Dancing With The Stars: Latin lovers bring the ballroom heat

The dancing on DWTS Monday was muy caliente, but one couple got the cold news they were going home.

Ay carumba! Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani took DWTS fans to the Copa Monday night. Photo: ABC
Ay carumba! Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani took DWTS fans to the Copa Monday night. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, March 29, 2015 – Latin Week is a fan favorite theme. Many couples did a great job bringing the heat. Others didn’t manage to warm up, and three are sitting at the bottom of the leaderboard looking at the possibility of going home next week.

But who left the show Monday night? If you want to know, skip to the end of the column.

The Hough DNA did battle tonight, with Riker Lynch and Allison Holker in a tie for first with cousin Derek Hough and Nastia Liukin. Riker won a lot of praise from the judges after his sizzling salsa, telling him he’s a real contender. Despite their grueling cross-country schedule and other commitments, Nastia and Derek still managed a samba full of African influenced flavor. Each has 34 points.

Rumer Willis opened the Latin Week show with a Disco flavored Salsa. Photo: ABC
Rumer Willis opened the Latin Week show with a disco-flavored salsa. Photo: ABC

Just one behind are the leaders from the first two weeks. Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy set the bar high with their opening salsa number, full of disco fabulous energy and a white suit on Val. It earned 33 points and might have scored higher if the pair hadn’t danced first.

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas drew the first paso doble of the season. Mark Ballas is on a roll with choreography and Willow is getting better week by week. She is creeping up on the leaders and they need to watch her. She is coachable and soaking it in. She managed to do fairly well with the aggression needed for the paso, but she is only 14. She is lucky this one is out of the way when the competition gets tougher. The dance earned 32 points, good for fourth place.

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas danced a Paso Doble with a "Girl on Fire" theme. Photo: ABC
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas danced a paso doble with a “Girl on Fire” theme. Photo: ABC

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess had a big challenge dancing the Argentine tango. Noah said earlier in the week he would use a prosthetic arm, but in the end he went without it, and it was a good decision. Sharna is choreographing superb routines and you forget all about Noah missing an arm. It’s harder to ignore his prosthetic leg, but she used its straight line to great effect. Noah’s strength made the whole dance work, for a well deserved 30 points. The audience would have liked higher scores.

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson keep getting the “are they or aren’t they” question. Whatever the answer, their chemistry is wonderful and it’s helping Robert improve. He needs to loosen the arms and tighten the frame, but he’s doing very well for a Shark. Their rumba scored 29 points.

Chris Soules and Witney Carson had a very rough week 2, but Carrie Ann Inaba called him “the Comeback Kid” after a fairly good Argentine tango, for 28 points.

Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe’s rumba wasn’t so successful. Goodman told Charlotte McKinney “the more you sweat, the better you get.” It was pretty in spots, but more like posing for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Far better than week 1, not as good as week 2. Charlotte said it is all about focus for her, but “she’s getting there.” Two fives and two sixes gave them 22 points.

The three couples at the bottom will need help from fans to stick around next week.

Suzanne Somers looked sizzling in her rehearsal footage, and eye-popping in her Carmen Miranda-inspired costume, but her Samba with Tony Dovoloni was a little slow in execution. She’s still a hot tamale and she’ll need to turn it up a little more to stick around with a score of 25 points. Her fans should come through for her next week.

The surprising couple tied for last is Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd. Their salsa didn’t inspire a lot of compliments from the judges, who called it too slow and careful, with a score of 22 points. Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev also scored 22 points for their cha-cha. Artem was admonished to give Patti more dance content, as there was not a lot of cha-cha happening. When it did, Patti was quite good. This diva can shake it and not break it.

The couples standing under the red light at the end of the show with a hurried up elimination were Noah and Sharna, Chris and Witney, and Charlotte and Keo. Noah and Sharna were called safe. It didn’t really matter who left tonight, because it’s highly likely the other will go next week. It was Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe making their exit, eliminated second. At least Keo didn’t leave in week 1. Let’s hope we see him in the troupe the rest of the season.
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Week 3 Scores

Riker and Allison: salsa, 9-7-9-9 = 34 points

Nastia and Derek: samba, 9-8-9-8 = 34 points

Rumer and Val: salsa, 8-9-8-8 = 33 points

Willow and Mark: paso doble, 8-8-8-8 = 32 points

Noah and Sharna: Argentine tango, 7-7-8-8 = 30 points

Robert and Kym: rumba, 7-8-7-7 = 29 points

Chris and Witney: Argentine tango, 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Suzanne and Tony: samba, 6-6-6-7 = 25 points

Michael and Peta: salsa 6-6-6-6 = 24 points

Charlotte and Keo: rumba, 6-5-5-6 = 22 points
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Patti and Artem: cha-cha, 6-5-5-6 = 22 points

Voting information:

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

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