Dancing With The Stars celebrated Latin Night on Monday with the six remaining couples sizzling and swiveling their way toward the final. The ABC show threw competitors another twist this week: a second round that awarded three couples bonus points from the judges.
Cutting right to the chase, Kellie Pickler stole the show again. This girl puts every other celebrity to shame this season, including standouts Aly Raisman and Zendaya. Despite the fact that she had three concerts this week, she and Derek Hough killed the competition with their sizzling samba routine. She dances like a pro and her killer body makes it difficult to tell that she’s just an amateur.
Carrie Ann Inaba said she lacked “feeling,” but said she “saw perfection in every single move.” Len Goodman agreed, calling it “crisp, clean, hot and spicy.” Their score of 29 is the night’s best raw score, but after the second round’s bonus points, they don’t stay in the lead.
Aly had a difficult week as well after she injured her partner’s back during rehearsals. After a trip to the doctor, her partner Mark Ballas said he would have to sit this week out and provided a pro stand in for her to practice with. The crowd is stunned to see Mark on the dance floor when the music starts. Guess he pulled through just in time. Their salsa was sexy and fun, and the gymnast finally seemed to loosen up. The judges loved the routine and gave her a high score of 29.
While Zendaya is obviously a beautiful dancer, something was off about her performance tonight. Her paso doble with partner Val Chmerkovskiy seemed too intense. She came off as a scary gothic queen instead of her usual fun, innocent flair. Her long, lanky limbs seemed more creepy than elegant. She earns a respectable score of 27 and stays in the game with ease. She’s not going anywhere.
Professional athlete Jacoby Jones took a day off due to sore muscles this week. Still, he managed to man up in time to deliver a strong salsa routine with pro partner, Karina Smirnoff. Judges were delighted by his sexy moves and praised the tatted up star on his hip action and flavor. “You could fart the salsa,” said Carrie Ann. “You just have it in your body … You get down and dirty.” They score a 27 and are likely safe for another week.
Andy Dick wasn’t so lucky this week. Although I loved his entertaining attempt at the rumba, the judges weren’t buying it. All three of them pounded Andy’s moves from the panel and this time, they were right. Bruno Tonioli said he was just “hoping for the best,” and Len said his movements were “more erratic than erotic.” The comedian looks so somber while receiving his critiques, it’s clear he’s worried this week. Me too. His low score of 17 will almost certainly land him on the bottom.