‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Is Three A Crowd?

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars was full of shocking moments on Monday night as the six remaining couples vy for a spot in next week’s semi-final round, with the judges fighting as hard as the contestants.

Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli had plenty of moves to critique with each of the contenders performing a regular routine and a threesome act. (Okay, that sounded weird.)

Here’s how it went: each celebrity danced one round with two pro partners at once.

At first I didn’t like the idea at all. (Like seriously, what’s with all the twists this season?) Fortunately, once it got going, the result were pretty cool.

Here’s who caught my eye this week. 

Kellie Pickler might have stolen the spotlight last week, but this week Zendaya was back in full force. Her first dance is a fun foxtrot to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Bruno gave her a 10 while Carrie Ann and Len both gave her a 9.

Later, the talented teen nabbed a perfect score for her salsa trio with Val Chmerskovskiy and Lisa Vanderpump’s pro, Gleb Savchenko. Bruno said the sexy salsa routine was “sizzling, dazzling and amazing.” Carrie Ann and Len clearly agree.

Aly Raisman was awesome as usual. She and Mark Ballas danced the Argentinian tango that blew the judges away. They were surprised by her sex appeal and confidence and give her a high score of 29. When Henry Byalikov joined them for a jovial jive to “Hit The Road Jack,” she had a little technical trouble. Carrie Ann said she was “flat-footed,” but still gave her a 9 along with the rest of the panel.

Judges loved Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough’s Viennese waltz. The singer reflected on an emotional week spent remembering her deceased grandmother, and brought her feelings to the fog-filled floor. Len said the slowed down dance was “sophisticated” and the panel gave her a 28.

However, she was not so lucky with her next spin on the dance floor with Derek and Tristan MacManus. Their peculiar paso garnered mixed reviews from the panel and sent the crowd into an uproar. While the dramatic dance prompted Carrie Ann to hit the floor for a hug before giving her a perfect score, Len hated the whole thing and gave her a 7! (And the crowd went wild with the boos.) Bruno was onboard and matched Carrie Ann’s 10. Talk about creative differences.

Jacoby Jones was determined to earn a perfect score before the competition is over. While his Viennese waltz with pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, was impressive, it was not enough for a 10. He did, however, rip off his shirt and flash a perfect pair of pecs — so bonus points for that for sure! The sexy pair scored a respectable 27, nabbing 9’s from all three judges.

However, they weren’t so kind Jacoby and Karina joined Cheryl Burke for the next dance. As usual, the football pro jumped over the ladies and flung them around like rag dolls. Bruno said, “It was like a paso doble by Quentin Tarentino,” and the judges gave them a 25, drawing more boos from the audience.

Sean Lowe had a tough night with partner Peta Murgatroyd. Their tango to Katy Perry’s “Hot & Cold” was exactly that. His sloppy footwork and off-beat movements disappointed Carrie Ann, and Bruno and Len flat out called it “ugly.” Ouch.

His try at a threesome wasn’t much better, even with the help of Sharna Burgess. Their jazz dance didn’t work out either and it came off more corny than classy. Both dances earned him a meager 21 points and likely another trip to the bottom tomorrow night.

Who do you think should go home?