Dancing with the Stars Recap: Nicole Scherzinger Owns It, Rest of Field Vies For Second

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If there were ever any doubt who the woman to beat is this season on Dancing with the Stars, Nicole Scherzinger knocked it out of the park on Monday night.

Following Evan Lysacek's perfect 30 just one week ago, Nicole notched her own 10-10-10 series last night - then followed it up with a 29 in her second effort.

That's a total of 59 for the Paso Doble and Foxtrot, thankyouverymuch.

With performances like these two bring every week, it's like everyone else is dancing for second. They probably are. Fortunately, that's a compelling contest.

Evan and Anna Trebunskaya were typically solid, tying for second place at an aggregate 53 with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, still our favorites.

Maks going Miami Vice for their '80s rumba was a nice touch, and we're happy Erin didn't take the advice of Elisabeth Hasselbeck and tone down the outfits.

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough dominated.

Chad Ochocinco stumbled a bit (maybe due to #85 having to perform a '60s jive), landing him well back of the leaders along with Niecy Nash this week.

Last night's full scoreboard:

  • Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough - Foxtrot: 29. Paso Doble: 30. Total: 59.
  • Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Tango: 28. Rumba: 25. Total: 53.
  • Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya - Waltz: 27. Cha-cha: 26. Total: 53.
  • Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke - Tango - 21. Jive: 24. Total: 45.
  • Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel - Waltz: 23. Paso Doble: 20. Total: 43.

Who's going home this evening? It's not looking good for Niecy, once again, although Chad barely edged her out. It's got to be one of those two, right?

Who do you think should be sent packing? Who were your favorite dancers Monday? Tell us, then click to enlarge some more photos from last night ...

Chad and Cheryl Action
Erin and Maskim
Maksim and Erin Andrews
Ocho Cinco
Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger Pic
Futuristic Dancing
Evan and Anna Photo
Louis and Niecy
Cheryl and Chad Photo

Who are you pulling for on Dancing with the Stars?

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agreed she is the best there is no contest

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Nicole is a great dancer and Derek is a brilliant choreographer, superb dancer and terrific teacher.

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