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Glitterball Special: The best of 'Dancing With the Stars'

From Maks’ return for Val and Zendaya’s tango to Andy Dick’s emotional waltz, EW.com’s Annie Barrett shares her favorite performances to date from season 16

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Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough

Week 6, quickstep

After a busy week of (jokingly) rooting for each other to fail during rehearsals, the couple earned their first 10s with a flash-footed Stevie Wonder tribute featuring unbeweavable hair and a sparkly cleavage snake.

Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas

Week 4, contemporary

The interpretive routine about Aly’s gymnastics career (ain’t it funny how contemporary equals tumbling passes on a ballroom-dancing show?) demonstrated a perfect balance of emotion and athleticism.

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy

Week 5, Argentine tango

The Disney kid had no trouble keeping up with Val and returning pros Anna Trebunskaya and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. ”Sharp and tangy at the top, crisp and tasty down below,” proclaimed Len Goodman.

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff

Week 5, jive

The NFL star’s bionic knees propelled this high-energy number, which proved suspenders over a bare chest is sexier than DWTS‘ typical shirtless look. ”Testosterone pouring from everywhere!” cried Bruno Tonioli.

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess

Week 4, Viennese waltz

The tears streaming down my face after Andy’s waltz might be the best occupational hazard yet. Never underestimate the cheesy power of a recovering addict’s dance dedicated to his teenage daughter.

You’ll find Annie’s DWTS recaps, hidden gems, and exit interviews at ew.com/dwts.