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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: 'Latin Night'

Nastia Liukin and Riker Lynch heat up the ballroom with their Latin Night routines.

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Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status:
In Season

An interesting development occurred before everyone laced up their Danskins on Monday—Noah Galloway was fixing to dance with a prosthetic arm! The Alabama native picked up a space-aged prosthetic limb that “works through sensors in the sockets that touch what’s remaining of my tricep and bicep,” he told me. (For more deets, click here). Ultimately, the motivational speaker-cum-Kenneth Cole cologne pitch man left the prosthetic at home because the Argentine Tango was no dance to try out a fancy new toy.

I’m ashamed to admit it but I did begin this season thinking that Galloway would probably make me shudder at one point or another. Turns out I didn’t have to worry—not when someone like Charlotte McKinney was in the house! Tonight, we learned that it’s hard for dyslexics to watch someone teach them how to dance because they are “visual learners.” Huh? It’s also tough to practice while receiving an endless siege of texts about modeling. Charlotte’s busy, y’all!

Though she really didn’t deserve a sexist dig like “you’ll never win the Nobel prize for quantum physics” from Bruno, the Carls Jr. model was practically begging for the big heave-ho on Monday. And her wish was granted—especially after her underwhelming rumba.

“I learned so much,” she said after learning she was history. “I am extremely grateful. It’s tested me and I feel like a better person.”

Here’s how the rest of Latin Night played out:

Rumer Willis and Val Chermkovskiy

First she sticks her hoo-ha in Val’s face and then she dings him in the kisser at the roller rink! At least she made up for the rehearsal antics by performing a steamy salsa that had Val channeling a (much sexier) Travolta, circa 1977. “One thing that’s been missing is the exuberance, but you came out tonight, that’s the best dance I’ve seen this season,” said Judge Len Goodman. “Monday night fever starts right here,” added Judge Bruno Tonioli. “You’ve got the body of evidence.”

Score: 33 out of 40

Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe

After a peculiar statement about how she’s a “visual learner” because she has dyslexia (and hi? Isn’t that how choreography is taught? Somebody please help me to understand!), the model seemed to indicate she was too busy to rehearse—”I’ve got so much going on this week”—so maybe you should cut her, America. “You didn’t take Keo’s instruction,” said Carrie Ann Inaba.  “You get out what you put in,” added Len. “Everybody is busy. Everybody has other jobs.” Snap!

Score: 22 out of 40

Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd

The footballer’s butt and arm movement didn’t impress the judges. “Salsa [is] supposed to be fun and exciting,” said Carrie. “That made me so nervous because the lifts were not quite placed. I did not feel safe.” “The last two weeks were definitely stronger,” added Judge Julianne Hough.

Score: 24 out of 40

NEXT: Willow Shields proves she can keep up with the adults