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Season 16, Episode 7 - Recap

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With Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold out of the competition, they are down to Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough, Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson, Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy, Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd, Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas, Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess, and Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff. Tonight is Latin Night with Special Guest Star, Juanes offering music for tonight. For the first time ever, the stars have a chance to dance for immunity. There will be two rounds: One will be a Latin Dance and the next round will be a dance off.

Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff are up first. They get into rehearsals and Karina says that only 1 couple is getting immunity. Jacoby has fun, but he keeps getting kicked. He misses a day of rehearsal, but comes back and learns the moves. Dancing Salsa, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Len says that he rocked the place and says that it was first rate. He says that he would have loved less lifts and Len gets called out by Jacoby’s mom. He says that it was fabulous and says that he is so hot in his moves. Bruno says that his hips are so great. He says that he loved it. Carrie Ann says that he can fart salsa and says that he gets down and dirty. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with a 9, Len with a 9 and Bruno with a 9. Total score of 27/30.

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson are up next. They get into rehearsals and Kym compliments his improvement. Ingo takes Kym to the set of General Hospital and they have fun talking about how he is going to have to be sexy. Ingo works on the hips and he feels silly. He wants this to be his best dance. Dancing the Rumba, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Bruno says that it was not good in the hips and says that he lost timing. Carrie Ann says that he thought that he core was nice in the pictures, but it was gone. It was lacking a connection. Len says that there was a lot of content and that the lines were good. Overall it was good. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with a 7, Len with an 8 and Bruno with a 7. Total score of 22/30.

After a musical performance from Juanes, Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough are up next. They get into rehearsals and Kellie says that she had 3 concerts and that they have little time. They get frustrated that they are not getting the dance down. Dancing the Samba, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Carrie Ann says that all she sees is perfection, but she doesn’t feel her when she dances. It is lacking the connection. Len says that it was crisp, clean, hot and spicy. He says that it was brilliant. Bruno says that it was the perfect dance for the Samba. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with a 9, Len with a 10 and Bruno with a 10. Total score of 29/30.

Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess are up next. They get into rehearsals and Sharna wants to keep it basic with the focus on technique. Andy says that he needs to get the steps right. Dancing the Rumba, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Len says that it was fun, but it wasn’t enough musicality and movement. Bruno says that was a tadpole and says that he tries, but the steps have to move more. Carrie Ann says that they are getting serious with the details now. He needs to watch his arms consistent. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with a 5, Len with a 6 and Bruno with a 6. Total score of 17/30.

After a short performance from Juares, Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas are next up. They get into rehearsals and Mark hurts his neck. He goes to a spinal specialist and he doesn’t think that Mark can perform. Henry steps in to train with Alexandra. Dancing Salsa, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Bruno says that was a delicious cocktail and says that he wants more of those. Carrie Ann says that she loved that and says that everyone was in the room were dancing. Len says that he would have liked a little recognizable Salsa, but everything else was great. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with a 10, Len with a 9 and Bruno with a 10. Total score of 29/30.

Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd are up next. They get into rehearsals and Peta pushes Sean harder with the dance moves. Peta brings in Catherine and has Sean dance with her. He feels better after doing so and they get the moves down. Dancing the Rumba, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Carrie Ann says that she is very impressed and says that it was great musicality. Len says that it was like a match and says that his hands were flapping away. Bruno says that he was all out there and says that his extensions were better. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with an 8, Len with an 8 and Bruno with an 8. Total score of 24/30.

Last up for the first round are Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy. They get into rehearsals and Val says that he is going to need 200% energy. He pushes her and says that she needs to be more intense. She is going to channel and act. Dancing the Paso Doble, they come out and dance. They go to the judges and Len says that he was into it and says that it was great. Bruno says that she looked like and angel and danced like a fury. The lines were a little off. Carrie Ann says that it was a song without a bass line. However, it was beautiful. They get their scores: Carrie Ann with a 9, Len with a 9 and Bruno with a 9. Total score of 27/30. Kellie & Derek won the immunity and are safe.

Juares performs one of his hit singles on the stage and shows that he has what it takes to be a recording artist in today’s music industry. The pros offer a dance in the foreground and show what Latin Dance is all about.

The Dance-Off Challenge is underway and the stars getting to learning the 3 dances that could be what gives them 3 extra points. First up is Alexandra & Mark versus Andy & Sharna and they have chosen Cha-Cha. Len says that Andy is a great sport. Bruno says that it was great to see. Carrie Ann says that she loves that Andy is a not a quitter. The judges decide that Alexandra & Mark get 3 points to their total.

The next dance pairing is between Zendaya & Val and Jacoby & Karina. They are going to Jive. They go to the judges and Bruno says that it was like watching two champions. He says that they were great together. Carrie Ann says that was a real battle and says that it was great. Len says that it was full of fun and clean and precise. The judges decide that Zendaya & Val get 3 points added to their total.

Ingo & Kym and Sean & Peta are the last pairing and they are doing the Rumba. Carrie Ann says that it was really good. Len says that there is a very clear winner. Bruno says that they both gave good performances. The judges decide that Ingo & Kym get 3 points added to their total. That is it for Lating Night!