Week 6 of season 18 on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” aired Monday and featured “Party Anthem Night.” The remaining 8 couples danced to party anthem themes and this week’s guest judge was LMFAO’s Redfoo. After the couples performed and Macy’s Stars of Dance gave another stellar, Derek Hough-choreographed show stopper, one couple was sent home.
Before anyone danced, host Tom Bergeron told us NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani were safe. The intro package for the couple showed NeNe bursting into tears after their Disney week performance. They patched things up nicely because Carrie Ann Inaba said their salsa to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” “looked like your most comfortable dance.” They scored 33 out of 40.
Next, Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas learned they were in jeopardy. After hearing that, they took the dance floor to show off a semi-sexy cha cha set to Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” Len Goodman called her leg action “perfect.” The couple earned straight 8s for a total of 32.
The next couple up were James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd who learned they were safe. After earning the first perfect score of the season last week, the pressure was on to turn in a phenomenal performance. Their quickstep to “You’re the One That I Want” from “Grease” was so quick; it might have been greased lightning. James was struggling during rehearsal and both Len and Bruno called him on his footwork. Redfoo said the couple reminded him of 2 crabs in the sand – it’s anybody’s guess what that means. They earned 35 out of 40.
Surprisingly, Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy discovered they were in jeopardy. They danced a brilliant cha cha to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Bruno was astonished at how naturally she did the intricate steps and Len called it "the best dance of the night so far." The couple scored 36 out of 40.
Naturally, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were safe though from the intro package, things may have been rough for the couple. Maks was lamenting scores and comments from judges over the last 2 weeks and feeling vulnerable. Meryl held his hand and comforted him. When they took the floor with a mind-blowing tango to Calvin Harris’s “Feel So Close,” any signs of uncertainty were gone. It earned the second perfect score of the season and from Carrie Ann, "Maks, your best choreography ever." Len said Meryl is the first celebrity ever able to match Maks’ full-on style. Redfoo said, “ET phone home…cuz that was out of this world.” Score: 40 out of 40.
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke were in jeopardy and following Maks’ outstanding tango with a tango of their own didn’t help. They danced to Rick James’s “Super Freak.” While it was entertaining, because, well, it is Drew Carey, it had some mistakes. The couple earned a respectable 32 out of 40.
It was no surprise that Charlie White and Sharna Burgess were safe. Their cha cha to C and C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now” was challenging, hip and hot. Decked out in white with Day-Glo accents, the couple glowed when the lights went down. Bruno acknowledged that this music is hell to dance to but that they made it look effortless. They earned 36 out of 40 for their efforts.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were also safe to dance another week. IN what was one of the most amazing performances of the season, they did a jive to “Shot” by the Isley Brothers. Bruno said "Jive is the most difficult dance for anyone to perform. I don't think I've ever seen anyone, in my 18 seasons here and 11 in the U.K., do what you did tonight." The couple got 38 out of 40.
When it was all said and done, Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke were sent home. Drew said he’d gotten farther than he’d expected to. He also said, "Thank you for letting me borrow your dance floor for this fantasy.”
Do you think Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke should have been eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars”? Tune in next Sunday for week 7.