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People Staff
September 24, 2008 12:00 AM

After Monday’s wild Dancing with the Stars kickoff, the contestants returned to the ballroom Tuesday to perform their second dance. It was all about the quickstep and mambo. And while many contestants continued to sizzle, some fizzled and one unlucky contestant had to go home. That turned out to be comedian Jeffrey Ross and partner Edyta Sliwinska.

When asked by host Tom Bergeron how he’d sum up his very short time on DWTS, Ross deadpanned: “What a nightmare!” Then poking fun of the eye injury he sustained from his partner, Ross quipped, “They told me Edyta was going to be easy on the eyes.”

Well, one woman who was easy on the eyes was Brooke Burke. The former Wild On… hostess with the mostest continued to give the judges plenty to rave about with her and partner Derek Hough‘s quickstep, which again topped the night’s leader board with a 26 out of 30 (even earning the season’s first 9s from judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli). Right behind them, Derek’s sib Julianne and her partner Cody Linley, who tied with Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo with 23 out of 30 for their quicksteps. But equally impressive were the night’s most improved. Rocco DiSpirito, who got 14 out of 30 the night before, came out like an “Italian Stallion” (according to Bruno) and mamboed his way to a 21 out of 30 with partner Karina Smirnoff. Then it was Susan Lucci’s turn. It was as if Erica Kane b—–slapped her after her lackluster cha cha cha, because she came out and nailed the quickstep with partner Tony Dovolani.

One couple who managed to make no improvement: Cloris Leachman (looking like Carmen Miranda rolled in gold foil) and Corky Ballas, who received a 16 out of 30 for their mambo. Leachman’s age, it seems, plays a factor in every dance. She said: “I understand that I’m older than the mambo. That’s a strike to the heart.” Filled with some R-rated geriatric gyrations, who’s-your-daddy booty slapping and “coconut” shaking, Cloris and Corky struck out with the judges. But we were mostly concerned with a possible hip replacement in the offing if that dance went on a minute longer.

At least their scores didn’t take a dip–which is what happened to Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas, who were the last couple to find out they were safe and therefore, the last to take the dancefloor. With Kim’s assets, it made perfect sense to mambo to Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” Well, baby does got back, but does baby know how to shake said back? We’ll let you weigh in before tomorrow night’s second elimination.

Here’s how the 12 remaining contestants stacked up after Tuesday’s dance: •Lance & Lacey: 21 out of 30 for their quickstep •Misty & Maks: 21 out of 30 for their mambo •Maurice & Cheryl: 21 out of 30 for their mambo •Brooke & Derek: 26 out of 30 for their quickstep •Cloris & Corky: 16 out of 30 for their mambo • Toni & Alec: 23 out of 30 for their quickstep •Warren & Kym: 22 out of 30 for their quickstep •Ted & Inna: 19 out of 30 for their mambo •Cody & Julianne: 23 out of 30 for their quickstep •Rocco & Karina: 21 out of 30 for their mambo •Susan & Tony: 22 out of 30 for their quickstep •Kim & Mark: 18 out of 30 for their mambo

Get caught up on the Dancing premiere here and read Monday’s DWTS: What You Didn’t See.

Tell us: Who do you think will be the second couple to be eliminated? Who was most improved from Monday night’s performance?

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