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Dancing with the Stars Season 18 Week 6 Recap

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This was the party anthem week. Each of the remaining couples danced to a well-known party song. Redfoo was the guest judge. That was, um, interesting. Aside from his sparkly red paddle, he really didn’t add much. Here’s what the dancing was like:

  • NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: Their salsa delivered what we’ve come to expect from this pairing. It was sexy and fun. But, NeNe’s sloppy footwork got corrected by the judges—again. Score: 33
  • Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Candace seems to improve every week as far as technique goes. Her leg work in the cha cha was pretty clean. But, the self-consciousness that pervades her dancing was still an issue. Score: 32
  • James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: This week, Peta seemed to actually want to choreograph something that pushes James. But, this quickstep might have been a little too challenging. Len commented that the footwork was sloppy in places. Score: 35
  • Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: This cha cha showed off Danica’s playful side. It was solidly danced and she got more into character than she has in the past. The judges appreciated both the technique and the performance of the piece. Score: 36
  • Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Meryl still sometimes looks awkward to me in faster work, but this week it seemed like she caught up. Their tango showed how well they can dance together. The judges loved it. Score: 40
  • Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: It’s clear at this point that Drew is one of the weaker competitors, but he continued to show improvement. He was more graceful in this week’s tango and he clearly loves dancing. The judges agree that it was fun. Score: 32
  • Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: The cha cha showed off a more playful side to Charlie. It’s all-out extravaganza with backlighting and a club vibe. Charlie nails the timing. Score: 36
  • Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Amy’s already demonstrated that she can handle pretty much anything Derek throws at her, and this jive is no exception. There’s a great storyline about wedding crashers and except for one mistake, Amy executes it well. Score: 38 Drew and Cheryl were eliminated.
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