'Dancing with the Stars' leaderboard topped by Brandy and Jennifer
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/02/2010
Dancing with the Starsended with a two-way tie for its top leaderboard spot during Monday night's seventh eleventh-season performance show.
Brandy Norwood and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough finished tied for first place with 64 out of 70 possible points on the judges' leaderboard during the broadcast, which represented Dancing with the Stars' 200th episode.
Monday night's show featured the competition's six remaining couples each recreating a memorable prior season performance as well as competing in a "cha cha cha" challenge in which they were divided into two teams that were captained by former Dancing with the Stars champions.
"Team Kristi," which was captained by sixth-season Dancing with the Stars champion Kristi Yamaguchi, was comprised of former NBA basketball player Rick Fox, Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and teen mom Bristol Palin with their partners.
"Team Apolo" -- led by the fourth-season winner Apolo Anton Ohno -- featured retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, Norwood and Grey with their partners.
"Team Apolo" finished the team challenge with 27 out of 30 possible points after they received nine points from each of the judges while Team Kristi only scored 24 points.
Norwood and partner Chmerkovskiy were tasked with recreating Gilles Marini's eighth-season foxtrot performance and received 37 out of 40 points from the judges -- including a surprising perfect 10 from Goodman and nines from Inaba, Tonioli and Marini.
Drew Lachey came back as the guest judge for Grey and partner Hough, who had to recreate his second-season tango routine. The couple received the score of 10 from Lachey and nines from the rest of the judges, giving them a 37-point total that left them tied with Norwood and Chmerkovskiy.
Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya and Fox and partner Cheryl Burke also finished tied for third place on the judges' leaderboard after they each ended the night with a total of 61 points.
Warner and Trebunskaya recreated Emmitt Smith's third-season tango routine and received 34 out of 40 points -- including a 10 from Smith himself. The couple also received eight points each from Goodman, Inaba and Tonioli.
Helio Castroneves returned as the guest judge for Fox and Cheryl's remake of his fifth-season quickstep routine. Similar to Lachey and Smith, Castroneves also gave his recreation a perfect 10 score that was accompanied by three nines from Goodman, Inaba and Tonioli.
Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer had to recreate Melanie "Mel B." Brown's fifth-season paso doble performance. They finished in fifth place on the judges' leaderboard with 59 total points after receiving 35 points -- including a 10 from Mel B. -- for the paso doble.
Palin and partner Mark Ballas finished in last place with 57 out of 70 points. They recreated Kelly Osbourne's ninth-season Vietnamese waltz and received 33 points for the performance, including a nine from Osbourne.
The judges' scoring and home viewer votes cast after Monday night's special performances will now be combined and one of the six celebrity and professional pairings will be eliminated onDancing with the Stars' seventh eleventh-season results show tonight at 8PM ET/PT.