Esto esta bailando con las estrellas! Ricky Martin does double duty for week seven of "DWTS;" before he sits down at the judges table, he kicks off the show with a great song that has the pros taking the floor and doing what they do best.
All seven remaining couples will perform one Latin dance: the Rumba, Samba, Salsa and Argentine Tango. They were scheduled to take the floor a second time with team routines, but an injury to Amy Purdy had her team judged on their taped dress rehearsal instead of a live performance. In Ricky's honor, we had "Team Vida" (NeNe, Charlie and James) versus "Team Loca" (Danica, Candace, Meryl and Amy).
Here are the scores, from highest to lowest (and if you want to find out who was eliminated, click here):
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 39 out of 40 / 39 out of 40 for their team dance = 78 out of 80 total points.
Meryl baila una salsa sexy. She steps out of her comfort zone and Maksim Chmerkovskiy promises he will dig the "down and dirty" out of her. Meryl says this is awkward, but it doesn't show; she gets down to business no matter the dance style. And like so many men this round, Maks gets shirtless and that's always a good thing.
Head judge Len Goodman was the lone "9" score, saying the dance was a bit hectic with too much "extra stuff." Carrie Anne Inaba told Meryl she was in her element; guest judge Ricky Martin called them intense and amazing; and Bruno Tonioli paid tribute to Ricky by saying, about Meryl, "she bangs."
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough -- 36 out of 40 / 39 out of 40 for their team dance = 75 out of 80 total points.
La Rumba esta caliente! And not easy for anyone, much less a woman who has to work extra hard to find and keep her balance just to be able to stand. Amy and Derek Hough faced their challenging week with tears and laughter.
Excuse me, how flexible is this woman? Amazing. They danced to "Light My Fire" and that's just what they did; they lit up the ballroom. Len called the routine sharp, smooth, and first class; Bruno's words were sexy but classy; and Ricky praised them as sensual, clean, and passionate and connected. Enciende mi fuego!
Sadly, we learned that she tweaked her back right after the dance and had to see the medics just after her scores were revealed.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess -- 36 out of 40 / 35 out of 40 for their team dance = 71 out of 80 total points.
Charlie es un torero con el Paso Doble. He really, really, really wants 10's like his skating partner, Meryl, has been getting. Sharna Burgess has high hopes and thinks the Paso Doble is the right fit for him. The judges differ, with Len giving them an "8" and saying that at this point in the competition the dance needs to be special, and this one wasn't. But Ricky gave them a "10", and said he felt as though he was flying around the dance floor with the two of them.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- 35 out of 40 / 35 out of 40 for their team dance = 70 out of 80 total points.
Es la Samba, mira esas caderas se mueven! Peta Murgatroyd tells James they will focus on hips and body contact and they'll do as much as ABC will allow. The producers press the duo to answer whether or not they are a couple outside of the ballroom; Peta plays coy, but James says they are platonic. For now.
Peta takes the dance floor in coveralls that are quickly removed to reveal the sexiest costume ever; then James' tank top is ripped off halfway through the dance so it's nothing but caliente, caliente, caliente! Carrie Ann said their chemistry is beyond sick (and that's good), while Ricky called them the gift that keeps on giving.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas -- 35 out of 40 / 39 out of 40 for their team dance = 74 out of 80 total points.
Candace ve a un medico de cabecera. A sports psychologist to be exact, because she keeps "freezing" when it comes to "game day." Mark Ballas tells us she's an entirely different person during rehearsal and then goes blank at camera blocking in the ballroom. Whatever "Dr. Jen" says seems to have helped, because DJ Tanner got her best score yet for her Argentine tango. Bruno complimented her dance, and her legs. Carrie Ann and Len both applauded the clean, crisp lines in the routine.
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy -- 33 out of 40 / 39 out of 40 for their team dance = 72 out of 80 total points.
El baile de Danica con una costilla rota. That's right, a broken rib! And any dance would be hard with a fractured rib, but Danica and Val Chmerkovskiy have the salsa, which is really impacted by her lack of core movement. She says she's managing the pain (ouch!) and makes it through the routine with more or less flying colors. All the judges felt like the injury stifled her
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani -- 31 out of 40 for their Argentine Tango / 35 out of 40 for their team dance = 66 out of 80 total points.
Nuestra ultima oportunidad de bailar Nene. She fought the good fight, but in the end, Nene wasn't quite in the same league as the others left dancing. Tony Dovolani gave her a very creative, character driven Argentine Tango that she had a lot of fun with ? but she still hasn't been able to quite nail down technique. The judges all commented on her ability to get into character and sell it, and Carrie Ann praised Nene by saying she's impressed she's come this far!
Next week's guest judge: "Dance Mom's" Abby Lee Miller!
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