"Dancing with the Stars" started the sixth week of competition Monday on ABC without reality TV mom Kate Gosselin, who was eliminated last week. The show featured a swing-dance marathon which forced the celebrities to dance side-by-side for the first time this season.
After couple-dance scores and swing-dance scores were calculated, singer Nicole Scherzinger was the point leader with 36 out of 40 points (26 couple and 10 swing). Sportscaster Erin Andrews was second with 34 (25 and 9). NFL star Chad Ochocinco was third with 31 points (24 and 7). Actress Pamela Anderson was fourth with 30 (22 and eight). Skater Evan Lysacek was fifth with 27 (21 and 6). Actress Niecy Nash was sixth with 26 (21 and 5) and "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka was last with 25 (21 and 4).
Celebrities and their professional dance partners earned 4 to 10 points for their swing dancing. Couples were eliminated one at time in this order: Jake, 4; Niecy, 5; Evan, 6; Chad, 7; Pamela, 8; Erin, 9; and Nicole, 10. In their couple dances, up to 30 points were possible. Here's how they scored: Nicole had 26; Erin got 25, Chad received 24, Pam got 22, Niecy, Jake and Evan tied with 21.
Carrie Ann Inaba loved the swing-dance competition. "It was a little bit insane at times. Watching all of you run out of steam at the end was brilliant."
One celebrity will be eliminated on Tuesday's results show. The star who receives the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes will leave.
Here's a recap of the each couple's dance:
Pamela Anderson, the 42-year-old former "Baywatch" actress, and partner Damian Whitewood received 22 points for their sexy Argentine Tango.
Len Goodman, 7: "It's about seduction and you can do seduction very well... Sometimes it was a bit scruffy."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "Another great character from Pamela... You play it so well."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "I wanted to see a little bit more technique in your legs."
Nicole Scherzinger, singer for the Pussycat Dolls, and partner Derek Hough earned 26 points for their quick-paced samba.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "That was just ridiculous," in a good way.
Len Goodman, 7: "It's not a samba. It's a hodgepodge of sexy moves and gyrations."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "You are one singular sensation... You've got nothing to worry about."
Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, and partner Cheryl Burke earned their highest score of the season — 24 points — for their Argentine Tango.
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "The revenge of Ochocinco. Strong. Powerful. Demented. Tonight you proved you can actually dance."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "That was really amazing. It was dramatic... It was sensual."
Len Goodman, 8: "On 'Dancing with the Stars' You either grow or you go. You grew tonight."
Erin Andrews, ESPN broadcaster, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned 25 points for their samba. Maks took off his shirt during the routine. The women in the audience loved it, but head judge Len Goodman did not.
Len Goodman, 7: "From week one I've given you a seven every week... You're going to get another seven tonight." What does she need to do to earn a higher score? "You come out and show me a proper dance. I'm fed up with shirts coming off, Maks. She's too good for that."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "Your placement in the arms tonight was spot on... It was like a girl that wants to be on top."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "You nailed it."
Niecy Nash, actress, and partner Louis Van Amstel earned 21 points for their comedic take on the Argentine Tango. Niecy was attempting to get a cookie out of Louis' grasp. She succeeded eventually. Louis and Niecy shared a cookie as the judges' revealed their scores.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "It's nice to see you dancing, really dancing... There was a new attitude in your body." She didn't like the comedy.
Len Goodman, 7: "I liked the comedy... The story is a lady of the night trying to get money... You were trying to get food. It's obvious you're an enthusiastic eater."
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "Your footwork... You worked on it, and it's good, and it shows."
Jake Pavelka, the most recent "Bachelor," and his partner Chelsie Hightower earned 21 points for their samba. Jake's rhythm — or lack there of — was criticized.
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "You didn't wiggle correctly."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "If you want to be at the top... you need to connect to the music. The music has to flow through your body."
Len Goodman, 7: "You're showing more confidence."
Evan Lysacek, gold medal winning ice skater, and partner Anna Trebunskaya earned 21 points for their samba. The judges agreed that Evan's clean lines and skating style didn't work in the samba. Evan received a minor concussion when he knocked his head on a mat attempting a lift during practice. A doctor said he was fine to compete.
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "It was pretty to look at but it wasn't actually right for this dance."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "You lost the battle with the samba."
Len Goodman, 7: "It was your worst dance... It didn't suit you."
Week five: Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin and partner Tony Dovolani
Week four: "All My Children" star Aiden Turner and partner Edyta Sliwinska
Week three: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and his partner Ashly Costa
Week two: Shannen Doherty, aka Brenda Walsh on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210," and partner Mark Ballas.
Week one: No one.
Tom Bergeron's new co-host is season seven champion Brooke Burke. Former co-host Samantha Harris left the show.
Dancers Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, Karina Smirnoff and Dmitry Chaplin are missing from this season's lineup.