Kendra Wilkinson, determined to impress “Dancing With the Stars” judges, shimmied during her samba with enough energy to power a small city. Fittingly, the show’s theme was “Guilty Pleasures,” and she provided more than a few.
“Last week you had a spark. This week you had a fire,” crusty judge Len Goodman shouted. “The more you gyrated the more I palpitated!”
For once Kendra, who had been criticized previously by judge Carrie Ann Inaba for her clunkiness, won raves across the board.
“Oh, my god, – that was a guilty pleasure!” Inaba said. “You were so in your element in your dance. That was a big performance.”
Kendra was dressed for success. She wore a skimpy yellow dress with disco frills that glittered when she shook like a thousand shooting stars.
Pro partner Louis van Amstel just stood back as Kendra jumped on a table and let go to Ricky Martin’s song Livin’ La Vida Loca.
But was it enough? Not quite. Kendra finished with a score of 25, her personal best, but behind other contestants.
Hip hop star Romeo and Disney actress Chelsea Kane both scored a perfect 10 and tied.
The competition is heating up. Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, scored nines after dancing to Britney Spears’ hit, “Baby One More Time.”
This week, pro Karina Smirnoff, fresh off her appearance in Playboy, pulled a Kirstie Alley and tripped mid-way through her routine with actor Ralph Macchio. The scored a 24, but got some kind words from the judges.
“Once you got back on it, there was no stopping you,” said Judge Bruno Tolioli.
But Kendra was the one who seemed unstoppable. Check her out below.