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Kellie Pickler’s Jazz Earns Standing Ovation From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judge

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Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd danced to keep dancing on Monday night (March 25) during the second episode of the new season of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Tuesday’s results show could send one of the two country singers home, but if the judges’ critiques and scores are an indication of what America is thinking, neither should be too worried. 

Pickler and a shirtless Derek Hough danced Jazz to the delight of all three judges — especially Carrie Ann Inaba. She stood to cheer for the duo as they finished a routine that began with moody air-cycling and included a long rod that resembled the business end of a ‘Star Wars’ light saber. The entire performance was very erotic, and (literally) steamy.

“Last week was a spark, this week is a fire,” judge Len Goodman shouted. Overall, Pickler earned a 26 to go with last week’s score of 21. The total of 47 places her second overall, trailing only Disney star Zendaya

Judd and partner Tony Dovolani find themselves in the middle of the pack after a second-straight 18. Their Quickstep was met with mixed reviews, with Goodman praising the country singer for being entertaining before adding, “It was like the engine was running but you never got out of first gear.”

The singer and her pro entered the stage on mall cop mobiles, dressed in police costumes (Dovolani even wore a great cop ‘stache). Judd kept up with her partner’s choreography, but Inaba told her to take more chances in the future. The stress of the competition is clearly affecting Judd more than her country counterpart. The rehearsal footage package showed the singing legend breaking down into tears after one particularly stressful moment.

“It is the hardest physical work I’ve done in a long time,” she said, getting visibly angry with herself.

Comedian D.L. Hughley has the lowest combined score, even after showing marked improvement from Week 1. Figure skater Dorothy Hamill has the second-lowest combined score, however she’s nursing a cyst on her foot that is leaving her future in the competition very unclear.

Next: See the Dazzling Kellie Pickler in a Bikini

Watch Wynonna Quickstep on ‘DWTS’

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