Wilkinson and Tonioli laughed nervously and stepped back. The other judges praised the pair. "That was a guilty pleasure, my dear!" Carrie Ann Inaba gushed. "You were so in your element in this dance...Boy, that was a big performance!"
Added Len Goodman: "The more you gyrate, the more I palpitate! Well done."
As she rehearsed her routine, Wilkinson promised to bring "a lot of jiggle" -- plus clean , crisp lines and perfect technique -- to the performance.
The night wasn't without its injuries: Karina Smirnoff took a scary fall during her "Everybody Dance Now" pasa doble with star dancer Ralph Macchio; and in dress rehearsals, Chelsea Kane's pro partner Mark Ballas twisted his ankle. Kane and Ballas ended up tying Romeo and Chelsie Hightower in the lead spot, with impressive scores of 28 each -- and the first 10s of the season!