The ballroom heated up on Monday night’s Latin-themed Dancing with the Stars.
Seven weeks into the competition, almost all of the remaining couples came up with impressive routines. But it was Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas who landed their first 10s of the season, with a salsa that Len Goodman – who gave the pair a nine – called, “tasty and refreshing.”
The pair got 10s from the other two judges, which put them at a total of 29 points out of 30. They also received an additional three points for winning a dance-off against Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess.
But at the end of the night, even though Pickler and Hough were in a tie, they were the ones declared free from Tuesday night’s elimination because they had the highest cumulative score of the season.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff and Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy also tied with 27 points each. Jones and Smirnoff performed a salsa that Goodman called “first rate,” while Zendaya and Chmerkovskiy executed an impressive paso doble, though judge Carrie Ann Inaba said it was “missing was a little bit of the depth.”
The two couples teamed up against each other in the dance off, with Zendaya and Chmerkovskiy scoring the three extra points for their jive.
Sean Lowe, who struggled in the bottom two last week, bounced back this week, performing a sexy rumba with partner Peta Murgatroyd to Enrique Iglesias’s “Hero.” The pair earned 24 points on his fiancé Catherine Giudici’s birthday.
“Well, well, well, Sean, who’s the ‘Hero’ now?” Inaba said. “That was just wonderful.”
At the bottom of the leader board were Ingo Rademacher and Dick. The General Hospital star scored 22 points for a rumba with partner Kym Johnson that was panned for lack of good hip movement. Meanwhile, Dick earned just 17 points for his rumba, which, according to the scores, had even less hip action.
But Rademacher and Johnson won a dance-off against Murgatroyd and Lowe, landing three extra points for their rumba.
Results will be announced Tuesday!