"Dancing with the Stars" brought back pro dancers who are not in the cast of season 16 on Monday, April 15. The likes of Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Anna Trebunskaya and Chelsie Hightower would dance in pair alongside the competing teams in what Len Goodman called "Side by Side" challenge.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke addressed Boston Marathon explosions in the opening, before Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson took the stage to dance a cha cha cha next to Tony Dovolani and Emma Slater. Len said Ingo's "got the flair," but needed "the care." Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba advised him to work on his hip action. The actor got 21 points.
Next, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff danced a jive next to Maks and Anna, stealing the show when he took off his shirt and did the splits. The judges gave some notes on his footwork, but Carrie Ann still loved it as saying, "I love me some Jacoby!" The NFL player got 26 points.
Victor Ortiz and Lindsey Arnold danced a Viennese waltz next to Tristan MacManus and Emma. Carrie Ann said "that was a victory," as Len said Victor showed improvement from last week. Bruno called it "elegant," adding, "Usually [your mistakes] show on your face, this time you rolled with it." The judges gave him 21 points.
Following her acclaimed dance last week, Aly Raisman returned to dance a samba with her partner Mark Ballas, next to Tony and Witney Carson. "Your technique is very, very strong and what you do now, you have a lovely effortless carefree attitude," Bruno praised her, but noted that her legs were "a little bit flimsy." Carrie Ann added, "She had it, but she sort of lost it at that falter." The Olympic gymnast earned 25 points and sent support to people in her hometown of Boston in the wake of the explosions after her performance.
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd danced a quickstep next to Tristan and Chelsie. Clearly amazed, Bruno said Sean has "turned into a swan." Carrie Ann called it "bold" and "beautiful," as Len sang praise for "The Bachelor" star, "Last week a statue, this week a pigeon." The Texas hunk earned 24 points.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced a foxtrot alongside Henry Byalikov and Anna. Carrie Ann said, "I think you have all blossomed by working with another set of pros," while Len predicted she would be in the final if she continues to dance like that. Bruno compared it to "the elegance of 'The Great Gatsby'." The country star earned 27 points.
On the other hand, D.L. Hughley who danced with Cheryl Burke couldn't impress the judges with his tango. Dancing alongside Sasha Farber and Chelsie, he was criticized by Bruno for his footwork which featured too much stomping. Len commented, "It was like a decaf coffee, it looked good but it lacked that snap," as Carrie Ann said, "It wasn't quite right." The comedian earned 18 points.
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy danced an Argentine tango next to Maks and Anna, earning standing ovation from the audience. Bruno said, "Next to Anna, you were as good and as strong," Carrie Ann loved it, and Len compared it to a lemon tart, "sharp and tangy at the top, crisp and tangy down below." The Disney star got the first 10s of the season for a total score of 29 this week.
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess closed out the show with their paso doble, dancing alongside Sasha and Emma. Channeling Zorro, Andy delivered a fun routine, but it was lack in techniques. "It was more Pasadena than Paso Doble," Len said. Carrie Ann praised the entrance, but said the rest of the routine "fell apart." The comedian earned 18 points.