Episode Recap: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Who will make it to the finals, and whose Dancing with the Stars dream will be cut just short? Monday's "surprising turn of events" have made Tuesday's results perhaps the least predictable of the whole season. While Brooke and Derek stumbled in their jive, they made up enough ground in their salsa to keep them from occupying the basement spot. This week that dishonor went to Cody and Julianne, in their first week reunited after her unexpected surgery. Warren and Kym continued to charm the crowd and the judges, despite obvious technical shortcomings, and Lance and Lacey delivered two solid dances, one with Lance wearing only one shoe.

First up, Aretha Franklin is here to sing "Chain of Fools" with terpsichorean accompaniment by Karina Smirnoff, Dimitri Chaplin, someone really Russian-sounding (sorry, Comrade!) and our own Louis van Amstel. It was fun, and I'm sure it's some kind of ballroom sacrilege to say this, but part of me wishes we could just watch Aretha sing.

I find it tedious to recap the contestants' reactions to their scores, but when Warren says something like "when Fat Boy gets warm, there's no stopping him," I'm contractually required to make a note of it.

Her debut album, Spirit, has sold more than 4 million copies, and she'll be performing on the American Music Awards on Sunday on ABC. That's why Leona Lewis is here to sing her ubiquitous mega-hit "Bleeding Love," while Maks and Karina pantomime the lyrics with their smokin'-hot bodies. Thankfully, there was no actual blood.

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