updated 09/26/2011 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/26/2011 AT 10:20 PM ET
Last week, her dancing was lost in translation.
Earning only 15 points, George Clooney’s ex, Elisabetta Canalis, had a lot to prove Monday night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Luckily, she rose to the challenge with a quickstep that delighted the three judges.
“The gears were grinding, the engine was hot [and] the pistols were pumping,” Bruno Tonioli said after the Italian TV personality’s routine.
Though Len Goodman admitted her dance was “not great,” he – and all the judges – acknowledged there was some real improvement this week. In total, Canalis and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy received 21 points on Monday’s show – one of the night’s highest scores.