He was super freaky to the 10th degree, but Drew Carey had the lowest score last week, and that was apparently enough to shut down the dance party on Party Anthem Night.
Are you surprised? Disappointed? This is an extremely competitive season, and it didn't make Drew's life easier to follow Meryl Davis's Tango with his own. (Not that this week's scores mattered for Drew, it was just pimped-out salt in the wound.) Meryl got her first perfect score of the season, but the real story was her emotional breakthrough in rehearsals with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. It was like their own little episode of Couples Therapy.
M&M are on top this week, followed by Jive bride Amy Purdy. Was Danica McKellar a little bit robbed? The judges adored her Cha-Cha, and added no constructive criticism, but she still didn't get a 10. Why not? Just curious.
Speaking of curious judges, WTF was up with LMFAO's Redfoo? Was he high? Was he awesome? Was he the best or the worst judge ever? We're not big fans of entertainment-focused "cheerleader" judges, but at least he made Bruno Tonioli look serious and focused.
Next week is Latin Night with guest judge Ricky Martin. But the scores and votes from this week will seal the fate of one couple .... maybe by the time you read this. Drew and Cheryl Burke were the first couple of the season to fall victim to the lowest scores. Will they be followed by Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas or are we in for another big surprise?
What did you think of Party Anthem Night? Great theme? Great dancing? Were your chills multiplying? Did it make you want to shout? Weigh in below!
Here’s a quick rundown of where the couples stand after Week 6:
Meryl & Maks — 40
Amy & Derek — 38
Danica & Val — 36
Charlie & Sharna — 36
James & Peta — 35
NeNe & Tony — 33
Candace & Mark — 32
Drew & Cheryl — 32 — Eliminated
Read on for a full recap of Week 6 action:
OPENING NUMBER: Cast opener to Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA.” Hopefully we’re getting this song out of the way so no one else has to dance to it. Cute movie theater/carnival type theme, choreographed by Mandy Moore. Guest judge this week is Redfoo, whose group LMFAO did “Party Rock Anthem,” which has to be why they brought him in for Party Anthems Night. Very interesting outfit on this guy. Tom Bergeron said he’s the first guest judge to make Bruno Tonioli look like an accountant. He’s looking for something to make him go “Wooooooo!” Does anyone miss Disney Night already?
SAFE OR IN JEOPARDY? NeNe and Tony were revealed as safe, and dancing first.
1.NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani— Salsa — They showed NeNe crying last week, with Tony saying he’s not mad at her. He supported her, and Maks also showed love and support. Tony brought flowers to her, and they celebrated making it past the halfway point. They’re dancing to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.” More shirtless action from Tony! They really work it out there, lots of hip and shaking action.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said NeNe cornered the market on fun and entertainment. If she wants to progress he’d like her to work more on technique, lighter on feet. Bruno Tonioli said she’s one of a kind and she can turn the heat on. He takes his jacket off and swivels himself! He’s got a great body too. Sometimes NeNe’s footwork was a little shaky. Bruno’s nipples are popping! Carrie Ann Inaba said it looked like her most comfortable dance. She loved NeNe’s dance with her hubby Gregg. Not as intense as her Cruella dance last week, but excellent. Redfoo said NeNe looked like an entrepreneur out there ‘cause she owned that. He was about to take off his stuff. He’s not there to judge technique. Another one. No more cheerleader fourth judges! Just bring in Louis Van Amstel, Chelsie Hightower, Lacey Schwimmer, Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya, or any real dance experts out there.
SCORES: 8, 9, 8, 8 = 33 out of 40. Redfoo gets his own partied-up paddle! NeNe said she and Tony are in love. Very sweet. We’re in love with Tony’s body too. Just saying.
SAFE OR IN JEOPARDY? James and Peta are safe, Candace and Mark are in jeopardy. But they have to dance now. This will not help her nerves!
2. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas— Cha-Cha-Cha — She gets too much in her own head. She needs more mental endurance. She also needs sexy hip movements in her Cha-Cha. She’s planning to go out and own it, like a character. She wants her confidence to shine through. What did Mark say about Godzilla knocking stuff down with his thrust? They dance to Icona Pop. She looks strangely stiff sometimes. She started so strong, but she just loses it at times. It’s not clean and crisp. Cute silver dress, though.
