Shirtless Donald Driver Gets Judge Len Goodman Hot and Bothered on DWTS

Entertainment Apr. 9, 2012 AT 10:23PM
Donald Driver starring in "Dancing with the Stars" Donald Driver starring in "Dancing with the Stars" Credit: ABC/BOB D'AMICO

It normally takes a lot to win over gruff head judge Len Goodman on Dancing With the Stars, but on Monday night's rock-themed performance show, all Donald Driver had to do was take his shirt off.

Performing a sexed-up paso doble with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd, NFL star Driver, 37, had female audience members swooning at every turn when he worked the stage shirtless to the tune of "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix. And as it turns out, Goodman was also more impressed with his bod than his fancy footwork.

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"I never thought I'd get excited seeing a man with his shirt off to be honest. After the show, we're comparing tattoos," quipped the Brit, 67, who called Driver's paso his best dance yet. "No one can accuse you of holding back. You frightened the life out of me, I'll tell you that."

Carrie Ann Inaba was also enamored with Driver. "What the heck did I just see?! That was the most psychedelic, bizarre, sexy, raunchy, hot damn paso I've ever seen!" she rambled to Driver, who earned a score of 27/30.

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DWTS' other season 14 heartthrob, William Levy, didn't fare as well as Driver when it came to his jive with pro partner Cheryl Burke.

Fumbling his footwork dancing to Twisted Sister, the Latin hunk, 32, was slammed by the judges for his sloppy number. "Your performance always rocks the house, but you did go wrong quite a few times," Bruno Tonioli told Levy, who finished the night with a disappointing score of 22/30. "You cannot be complacent. Tonight wasn't as good as it used to be."

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Rounding out Monday's top three pairings along with Driver were Disney's Roshon Fegan and Maria Menounos, who danced despite a fractured foot. Both couples earned 26/30 points.

Gladys Knight found herself at the bottom of the DWTS scoreboard after earning a score of 20/30 for her tango with Tristan McManus.

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