One week after Romeo and Chelsie Hightower sealed their dance with a kiss, another couple got busy with the lips as Dancing with the Stars entered the seventh week Monday.
This was also team night, with dancers working in two squads led by Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward as they paid tribute to ballroom greats, but it was the pair performances that offered the most interest. Read on to find out why.
After both teams tied with 30 out of 40 points, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley, who have had their share of ballroom mishaps, got their lively jive to “La Bamba” off to a sweet start with a quick smooch.
They earned 30 points and some praise from the judges – Carrie Ann Inaba said they “are looking amazing” but Len Goodman called the dance “uneventful.”
The comeback kids were Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff, who rebounded from last week’s low-scoring, tumble-plagued dance with a 36-point quickstep that judge Bruno Tonioli called “so vivid, so vibrant.”
That tied them for first place with Hines Ward and Kym Johnson’s tango, followed by Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas’s solid 34-point paso doble and Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel’s highly technical tango, which got 31 points.
Sharing a 30-point performance with Alley/Chmerkovskiy were Romeo and Hightower’s samba, which got mixed reviews. Tonioli saw “plenty of fire,” but Goodman grumbled: “I didn’t like it. You talked the talk but you didn’t dance the dance.”