NEW YORK (CBS) "Dancing with the Stars" returned for its third week Monday night with a storytelling-themed episode.
While dancing to the waltz, samba or foxtrot, each dancing couple was assigned to express a cohesive narrative through their routines.
The night's highest score went to Audrina Patridge and her pro partner Tony Dovolani. The judges enjoyed the former "Hills" star's Marine-love story waltz, which earned them 26 points out of a possible 30. Judge Bruno Tonioli said it was "compelling and touching."
"Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey and her pro partner Derek Hough also impressed the judges, earning 24 points for their sultry samba - a score they've earned for three weeks in a row now. The duo, who danced to Erasure's "A Little Respect," told a story about a young student who has a crush on his sexy teacher.
Also earning 24 points Monday night was retired NBA star Rick Fox and singer Brandy.
The night's lowest scores went to comedienne Margaret Cho, who earned 18 points for her samba to Barry Manilow's "Copacabana." Despite wearing a rainbow flapper dress, the judges weren't too impressed with her gay pride-themed story. Judge Len Goodman said he "didn't get it," and Tonioli told her, "I think you lost your way."
Joining Cho at the bottom was Bristol Palin, who earned 19 points; actress Florence Henderson and "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who both earned 20 points for their routines.
Situated in the middle of the pack, with 23 points each, were former NFL star Kurt Warner and Disney star Kyle Massey.
Along with a performance from recent expelled "DWTS" contestant Michael Bolton, tomorrow's result show will also send one more star contestant home.