Highest judges' score of the night: Nicole and Derek
Samba: Carrie Ann: 9 | Len: 7 | Bruno: 10
Swing Dance Marathon: First place: 10 points
We expected another super-high score from Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough. Their Samba to "Maria" by Ricky Martin was a hot, wild, sexy, exhausting performance that brought the audience to their feet. Carrie Ann gave them a 9, and Bruno a solid 10. But Len was insulted by Derek's choreography that he felt lacked key samba moves. "It's not a samba, it's a hodgepodge of sexy moves and gyrations!" Len's 7 brought them to 26 points.
In the Swing Dance Marathon (above), Nicole and Derek's non-stop energetic performance really impressed the judges. They survived the longest in the marathon, taking first place and earning 10 additional points.