'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: NeNe Leakes Sent Home; Amy Purdy Injured On Latin Night With Ricky Martin
Dancing With the Stars embraced the Latin Night theme this week with guest judge and performer Ricky Martin and the celebrity contestants taking on Latin dances with their professional partners.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
Following Martin’s performance of 2014 World Cup anthem “Vida,” Amy Purdy and Derek Hough stepped onto the dance floor to perform a rumba. Hough seemed to slow down the dance for Purdy, who looked a bit more rigid than she has in past weeks. Carrie Ann Inaba took issue with Purdy’s technique at one point in the dance, but still found it enjoyable. Scores: 9+9+9+9=36
After finding out he was in jeopardy, James Maslow had to take on a samba with Peta Murgatroyd. The chemistry between Maslow and Murgatroyd is undeniable, though both have been adamant that their off-screen relationship is anything more than platonic. The energy and sexiness of the dance was there, but Len Goodman complained about Maslow’s questionable technique. Scores: 9+9+8+9=35
Danika McKellar, who broke a rib during rehearsals, braved the dance floor on Monday to perform her Salsa with Val Chmerkovskiy. Though McKellar showed gumption by powering through the routine with a cracked rib, it was clear throughout the dance that she was in pain and wary of further injuring herself. Scores: 8+9+8+8=33
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani, in danger of elimination, danced an Argentine tango with a troupe of extra dancers to liven things up – and perhaps take some attention off Leakes’ footwork. Even though Dovolani kept his shirt off per voters’ request, it wasn’t enough to mask Leakes’ awkward dancing. Scores: 8+8+7+8=31
Charlie White, who surprisingly was at risk of getting sent home, performed a Paso Doble with pro partner Sharna Burgess. The professional ice dancer gave the passionate dance his all, but didn’t quite nail the routine as the judges had hoped. They noted that he faltered a few times throughout the performance. Scores: 9+10+8+9=36
Next up was Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, who got to dance an Argentine Tango this week. In an effort to help Bure shed some of her psychological burdens on the dance floor, Ballas brought her to a sports psychologist, which seemed to pay off. Bure looked more confident and sure of herself than ever. Scores: 8+9+9+9=35
Front-runner Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were assigned a salsa for Latin night. Surprisingly, the Chmerkovskiy brother decided to add troupe members for the routine – an unnecessary distraction when he has such a strong partner. Despite the added dancers, Davis still managed to shine and earn the judges’ praise. Scores: 10+10+9+10=39
In addition to the solo performances, the celebs also had to dance group numbers with their fellow competitors and pro partners. First up was Team Vida (Charlie, Sharna, James, Peta, NeNe and Tony). The routine tried to cash in on the sex appeal of the two young guys, while placing Leakes, the weakest dancer of the bunch, in the background. Scores: 8+10+8+9=35.
Team Loca (Meryl, Maksim, Danica, Val, Amy, Derek, Candace and Mark) was unable to perform live last night after Amy sustained an injury following her performance. She was rushed to the hospital after having sharp pains in her back. The judges were then forced to judge the dress rehearsal recording, which they were more than happy with. Scores: 10+10+9+10=39
When it got down to this week’s elimination, it was revealed that Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani were going home.
Next week, Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller will serve as a guest judge and the celebrity contestants will be dancing routines with each other.
– Chelsea Regan
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