Cut to the duo on stage at the live show holding hands with frozen smiles on their faces.
The pair executed a clean, if not boring, paso doble.
It seemed as if everyone was in Palin’s corner, with judge Len Goodman saying the performance had, “the most content in any dance I’ve seen you do.
Easily the best dance you’ve done.” Bruno Tonioli agreed, “Get that aggression out. Your best dance to date.” Carrie Anne Inaba offered the first criticism, saying Palin’s expression was, “a bit one-dimensional,” but that she’s, “proving herself a worthy competitor." The pair earned a 22.5, their highest score so far. Learn the lean-body secrets from professional dancers.
At first it seemed Palin was simply sulking due to last week’s low scores, accusing Ballas of being disappointed that he was paired with her when he would rather be with past partners Sabrina Bryan or Shawn Johnson, and saying, “I swear to God, I feel like you want to go home.” Ballas defended himself, saying he’s always been there for her, but as the scene continued, Palin called her partner out for not showing up for one of their rehersals.
Ballas claimed he was late, but Palin corrected him: “No, you didn’t show up.” Ballas didn't deny it and tried to comfort his partner with a hand on the knee as she walked out of the studio.
This year, the hottest question is whether or not Erin and Maksim are an item.
When asked, there has never been out right denials or confirmations, but lots of chuckles. Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke ( Season 10) Since almost the beginning of the season, there have been many 'little hints' dropped...albeit mostly by Chad.
The pair asked during rehearsal if the dance was too sexy. RELATED: Rycroft doesn’t just fight on the dance floor, she's battled for love too.
Find out how the former stays positive (even when she was publicly jilted by Jason Mesnick).
They both deny that anything happened, at any point.