Decked out in a “fluffy hot pink and black number” on DWTS “80’s Night” yesterday, Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus hit the stage with the difficult rumba, a dance proving quite difficult to perform for one of the show’s oldest participants.

The number was “more challenging than any other dance,” Grace commented, and it required her to relinquish all creative control, something the CNN legal analyst does not like to do.

The actual dance was one of Grace’s best, some say. “Pleasant and dignified,” reported, “with a touch of great acting thrown in to get it started. Nancy played her role with surprising panache and the dance really worked for her.”


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Receiving their highest score to date, a total of 22 points, the couple landed overall in sixth place; that placed them six points behind J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, and just ahead of Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer. At the bottom lies Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, who ended up three points lower than Grace and MacManus.  The judges had, as usual, mixed criticism; Carrie Ann called the dance “nice” yet claimed it lacked “real passion,” Len praised the dance’s elegance, and Bruno Tonioli proclaimed the routine one of Grace’s best performances.

Another commentator called the performance, “just adequate. That’s about as far as it goes with Nancy. It was sort of bland, and not much to write home about.”

Prior to showtime, head judge Len Goodman offered some advice to Grace on how to keep her position secure. “Nancy needed to perform a ‘pitch perfect’ yet age-appropriate Rumba, and avoid making herself look like ‘a young floozy,’” reported. Based on their score, it appears as though Grace has done just that, but she definitely needs to add more spunk to future dances if she wishes to continue on the show.

Nancy Grace having danced the rumba with Tristan MacManusABC