‘Dancing with the Stars’: David Ross channeled ‘Magic Mike’ with ‘tongue-in-cheek’ jazz routine [WATCH]

“Move over ‘Magic Mike,’ make room for ‘Super Dave’! … I loved the way it was tongue-in-cheek, and it was light and fun, which is your personality, but you hit those moves with lots of flavor,” raved “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba in response to baseball player David Ross‘s “Vegas Night’ jazz routine inspired by the risque Channing Tatum film “Magic Mike.”

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Ross and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold delivered their playful male striptease and received their best total score yet: 31 out of 40. That was only good enough for fifth place on the judges’ leaderboard, but they finished only three points shy of the top-scoring dancer, Normani Kordei. “It was fun, it was entertaining, and I thought it was terrific,” said Len Goodman. “Not only was it tongue-in-cheek, it was also really good,” Julianne Hough added, sounding somewhat surprised. And Bruno Tonioli concluded, “That was action-packed, wasn’t it? No one was expecting this … with thunder in the underpants!”

This was a much-needed rebound for Ross, who surprised the judges with an excellent performance on premiere night, but then lost some ground with his somewhat messy week-two routine. What makes him a dark horse contender this season is precisely what Hough said: he’s an entertainer, but he can back it up by executing the choreography.

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What did you think of Ross’s jazz number? Watch it above and then vote in our poll below to decide your favorite routine on “Vegas Night.” And if you think he’ll win the Mirror Ball Trophy you can make your predictions here.

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