Party rock is in the house tonight! Everybody just have a good time.
LMFAO's Redfoo is the guest judge for the week on "Dancing With The Stars" and the tone is set from the get-go. Party! Party! And he lets us know from the start he is not going to try to pretend to rule on technique; he's here to talk about the fun.
The eight remaining couples open the show dancing to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" and then go on to Tango, Cha cha cha, Salsa, Quickstep and Jive! (Find out who was ELIMINATED here.)
Here's a recap of the dances, from highest scores to lowest:
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 40 out of 40
Long before we saw Meryl's perfect Tango, we saw quite a therapy session between the Olympian and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She was disappointed in last week's scores; Maks is disappointed he hadn't been able to push her to the "10s" club yet.
He's also beating himself up for getting sucked into the competition and starting to want the mirror ball again. With Meryl as a partner it's a real possibility, and Maks doesn't want his head to go there.
They give a pep talk to each other and it's about the sweetest thing we've ever seen. Head judge Len Goodman recognizes their special partnership; Bruno Tonioli complimented Maks' choreography; Carrie Ann Inaba called them magical thinks Meryl is as good as any professional; Redfoo thought it looked like they were gliding across the solar system, jumping from star to star.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough -- 38 out of 40
I know I sound like a broken record but Amy Purdy amazes me every single week. She's does the JIVE, the dance every person for 18 seasons has said is next to impossible to master, and she has two prosthetic legs.
Her competitive nature is also helping to push her through, and Derek Hough seems to know just the right way to choreograph for her. They had one little slip up, but come on! And at the end of the dance, she does a flipping cartwheel!
Len called it a fantastic performance even with "the incident." Carrie Ann told Amy she does the best "kicks and flicks" she's ever seen on the show and Redfoo simply screamed.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess -- 36 out of 40
Meryl's skating partner had to tackle one of his biggest dance foes: the hip moving Cha cha cha. He and Sharna Burgess had to do all their rehearsing on the road because he's on tour. (And doesn't that mean Meryl is too? That wasn't mentioned in her piece but they are a team, right?)
Sharna doesn't ease up on anything and puts together a tough routine, but Charlie rises to the occasion. And two thirds into the dance ... they go day glow! I must say Sharna's fake glow in the dark eyelashes did scare me a little.
Carrie Ann said this was the kind of party she likes; Redfoo said it made him want to get up and dance; Len was the party pooper, saying he wasn't keen with the black light fun (because he's old and grumpy. His words not mine!).
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy -- 36 out of 40
Kudos to Winnie Cooper for dancing a great routine just minutes after being told she's in jeopardy! Before that wrench was thrown into the mix, she told us she felt like a real contender after last week's "Beauty and the Beast" quickstep. Maybe this "jeopardy" thing is just a mind game?
Val Chmerkovskiy choreographs a very tough Cha cha cha and drills her throughout the week, but it pays off. Len called it the best dance of the night and Danica tears up when Carrie Ann tells her she sees how much she's grown and calls her a "full blossom."
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- 35 out of 40
James and Peta Murgatroyd and worried about having set the bar unattainably high after getting a perfect score last week. Peta tells us the perfect score for the beautiful dance from "Let it Go" was the highlight of all her seasons on the show.
This week they have the Quickstep, and guess what, the steps are very quick. James says this type of dance is tough for him but he's determined. They channel their best Danny and Sandy from "Grease" and try to convince us that yes they are the ones that we want.
Carrie called him leading man material; Redfoo said their quickness reminded him of two crabs in the sand (?) and that was a good thing; and then Len threw cold water over the whole thing and said there was no technique, heavy footwork AND a rule infringement.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani -- 33 out of 40
Nene and Tony Dovolani acknowledge they had a rough patch last week, but they are over it and they want us all to be over it too. Couples have disagreements; couples make up. They have a good rehearsal week and Nene says it means something good came out of the drama.
Their dance is the Salsa, performed to Nelly's "Hot N Herre" and Tony's shirtless again! Len tells her she's cornered the market on fun; Carrie Ann said she looked more comfortable this week than ever and Redfoo called her an "entrepreneur" because "she owned that dance." I think that makes sense?
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas -- 32 out of 40
Candace has put up the caution sign all season when it comes to sexy costumes and she still hits speed bumps when it comes to putting on a sexy character and shaking those hips. Her dance is the Cha cha cha this week, so the hips are crucial!
Mark Ballas works his, well, hips off, in rehearsal. He says again that most of her issues are in her head and she needs to stop overthinking things. You can definitely see her improvement over the weeks. Bruno said she's sexy, but just doesn't know it and Len praised her leg action. I'm wondering if they used one of Mark's old mirror ball trophies for bling on her dress, his tie, and his shoes.
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke -- 32 out of 40
Drew tells Cheryl Burke in the rehearsal room that he feels like he's a goner. They do the Tango to "Superfreak" and he plays the part of a pimp ... and has a blast. The judges all continue to praise Drew's showmanship and commitment, he just didn't quite keep up with the technique as much as his competitors. Drew said he got farther on the show than he ever expected, and said this experience was a fantasy come true.
Next week: Latin night with Ricky Martin!
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