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Dancing With the Stars recap: Season 23, Episode 9

A steamy ‘Latin Night’ comes with its own built-in shower!

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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

If your tears still haven’t dried up from ‘Most Memorable Year,’ you’re in luck: It’s ‘Latin Night’! If you’re a true Dancing With the Stars  fan, you know the heat coming from the dance floor will dry those misty eyes in no time because ‘Latin Night’ is always…hot, hot, hot. It’s, of course, also full of temperature-themed wordplay. That’s how DWTS rolls, you guys.

Our remaining nine couples will samba, cha cha, rumba, and paso their little hearts out, until one of them is eliminated at the end of the show. So maybe there will be tears during Latin Night! It’s an adventure every season. To add a little extra spice to the night, Pitbull is on hand to guest judge. So, enough with the chit-chat: as esteemed love guru Enrique Iglesias once said, “Bailamos!”

Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke

Salsa, “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz

Ryan and Cheryl are informed of their safety for the week and then hit the floor with some salsa moves. Ryan’s a little apprehensive at first because the salsa is fast. He’s not, however, apprehensive whatsoever about the amount of spray tan and black light body paint he’s sporting this evening. That boy is painted up, people. It’s the main reason Pitbull is bestowing them with an 8, which he prematurely divulges during his critique. Guest judges be crazy, amirite? Jules is also a big fan, and she’s becoming more impressed with Ryan each week. Carrie Ann thought it was fun but severely lacking in musicality, and Bruno shares his life motto: Always undress to impress. Regular judges be crazy, amirite?

Judges Score: 30/40

Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber

Paso Doblé, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Santa Esmeralda

Terra’s really on a rollercoaster: She’s riding high from her stellar contemporary routine last week…until she finds out she has to get angry for her paso doblé. Terra doesn’t do angry. Not even slapping Sasha across the face works! But the gal is digging her wardrobe — it’s glitter ruffles, so that’s a given. I’d like to live inside those ruffles, you know? Unfortunately, all of Terra’s worrying about not getting the character of the dance comes through in her performance. All of our usual judges notice that she’s not as committed to this number, noting that they could see she was uncomfortable. That being said, it wasn’t so bad. Plus, she gets to take a whack at the mirror ball piñata afterward, which is the real prize here.

Judges’ Score: 30/40

Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Cha Cha, “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha” by Petty Booka

Amber didn’t love watching herself break down into tears during last week’s package, but that doesn’t stop her from doing it again. Maks wants his partner to live up to her potential, and Amber is fighting it every literal step of the way. He knows she can do better and he sometimes shows his love by yelling. Amber’s not into it and she takes off, leaving our teddy bear Maks sweaty and alone in the dance studio. Oh, to be that dance studio! She comes back the next day and they work out the kinks, but as the judges point out, Amber still seems unsure in her movements. She’s hesitant and timid when she needs to be sharp and passionate. She swears she’s having fun though, and I guess that’s all the matters. JUST KIDDING, THE MIRROR BALL IS EVERYTHING.

Judges’ Score: 28/40

NEXT: James gets his Ricardo on