Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 16, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: The seventh week of performances features the celebrities performing Latin dances. Also: Juanes performs a medley of his hits; one couple get immunity; and couples compete in a dance-off.
Original Air Date: Apr 29, 2013
Guest Cast Juanes

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, April 29, 2013 Season 16, Episode 12

Dancing with the Stars heats up with Latin Night, a Dance-Off Challenge and immunity for the top-scoring couple! Which lucky couple is safe for another week? Who won the dance-offs? Find out below.

Guys, are you ready for three rumbas tonight? Seriously, I've said it before and I'll say it again: They need a better allocation system of dances. It's still ridiculous that Kellie didn't do a ballroom dance until the fifth week and nearly half the dances tonight will be the same style. Let's not even get started on the dance-off styles (jive, cha-cha, rumba) and how some couples have done all three of them already.

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: salsa
Jacoby takes a day off from rehearsals to ice himself and recover because he's used to days off in football. See, dancing is harder than football! Jacoby's damn lucky he got salsa this week. He's just in a club groove and totally working the hips. His technique still needs more work, but you know he'll never be one of those technically perfect dancers. Len says he "rocked this place," but could do with fewer lifts, incurring the wrath of Mama Jones. "I got my eyes on you and I'm watching you, baby," she threatens. Bruno, who has blued himself (or at least his suit has), says the fiesta has begun. "It's like you can fart the salsa," Carrie Ann says. Yes, that's a compliment. Don't ask.
Score: 27

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: rumba
Ingo's General Hospital character, Jax, is the "white knight" of the show, so he wants to channel that in the rumba, but has trouble getting the hip action down. And he still does. His hips are robotic and jerky, and he's hardly smooth at all throughout the dance. At least they weren't nonexistent like Victor's. Peanut wants you to stand up though! Bruno wishes Ingo's hips would lie. Carrie Ann likes his form, but concurs about the lack of hip. Len compares him to the Lakers. Does that mean Ingo will be eliminated this week?
Score: 22

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: samba
Kellie had three concerts in three cities over the week, so they had to plan rehearsal around that, not to mention tour bus living. "We might have to wing it Monday," she says. And by "wing," she means Derek will be shirtless! Not that they need the shameless sell. It's a fun, flirty, bouncy number, and Kellie's insane flexibility is once again in full flight. Carrie Ann likes it, but says Kellie's missing the emotional connection. Uh, the emotion in a samba is "PARTY!" Len calls it a "mix of booty, bounce and bongos." Bruno says the content was "out of this world."
Score: 29

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: rumba
The more you know: There's a move called cucaracha because it looks like you're stepping on a cockroach! Is there anything worse than wanting Andy to do well and breakthrough only for him not to? Sigh. It's a cute routine, but it's mostly maypole dancing and there's not a whole lot of hip action. Andy's too choppy and there's no heat (unless you were turned on by his lips plastered on Sharna's leg). Still, this was 10x more enjoyable than Ingo's. Len appreciates Andy's effort, but says it was erratic, not erotic. Bruno wishes he could forget the dance. Carrie Ann wants him to work on his arms and busts out a 5. Unnecessary!
Score: 17

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: salsa
Mark wants to throw in a trick to try to get immunity, but gets hurt. His doctor says he either has a sprained back or might have injured a disc. Those are two very different things. Henry steps in over the weekend to work with Aly, but Mark is good to go tonight. Holy shimmying, Batman! Aly shimmied for, like, 99 percent of that routine, which may or may not be a good thing, but you have to respect the attack. I'm also pretty sure she has actually out-Marked Mark in exuberance. Bruno wants more of that. Carrie Ann says she nailed it. Len says it was like a tequila sunrise, but wants more passes.
Score: 29

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: rumba
Sean can't act like he's in love because he doesn't "have romantic feelings" for Peta. That's why it's called acting! Peta brings Catherine in to help him and only then can he picture Catherine in the dance. Of course, they're dancing to "Hero." Who would've thought Lumberjack Sean would have the smoothest rumba of the night? OK, it's not that smooth, but comparatively to Ingo and Andy, it's a little better. He still gets staccato-y and doesn't have a lot of hip action, but he's more fluid than he has been and somehow magically found some musicality. Carrie Ann likes it, but points out the lift. Len says his hands kept flapping away. "I'm not going to speak anymore because I'm insulted by that booing "50 Shades of Sean," Bruno says. Ick. Pass the brain bleach, please.
Score: 24

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: paso doble
Are they setting up the first perfect 30 for Queen Z? Kellie and Aly are tied and only one couple gets immunity. This is a very clean, somewhat intense number, and Zendaya's extensions are gorgeous as usual, but it's not as powerful as you'd want from a paso. That's likely due to Zendaya's lithe frame. There's also something missing from the routine. I don't think Val is coasting on choreography per se, but with Zendaya's talent, she can definitely do a whole lot more. Push her, dude! Len wants her to lift her chin, but loves it. Bruno concurs with Len about her chin. Carrie Ann says it was beautifully portrayed, but says it needed more support.
Score: 27

That leaves Kellie and Derek, and Aly and Mark tied with the highest score. The tiebreaker is the highest cumulative season score, which means Kellie and Derek get immunity.

Next is the dan— er, I mean, a performance from Juanes. Because how else can you fill up two hours? Fun fact: In my AP Spanish class, literally all we did was watch Spanish films, play Spanish Scrabble and listen to Shakira and Juanes. Not joking. Our quizzes consisted of filling in blanks for the lyrics. ("A Dios Le Pido" was basically our class anthem.)

Dance-Off Challenge
Here's how this works: The second highest-scoring couple will pick the couple they want to dance against and the chosen couple will pick the style, and so on down the leader board. The winner of each dance-off will get 3 points added to their scores. Everyone prepared dances for all three styles (so four dances total this week), which is just absurd when you think about it.

Aly and Mark vs. Andy and Sharna: cha-cha
Do we need to get into details? Aly and Mark were obviously light years better. All three judges vote for Aly and Mark.
Aly and Mark's new total: 32

Zendaya and Val vs. Jacoby and Karina
Val picks Jacoby and Karina because he wants to "pick on someone our own size." Props for not taking the easy way out, but let's be real, Zendaya would crush everyone left. They're both great, so it just comes down to what you prefer: technique or entertainment factor.  All three judges vote for Zendaya and Val.
Zendaya and Val's new total: 30

Sean and Peta vs. Ingo and Kym: rumba
Kind of lame that these two ended up with the same style they did tonight. Ingo is a lot better than he was earlier: smooth, clean with nice lines. Sean is about the same. Ingo and Kym win 2-1, with votes from Carrie Ann and Len.
Ingo and Kym's new total: 25

Not counting Kellie and Derek, Aly and Mark are on top with 32 and Andy and Sharna are last with 17.

What do you think? Did Kellie and Derek deserve immunity? Do you like the Dance-Off Challenge? Is Andy doomed? Did Catherine unlock Sean's musicality? How do you fart a salsa? Who do you think is going home tomorrow?

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