Bristol Palin received her best score yet on Monday night’s rock-themed edition of Dancing With The Stars, as the teen celibacy advocate’s tango set to Orianthi’s According to You received positive vibes from the judges and audience alike.
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The night had a special scoring twist, as dancers received points for their individual dance, as well as a dance marathon.
Palin, with pro partner Mark Ballas, received 23 for her individual dance and five for her participation in the group dance for a total of 28 points — the second-worst of the night — but heads and shoulders better than her ill-received monkey suit routine last week.
“Last week a chimp, this week … almost a champ,” judge Len Goodman told Palin, while Carrie Ann Inaba said Bristol’s performance was “ridiculously amazing” and that her “face was connected to everything.”
Other scores on the evening included Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with 36; Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani with 32; Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke with 30; Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer with 30; Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough with 29; and Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunbskaya with 22.
Heart and Kylie Minogue are slated to perform when Dancing With The Stars‘ eleventh season continues with the results show on ABC Tuesday at 9/8c.