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DWTS recap for April 21, 2014: The party anthem episode

Redfoo from LMFAO at 2014 Grammy Awards
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

Tonight was party anthem night with an appropriate guest judge being Redfoo from LMFAO. Redfoo made a pretty spectacular entrance of his own and per Tom Bergeron is “the first judge to make Bruno look like an Accountant.”

We discovered some interesting things this week: Mark bathes with Super Mario characters in lieu of rubber ducks and Val likes to braid things (i.e. Danica's hair) when he’s nervous.

The Scores & The Anthems:

  1. Meryl and Maks (“Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris) – 40
  2. Derek and Amy (“Shout” by The Isley Brothers) – 38
  3. Danica and Val (“I Want to Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston) – 36
  4. Charlie and Sharna (“Gonna Make You Sweat” C & C Music Factory) – 36
  5. James and Peta (“You’re the One That I Want” from Grease) – 35
  6. Nene and Tony (“It’s Getting Hot In Here” by Nelly) – 33
  7. Candace and Mark (“I Love It” by Icona Pop) – 32
  8. Drew and Cheryl (“Super Freak” by Rick James) – 32

The Highlights:

Nene and Tony danced a really fun Salsa this week to “It’s Getting Hot in Here” by Nelly and not just because Tony eventually took off his shirt for the second time this season. The mixture of Salsa steps and hip-hop was masterfully combined and although Nene does need to work on her footwork, she has wonderful stage presence. Viewers will also appreciate seeing Nene get a kiss from her hubby as part of the dance.

Derek Hough out-choreographed himself once again for the Macy's "Stars of Dance" performance set to "Animals" by Martin Garrix. The result was spectacular with a wonderful mixture of dance disciplines and neon-lighted robots spewing smoke. A lot of the movement was unexpected and enthralling to see. Definitely a must-watch of the evening!

Danica's body awareness has really grown and she was so beautifully graceful in the Tango with Val. The way she carries herself and manipulates her arms is great to watch.

Meryl was disappointed with last week's 9s and certainly gave a performance that equaled throwing down the gauntlet. She was so sharp and controlled this week in Maks' cleverly choreographed Tango that she matched his level of skill as never before.

The Cha-cha-cha for Charlie after a stressful week (he was touring for skating as well as rehearsing!) was a great dance. He had improved his "hip action" to Carrie Ann Inaba's satisfaction and his transitions between the quick and slow movements were very fluid. He and Sharna even utilized a black light for part of their dance and that was a unique touch (and definitely helped the yellow shoes make more sense!).

The "wedding crasher" Jive for Amy (Derek steals her away from the altar at the beginning) was a perfect finale. The fact that Amy is leagues more comfortable on her dancing feet is apparent by the dwindling number of pauses and lifts designed to help her gain her footing. Amy seems to finally be sure of her ability and it is a pleasure to watch her improve. (Even Bruno felt it worthy of a proposal from the judges' table and a perfect "10" score.)

Drew and Cheryl, Candace and Mark and Danica and Val were in jeopardy this week. Drew seemed to sense in rehearsal that this was going to be his last week on the show and he was quite right.

Tune in next week for Latin Night with guest judge Ricky Martin.

Albuquerque viewers can catch DWTS on KOAT 7 (ABC) Mondays at 7 p.m. (MST).

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