After several injuries that threatened the contestants to bow out of the competition, "Dancing with the Stars" continued with all remaining nine pairs on Monday night, April 16. Carlos Santana was billed as a musical guest and his performance kicked off the Latin week.
The first team to dance were Jaleel White and Kym Johnson who did a samba. Bruno Tonioli said, "You got the party started!" Len Goodman praised his rhythm. Carrie Ann Inaba added, "This week you came out with attack and fire," but advised him to watch his arm when it's out of hold. The "Family Matters" actor earned 24 points.
After hitting her head during her routine last week, Melissa Gilbert was back on the stage with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They danced the salsa which got mixed reviews with Len noting it was "untidy and rough" on several occasions. Carrie Ann praised her confidence, but "there's an element of control that is lacking." The "Little House on the Prairie" star earned 21 points.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough also danced the salsa, and heated up the ballroom with a full-on kiss during their routine. Bruno commented, "Was it legal? Want me to get you a room? May I join in? Salty and hot!" Carrie Ann called the "Extra" co-host fantastic, but thought that she didn't need the kiss. Maria got 27 points.
Delivering another standout routine, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas danced the Argentine tango which earned almost perfect score, 29. Bruno said it was "dancing and choreography of the highest quality," but loved "the perfect pitch in the acting and the storytelling" more. Carrie Ann agreed as saying, "It was perfection. Your legs are the best legs I've ever seen in any contestant."
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff, meanwhile, still struggled to get him on the right steps. Len said, "It was more of a sham-ba than a samba," but praised his "a gallant effort." Bruno added, "I don't know whether to laugh or cry - you should have stayed on the boat... With all the madness, I actually enjoyed it." The singer earned 19 points.
After tweeting about his injured ankle on Sunday, William Levy was able to return to the show and performed a sensual Argentine tango with Cheryl Burke. "Wheww....hot, I'm gathering myself, that was ridiculously amazing," was Carrie Ann's reaction. Len gushed, "I saw movement, I saw passion, I saw sensitivity I thought you did really really good," as Bruno described it with "sexy, sexy, sexy." The telenovela star earned 29 points.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus were up next with a samba. Though Carrie Ann noted "a few tiny mistakes," she loved the way the singer commands the stage. Len added, "This number was simple, but it was effective." The judges gave her 22 points.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced the salsa which showed his enthusiasm, according to Len. Carrie Ann said he was "sexy in a Disney way," but quickly said she is not being a cougar. Bruno praised his timing, calling it "unbelievable." The Disney actor earned 26 points.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd closed the night with their Argentine tango which divided the judges. Carrie called it "divine", but Len thought it was not quite spectacular. Bruno commented, "Overall, a fantastic job. I liked it." The NFL star earned 27 points.
On Tuesday, April 17, the bottom two pairs will do a dance-off before the judges decided which one will be eliminated.
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough:
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas:
William Levy & Cheryl Burke: