Kellie Pickler & Derek HoughWow. What a difference one week makes, especially when it comes to this season's Dancing With the Stars contestants. Even though there were a few exceptions, for the most part, there was improvement all across the board tonight.

Front runners are already emerging, and up until the final dance of the night, Zendaya definitely stood out as the one to beat. Her jive with Val Chmerkovskiy was nothing short of exceptional, and it's obvious that she has amazing dancing skills.

But then Kellie Pickler came out and performed a modern jazz routine with Derek Hough that still has me shaking my head in awe.

Um, Kellie was good last week, but tonight? Yeah, tonight she was ridiculous. Where in the heck did a former American Idol contestant from a tiny town in North Carolina learn to move like that?

I know she was a cheerleader and competed in pageants and all, but that kind of dancing ability simply can't be learned overnight, can it?

Considering Kellie's performance tonight resembled how most DWTS cast members dance closer to the end of the season, I'm going to go ahead and hazard a guess that Kellie has had some sort of dance experience in her background. Whether it be taking classes as a little kid, or busting a move with the stereo turned up in her own home -- that girl has to have danced before.

In case you missed it, here's the clip of her jazz routine with Derek. It's pretty amazing.

If Kellie continues at this pace, there's no good reason why we won't see her and Derek compete in the finals. They've definitely got what it takes to win -- and it's obvious that they want it BAD.

And as for who will likely be going home on tomorrow night's results show, it's probably going to come down to either Dorothy Hamill, Victor Ortiz, or D.L. Hughley. Even though some of the other contestants fell into the middle of the pack, those three stood out as the least likely to be able to handle another week.

What did you think of Kellie's performance? And who do you think should go home?

 

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