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"Dancing With The Stars": "Tittivating" TV

"Dancing With The Stars" had viewers scrambling for a dictionary Monday night after Judge Len Goodman called Pamela Anderson's Marilyn Monroe-inspired foxtrot "tittivating."

Challenged by his colleagues, he insisted it was a real word and, added, "Look it up." Those who did found that it connoted something that had been smartened up or prettified. So what exactly was Goodman trying to say about her dancing?

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The routine earned her a score of 22 out of 30 and gave host Tom Bergeron an opportunity to get off one of his best lines of the night. As Anderson concluded her dance, he quipped: "I don't know what the judges think, but a busload of Kennedys just pulled up."

Highest marks of the night went to Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger whose 1950s jive earned her a score of 28. Figure skater Evan Lysacek challenged Elvis for his jive and came in just behind Scherzinger with 24 out of 30. The other high scorer was ESPN correspondent Erin Andrews who did a foxtrot to to Taylor Swift's "Love Story."

With Anderson in the middle of the pack were TV host Niecy Nash (21), "90210" actress Shannen Doherty (20),"Bachelor" Jake Pavelka (also 20) and soap star Aidan Turner (19).

Lagging at the bottom were football star Chad Ochocinco (15), reality TV star Kate Gosslin (15) and astronaut Buzz Aldrin (12).

Aldrin's stiff foxtrot to "Fly Me To the Moon," as an American flag hung in the background, brought fans to their feet and tears to the eyes of judges, but that didn't move them to be generous with their numbers.

Gosslin's performance earned the most criticism from the judges. Tonioli called it a "nightmare" and Judge Carrie Ann Inaba congratulated her just for finishing the routine.

Meanwhile, backstage clips showed a lot of crabby and whiny contestants. Turner had reduced his partner to tears; Pavelka kept insisting that his partner change the routine because he couldn't make one move; and Gosslin's partner, Tony Dovolani, actually walked out during a rehearsal. When he later came back, Gosselin told him, "A lot of people quit on me in life."

At one point in the show, Judge Len Goodman pointed out that the professional teachers were among the best in the business and said some of the celebrities would do well to just shut up and do what they are told.

"Dancing With the Stars" returns tonight with a results show in which the first contestant will be eliminated.

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