SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 6 of Dancing With the Stars.
Leah Remini was the belle of the ballroom on Monday night when she filled in for Erin Andrews as co-host of Dancing With the Stars, and let's just say Andrews may want to consider cutting her World Series reporting duties short, because her replacement had no problem filling her skybox shoes.
Ahead of the Latin night-themed live show, the "King of Queens" actress and "Dancing With the Stars" Season 17 contender hinted that she planned to shake things up on the sidelines of the celebrity ballroom competition. "So excited to be back on the show, even more excited I don't have to dance!" she told E! News. "I hope ABC has a delay, gonna speak my mind!"
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And speak it she did. Check out why Remini made the perfect DWTS guest co-host (and why Andrews should be worried about her DWTS job).
She gives good... eyes
Leave it to Remini to call out a contestant for the animated faces he makes.
After Jonathan Bennett's jazz routine with pro dancer Allison Holker (which, sadly, turned out to be his final dance of the season as he was eliminated at the end of the live show), Remini imitated the bug-eyed expression the actor always makes when he's receiving judges' critiques or awaiting his scores.
"Give me the eyes, give me the eyes!" she said to the Mean Girls star. She then instructed the rest of the DWTS cast: "Everybody do the eyes!" And, hilariously, they did.
Check out the "Do the eyes" moment at the 4:11 mark:
She goes to the tape
Sure the relationship rumors have been swirling, but (Cue the eye rolls!) Remini got sarcastic after Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish said she "likes" dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy. And after a predance package showed the rehearsal-time spat between Parrish and her pro partner, Remini quizzed the duo on their relationship. "Don't be politically correct," she said. They played coy, but then she pointed to a replay of Chmerkovskiy storming out of the rehearsal studio after a temper tantrum, noting that he snuck back into the room to grab his car keys. "When you storm out, leave the keys!" she told him. "You gotta Uber it!" She then instructed the couple to "go fool around." Seriously, does she know something we don't know?
She tells it like it is
No sugarcoating here! After Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke's not-so-spectacular salsa, Remini tried to take the focus off of the dance. "The least you could have done was take off your shirt!" she told the hunky soap star. "Take it off now! Do something right!"
And when the judges' scores were announced — a series of 7s — Remini didn't bother asking Sabato Jr. and Burke for their reaction. "I'm not gonna ask you how you feel, I'm just gonna say it," the actress said. "It sucked." But Remini was quick to clarify things: "The scores — not you guys. You were amazing!"
She also had some truthful words for Derek Hough. When the five-time mirrorball trophy winner tried to pull off a faux Australian accent, Remini told him it "wasn't great," and she gave him a 7 for the bad voice work. Hough agreed and said he'd actually give himself a 5, and Remini called him out with this gem: "Good, because you don't know how it feels to get a 5 or a 7. Do you? Do you?" All this while she beat the DWTS golden boy with her microphone!
She keeps ABC's censors on their toes
After teasing newbie pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev for his shirtless salsa with celeb partner Lea Thompson ("Artem, have you considered wearing a shirt? Maybe that would change it up a bit. Maybe a turtleneck," Remini suggested), it was time for a sandwich. Yeah, Thompson suggested her partner would love to have a "Lea(h) sandwich," and that's when the censor button got a mini workout.
"Oh [bleep]," Remini blurted as Chigvintsev got too close for comfort. "Yo man, I'm married to a Puerto Rican. Ease up. Ease up. Ease up, alright?" (Of course, later she gave Michael Waltrip a quick smooch on the lips, so go figure!) As payback, Remini later made fun of the usually quiet Chigvintsev after the pro dancer said he was "very happy" with this week's dance. "Oh wow, we got another sentence out of Artem!" she teased. "This is amazing, folks!"
She knows when to tone things down
Frontunner Alfonso Ribeiro came into this week's competition with a pulled groin ("I hurt my groin doing The Carlton," he revealed), and he aggravated things with Monday's salsa dance. Remini asked him what happened, but when the actor replied, "When you go full-out, groins typically have a problem," she cut him off before the converastion got into TMI territory. "Let's not discuss it any further," Remini said. "This is an ABC show. There [are] kids in the audience!"
Fans took to Twitter to praise Remini's DWTS hosting stint:
What number do I have to call to vote for Leah Remini?? #dwts— Elba N (@elbitacool) October 21, 2014
I like Leah Remini as the co host. No offense to Erin Andrews, but Leah is just more personable and less stiff. It works. #DWTS— Brandy (@brandalay) October 21, 2014
Can we have Leah Remini instead of Erin Andrews every week? #DWTS— Ashley Milligan (@AshleyMilligan) October 21, 2014
Here's the full list of scores from Week 6 of Dancing With the Stars:
* Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, 39 out of 40 points
* Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, 36 out of 40 points
* Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas, 35 out of 40 points
* Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, 33 out of 40 points
* Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev, 32 out of 40 points
* Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker, 32 out of 40 points
* Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater, 30 out of 40 points
* Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd, 28 out of 40 points
* Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke, 28 out of 40 points
The next episode of Dancing With the Stars airs on Monday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC.