A New Challenge and Last Week's Technical Difficulties Switch Things Up on 'Dancing With the Stars'
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.