Dancing With the Stars Week 7 Results: Did The Right Couple Go Home?

dancing-with-the-stars-recap-season-18-week-7The ballroom went absolutely loco during Week 7 of Dancing With the Stars — AKA Latin Night! — with our seven remaining celebs doing double duty by performing both individual and team dances in their ongoing pursuit of the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

But tonight’s consistently shirtless live show — was the mid-show Twitter vote resulting in Tony Dovolani doing a “take it off” tango with Nene Leakes really necessary? — also sizzled thanks to the sexy star power of guest judge Ricky Martin, whose dynamic show-opening performance of his 2014 World Cup theme “Vida” set the tone for a sex-sational (if injury plagued) evening.

As we cross our fingers for our wounded celebs – Danica McKellar is battling a fractured rib while Amy Purdy suffered bizarre, all-of-the-sudden post-dance back spasms, which prompted her to seek treatment and miss the live team dance — let’s high-kick right to the highlights:

DANCE OF THE NIGHT: James Maslow’s sexy, skin-tastic samba and Amy Purdy’s rhythmic rumba turned up the heat in the ballroom, but for my money, here’s the top dance of the night:

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: After a picture-perfect performance last week, Meryl’s sexy, sensational salsa seemed to solidify her front-runner status. Though she doubted Meryl’s ability to warm to the salsa, Carrie Ann was all praise (“girl you continually surprise me … you were so in your element!”) while Ricky reiterated the obvious (“It gets better and better and better”). While Len complained it was production-heavy and “a little hectic,” Bruno channeled his inner poet, calling Meryl the “leader of the gang…with plenty of bang!” and noted that Meryl more than held her own with the six pros also featured in the dance. The performance was one point shy (thanks to Len’s “9”) of perfection.

RUNNERS-UP: Team Loca (Amy Purdy, Danica McKellar, Meryl Davis and Candace Cameron Bure). Though Amy’s injury prevented a “live” performance (the judges scores were based on the dress rehearsal footage), Team Loca’s freestyle dance to the Ricky Martin classic (you knew it was coming at some point during the show, right?) “Livin’ La Vida Loca” wrapped up the night on a high note. Playing the spoiler yet again, Len (who gave them a “9”) said it was “fantastic” but noted “the pressure’s off a little bit” during a dress rehearsal, while Bruno called it a “show stopper” and hoped for a repeat performance. Len aside, the dance was nothing but 10s.

FINAL THREE COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY”
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani

FINAL TWO COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY”
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

ELIMINATED
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani

“I’m so proud of myself, and I hope I have inspired women all over the world,” said a beaming Nene, who thanked her husband and children and even the judges before throwing herself one last empowerment-rich shout out. “I am proud of Nene Leakes!”

And with that, it’s your turn. Did the right couple go home tonight? Will Amy and Danica bounce back next week? Sound off in the comments!