Everyone in the ballroom was overjoyed to hear the music of Stevie Wonder this week. Not only did he perform, but his songs were used for all of the dance routines.
The eight remaining couples danced a wide variety of dance styles. And we also saw the team challenge: Paso vs. Samba! The group scores are added to the individual scores for an overall total for the night.
Here's a rundown of the night's scores, from highest to lowest:
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough - 29 out of 30 for their routine / 25 out of 30 for the group dance / 54 out of 60 total points
The country star set her sights on getting a 10 this week and she actually got two. And the first of the season from head judge Len Goodman! Derek Hough choreographed a fast-moving Quickstep to "Part-time Lover," and the judges could hardly find any faults.
Carrie Ann Inaba got a little picky with some talk about "space in their hold;" that got both Len and Bruno Tonioli riled up and they both heartily disagreed. In fact, Len called this the best dance that anyone's done during season 16.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas - 27 out of 30 for their routine / 25 out of 30 for group dance / 52 out of 60 total points
Aly has some post traumatic stress issues after the Boston bombings. The hometown kid has trouble shaking the tragedy... but in a heart to heart with Mark Ballas, her pro partner tells her she can bring the city joy by dancing and dedicating it to them.
The duo performs a flirty Foxtrot to "Isn't she lovely?" and she is. Len praises her performance level and thanks Mark for choreographing "little things." I guess there are some moves only a pro can really understand!
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy - 29 out of 30 for their routine / 22 out of 30 for the group dance / 51 out of 60 total points
Near perfection yet again! Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy put their own funky flair into the Cha Cha Cha and Wonder's song "Do I Do." Val's pushing his star very hard during rehearsals because he thinks she has what it takes to look like a professional dancer. She seems to meet his every challenge ... and with a smile no less. Ah, to be 16!
Len said he could sum up great dancing in one word: Zendaya. Bruno called her gob smacking gorgeous with slick hips (and then was borderline inappropriate with his comment "you can Cha Cha me anytime you want" - Wait! What? ). Carrie Ann brought it back to reality and told Zendaya she felt sorry for everyone else who had to dance AFTER her.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson - 24 out of 30 for their routine / 22 out of 30 for group dance / 46 out of 60 total points
You know it had to happen at some time and Len had the honors. His phrase that pays: Bingo Ingo! It's the soap star's birthday and he is gifted with the Tango, a dance he can really get his head around. Carrie Ann said it really shows when he likes a dance, and Bruno growled praise for his animal magnetism.
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd - 21 out of 30 for their routine / 25 out of 30 for the group dance / 46 out of 60 total points
Super spray-tanned Sean has to learn the Samba and we quickly see in rehearsal this hip-shaking, bouncy dance is not his forte. His attempt to shimmy is pretty funny. And since Andy Dick was also assigned the Samba, Sean tells us he just wants to beat Andy (to which Len later says "aim higher").
Partner Peta Murgatroyd is not at all pleased that he had to miss one full day of rehearsal because of a previous commitment. And Sean later admits that learning two dances is "brutal." He peels off his shirt half way through the performance; hey, he's got to get those points somehow. Bruno told him he could always get a job as a stripper; both Bruno and Carrie Ann said he needs to work on his musicality.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff - 23 out of 30 for their routine / 22 out of 30 for the group dance / 45 out of 60 total points
The football star knows his pigeon-toed turnout means trouble on the dance floor but he doesn't ever seem to get upset about things. The Quickstep looks like it can be especially tricky but he muddles through with a smile.
Bruno compliments his energy, and Carrie Ann thanked him for always bringing some sort of special surprise to the dance floor. Len's the wet blanket, and even gets a quick scolding from Jacoby's mom in the audience. He softened his criticism by saying it was simply a dance that "didn't suit him." Len added that it wasn't his best dance, but it also wasn't his worst.
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess - 18 out of 30 for their routine / 25 out of 30 for the group dance / 43 out of 60 total points
Andy is trying, trying, and trying! His dance this week is a tough one: The Samba. He and Sharna Burgess spend a lot of time on technique because he knows the judges have called him out on that in the past. The routine to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" is bright and entertaining and Len tells him so. He added that while all the competitors have had to metaphorically climb hills, Andy's been climbing mountains. We'll see Tuesday if his fate is "Signed, Sealed and Delivered."
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold - 18 out of 30 for their routine / 22 out of 30 for the group dance / 40 out of 60 total points
Victor seems completely resigned to being at the bottom of the scoreboard. His week was as tough as Andy's; he had the equally hard Rumba to learn. And Victor had trouble on two levels: one, he can't move his hips, and two, he's uncomfortable showing a romantic side. The judges once again give him a big "attaboy" for effort and Len praised his fighting spirit. Bruno joked that his dance moves looked more like a flight attendant doing a safety drill.
So who goes home? We'll find out Tuesday night!