Ricky Martin was muy caliente as he performed and judged on Monday’s Latin night of "Dancing with the Stars." Seven couples danced two numbers, a Latin piece with their partners and a group dance in front of Ricky Martin, who had both men and women hot under the collar.
As “Dancing with the Stars” approaches the semi-finals, Monday night saw the first of the group dances, named in honor of Ricky martin; Team Vida, all of whom were in jeopardy and Team Loca, who were all safe. Bruno Tonioli could not contain his excitement when Ricky Martin sat on the judges’ panel for DWTS. The Latin superstar told Tom Bergeron he is looking for “amazing entertainment, passion, focus and engagement with the audience,” and scored the remaining seven higher than his co-judges, as is typical with guests of the show. Team Vida earned a total of 35 and Team Loca scored 39 points. The scores were added to the couple dances for the final scores of the night.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were safe and not in the DWTS bottom as they have been in previous weeks. Ballas took Bure to see a Sports Psychiatrist to ease her performance anxiety, and it helped, as the pair’s Argentine tango was one of her best. Bure and Ballas scored a 35. With the combined Team Loca score they rounded out the night with a 74.
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy led “Dancing with the Stars’” Latin Night with a 39, then after Team Loca danced earned a 78. Len gave the couple the only nine, but the pair received accolades as Davis kept up with the pros.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani were in the bottom and performed an okay Argentine tango with Leakes’ alter ego “NayNay, however they only scored a meager 31. With the combined Team Vida group number, they finished at 66 and were sadly eliminated based upon last week's scores and viewers' votes.
James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were the first to be notified they were in jeopardy. Their samba earned a score of 35, and it pleased DWTS guest judge Ricky Martin who said it was “a gift that kept on giving.” Their Team Vida score totaled them at 70.
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were the first couple safe, however McKellar broke a rib in rehearsal, which affected their salsa score. Combined with their Team Loca score and 33 from their salsa, they totaled 72, which kept the duo near bottom of the leaderboard.
Amy Purdy was one of the first safe and danced a rhumba with her partner Derek Hough. They scored a 36, but Purdy needed to go to the hospital and missed the group dance. She turned her neck the wrong way and hurt it after her performance. Team Loca was judged based upon their dress rehearsal. They earned 75 for the episode.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess were also in jeopardy. White is is disappointed that his ice dancing partner has scored a perfect ten and he has yet to. White and Burgess’ Paso Doble earned a 36. Combined with Team Vida, they closed the show with a 71.
“Dancing with the Stars” returns next Monday, however without fan favorite NeNe Leakes. Six couples remain to vie for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.