DWTS Week 6 Results: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

It’s Week 6 of Dancing With the Stars, which historically means it’s high time for a shocking, teeth-gnashing, out-of-nowhere elimination. But with Mirrorball also-rans like Michael Waltrip, Tommy Chong and even Jonathan Bennett still kickin’ it on the ballroom floor, what’s a drama-hungry viewer to do?

How about giving venerable host Tom Bergeron a sassy, sexy — and potentially unstable – new sidekick? That’s right, Monday’s live show showcased another “switch up” of sorts – last week’s partner swapping debacle wasn’t enough? — as the ballroom welcomed a glittering new guest co-host, Leah Remini!

Would the King of Queens grad (filling in for Erin Andrews, who’s on World Series duty for FOX Sports) bring a welcome burst of spontaneous energy to the proceedings, or be a total bust and tarnish the memory of her fifth-place finish in Season 17? As we pondered that question, we got used to yet another fresh face, newest guest judge Pitbull. (Len Goodman, please come back!)

Let’s high-kick right to the highlights:

DANCE OF THE NIGHT | Alfonso Ribeiro and pro Witney Carson: Still reeling from her string of dismal 5s during last week’s “switch up” dance with Michael, Witney had to lift up an equally pained Alfonso, who sustained a groin injury during his “Carlton” dance. But their sensational salsa was anything but painful. “Obviously, I loved it,” said Julianne Hough, before noting, “I would have loved to see a little more salsa,” citing the dance’s hip hop flavor. But Carrie Ann Inaba was so excited she summoned Anfonso to the judge’s table: “Bend over real quick,” she commanded, before delivering 10 congratulatory smacks to Alfonso’s booty along with this simple comment: “Super hot, I loved it!” A trio of 10s and a 9 (from Julianne) prompted a clearly injured Alfonso to say, “I feel really bad, but that feels really good!”

RUNNER-UP for DANCE OF THE NIGHT | Bethany Mota and pro Derek Hough: Despite a scary, error-laden practice-week clip that spelled impending disaster, Bethany’s tango was mostly magical. Julianne gushed the dance was “pure tango” before adding, “It was sharp … everything a tango should be.” An enthusiastic Bruno Tonioli added, “No messing around … straight down the line, pure ballroom,” before reminding Bethany to keep her elbows down during the dance. Carrie Ann said she was leaning towards a perfect “10” before a minor slip up. The dance earned a string of 9s, and included a special post-dance treat: Leah repeatedly beating Derek with her microphone (“You don’t know what it feels like to get a ‘5’ or a ‘7’ … do you???”).

MOST CRIMINALLY UNDERSCORED | Antonio Sabato, Jr. and pro Cheryl Burke: Not even the mid-week hospitalization of Cheryl’s father (for a seizure) nor Antonio’s ever-improving moves could save this more-than-adequate salsa from scoreboard disaster. “This sucks …the scoring, not you guys,” summed up Leah, after seeing the line of dismal 7s from the judges. “Those are just numbers,” shrugged Antonio, keeping his oh-so-handsome chin up despite the judges’ smack-down.

WORST OF THE NIGHT | Michael Waltrip and pro Emma Slater: Was that an overriding sense of judges’ guilt lingering in the air? After especially brutal reviews last week, the panel seemed determined to be extra-kind to Michael’s wooden Argentine tango. “You actually dared to really try to dance,” said Carrie Ann, while Julianne admitted, “we were all pretty tough on you last week,” before acknowledging the “authenticity” of this week’s dance. The apologies continued when the judges doled out a generous pair of 8s and 7s.

On with the results… [Drumroll please!]

Janel Parrish and pro Val Chmerkovskiy
Jonathan Bennett and pro Allison Holker
Michael Waltrip and pro Emma Slater

Janel Parrish and pro Val Chmerkovskiy
Jonathan Bennett and pro Allison Holker

Jonathan Bennett and pro Allison Holker

“I came here to do this show to have fun … and to bring life back into my life,” said a gracious, upbeat Jonathan of his heave-ho. “I had the best time of my life.”

And with that, it’s your turn. Did the right couple really go home? How did Leah do as co-host? Sound off in the comments!