After a shocking elimination last week, "Dancing with the Stars" surprised contestants and audience once again on Monday night, October 21. While the remaining 8 pairs showed their best moves in the ballroom to avoid the chopping block, no one was eventually sent home this week.
Jack Osbourne and Bill Engvall were in jeopardy based on their scores from the judges, but Tom Bergeron declared both were safe. He explained that because of technical problems in which incorrect phone numbers were shown last week, the votes were thrown out and all remaining pairs would return next week.
The snafu aside, Elizabeth Berkley wowed the judges with sizzling cha cha, which resulted in the first perfect score of 30 of the season. "You still got it big time, so sexy that it just killed me," Bruno Tonioli gushed.
Amber Riley and Brant Daugherty earned 28 each for their individual routine that night. The former danced a samba which Len Goodman thought was "fantastic" but found it "a tad repetitive." Brant danced a tango. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed with the other two judges that his technique was incredible, but "there were a few times you got off the music."
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Leah Remini got 27 points each. The MTV reality star danced a foxtrot and Carrie Ann praised her for improving the most from everybody. Leah almost lost her confidence during rehearsal, but her friend Jennifer Lopez showed up and the singer reminded her "that this is supposed to be fun." Len commented on her quickstep, "You were down last week, this week you were way up."
Jack Osbourne channeled an arrogant matador to dance a paso doble. He got mixed reviews from the judges, with Len saying it was "top notch," except for one small misstep. He earned 25 points.
Bill Engvall got 23 points for his tango. Carrie Ann called it a "strangely odd combination of humour of passion, adding, "You did what you do best, but the footwork was a bit off, although thoroughly entertaining."
There was a musical performance by Mika and Ariana Grande who sang "Popular Song" before the contestants continued with the Switch-Up challenge. In this challenge, the pairs were divided into two groups for dance marathons without knowing what the style or song would be.
Corbin, Snooki, Jack and Bill were in the first group, dancing to various songs from "Hot in Herre" to classical to "Let's Get It On". The second group, Amber, Elizabeth, Brant and Leah, got "Sexy and I Know It" and a classical waltz song. Corbin and Amber got additional 4 points each after the Switch-Up challenge, Snooki and Brant got 3 points, Jack and Elizabeth got 2 points, and 1 point each was added to Bill and Leah's scores this week.