DWTS Season 23

Dancing With the Stars Week 6 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

Warning: Repeated viewings of Monday’s Dancing With the Stars may require cold showers immediately after the episode’s end.

Even though the ABC series typically trots out Latin Night as early as Week 2, that theme was wisely held until Season 23’s sixth week of competition, ensuring that the performances were more complex, fast-paced and — oh, yeah — extremely, extremely hot.

Of course, not every Latin-inspired routine was a knockout on Monday night. But with a few extra weeks of practice under their belts, this season’s Mirrorball hopefuls were certainly more self-assured than previous casts as they cha-cha-ed, salsa-ed and rumba-ed their way to a potential victory.

Let’s revisit the evening’s best and worst performances:

BEST OF THE NIGHT
Jana Kramer and pro Gleb Savchenko (Argentine Tango) — My initial Twitter critique of Jana and Gleb’s performance was simply the iPhone’s fire emoji over and over again — and I stand by that review. Despite learning that she was in jeopardy just moments before dancing, Jana stepped up to every single challenge that the Argentine tango presented, including — nay, especially — the routine’s scorching heat. In addition to her sharp lines and crisp footwork, Jana had sexiness in spades, and her chemistry with Gleb — particularly during the performance-ending shower sequence — was so palpable, it almost felt more appropriate to look away while they were gyrating on the dance floor. Judges’ Score: 40/40

BEST OF THE NIGHT (RUNNER-UP)
James Hinchcliffe and pro Sharna Burgess (Rumba) — I’ll admit: Given James’ frustratingly vacant facial expressions in weeks past, I was a bit skeptical of his ability to dial up the heat in a steamy rumba. Fortunately, the racecar driver heeded his partner’s advice and, rather than let alter ego Ricardo do all the work, rose to the occasion to deliver a hot — and technically precise! — number. Judges’ Score: 38/40

MOST AWE-INSPIRING LIFTS
Calvin Johnson and pro Lindsay Arnold (Argentine Tango) — During the last six weeks of competition, I’ve interpreted Calvin and Lindsay’s chemistry more as “Best friends forever!” than anything else, which was a concern as they headed into the sensual Argentine tango. That said, even though their performance wasn’t as off-the-charts sexy as Jana and Gleb’s, they did forge their most intense connection yet. Plus, Calvin’s ability to effortlessly toss Lindsay over his shoulder in the evening’s most acrobatic lifts — that cartwheel/windmill combo! — made the pair extremely deserving of a high score. Judges’ Score: 37/40

WORST OF THE NIGHT
Terra Jolé and pro Sasha Farber (Paso Doble) — From a technical standpoint, Terra and Sasha were still head and shoulders above less polished contestants like Amber, Ryan and Maureen. But at this point in the competition, great things are expected of the Little Women: L.A. star, and her failure to embody the paso doble’s angry intensity was disappointing. Judges’ Score: 30/40

And, of course, the results:

THREE COUPLES IN JEOPARDY
Amber Rose and pro Maks Chmerkovskiy
Calvin Johnson and pro Lindsay Arnold
Jana Kramer and pro Gleb Savchenko

ELIMINATED
Amber Rose and pro Maks Chmerkovskiy

Your turn! Did Amber and Maks deserve the boot? And which of Monday’s performances will inspire you to vote? Tell us in the comments!