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According to La Toya Jackson on last night's Dancing with the Stars results show, her late brother was a fan of the ABC competition.

The series returned the favor this week with a routine in Michael Jackson's honor, as the show's professionals spoke glowingly of the departed icon and then performed a version of his iconic "Thriller" dance.

Was this a true tribute to the singer? Or a ratings ploy? Call us cynical for even suggesting the latter, but it made more sense when DWTS honored Patrick Swayze in late September. At least he had actually taken part on the show.

Watch the video below and let us know your reaction to it:

Meanwhile, Michael Irvin must have incriminating evidence on all of America. What else explains how this poor dancer is still around?!? He didn't even find himself in the bottom two last night!

Natalie Coughlin got the axe instead, and seemed apologetic afterward. She said:

"I loved this so much. I guess I didn't show it, how much I loved it, but I really did. I'm sorry."

No apologies necessary, Nat. The country should be telling you how sorry it is for continuing to support Irvin, a former football star that is clearly giving less effort on the dance floor than any other contestant.

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo Pic

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Donny Osmond earned his first 10s of the season last night on Dancing with the Stars.

Kelly Osbourne was sent to the hospital following the group performance, due to a foot injury.

But, for celebrity gossip purposes, the incident that stayed with us this week took place when Bruno Tonioli compared Aaron Carter to Robert Pattinson, reviewing his performance with:

"It was a little like watching Robert Pattinson tangoing in Twilight!"

Was there a Tango scene we missed in that movie?!?

Great Dancing

Follow our link for a full recap from last night's Dancing with the Stars.

Below, meanwhile, you can see where each celebrity stood after the night was complete:

  • Donny Osmond and Kym Jonhnson: 29
  • Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 27
  • Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 26
  • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 24
  • Joanna Krupa and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel: 24
  • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 23
  • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 22
  • Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 22
  • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 21

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This summer, So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe had this awesome Michael Jackson-dance-tribute episode of the Fox hit planned. He even had Paula Abdul putting it together ... until Team MJ nixed it at the last minute.

Whether it was Sony or the [Jackson] family estate, SYTYCD could not get the music cleared legally, as they must to use it on the show. Which is too bad.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Pic

Well, Dancing With the Stars will be putting on its own show dedicated to the late King of Pop. The special Jackson tribute will air this Tuesday, October 20.

All Season 9 DWTS pros - including Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff - are on board.

The late Michael Jackson will be honored on Dancing with the Stars.

That's cool and all, except for the fact that So You Think You Can Dance would have done a better job. DWTS' higher ratings probably persuaded Jackson's reps to green light it, but the late music icon himself would probably disapprove.

If he were alive, he'd be hiring his backup dancers out of the younger, hipper SYTYCD troupe (like winner Jeanine Mason) before the DWTS pros in a second.

DWTS' professionals are talented, but lack the unique, eclectic styles and wow factor that has consistently made SYTYCD one of the most fun shows on TV.

We hope we're proven wrong and Dancing With the Stars knocks it out of the park. But it seems like So You Think You Can Dance and its better production/direction, and more appropriate talent, should have been the pick to honor MJ.

Let's put it this way: Which show's cast would do the best job paying homage to Jackson's "Bad" video, for example? We rest our case.

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Chuck Liddell is used to putting up a tougher battle than this.

The Ultimate Fighting champion and his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, were knocked out of the Dancing with the Stars competition last night, despite having never actually finished last in the judges' scoring. But it's fans who make the final call.

"I had fun. We had a good time, made a run at it," Chuck said.

"It's hard to do, I made a shot at it."

Anna added: "I had so much fun working with you. You are a gentle giant. You are my bear and you are my hippo. You made me so proud each single week!"

All together now: Awwww.

Chuck Liddell Picture

Anna Trebunskaya and Chuck Liddell have danced their last.

Aaron Carter, whose loca lambada fell way short, edged out Chuck in the bottom two. Perhaps he needs to quit banging Karina Smirnoff and start practicing.

The judges' bottom-dwellers, Michael Irvin and Louie Vito, charmed their way to safety while a previously-mediocre Melissa Joan Hart and Mya led the pack.

The remaining 10 stars will dance twice next week, one group hustle and then either the paso doble or Argentine tango for their individual rug-cutting.

Also on the program last night? The announcement we were all waiting for on the edge of our seats: Jake Pavelka will be the next star of The Bachelor!

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The 11 contestants remaining performed one of four new styles last night: country two-step, lambada, bolero and Charleston.

While the latter was cute and entertaining, those that grinded to the lambada stole the show with a pair of "forbidden dances" practically too hot for TV.

Indeed, the FCC might level a few fines against Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa, as well as Mya and Dmitry Chaplin, after those four burned up the dance floor. Hough even pulled a Taylor Lautner and went shirtless.

