Dancing with the Stars Recap: Her Name is Nicole

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Dancing with the Stars kicked off its second week Monday night by shuffling the order and injecting the Foxtrot and Jive into the mix for the 11 pairings.

Like last week, Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough led the pack, and are (right now) the odds-on favorites to win this thing barring one of two scenarios:

  1. Fans become accustomed to her terrific performances as the norm and consider her so much of a lock, they just don't vote (see Sabrina Bryan).
  2. She has a train wreck performance like Kate Gosselin's last night.

The first scenario is more likely, and you can't count out a number of other strong competitors, of course. But the name to beat thus far is definitely Nicole.

Here's a tiered breakdown of last night's Dancing with the Stars scores, along with the dance they performed and their combined two-week totals ...

Erin Andrews, Maksim Chmerkovskiy Photo
Damian and Pam

The judges were kind to Nicole, Erin, Pam and their respective partners.

Early favorites

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough (Jive) - 53 (25, 28).

The competition

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya (Jive) - 47 (23, 24).

Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot) - 44 (21, 23).

Pamela Anderson & Damien Whitewood (Foxtrot) - 43 (21, 22).

Hanging around

Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower (Jive) - 40 (20, 20).

Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel (Foxtrot) - 39 (18, 21).

Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas (Jive) - 38 (18, 20).

Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke (Foxtrot) - 34 (18, 16).

Hoping for a fan bailout

Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani (Jive) - 31 (16, 15).

Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Costa (Foxtrot) - 26 (14, 12).

Likely not going to get it

Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska (Foxtrot) - 32 (15, 19).

Yeah, it doesn't look good for Aiden Turner. Kate Gosselin can at least count on voter support despite her terribleness, and Buzz Aldrin ... is Buzz Aldrin. You don't vote an astronaut off. Aiden lacks skills and a devoted fan base. Gone tonight.

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente