¡Hola! It's Latin Night on Dancing with the Stars, and we've got plenty of steamy routines ahead of us. But, is one of the couples getting hot and heavy outside of the ballroom? The show sure wants us to think so. Read on to get the details.
First, announcing two substitutions this evening: First, filling in for Len (who will be back next week) is guest judge Pitbull; and, in Erin Andrews' absence while she's off covering the World Series, former contestant Leah Remini is co-hosting with Tom Bergeron.
Jonathan and Allison (jazz)
The dance: This is better than their routine from last week, but Jonathan still looks unsure of himself out there at the beginning. The dance gets better as it progresses though, and his lifts are pretty strong.
What the judges say: Julianne gives Jonathan a hug for showing such improvement and range. Bruno agrees with her. Carrie Ann says it was their best dance so far and she didn't see any mistakes. And Pitbull says he enjoyed when Jonathan "took her up and flipped her around."
Score: 32 (out of 40)
Janel and Val (samba)
The dance: First, do we think the "romance" between Janel and Val is genuine, or just a good story for the show to put forth? I wouldn't be surprised either way. Second, Janel is the last thing I'm focusing on in this dance, to be honest. Val is so transfixing (those hip swivels!) — and yeah, losing the shirt is a cheap trick, but hell if it doesn't work. This dance is super hot and they're probably the pair who seem most comfortable with each other. (Ahem.)
What the judges say: Bruno loves it but cautions Janel to watch her arms. Carrie Ann thinks Janel is a great all-around performer but feels like she was "off-balance" tonight. Pitbull admits that he doesn't know anything about ballroom dancing, but he does know about passion — and he didn't feel it. (Was he watching the same routine I was?) Julianne loved the difficult choreography and content.
Tommy and Peta (foxtrot)
The dance: Still reeling from the judges' critiques last week, Tommy and Peta headed to a sweat lodge to prepare for this routine (cue guest appearance by Cloris Leachman). Though he's certainly not the most agile player in the competition, Tommy keeps up with the steps pretty well. Plus, he just exudes glee and is a total delight to watch on the dance floor.
What the judges say: Carrie Ann notes a few mistakes, but loves the joy Tommy brings to the ballroom. Pitbull thinks it was fun. Julianne doesn't know what a sweat lodge is but enjoyed the routine. Bruno compliments Tommy's holds.Score: 28
Antonio and Cheryl (salsa)
The dance: This is probably Antonio's strongest dance to date. After much encouragement from Cheryl, looks like he finally got those gyrations down! The lifts are perfectly placed within the routine too — and their supporting dancers enhance the number rather than being a distraction.
What the judges say: Pitbull says he wanted to join in. Julianne praises Antonio for listening to the judges' suggestions, but says he was a little too loose out there. Bruno offers Antonio some advice on his hips. And Carrie Ann says Antonio has consistently improved, but needs to relax.
Score: 28 ("It sucks, the scoring" — Leah Remini)
Sadie and Mark (rumba)
The dance: Sadie is going for "sweet," not "sexy," with her rumba — and maybe as a result, she seems a little more nervous than usual, and her footwork even stutters a bit at the beginning. True to his word, Mark goes for more of a Disney Princess vibe with the choreography, as opposed to sexy vixen, but it's up to the judges whether it contains enough rumba content.
What the judges say: Julianne says Sadie seemed a bit unsure of her footing. Bruno calls the routine "tastefully sensual." Pitbull praises Mark for bringing Sadie out of her shell. Carrie Ann says it was "gorgeous and age-appropriate."Score: 35
Lea and Artem (salsa)
The dance: I have to continually remind myself that Lea is a couple/few decades older than Bethany, Sadie and Janel, because she moves just as swiftly as any of her younger counterparts. She's totally right about this choreography being a bit more complicated than it needs to be, but props to her for pulling it off — and it's a huge vote of confidence that Artem lets her take center stage at one point and lead the mini-troupe in some steps.
What the judges say: Bruno is enthused, but nitpicks about Lea's control of her shoulders. Carrie Ann, on the other hand, says she's a bit disappointed and (rightfully) snips at Artem for trying to compete with Alfonso. Pitbull loves Lea's fierceness, and Julianne says it seems like the pressure got to Lea this week — but she's still "the girl to beat."Score: 32
Michael and Emma (tango)
The dance: I'd be shocked if Michael lasts past tonight's elimination. There's nothing egregiously wrong with this dance, but he's just so stiff out there and, overall, at a Week 1 or 2 level and we're in Week 6. I also love this cover of Pitbull's "Give Me Everything."
What the judges say: Carrie Ann says she "feels like she was watching a champion." (I want some of whatever Carrie Ann is drinking.) Pitbull gives Michael a thumbs up for going in for a kiss at the end. An emotional Julianne praises Michael's authenticity and Emma's choreography. Bruno calls it a "great improvement."
Bethany and Derek (tango)
The dance: It's kind of not fair to have Michael and Emma and Derek and Bethany do back-to-back tangos. There's just no comparison between them. Derek's choreography here is typically intricate, but it's not as exciting as their routines have been in previous weeks.
What the judges say: Pitbull says they did a good job of working through a "little slip-up." Julianne channels her inner Len and calls her brother's routine "pure tango ... everything a tango should be." Bruno agrees, but also notes Bethany's elbow slip. Carrie Ann says the slip-up cost Bethany a 10.
Witney and Alfonso (salsa)
The dance: Poor Witney. After her emotional bruising with Michael last week, she then fell during dress rehearsal (and that replay looked painful). But she and Alfonso aren't going to let a couple of minor injuries hold them down. The footwork in this routine is kind of insane, and Alfonso still looks like he's having an absolute blast in spite of what has to be a strain on his groin injury.
What the judges say: Julianne would have liked to see a bit more salsa and less hip-hop. Bruno quotes Miami Sound Machine and says he could have danced all night. Carrie Ann spanks Alfonso 10 times. Pitbull dances.
So, who's going home? The three couples in jeopardy — Michael/Emma, Janel/Val and Jonathan/Allison — are called down to learn their fates.
Safe: Michael and Emma (Wow, guess those NASCAR folks really are voting!), Janel and Val
Eliminated: Jonathan and Allison
So, what did you think? Are sparks really flying between Janel and Val? How did Leah do as a co-host? And were you disappointed to see Jonathan and Allison go home? Sound off in the comments!
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.