Bye-bye Cameron



His own biggest fan: Cameron Mathison was certain this was his week “to bring home a 10” with the Viennese waltz or cha-cha, not his week to go home. And evidently he thought he deserved perfect marks the week before, too. Hey, that’s why the stars don’t judge their own performances. That’s not to say he can’t dance — his partner Edyta Sliwinska has made enormous progress with him over the last seven weeks — but he never mastered ballroom finesse. Still, it’s a shame to see SuperCam fly away before … ahem … certain other dancers.

Semi-dancing to the semifinals: Once again Marie Osmond showcased some mediocre dance skills, and once again her loyal fans drummed up the votes to save her. It’s not the first week she’s stayed while superior celebrity hoofers got the boot, but this time it takes her to the semifinals. Her good-enough rumba and little-bit-country jive didn’t stand out in the mix Monday night, and even Marie was shocked when Tom Bergeron announced she and Jonathan Roberts were still in it. But Mel B wasn’t just surprised to hear the news — she looked downright angry.

Leading the pack: While Helio Castroneves’ first dance, the paso doble, proved he paid attention to the judges’ comments about his all-heel footwork last week, his quickstep left that performance in the dust. He finally delivered a performance worthy of all the promise he showed in the first weeks of the competition. That earned Helio and Julianne Hough their first perfect 30. Just before inviting them to dance the encore, head judge Len Goodman called the fast, precision routine the best quickstep they’ve seen in five seasons of the show.

Sweatin’ to the ballroom: After an odd confidence pep talk session with weight-loss coach Richard Simmons, Jennie Garth hit the floor with plenty of gusto. Unfortunately, that bold attitude didn’t help the sloppy, hyper jive that followed. She and Derek Hough redeemed themselves with an elegant fox-trot, but it still didn’t please Bruno Tonioli, who insists that Jennie’s failed to dazzle him despite her dazzle potential. Len, on the other hand, thinks Jennie could be this season’s dark horse.

M&M know mambo: Helio and Julianne may have dominated the night, but Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy weren’t far behind. In fact, just one point separated the power couples. If M&M’s aggressive tango didn’t seem so derivative of the previous paso, it could have been the dance of the night. But it was their near-perfect mambo that showed why they’re still the couple to watch for on finale night. Without relying on gimmicks, the classic, streamlined mambo ranked among their best moves yet.

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