Dancing with the Stars really switched things up Monday night, but that didn’t stop some of them from soaring to new heights.
Monday’s Switch-Up Week episode saw stars paired with different pros, and a few of the stars rose to the occasion by turning in their best performances of the season.
But on a sad note, host Tom Bergeron announced that his father, Raymond Bergeron, had passed away.
“My dad loved this show. Never missed an episode,” Bergeron said, choking up. “And I’d like to think somewhere that he didn’t miss this one.”
Bergeron, who was absent during last week’s episode to be at his ailing father’s side, dedicated this week’s episode to the memory of his father, who died Monday at 81.
No stars were sent home this week, but their scores from last week and this week will determine who goes home next week.
Read on for more highlights from the episode.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Monday’s episode of DWTS.
The Penavegas Dominate
The episode belonged to the Penavegas, with the married couple earning the night’s high scores.
Alexa PenaVega dazzled with straight 10s, becoming the first contestant of the season to do so.
She credited her Switch-Up Week pro Derek Hough for giving her a battle mantra. “Derek’s been drilling this in. Say, ‘I am. I am strong. I am confident. I can do this!’ ” she said.
Backstage she told people she was not expecting the response she received.
“I knew that we had worked really hard, but you just never know what the judges are going to think,” she told PEOPLE.
“Thank you judges! You guys are amazing. I love you guys,” Carlos said.
Backstage, he credited his win to Arnold.
“Lindsay taught me a lot ton this week about how to prepare for a dance. Those three 10s and that 9 are a testament to how awesome of a teacher she is,” he told PEOPLE.
For more from the couple, read their exclusive PEOPLE blog.
Are Alek and Emma Going to Date?
Things got hot and heavy between Alek Skarlatos and his Switch-Up Week partner Emma Slater. Sure, she injured him during Monday’s rehearsals, but that didn’t matter to Skarlatos, who seemed smitten with the pro.
“Focusing while we’re dancing is a little difficult. I mean, she is super attractive,” Skarlatos said in a package showing their week training. “I can get distracted fairly distracted when I’m dancing with her. I tried to play it cool, and that lasted about 10 minutes. I couldn’t do it. She’s just too hot. I couldn’t keep my cool under those circumstances.”
In the segment, Slater said Skarlatos was the guy she most wanted to dance with, so the feelings appear mutual.
During the scoring segment, co-host Erin Andrews tried to get the pair to commit to going on a date. Skarlatos was excited about the idea, and Slater – when prodded – said she was up for a date.
Bindi Earns Second Consecutive 10
“Each week has brought a different challenge and I’ve been glad to try and push myself to reach those goals and do the best job I can,” she told PEOPLE backstage.
Paula Nearly Flashes the Crowd
But in her excitement, Deen nearly lifted up her skirt she tried look at the front of her skirt. “Nice southern girls don’t do that! Naughty, naughty Paula,” chastised Bruno Tonioli.
Bruno Causes a Scoring Controversy
“It was a seven,” shouted the judge. He ended up coming out triumphant, and Hayes’ score was changed from 31 out of 40 to 30 out of 40.
Who do you think will be sent home next week, when Olivia Newton-John joins as a guest judge? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.