It will be remembered as the night of injuries both on and off the ballroom dance floor Monday on “Dancing with the Stars.” From a previous week Danica McKellar injured herself initially from a contemporary dance routine.
This time her injury flared into a broken rib that obviously affected her salsa Latin dance with Val. Naturally this reflected into their individual dance score earning them only a 33.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were the first couple to dance. Theirs was the challenging dance of love, the rumba. They received glowing critiques and all 9’s from the judges, including guest judge and musical performer Ricky Martin.
Opening the show was Martin performing his latest single “Vida” that’s to be featured in the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Later on in the show co-host Erin Andrews informed viewers Amy injured her back. During a brief interview with Amy, before leaving the set for the hospital, she stated the injury happened after her dance and critiques with the judges. Derek was seen carrying her up the stairs afterwards. What would happen to their Team Loca dance later in the show?
Following a precedent from a previous season, when Melissa Rycroft injured herself during the competition, they used dress rehearsal footage. That’s exactly what was done in Season 18.
All members of Team Vida: Nene & Tony, Charlie & Sharna, James & Peta were in jeopardy. Their dance was erratic and out of sync, while the rehearsal footage with Team Loca was flawless. Both teams danced to Ricky Martin’s biggest hit “Livin’ la Vida Loca.”
The latter team would have received all 10s had this been done live in the ballroom, according to Len Goodman. Remaining members of Team Loca still danced live for the studio audience only, minus Amy.
Nene Leakes was eliminated from the competition. Next week a real dance teacher will be a guest judge. It’s Abby Lee Miller from “Dance Moms.”