Their tribal routine impressed Carrie Ann Inaba enough to flash her 10 paddle. Bruno Tonioli gave it a 9, sharing some of Len’s concerns that it didn’t have enough Samba content. But Len went full-on against Derek and Mark’s choreography, giving them a super-low 7, saying it wasn’t a Samba and if Shawn goes home tonight she should blame the two pros. Gulp!
Len did say that he’d love the dance if he were just watching from the audience, and Derek told Zap2it he heard more praise about the dance after the cameras stopped rolling. "They had an issue on television, [but] backstage they were like, 'Oh my gosh, we loved it!'" And Derek is not too worried about that score, or scores in general. "Percentage-wise, [the judges' scores are] so close, they don't matter. They just don't.”
Besides, even with that 7, when combined with the scores from last week, Shawn and Derek are still in second place, behind Melissa Rycroft andTony Dovolani. And with Len’s outburst rallying fans, they are probably beyond safe going into tonight’s Results Show. "So far this season, the lower the score from Len, the better we're doing,” Derek joked, “[so] we're doing something right."
Something memorable, anyway!
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, November 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT onABC.