[POLL] ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Who really gave the best performance on ‘Latin Night’?

On Oct. 17, the remaining nine couples on “Dancing with the Stars” performed their best Latin dance styles on “Latin Night.” Last week there was no elimination, but this week someone did go home: model and actress Amber Rose, who also got the lowest score for the second week in a row. But did she really deserve to land at the bottom? Here’s how the judges ranked the contestants:

Jana Kramer – 40
James Hinchcliffe – 38
Laurie Hernandez – 37
Calvin Johnson – 37
Marilu Henner – 34
Maureen McCormick – 31
Terra Jole – 30
Ryan Lochte – 30
Amber Rose – 28

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Now here’s how I’d rank the competitors:

1. Jana Kramer & Gleb Savenchko (Argentine Tango)
Wow!  This has to be one of the sexiest Argentine tangos ever on “DWTS.” Not only did Jana and Gleb have the sexual chemistry, their technique was also on point. I hope that this dance will get her fans to start voting for her in earnest.

Score: 40 out of 40 — Well deserved! My favorite dance of the night!

2. Calvin Johnson & Lindsay Arnold (Argentine Tango)
Like Jana, Calvin stepped up his game this week. Those lifts were amazing. I agree with judge Carrie Ann Inaba that he owned the dance and had “magnetic intensity.”

Score:  37 out of 40 — He was underscored. Calvin also deserved a perfect 40.

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3. Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy (Salsa)
Laurie’s performance was full of energy and technique with a few minor missteps. As other couples are gradually moving up in the competition, Laurie is kinda dipping a bit after her dominance in the early weeks of the season. But I’m confident that she and Val will step it up in the next few weeks.

Score: 37 out of 40 — I agree with this score.

4. James Hinchliffe & Sharna Burgess (Rumba)
James and Sharna have great chemistry together. I thought the dance was sensual and he did a great job with his extensions. My only complaint was that he lacked adequate hip action in some parts of the dance.

Score: 38 out of 40 – A bit over-scored. He deserved all nines, not the tens he got from Carrie Ann and Bruno Tonioli.

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5. Marilu Henner & Derek Hough (Cha Cha)
This is the most confident that Marilu has been all season. There was a lot of content, and I’m glad to see her let loose and have fun.

Score: 34 out of 40 — Agreed with Carrie Ann and Bruno. She deserved eights for this performance, not the nines she got from Pitbull and Julianne Hough.

6. Terra Jole & Sasha Farber (Paso Doble)
Initially I was worried about how Terra would fare with the paso, but she did much better than I thought. However, I do agree with the judges that at times it looked like she was slipping in and out of character.

Score: 30 out of 40 — I don’t think she and Ryan Lochte should have gotten the same score. I thought her performance was much better than his.

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7. Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev (Samba)
Maureen, like Amber, knows all the steps. But I can see in her face that she’s overthinking those steps, and she lacked the energy needed for a great samba.

Score: 31 out of 40 – Overscored. Her dance didn’t deserve a better score than Terra’s in my opinion.

8. Ryan Lochte & Cheryl Burke (Salsa)
Ryan was stiff throughout the dance until the very end. As usual, Cheryl danced around him and relied on his sex appeal to distract the judges.

Score: 30 out of 40  – He got eights from Pitbull and Julianne, but his dance deserved all sevens.

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9. Amber Rose & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Cha Cha)
I thought this would be a great dance for her, but once again Amber was overly timid with her movements. It was definitely time for her to go home.

Score: 28 out of 40 – I agree with this score.

Elimination Predictions: I predict that it will be the end of the road for Maureen and Artem next week, but I thought Maureen would be sent home this week too, so perhaps I’m underestimating her fan support.

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