'Dancing with the Stars' Latin Night Recap: Kellie Pickler Scores Immunity
"Dancing with the Stars" ballroom got spicy and saucy on Monday, April 29 as the remaining seven pairs performed rumbas, salsas and paso dobles on the Latin night. Each team danced individually and six of them would compete in the dance-off for bonus points.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff danced first, performing a high-energy salsa. Though he missed a day of rehearsals due to a sore body, the execution was far from bad as the judges gave him 27 points. Len Goodman enthused, "Was that an earthquake or did you just rock this place?!"
Ingo Rademacher showed his sexy side with a rumba, but he was struggling with the hip action. "They say hips don't lie; in your case I wish they could," Bruno Tonioli commented, agreed by Carrie Ann Inaba who felt it was "lacking fluidity." The soap opera star earned 22 points.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced a samba. She rehearsed the routine in between her three concerts last week, with her partner Derek joining her to travel around the country. Her hard work was paid off as Carrie Ann praised her, "When you dance, I see perfection in every single move." Bruno added, "It was the perfect balance of the technique and the performance." The country music star earned 29 points.
After narrowly dodging the elimination last week, Andy Dick might be once again on the risk of getting the boot. His fun rumba was deemed "more erratic than erotic," by Len, while Carrie Ann criticized his arms. The comedian's routine was scored 17.
Aly Raisman rehearsed her salsa with troop member Henry Byalikov since Mark Ballas had a bad back, but he recovered in time for Monday's performance. Their spirited and fun routine got rave reviews, with Bruno likening it to a "tutti-frutti delicious cocktail." Len also called it "tasty," but he wanted a few more "recognizable" salsa moves. The Olympic star earned 29 points.
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd danced a sweet-natured rumba, and he admitted that it was hard to bring love in his dance since he didn't have romantic feelings for Peta. With the help of his fiancee Catherine Guidici, Sean managed to show a "seductive look" during his dance. Len, however, said Sean was "wooden." The insurance agent earned 24 points.
For the last individual dance, Zendaya Coleman and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy danced an intense paso doble. Len said it was like a "bull fight," which was meant as a compliment. Carrie Ann chimed in, "It was beautiful, the lines were gorgeous." The Disney star got 27 points.
Scoring the highest cumulative score of the season so far, Kellie earned an immunity this week. Meanwhile, the other pairs competed for bonus points in the dance-off.
Aly and Mark were pitted against Andy and Sharna Burgess for a cha cha. Though Len admired Andy's "pluck" and Carrie Ann praised the funnyman for never giving up, the judges unanimously picked Aly as the winner.
Zendaya and Val were facing off Jacoby and Karina in a jive. Len said, "It's a tough call," as Bruno commented, "It was like watching two champions." Zendaya was eventually declared the winner.
Ingo and Kym Johnson won over Sean and Peta 2-1 after going head-to-head in a rumba. Carrie Ann and Len rooted for Ingo, but Bruno thought Sean did better.
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