comparison and a battle between the brothers Chmerkovskiy were all on the menu for tonight.
), the numbers started ticking upward, starting with Gilles Marini's three-8.5 twist on a tango Maks Chmerkovskiy (ultimately the most borrowed choreographer of the night) did with Erin Andrews.," growled Bruno (ultimately, as always, the most quotable judge of the night).
Melissa Rycroft returned to front-runner form, earning a season-high 27 on her J. Martinez-originated samba, only to be joined at the top a little later by none other than Kelly Monaco, whose partner Val Chmerkovskiy couldn't pass up the opportunity to put his own stamp on brother Maks' paso doble wtih Laila Ali.
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Ballas is a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing with the Stars.
But just before she was interviewed, as dancer Derek Hough and actress Jennifer Grey received their marks from the judges, there was booing from the crowd. I don't know why,' said hostess Brooke Burke, while Grey asked, 'Why is there booing?
' The show then cut to host Tom Bergeron sat next to Palin - who had a stunned look on her face - and her youngest daughter, Piper.
Also seen rehearsing was The Hills star Audrina Patridge with her dance partner Tony Dovolani.
And she was already striking an elegant pose which showed she might just be one of the show's contenders.
US media seized on the story, reporting that the audience had spotted the interview being set up when the boos came.
But broadcaster ABC claimed the protest was over Grey and Hough's scores from the judges. 'It's great to see all this courage and joy and exuberance by every dancer - it's awesome.' Asked about the judges, she said she would not criticise them as her daughter had yet to perform. 'It's like before a hockey game - you're not going to chew out the ref before your team is on the ice!
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