Title: Season 9, Week 8: Performance
Air Date: November 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM PST
It's down to the final five, and there are only two more weeks left in the competition. And to build the pressure, now each team has to dance two dances - two loooong dances.
The first half of the evening is the Ballroom round, with each team doing a style of dance they had yet to perform. The second half is the Latin round. For this round, each pair randomly draws an era to dance to: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, or "the future." Their challenge is to incorporate appropriate era moves and feelings into classic Latin dances. Good luck with that "future" era! Eek!
Mya & Dmitry take the floor first with a '70s Samba to Donna Summer's "Bad Girls." It's the highlight of the night, earning the first perfect score of 30 - three 10s - in the entire competition. Aaron & Karina's '90s Samba impresses the judges as well, showing off the former child performer's boy band moves. And Joanna & Derek, resplendent in robotic silver, bring a futuristic take to the Paso Doble, earning a 9 and two 10s.
With a total score of 59, Mya's way on top this week. But Aaron, Joanna, Kelly, and Donny all nearly tied with total scores ranging from 50-52. It's a close one!