'DWTS' Recap: Shawn Johnson Flips, Bristol Palin Flops
On Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," the all-star celebrities had complete creative control, and the pressure was on for this week's double elimination. Gymnast Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough stepped up their game while Bristol Palin broke down backstage.
Shawn and Derek kicked off their routine with rule-breaking flips off trampolines and ended by jumping off the stage onto mats. Their performance received a two-minute standing ovation and was called the "best dance of all 15 seasons" by judge Bruno Tonioli.
On the other side of the ballroom, Bristol Palin faced a rough patch in rehearsals, telling partner Mark Ballas, "I know you're bummed that you don't have Sabrina (Bryan) or Shawn (Johnson)… I feel like you're just bummed that you have me as a partner."
Mark replied, "What does Sabrina or Shawn have to do with this?" -- and the two went on to please fans with a chess-inspired Paso Doble, deemed "her best dance of the season" by judge Len Goodman.
Last week, Bristol was sent a suspicious package with the reported threat attached, "Get rid of Bristol Palin or else." When asked about the incident, the politician's daughter told "Extra," "I feel safe here. That's all that matters."
The evening came to an end with shocking news from host Tom Bergeron about a new guest judge. "Paula Abdul will pick up her paddles and score dances for the first time on live TV."