JUDGES: Bruno said she’s sexy, she just doesn’t know it. Her leg placement is better. There are moments of brilliance. But there’s like a switch going on and off. Keep the current going all the way through. (Yes.) Carrie Ann said when she hits it, it’s so great, the audience cheers. (Love Carrie Ann’s hair this week.) Redfoo has two words for the outfit: “Bling, bling.” (That’s the best you can do with that?) She’s so cute and he agreed with Bruno on the light switch. He wanted her to get in the sexy. In the end, there was a moment and that was it. Len is already upset at being between Bruno and Redfoo. Len said her leg action was terrific, they must’ve worked a lot on that. It was quick and clean. Now she has to get rhythmic through her arms.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8, 8 = 32 out of 40. Candace had fun out there. Mark was very proud of her. He bathes with Super Mario figurines?
3. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd— Quickstep — Peta said that was a highlight for her, perhaps in all of her seasons. They’re dancing to “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease. He played this in high school? These have been the most stressful rehearsals so far. The expectations for them are so high. They have other pros as Pink Ladies and T-Birds. James is really good. He makes this look pretty easy and effortless.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said James is such a leading man. His athleticism mixed with his charm is amazing. He could’ve been a hair sharper on his footwork. She wants him to be perfect next week. Redfoo said that was quick. It reminded him of two crabs in the sand. (Um…) Poor Len. As a performance, James is the one that he wants, but for technique there were tears on his pillow. Footwork was heavy, he flexed his knees too much, there was a rule infringement in shadow position at one point. Speed came in and the style went out. Really? Hmph. Bruno thought it was John Astaire or Fred Travolta. (!) It could’ve been a bit lighter, but the combination of the two was absolutely wonderful.
SCORES: 9, 9, 8, 9 = 35 out of 40.
MACY’S STARS OF DANCE: To “Animals.” Choreographed by Derek Hough and Allison Holker. Featuring Kryoman, plus DWTS pros. Very impressive, as always.
SAFE OR IN JEOPARDY? Meryl and Maks are safe. Danica and Val are in jeopardy, but they have to dance right now.
4. Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy— Cha-Cha-Cha — Danica was psyched to be second on the leaderboard, with the Olympic ice dancers under them. They’re dancing to Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance With Somebody.” This is a chance for Danica to be soft and sexy. Pretend you’re shooting your Maxim cover, he suggests. Val shirtless with a leather jacket. Purrrrrr. Danica’s body is just amazing. Sick. These two are so cute to watch. Very sexy.
JUDGES: Redfoo said “Yeah baby!” She just put love in the club. It looked like they were really in love. That is what he was talking about. Tom called Redfoo Carrie Ann and Bruno’s love child. Len said that’s the best dance of the night so far. Bruno said she has the playful vivacity of a purring little kitten. That Cha-Cha was so difficult with so many changes of paces and she did it so naturally. Great job. Carrie Ann said DWTS is about your own self journey, and Danica is now in her full blossom. The power and confidence are there, it’s beautiful.
SCORES: When Val gets nervous he just starts braiding things. 9, 9 (he didn’t have it ready), 9, 9 = 36 out of 40. Why no 10s? Even Tom expected a few. No constructive criticism.
5. Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Tango — Meryl was surprised by the four 9s last week, after the comments. She was a little disappointed. In rehearsals, they hit stumbling blocks. He swears in practice and wonders why she’s so bleeping timid. She apologizes and he swears, then covers the camera. Eek. Maks said they did all they could last week and they get 9s. It sucks him back into the drama. “Phoning in? Did somebody really call me out on phoning in?” Meryl holds his hand. “That’s the problem, is you’re questioning yourself.” He’s not the problem. He’s scared. Maks said he’s terrified. He doesn’t know what else to do. She’s getting so much expected from her. He was striving for 11s. In the back of his mind he can see this as the season where he can go all the way, but he doesn’t want to get sucked into it. That was his mistake in the past seasons. “I must be the weakest friggin person in this cast.” He doesn’t want a pep talk from her, he should be pep talking her. She said they can pep talk each other. Her outfit is gorgeous. She just did an Argentine Tango with Val in the Switch Up, but this is the one that does not allow lifts. Interesting Tango song. Very fast. He really flies her across the dance floor. “Feel so close to you right now…”
JUDGES: Len said that was full of attack and purpose. Maks dances full on, it doesn’t matter who his partner is, but she’s the first celeb who can keep up with him. This was special. Bruno said it was a spin-chilling gripping film noir of a Tango. It was like a face off of killers, equally matched. Choreography was incredible. Carrie Ann said she was speechless. There’s something so magical happening between those two. (The judges love to base comments on the package.) Meryl’s technique is beyond anything they’ve ever seen. She’s like a pro. Carrie Ann said this is Maks’s best choreography ever. Redfoo said ET phone home, ‘cause it was out of this world. They were bouncing from star to star. It was super — he’s never seen anything like that. Thankfully, DWTS hasn’t seen anything like him as guest judge. Oy. But Abby Lee Miller is coming soon, and she could be even scarier, in a different way.
