"" contestants embraced the 1980s style and music on this week's performance show. opened the Monday, October 17 episode with a tango she danced to 's "Livin' On a Prayer". Bruno Toli said, "You were strong, sexy and powerful!" Carrie Ann Inaba agreed, but added that "it's almost like you attacked it so hard that some of your lines got a little awkward. Sometimes you have to learn that less is more." Hope scored 24 out of 30.
Carson Kressley came out next, dancing the jive to "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!. He still did not master the technique, but Len Goodman believed Carson will be back next week if he was judging with his heart. Bruno saw the performance "loopier than a looney tune", but praised Carson for being able to "squeeze so much wacky fun out of a minimal jive." He got 19 which marked the weakest performance of the night.