It’s the hottest night of the season! Pitbull kicked off the show with a super sexy performance of ‘Fireball’ and things only heated up from there! Read our week 6 recap here!
The stars are back with their original partners and that means one thing — the chemistry is back! See who got eliminated during week 6 and who got the top score on the October 20 episode of Dancing With The Stars. WARNING: spoilers ahead!
Jonathan Bennett Eliminated From ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — ‘DWTS’ Week 6 Recap
Leah Remini was a guest host, filling in for Erin Andrews, who is covering the World Series. Right off the bat, Tommy & Peta were told they were safe! Janel & Val and Jonathan & Allison were both told they were in jeopardy!
First up to dance — Jonathan Bennett and pro Allison Holker. “It’s week 6 and we need to see improvement and we need to see range — and that’s exactly what we saw!” Judge Julianne Hough said. Bruno Tonioli said: “The man in black got his mojo back.” Carrie Ann Inaba complimented his resilience and said it was his best dance so far. They got a score of 32 out of 40!
Finally, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy started discussing their “feelings” for each other. (Could this have anything to do with why Janel broke up with her boyfriend?) Val said he can’t sum up his feelings in a sound bite, and told America to “stay tuned.” They danced the samba. “I’m always amazed with you because you’re such an amazing performer. Tonight, though, it was a phenomenal performance, but you seemed a bit off balance,” Carrie Ann said. “I don’t know anything about ballroom dancing but I know a lot about passion, and I didn’t feel the passion there,” guest judge Pitbull said. Julianne commended her on the difficulty of the routine. “I always feel passion when I dance with Val,” Janel said after the dance. They got a 33, including two 9’s.
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Foxtrot. “What I love is when we watch you dance, the whole room gets behind you. You bring so much joy,” Carrie Ann said. Pitbull said it wasn’t perfect but it was fun. “That was so awesome. I loved it. I think you could be in this competition for a long time,” Julianne said. They got a 28!
Next, Lea & Artem, Sadie & Mark and Antonio & Cheryl were all told they were safe!
Antonio Sabato Jr. and pro Cheryl Burke danced the salsa. During practice, Cheryl revealed that her Dad had a seizure and she might have to go to Thailand. Fortunately, he was feeling better and Cheryl was able to stay and perform to put a “smile on his face.” Pitbull said: “I wanted to join the dance out there.” Julianne said it was too loose in the upper body but loved the storyline. “You really took me back to the old streets of Havana,” Bruno said. They got a 28.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas had a challenging time practicing the rumba, balancing the “dance of love” with Sadie’s beliefs and morals. “Rumba is a super passionate dance. It doesn’t have to be raunchy. This was a beautiful story about falling in love. You seemed a little off balance,” Julianne said. “You really are a little sparkly jewel of a dancer. Now, you need to get a continuous motion. Beautifully done,” Bruno said. They got a score of 35, including a 10 from Pitbull!
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev danced an intricate salsa to keep up with Alfonso. “It was like a taste of La Dolce Vita in Miami Beach,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said she was disappointed. “I have always thought from day 1 you were the girl to beat. Tonight, though, you needed to trust your partner and yourself. The pressure got to you a little bit but, you are still, in my opinion, the girl to beat,” Julianne said. They got a 32!
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Then, more results. Alfonso & Witney were named safe. Bethany & Derek were also named safe. Michael & Emma were told they were in jeopardy.
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater danced the Argentine Tango. “This was a very different approach. And it worked. Tonight, I felt like I was watching a champion. You were composed. You were elegant. You dared to really try to dance,” Carrie Ann said. “We were all pretty tough on you last week. You hide behind comedy but now I see how much you really want this. I’m getting emotional,” Julianne said. Bruno said: “Dedication, focus, connection — you had it all tonight. Great improvement.” They got a score of 30, their highest score ever!
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced the tango with very little prep due to Bethany’s work schedule and a trip to Australia. “This tango brought me back to when I was on the show! This was pure tango. Well, well done!” Julianne said. “Straight, down the line, pure ballroom,” Bruno said. They had a bit of a slip-up but Carrie Ann still said it was “ridiculous.” They got a 36, the highest score of the night.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson both battled injuries this week. Alfonso actually pulled his groin doing the Carlton! They danced the salsa to J-Lo‘s “Booty” — SO HOT! But it looks like Alfonso re-injured himself. “I loved it. I would have liked to see more salsa, it was very hip-hop. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it!” Julianne said. “The rhythm is gonna get ‘cha! Infectious, vibrant, vitality. I could have danced all night,” Bruno screamed. “Super hot, I loved it!” Carrie Ann said as she slapped Alfonso’s butt 10 times! They got a 39! Julianne, what’s with the 9?
In the end, Jonathan and Allison were eliminated.
Which couple had the best dance of the night, HollywoodLifers? See you next week!
— Dory Larrabee