Len was working in England and would return to the show next week and for the duration of the season.
Tied for the lead are singers Aaron Carter and Mya with 27 points each. Donny Osmond is close behind with 25 points. The rest of the celebrities are mostly in the 19- to 21-point range. Model Kathy Ireland is in last place with 18 points. The judges' scores will be added to viewers' votes and the celebrity with the lowest combined score will be eliminated on Tuesday's results show.
Here's a recap of the Monday night show:
Singer Donny Osmond and partner Kym Johnson scored 25 points for their jive to "Secret Agent Man."
Bruno Tonioli gave the dance 8 points: "Secret Agent Osmond. Mission accomplished. You did a very, very good jive."
Baz Luhrmann, 9: "The dance knows no age. You just seem to be so full of life."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 8: "This is why the name Osmond carries so much weight in this business... Keep up what you're doing."
Politician Tom DeLay with partner Cheryl Burke earned 18 points for their tango. A slip, in which De Lay almost dropped his partner, at the end of the routine cost the couple points. Why the slippery steps? DeLay was diagnosed with a pre-stress fracture last week. "The foot hurts, but we're going to dance until it breaks," DeLay said.
Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "You're actually an oddly well-matched couple." Carrie had some advice for DeLay to help him hold up his partner: "You've got to squeeze them together, sir." Likely, she was referring to the need to clench the butt muscles in order to clench the move. Host Tom Bergeron joked "I don't think, historically, that's been his problem." Was that a thinly veiled tight-ass remark aimed at the conservative former Speaker of the House? Audience members seemed to think so as some cheered and some jeered.
Bruno Tonioli, 6: "You almost pulled it out of the bag... You tried to (have) a proper, correct, beautiful tango."
Baz Luhrmann, 6: "It was a cliffhanger, there was the ending. I thought you had great dignity and grace."
Singer Mya and partner Dmitry Chaplin scored a 27 for their theatrical jive.
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "Mya the magnificent... It was like seeing Josephine Baker and Clark Kent."
Baz Luhrmann, 9: "That is the real deal... Speed, accuracy in the steps, yes."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 9: Though she started by reminding Dmitry that Len would have hated the routine's dramatic start, she felt the opposite. "I loved your jive... Great energy."
"Iron Chef America" chairman Mark Decascos and partner Lacey Schwimmer earned 21 points for their quickstep. Mark almost fell at the beginning of the dance which was reflected in the score.
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "What a great performer. If you only could get your feet under control... You are a good dancer and you can sell it."
Baz Luhrmann, 7: "I thought that was an incredible comeback after that first fall. You could have fallen apart and you did not."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "I liked it. It was very ambitious... You're very explosive in your moves... You need to breathe a little bit more."
Model Kathy Ireland and partner Tony Dovolani received 18 points for the quickstep. That was the lowest score of the night. Kathy had a simple request for viewers: "Please, vote."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "This suited you much better than the salsa did... You're so reserved."
Bruno Tonioli, 6: "You have to be engaging... you can't dance the quickstep two miles apart."
Baz Luhrmann, 6: "Elegant. Beautiful, all those things, but the quickstep is an exciting dance."
Singer Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel earned 19 points for the tango. Kelly had a couple of noticeable slips in her routine. "I got so nervous... I kind of freaked out," Kelly admitted.
Baz Luhrmann, 7: "There were mistakes.. but what a fighter... I was moved by it."
Bruno Tonioli, 6: "You can do it, Kelly... But too many mistakes."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "You're building this wonderful technique baseline... you have to stay in character."
Singer Aaron Carter and partner Karina Smirnoff scored 27 points for their quickstep.
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "Spectacular. Spectacular. Mini Fred Astaire, you are."
Baz Luhrmann, 9: "It was a real quickstep. It was clever. It was inventive, and it was a real show."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 9: "That was truly a pleasure... The contact in your hold was ridiculous."
Snowboarder Louie Vito and partner Chelsie Hightower scored 19 for their jive. The audience seemed to enjoy the tricks including a flip at the beginning and a couple of splits, but the judges didn't. They also thought that Louie seemed a bit "lost" at times during the routine.
Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "You have so much joy when you dance."
Bruno Tonioli, 6: Cool dude in the hood... You can do much better than that because you have the ability."
Baz Luhrmann, 7: "I thought it was tremendous and joyous and what a jive should be."
Actress Debi Mazar and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy scored 21 points for their tango. Video from rehearsals showed Debi becoming upset with Maksim's constant criticism. An emotional Debi told Maks to stop scolding her. He apologized and they laughed about the footage on Monday's show.
Baz Luhrmann, 7: "That tango really is about a love-hate relationship... Playing out that story was really an achievement."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "You are the drama queen."
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "Assert yourself because it works."
NFL star Michael Irvin and partner Anna Demidova received 20 points for their quickstep.
Bruno Tonioli, 6: "We wanted content... You came and you gave us content."
Baz Luhrmann, 7: "You have great charm."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "Compared to last week, this is like a touchdown."
Actress Melissa Joan Hart and partner Mark Ballas earned 19 for the jive. The judges said Melissa had shown great improvement from last week's waltz. The audience must have thought that Melissa's score needed to improve. The crowd booed when her points were totaled.
Bruno Tonioli, 6: He acknowledged that Melissa had more energy this week, but had some advice. "Check your feet as well, my darling."
Baz Luhrmann, 6: "I thought from last week big, big improvement... the steps were defeating you a bit."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "Last week you were beige. This week you were bright red."
Ultimate fighter Chuck Liddell and partner Anna Trebunskaya scored 19 for the tango.
Baz Luhrmann, 7 "Your ability to face fear... I thought it was fantastic."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 6 "I was a little frightened... That dance had impact."
Bruno Tonioli, 6 "I really want you to stay in this. Please vote for this guy, he's amazing."
Swimmer Natalie Coughlin with partner Alec Mazo earned a 21 for the quickstep. Though the judges agreed that her footwork needed to be more precise to pull off the fast-tempo quickstep, they also decided her energy and performance made up for her footwork. Judges' advice: Just breathe.
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "Relax a little bit more."
Baz Luhrmann, 7: "You light up the room."
Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "I really love watching you move."
Model Joanna Krupa with Derek Hough scored a 20 for their jive. The judges said Joanna's footwork was a bit sloppy and the routine seemed "out of control" at times.
Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "I thought your feet were a little spastic."
Bruno Tonioli, 7 "Don't hold back, girl."
Baz Luhrmann 7 "Just connect more" as a couple.
In week one actor Ashley Hamilton and partner Edyta Sliwinska and singer Macy Gray with partner Jonathan Roberts were eliminated.