Evan Lysacek and Nicole Scherzinger top 'Dancing with the Stars'
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/18/2010
Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lysacek have once again found themselves entangled atop Dancing with the Stars' leaderboard.
The Pussycat Dolls member and her professional partner Derek Hough and the Olympic gold-medal figure skater and his partner Anna Trebunskaya finished tied for first place with 59 out of 60 possible points each on Dancing with the Stars' judging leaderboard during Monday night's tenth-season semifinals performance show.
Monday night's performance episode featured the competition's four remaining couples each performing a ballroom routine and a Latin routine, which were scored by judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Scherzinger and Hough finished the initial dance round in first place after they received a perfect score of 30 points for their first routine -- an Argentine tango. However Lysacek and Trebunskaya were hot on their heels after receiving 29 out of 30 possible points -- including perfect 10's from Inaba and Tonioli -- for their own foxtrot.
It was then Lysacek and Trebunskaya's turn to receive a perfect 30 from the judges for their paso doble, while Scherzinger and Hough scored 29 points -- including perfect 10's from Inaba and Tonioli -- for their cha-cha-cha.
In third place on the leaderboard were ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who received a combined 56 out of 60 possible points for their two routines.
Andrews and Chmerkovskiy received 27 points for their Viennese waltz before scoring 29 points -- including perfect 10's from Inaba and Tonioli -- for their paso doble.
NFL star Chad Ochocinco and his partner Cheryl Burke found themselves in last place, as they received a combined 52 out of 60 possible points. The couple received 27 points for their waltz and 25 points for their samba.
The judges' scoring and home viewer votes cast after Monday night's performances will now be combined and one of the four celebrity and professional pairings will be eliminated on Dancing with the Stars' penultimate tenth-season results show tonight at 8PM ET/PT.
Dancing with the Stars' final tenth-season performance show will air next Monday at 8PM ET/PT, with the winners being crowned the following night.