Paula Abdul Joins the 'Dancing With the Stars' Judges Table

The singer was the first special guest judge of the season.
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"Dancing with the stars" time now. After a night of firsts on the dance floor. Paula abdul joined the judge's table. And we saw the first tens of the season. Grammy winner paula abdul is known just as much for her charm. I have a sexy little -- Reporter: As her singing and dancing. The footwork was impeccable, melissa. Reporter: And she didn't hold back monday night, the season's first guest judge on "dancing with the stars." Good job. I'm proud of you. Reporter: The final nine couples all showed up to impress. I'm telling you right now, it was exquisite. Reporter: Monday's dare dance allowed the stars to pick what they would dance. The judges head over heels for season eight champs, shawn johnson with derek hough. Their mambo catapulted them to the top of the leaderboard. You have turned into this sexy, young lady. Reporter: Tied for first, gilles marini and petra murgatroyd impressed with their bollywood number. That was about as smoldering and spicy. Reporter: While there were pitfalls and tears during the night. I'm sorry. Reporter: The couples all danced like there was no tomorrow. With that, let's get an expert's take. Kyle massey has been there. Runner-up in season 11. He joins us from l.A. Good morning. Thank you for having me. Let's talk about paula abdul first. How did she do? The judge? Miss paula abdul is amazing. I got a chance to speak to her before the show. She's just a natural. She knows what she's doing. She's a world renowned choreographer. It's just, her input is coming from a unique standpoint. And she was phenomenal. She fit right in. She seemed at home at that table. WE SAW THOSE 10s. Shawn johnson has to have something. That mambo was something. Shawn is amazing. It's her comfort level on the dance floor is insane. It feels like she's been dancing for years. I was watching this dance, like, is this a professional? Who is this girl? She came out of nowhere with this epic routine. She sure did. Was there any couple that surprised you on the dance floor? To tell you the truth, karina and apolo, you know? They nailed the hip-hop number on previous seasons, I thought they would breeze through this thing. I never saw this mistake, this mishap coming, you know? It goes to show you on the dance floor, anything can happen. Even the most professional dancers. I was surprised by that, as well. Karina was surprised by that, as well. And so disappointed. When you look at this, now, we're four weeks in. How do you size up the season? Who looks like the favorite to you? Oh, man. To tell you the truth, this season so far has been an amazing one. I think the front-runners are gilles, val and shawn johnson. I think between those three, we're going to have a pretty epic, epic finale. It's been epic all year. Just about anyone out there can be a champion on any given night on any season. Do you have a special favorite? You know, it's so hard to Me knowing all of the dancers and being friends with them all. It's too soon to pick a favorite. It changes like that. No question about it. Kyle massey, thank you very much. Your turn to weigh in. Who will leave the dance floor tonight? Go tune in at 7:00, 8:00. "Dancing with the stars." Wayne: Hi, I'm bianca de la

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