Dancing with the Stars Recap: The Good (Nicole), The Bad (Kate), and The Hot, Hot, Hot (Erin & Jake)!

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With each passing week, Evan Lysacek and Nicole Scherzinger look more like the like cream of the crop, making everyone else feel like they're dancing for third.

Dancing with the Stars saw its highest individual score of the season last night, courtesy of the Pussycat Dolls frontwoman's "Tango perfection" as Bruno said.

She was just one point short of technical perfection, posting a 29. That was good enough to beat Evan's 27 in the Rumba, hardly a shabby performance itself.

Then we had everyone else. Uptight stiff Jake Pavelka actually loosened up a bit, channeling pilot Tom Cruise (fittingly) in Top Gun on the show's "Movie Night."

Jake with no pants? Nice, if only to make Vienna Girardi jealous of 20 million viewers. Erin Andrews remained clothed, but finished just behind The Bachelor.

At the bottom of the barrel, there was this debacle ...

More Bad Dancing

No, no, no.

Kate Gosselin is so bad at dancing, she obviously received the lowest score, though we wonder if other scores might be skewed to bring them closer to hers.

Cases in point: Neither Neicy Nash nor Chad Ochocinco's routines were that bad, yet they sit firmly in Kate's range, rather than the middle tier. Is the fix in?

You be the judge. Last night's scores and pics after the jump ...

THE ELITE
  • Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough (Tango) - Score: 29 (10, 9,10).
  • Evan Lysacek & Anna (Rumba) - Score: 27 (9,9,9).

SECOND TIER

  • Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower (Cha-Cha) - Score: 23 (8,7,8).
  • Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Jive) - Score: 22 (7,7,8).
  • Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood (Quickstep) - Score: 21 (7,6,8).

IN DANGER

  • Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel (Jive) - Score: 18 (6,6,6).
  • Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke (Quickstep) - Score: 18 (6,6,6).
  • Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani (Foxtrot) - Score: 15 (5,5,5).

So who's going home tonight? Even with Kate at the bottom yet again, she is probably safe. For whatever reason, people really want to keep Kate on.

That leaves Neicy Nash and Chad Ochocinco at risk, and we also wouldn't be all that surprised to see Pamela Anderson (not deservingly) get the boot.

Who do you think should be sent packing? Who were your favorites last night? Tell us, then click to enlarge some more photos from last night's show ...

Maksim and Erin
Chad and Cheryl Picture
Pam and Damian Picture
Niecy Nash on DWTS
Nicole and Derek Picture
Evan and Anna Picture
Jake and Chelsie Picture
Evan Works It
Derek and Nicole Photo
Pretty Woman Indeed
Pavelka and Hightower
Jake Pavelka, No Pants

Who are you rooting for on Dancing with the Stars?

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i wouldnt mind having jake dance for me like that privately ;-)

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