'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Celebs Go Toe-To-Toe With The Pros

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Monday’s episode of ABC's Dancing With The Stars saw a few changes from the regular run of show. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet took time out to pay respects to victims of Boston bombings before getting started with the competition.

Thanks to a bright idea from Len Goodman, the couples were assigned to dance head to head against a professional couple. Umm…why? This all seemed a bit ambitious to me. However, one immediate upside was the return of professional dancer Maskim Chmerkovskiy, who has been sitting out this season.

Boston native Aly Raisman took another impressive turn on the dance floor with partner, Mark Ballas. The pair danced the samba and did a great job next to the dueling professionals beside them. “Your technique is very, very strong and what you do now, you have a lovely effortless carefree attitude,” said Bruno Tonioli.

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Victor Ortiz was battling a broken heart along with the Viennese waltz this week. After finding out that his girlfriend had been cheating on him, the boxer took out his frustrations on the dance floor -- and did a fairly good job with his performance, according to the judges. “Victor, I say that was a victory. I think you channeled your emotions well,” said Carrie Ann Inaba.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough gave a good performance of the fox trot, earning one of the highest scores of the night with 27 points. As usual, I was a little bored by the American Idol alum, but at least she’sdefinitely staying consistent this season.

D.L. Hughely had another disappointing dance under his belt after his attempt at the tango with partner Cheryl Burke. Their clunky-looking dance paled in comparison to the professional pair they went up against, earning another low score of 18 points.

 

As expected, Zendaya stole the show again, warning the first “10’s” of the season with the Argentine tango with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy. “It was like a lemon tart,” Len gushed of the dance. “Sharp and tangy at the top, crisp and tasty down below … it was a gem of a dance. Well done!” The audience also seemed to agree with the critique as they gave the pair a standing ovation. The judges gave the seaosn’s highest score of 29.

Funnyman Andy Dick took a Zorro-themed approach to his paso doble with partner Sharna Burgess. Although his zip-lined entrance was pretty snazzy, the rest of the dance looked like more of a joke than a serious attempt. fact that a pair of pros were doing the exact same moves didn’t help his case at all. Len wasn’t feeling it.

"It wasn’t quite Hollywood; it’s nearby. It was more Pasadena than paso doble, but it was, as always, it’s great fun and I enjoyed watching you.” Bruno tried to let him down gently before spilling the bad news. “It was like the attack of the killer cape.”

Even though Andy is one of my favorite celebrity contenders, this dance might have just sealed his spot on tomorrow’s chopping block.

Who do you think should go home Tuesday?

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