SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 6 of "Dancing With the Stars."
Talk about a quick switch! One week after touching our hearts with a series of personal stories, producers switched gears on Week 6 of "Dancing With the Stars" with a cutthroat new competition. On Monday night's show, the eight remaining couples competed in the all-new Switch-Up Challenge, which had them dancing side by side to different types of music as the judges picked them off one by one. The kicker? They didn't know the songs or dance styles ahead of time. If it sounds like an evil twist on a dance marathon, it was.
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But it wasn't the only switch-up this week. In a surprising announcement at the end of the show, host Tom Bergeron revealed that no one would be sent home this week. The reason? Last week the show experienced "technical difficulties" during the east coast broadcast when incorrect phone numbers were posted. In the interest of fairness, all viewer votes were discarded for the week.
Before all of the couples could breathe a sigh of relief, there was some dancing to do, and this week's competition also featured the first perfect score of the season.
On the heels of their iconic "Saved by the Bell"-themed dance, Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy wowed the judges with a cha cha that had them all pulling out the No. 10 paddles. Carrie Ann Inaba told the actress, "Tonight you were like a white panther ... you were insane." Len Goodman called the duo "a formidable partnership."
Bill Engvall and his partner Emma Slater got cheesy — literally — for their tango. The couple danced what Engvall described as "a redneck tango" to the Jimmy Buffet song "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Needless to say, the hamburger puns were flying. Judge Bruno Tonioli quipped, "There was plenty of beef on top, but you went a bit cheesy on the bottom." When Tonioli noted that the comedian "lost the smoothness of the tango," Bergeron chimed in with, "Are you saying he was In-N-Out of step?"
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani made up for last week's low judges' score with this week's quickstep. A visit from her BFF Jennifer Lopez perked the former "King of Queens" star up during rehearsals, and she pulled off what Inaba called "the biggest turnaround I've ever seen." Tonioli even compared her to Ginger Rogers.
Brant Daugherty impressed Goodman (who gave him a 10), but Tonioli and Inaba noted a few stumbles during his tango with Peta Murgatroyd. But it was the reverse scenario for Amber Riley and Derek Hough. The "Glee" star totally dazzled Inaba and Tonioli with her saucy samba (both judges gave her tens), but Goodman was the party pooper. After rattling off a laundry list of technical faux pas, the grumpy judge said, "I found it a tad repetitive."
Jack Osbourne tried to transform into an arrogant matador for his paso doble with Cheryl Burke, but his intensity resulted in some off timing, and he was advised to put his "crotch forward." (Oh, Tonioli!)
As for Snooki and Sasha Farber, let's just say the "Jersey Shore" star was a ray of sunshine in all yellow as she danced an elegant foxtrot to the song "Buttercup." The judges built her up — with kudos and a trio of nines.
For the final solo dance, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced a Viennese Waltz to the "Game of Thrones" theme song. The Disney alum was super stoked for the tribute to his favorite TV show, but the judges weren't quite as excited. Tonioli didn't like that Bleu "played it like Conan the Barbarian," while Goodman said there just wasn't enough in-the-ballroom hold. Bergeron got in the last word, though, saying, "I'm just glad you didn't do the Red Wedding tango," he said. Score: 23 points. (And yeah, it hurt.)
For Round 2 it was time to switch things up — especially the judges' leaderboard, because between one and four extra points were at stake. After the couples were divided into two groups (Group 1 was Osbourne, Bleu, Engvall, and Snooki, while Group 2 was Remini, Berkley, Daugherty, and Riley), the music queued up and the couples had to transition between hip hop, classical, and pop music.
Bleu and Smirnoff won the first round. Their strategy: "It's all about having fun," Bleu said. "At the end of the day it's like being at a club. You hear the music and you just vibe." Riley and Hough won Round 2, and everyone won in the end with a one-week reprieve from elimination.
Here's the full list of scores from Week 6 of the "Dancing With the Stars:
- Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy (30 out of 30 points + 2 Challenge points)
- Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd (28 out of 30 points + 3 Challenge points)
- Amber Riley and Derek Hough (28 out of 30 points + 4 Challenge points)
- Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani (27 out of 30 points + 1 Challenge point)
- Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber (27 out of 30 points + 3 Challenge points)
- Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke ( 25 out of 30 points+ 2 challenge points)
- Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (23 out of 30 points + 1 Challenge point)
- Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (23 out of 30 points + 4 Challenge points)
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