Lachey, who won season two in spring 2006, was criticized for being too rigid in his fox trot with Anna Trebunskaya. He needs to “soften up and relax,” said Len Goodman.
Bruno Tonioli called him “Dynamic Drew,” and gave him the most praise: “It looked like you danced with each other forever… The first time, I loved it.”
Judges gave them a 21.5, a middle of the road score for the night. (A new wrinkle this year lets judges award a one-half point for the first time.) He was tied for fifth with actress Kelly Monaco and race car driver Helio Castroneves.