Mya and Dmitry

Visit TV Fanatic for a full rundown of routines; and browse through a brief recap below:

  • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 28
  • Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 28
  • Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 26
  • Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 24
  • Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: 24
  • Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: 23
  • Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 22
  • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 18
  • Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: 17
  • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 16
  • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova.: 16

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Citing injury, former Republican congressman and U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has officially dropped out of Dancing With the Stars.

The politician said that stress fractures in both feet did him in, forcing him out after he accomplished even less this year than Barack Obama.

Although he and Cheryl Burke were safe from elimination, DeLay said that he won't continue with the competition because he "can't practice."

"If you can't practice, you'll make a fool out of yourself out there, and I don't want to do that to Cheryl," the Texas native said on the show.

He added that he was most upset about missing out on dancing next week's Texas two-step, but Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron promised that if DeLay recovers, he can do the routine on the show's season finale.

"I'd love that," DeLay said. "That'd be wonderful."

Despite his serious injuries, Tom DeLay performed the samba, against the advice of his doctors and DWTS producers, on Monday night, and was safe.

"It's starting to hurt a little bit," he said after Monday's show. "It doesn't hurt when you're dancing... It's because of the adrenaline, you don't feel the pain, and that was the case. But I'm going to really feel it tomorrow, I bet you."

"We just decided we're going to take it one rehearsal at a time and see how far I got," he said. "I reached my goal of actually dancing tonight."

How was he motivated to stay in the competition as long as he did?

"I did so poorly last week, and I wanted to show people that I could dance," the Hammer said. "I never quit at anything! And the reason I came on this show is for the challenge, and I want to face the challenge."

Also eliminated on last night's show? Actress Debi Mazar, who is responsible for some good Entourage quotes, but brought little to the dance floor.

Who do you think will win with Mazar and the Hammer gone?

 

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Did fans witness the greatest Rumba in Dancing with the Stars history last night?

Some are making that bold claim, which may seem like high praise for Mya and Dmitry Chaplin, but don't dismiss the possibility until you watch this pair in action.

Below, moving and grooving to Shakira's "Underneath Your Clothes," the couple earns the highest scores of the week:

Visit TV Fanatic for a complete rundown of last night's DWTS routines. You can pretty much skip over the performance of Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova, however. It was uglier than Amy Winehouse.

We've recapped each couple's scores and we wanna know: Who do you think is going home tonight:

  • Mya & Dmitry Chaplin: 27
  • Natalie Coughlin & Alec Mazo: 26
  • Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough (pictured): 23
Two Hotties
  • Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff: 21
  • Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson: 21
  • Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amstel: 20
  • Louie Vito & Chelsie Hightower: 20
  • Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Ballas: 19
  • Mark Dacascos & Lacey Schwimmer: 18
  • Chuck Liddell & Anna Trebunskaya: 17
  • Debi Mazar & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 17
  • Tom DeLay & Cheryl Burke: 15
  • Michael Irvin & Anna Demidova: 14

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In the 1991 comedy, Necessary Roughness, Kathy Ireland portrayed a college football team's kicker.

Last night on Dancing with the Stars, however, it was this former model that got the boot.

Jitterbugging

Following a paltry 18 point-performance on Monday evening, Ireland was eliminated from the show's ninth season. But she took the news well, saying afterward:

"There is so much to take away from this experience. I wouldn't change a moment of it, [including] the fact that I got to learn how to dance from world champion Tony Dovolani."

Tom DeLay managed to survive yet another week on the show, generating rumors that the disgraced former Congressman is rigging the votes somehow.

Joss Stone, Selena Gomez and even the USC Marching Band all performed on this week's results show.

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The hammer might finally come down on Tom DeLay this week, as the disgraced politician earned the lowest score last night on Dancing with the Stars.

He and partner Cheryl Burke couldn't keep up with the top couples, which included Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter, the latter of whom has guaranteed victory this season.

So far, the Joe Namath of Dancing with the Stars is looking solid. Below, we recap the evening's scores...

  • Kelly Osbourne, DWTS
  • Carter and Smirnoff

It was a good week to be a singer. An ex-model or Congressman? Not so much:

  • Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 27
  • Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 27
  • Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: 25
  • Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21
  • Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 21
  • Natalie Coughlin  and Alec Mazo: 21
  • Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 20
  • Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 20
  • Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: 19
  • Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 19
  • Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: 19
  • Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 19
  • Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani: 18
  • Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke: 18

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On the first elimination show of season nine, Dancing with the Stars paid tribute to Patrick Swayze.

The actor, who passed away last week, appeared as a mentor on the competition's first season.

One of his most-remembered roles was as dance instructor Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing, a movie the ABC series honored with a few classic routines last night. No one puts Cheryl Burke in a corner...

As for the actual results, Macy Gray and Ashley Hamilton were sent home, providing viewers with another hilarious week to watch Tom DeLay acting more flamboyant than Adam Lambert.

We can't wait.

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
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