Stars heat up the ballroom on Dancing With The Stars Latin Week

Couples can’t risk holding back at this stage of the competition or they will go home. Who left the show tonight?

One judge called James Hinchcliffe
One judge called James Hinchcliffe "the best male dancer ever on Dancing With The Stars" after his Rumba on Monday with Sharna Burgess. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 17, 2016 – Latin Week is one of the longest running themes on “Dancing With The Stars,” loaded with sizzle and hip shaking. Those hips don’t lie, and the Latin styles can be tough for competitors who are more suited to the waltzes and Foxtrots.

Viewers were informed throughout the show which couples were safe, based on last week’s judges scores and fan votes. Guest judge Pitbull performed and added his critique to the regular panel of judges for this week’s routines.

This week we are at the halfway point. It’s no time for couples to hold back, especially those near the bottom of the leaderboard last week. The judges and the fans start to expect better performances and are judging and voting accordingly.

If you want to know who went home, scroll past the recap report and we’ll tell you.

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke were tied at the bottom of the leaderboard but were the first to learn they were safe, and got the show started with a Salsa. Ryan is improving, but he is still struggling at times. He received a score of 30 points.

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber tackled the challenging Paso Doble. For the first time this season, Terra looked tentative and was struggling to get the proper Paso attitude. She did much better during the side by side choreography, even though Sasha handled the choreography well considering the height difference. They scored 30 points.

Amber Rose had moments during her Cha Cha where she finally seemed to be enjoying herself. Carrie Ann Inaba told Amber “Your smile lights up the room!” She seems stalled putting all the performance and technical aspects together. Amber and Maks were told they are in danger tonight. They received all sevens for 28 points.

Judge Julianne Hough was so impressed by the Rumba performed by indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe and partner Sharna Burgess, she called him the best male dancer ever on DWTS. Ever? While you’re pondering this pronouncement, it’s true James did a wonderful job with a difficult dance. Men have trouble with the flowing movement required but not this time. James later said “there is no one more surprised than me at this point” of his results. He and Sharna scored 38 points, with tens from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough continued their breakthrough from last week with a saucy Cha Cha including just the right amount of sexy attitude and content. Marilu’s confidence is far higher and it’s helping her scores. She and Derek received 34 points.

Is this a family show? Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko delivered a sizzling Argentine Tango for a perfect score of 40 points. Photo: ABC
Is this a family show? Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko delivered a sizzling Argentine Tango for a perfect score of 40 points. Photo: ABC

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko learned they were in jeopardy of going home and then had to dance their Argentine Tango. They set high expectations promising the hottest routine ever on the show. Really? What do you know, they delivered with sizzle on top of solid dancing including spectacular leg lines, lifts and a dance through a shower of water at the end. The judges couldn’t praise them enough, giving them a perfect score of 40 points.

It was difficult for Maureen McCormack and Arte Chigvintsev to follow it with their Samba. Maureen got a fairly good handle on the classic Samba bounce but at times she appears like she’s gritting her teeth. The choreography with the troupe dressed as Brazilian Carnival showgirls helped a great deal. Maureen is improving but it’s a struggle. She received a score of 31 points.

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold also danced knowing they were in jeopardy. Calvin put his “Megatron” game face on and they powered through a dynamic Argentine Tango with impressive lifts and beautiful lines. Calvin was leading Lindsay with confidence and the judges praised his performance, with a few coaching tips going forward. Calvin and Lindsay scored a solid 37 points.

Laurie Hernandez had a rough time with her Paso Doble last week. Giving her a Salsa virtually guaranteed a successful comeback, and she and partner Val Chmerkovskiy delivered. The judges gave her some coaching she can work on, but she still received a solid 37 points.

Host Tom Bergeron then had to deliver the bad news which the couples had been dreading since last week. Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy have been at the bottom of the leaderboard for two weeks, and their fans could not save them from going home. Amber went out with a positive attitude and while she improved over the season, it wasn’t enough. She won over many new fans and her participation in Season 23 is a success for her.

Maks Chmerkovskiy won’t be back for Season 24. He plans to be a “stay at home dad” after the birth of his child with fellow pro Peta Murgatroyd.

Returning next week is senior judge Len Goodman. No guest judges, we’ll have our original panel in place.

Week 6 Results:

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Argentine Tango, 10-10-10-10 = 40 points

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Rumba, 10-9-9-10 = 38 points

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Argentine Tango, 9-10-9-9 = 37 points

Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Salsa, 9-9-9-10 = 37 points

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Cha Cha, 8-9-9-8 = 34 points

Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Samba, 8-7-8-8 = 31 points

Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Paso Doble = 7-8-8-7 = 30 points

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Salsa, 7-8-8-7 = 30 points

Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha, 7-7-7-7 = 28 points ELIMINATED

Voting information: For week six, viewers may cast their votes via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook at 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.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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