SCORES: 10, 10, 10, 10 = 40. Ask for 10s and you shall receive! Maks said no one else asked to hold his hand in rehearsals. The crowd awww-ed. Tony held Maks’s hand too.
6. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke — Tango — Drew feels like this is his last week, since he’s so far behind everyone else. This week he’ll play a pimp. It has to be tough to follow Meryl’s Tango. They’re dancing to Rick James’s “Super Freak” with Lindsay and Witney there as back-up. All the hot ladies! It didn’t work for Billy Dee Williams, but maybe Drew will have more luck. OMG on his red pimp suit with zebra print collar. My, my. He does bring the entertainment. Love the little breakdown in the end. Drew called himself out on messing up.
JUDGES: Bruno said every turn there was a wink. The technique was all over the place, but he puts on a great show. Carrie Ann said the best parts of Drew came back. There’s something about him that’s just a normal guy dancing, but he was the life of the party tonight. Redfoo said he was all swagged out. It was pimped to the 10th degree. Because he had the stanky pimp face he was in there. It made him want to say “It’s Drew Carey, trick.” Len said what he loves about Drew is his commitment. He gives it his all. He gets knocked down, he dusts himself off and comes back. There were a few mistakes, but he loves Drew’s commitment. Drew compared himself to the dad at a wedding.
SCORES: 8, 9, 7, 8 = 32 out of 40.
7.Charlie White and Sharna Burgess — Cha-Cha-Cha — Charlie said it was a hectic week for him, traveling for Stars on Ice. (So that’s the same for Meryl, right?) Sharna’s given him a difficult routine on top of it. He got slammed for his Rumba and she’s going to make sure his hips move in the Cha-Cha. Everybody dance now! Love his neon shoes so much. He really moves out there. They glow in the dark! Very cool, very fun. Sharna’s colorful mascara!
JUDGES: Carrie Ann giggled and said she loved it. That’s the kind of party she’s from. Charlie improved on his hip work tremendously. He makes each movement go into the next one. It was hot, sexy, and funky. Redfoo liked it because he had so many different styles. It made Redfoo want to dance. Len said Charlie has the most brilliant musicality. He wasn’t thrilled with the part over on the landing, “but that’s because I’m old and grumpy.” Bruno got up to do his own dance. Charlie captured that style and never lost the Cha-Cha. All the changes of tempo were so difficult. The track was hell to dance to but he made it look flawless.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9, 9 = 36 out of 40. This was Charlie’s hardest dance so far.
8.Amy Purdy and Derek Hough— Jive — Derek said this is the part of the competition where the claws come out. She wants to break away from the pack and head to the top. He’s ready for “dirty Purdy.” They’re dancing to “Shout.” She said it’s crazy, it has to be the fastest dance ever. It makes her think of dancing at a wedding. So their theme is wedding crashers. Derek objects at Amy’s wedding. Ha! Love her wedding outfit. Such a cute storyline. Very fun.
JUDGES: Redfoo “woo”ed and said it blew his mind. He doesn’t know technique but that Jive was like Quickstep, Jive, then she started kicking up. He woooooooed for a long, loud time. This is not the hot tamale train! Len said he understands the crowd going crazy. It’s a fantastic performance. There was an incident in the middle, but he loves watching Amy dance. Bruno asked Amy to marry him. She’s a real-life superhero. Jive is the most difficult dance for anybody to perform, Bruno said. He’s never seen anyone do what she’s done. Carrie Ann said Amy had the best kicks and flicks out of anyone. But there was a bit of a slip up.
SCORES: 9, 10, 9, 10 = 38 out of 40. More 10s after a mess-up. Sigh. Amy said this one wasn’t as tough as the Waltz.
IN JEOPARDY: Drew and Cheryl are in jeopardy. Amy, Derek, Charlie and Sharna are safe. It’s Drew and Cheryl vs. Danica and Val vs. Candace and Mark.
WHO IS GOING HOME? The next couple safe: Danica and Val. It’s Drew vs. Candace. They are not necessarily the bottom two. Who is leaving? Drew and Cheryl. Lowest scores sent them home. That’s a first this season, actually. They were so much fun to watch. Drew said he got farther than he thought he would. He thanked DWTS, he always wanted to do the show and dance with Cheryl. Bye Drew!