During the "Double Score Showdown," judges awarded each pair a score out of 10 for their technique and a separate score for their performance, adding up to a possible 60 points total. Dancers either performed a tango or rumba, and each routine had to include three dance moves specified by the judges.
Despite dancing on broken toes, Lysacek earned a total 52 points, with judge Carrie Ann Inaba saying their tango was "a perfect blend of artistry and technique."
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough's sensual rumba earned them the second place spot with 50 points, despite a few missed steps.
Pamela Anderson's rumba received a standing ovation from the studio audience. She and Damian Whitewood earned 47 points for the performance, which judge Bruno Tonioli called "drop-dead sexy."
Football player Chad Ochocinco and partner Cheryl Burke earned 44 points for a rumba that judges Len Goodman and Tonioli called their best of the season. Off the dance floor, Burke was flashing a sparkly diamond ring, which Ochocinco said he gave her as a "token of [his] appreciation."
Kate Gosselin came in at the bottom of the leader board, earning only 32 points for her tango with Tony Dovolani. Despite the low score, the judges called it a "mini-breakthrough" in Gosselin's dancing and "a step in the right direction." Gosselin is currently engaged in a custody battle with ex-husband Jon Gosselin over their eight children.
Other scores of the night included 39 points for Erin Andrews' tango with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 36 points for Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel's rumba (which Amstel dedicated to Nash's late brother) and 38 points for Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower's tango and 33 points Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska's rumba.