Dancing with the Stars Week 6: Latin Night Scores and Elimination Results


Dancing with the Stars brought back Latin Night and Pitbull for its sixth week of competition. Here’s how everyone did and who went home.

Dancing with the Stars billed this week’s episode as the hottest night all season, and stars and their professional partners certainly took that seriously by bringing some sexy costumes and performances. In full running order, here’s what happened tonight.

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke

Salsa; “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Celia Cruz

Oh, Ryan Lochte. Bless. The judges note that he has some issues with musicality, and he really does. Though we think the shirt discarding and shorts reveal were meant to be sexy, it turns out to be really easy to see his body paint before the blacklight section, which doesn’t make it sexy. (We also spot his pants falling down before the tearaway.) He’s trying hard, though, even if he has to do it in neon yellow shorts and kneepads. During judging, Pitbull prematurely gives them his score of 8, prompting a dad joke from Tom Bergeron. Finally, they get two 7s and two 8s for a score of 30.

Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber

Paso doblé; “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Santa Esmeralda

“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is a tough song for anyone to dance to, something Bruno notes during his critiques after the dance. At points, we notice Terra’s expression snapping to an intense face, as if she’s trying to remember that she has to be Intense and Angry for the paso doblé. Both Carrie Ann and Julianne say something about her intensity feeling somewhat off overall, though they again praise her willingness to go for it. (Julianne calls her a tiger.) Pitbull digs it, though. Ultimately, they get the same score as Ryan Lochte, down to the score distribution of 7-8-8-7 for a 30.

Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Cha cha; “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha” – Petty Booka

This cha cha certainly lets Amber have fun with flirting and goes for “will-they-or-won’t-they” idea for the entire performance. We seriously love her jacket, by the way. Bruno loves her teasing, but wants her to work on her foot placement, because she can do it. Carrie Ann says there’s a ceiling in Amber’s dancing that just needs to break, but it hasn’t broken just yet. Julianne pulled out some Bruno-esque examples of moves, telling Amber she needs to really slap Maks’ chest and just commit more overall to the entire dance. Tonight, Amber doesn’t break the 30-mark; each judge instead gives her a 7 for a total of 28.

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess

Rumba; “Need the Sun to Break” – James Bay

During the package, James expresses issues with really selling the dance, including possibly using an alter ego to fully commit to the sexiness required of a rumba. However, we don’t see many chemistry issues between him and Sharna, because they pull out a very sensual rumba. It even made Pitbull take his glasses off, and if you’ve ever seen Pitbull, you know his sunglasses are practically glued to his face. Julianne calls him the best male dancer they’ve ever had, but still criticizes their chemistry, before Bruno says they should have a Nobel for chemistry. He pulls out the 10, as does Carrie Ann, while Julianne and Pitbull give them 9s for a total of 38.

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough

Cha cha: “Echa Pa’Lante” – Thalía

The package includes kind of a weird comment from Derek about how good Marilu’s legs look when they’re on point, and we’re just going to ignore that beyond this mention here. She’s certainly having fun during the performance, but the fun-having doesn’t impact her steps. Derek later notes that cha cha is a hard dance, and he has a point. Bruno calls it graceful but sexy, and notes that she handled the tempo changes well. Carrie Ann calls it “her dance” but notes some technical notes about leg placement. They snag two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34.

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko

Argentine tango; “Hands to Myself” – Selena Gomez

Let’s put it simply: She’s making a play for the finals with a dance like this, because it is a seriously sexy and sharp Argentine tango. Bruno says it’s pulsating with lust and down and dirty with the normal accompanying moves that he gives when he praises dances like that. Carrie Ann keeps it calmer, pointing out that sexy is easy for them but saying that the dance really shone and that if they keep dancing like that they could win. They had incredible chemistry. Using the water brought it to a new level, even if it’s probably a major safety concern. They receive the first perfect score of the night, a 40.

Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev

Samba; “Mas Que Nada” – Sérgio Mendes ft. The Black Eyed Peas

Artem said in the package that she’s sort of walking through her steps, and it shows at points. She’s smiling and clearly game to give it all a shot, but the samba is a tough dance. We noticed a lack of real samba bounce to it. Ray Chew Live turns out a killer “Mas Que Nada” performance for them, though. Bruno tells her not to force the samba bounce. Pitbull says it felt a bit forced, sort of echoing Bruno’s criticism. Julianne praises her being game to perform. Ultimately, the three regulars toss her an 8 each and Pitbull throws out a 7 for a total of 31.

Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold

Argentine tango; “Hotel California” – Eagles

They start off with a very intricate set of steps that has the crowd cheering for the sheer skill on display here. However, Calvin and Lindsay aren’t done. They step their game up with killer lifts to take advantage of his athleticism. Perhaps they don’t have the exact same type of chemistry as Jana and Gleb, but they certainly turn out some precise, excellent steps without needing water to do it. Carrie Ann, the Lift Police, praises the lifts. Julianne, meanwhile, tells him she’s happy that he owned the dance. Bruno says that he was smoldering and in control of every single moment. Pitbull gives them a 10, but the other three judges give them each a 9 for a score of 37.

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy

Salsa; “Light It Up” – Major Lazar ft. Nyla and Fuse ODG

Laurie came to play after a not-so-great week last week. From the start, she uses her strengths in precise steps and sheer charm to really sell her salsa. Val also takes advantage of her athleticism to pull out a great lift midway through. Even the tempo change doesn’t faze her at all. Julianne gets picky and says Laurie should use her lats more for hip action. Bruno calls her a cheeky salsa devil, saying she killed it. Meanwhile, Carrie Ann calls her the most powerful dancer and catches some nitpicks. Laurie admits she messed up. However, those mess-ups don’t prevent them from scoring three 9s and a 10 for a total of 37.

Finally, we found out just who won’t continue to next week. It’s Amber Rosewho simply didn’t get enough votes and high enough scores. She’s sad and says she’s actually quite shy in some ways, which made it tougher on her.

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According to Tom Bergeron, Eras Night will return for next week’s episode, as will the first team dances of the season. Also, Len Goodman will take his rightful place as the fourth and head judge once more. Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays on ABC.

This post has been updated with videos of each performance.