Tuesday night is Latin night on "Dancing With the Stars." And as much I would've relished shirtless Keo time, I'm OK with missing discussion of Barbara Corcoran's hip action.

Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev



Look, I don't know if Artem is dying the hair on his scalp or his beard, or both, or neither. But the super light hair and the super dark beard look weird.

Nikki's having a hard time concentrating on the close moves with Artem because she's not been physical like that with a man other than her fiance, John Cena, in the last five years.

Artem went straight past unbuttoned shirt and into totally topless for this dance. I think I have to admit to preferring at least the pretense of starting with a shirt on.

Len Goodman wasn't keen on all the gyrating and whatnot at the beginning but liked the samba content that came in later. He wanted to see more of the samba bounce, though. Bruno says Nikki lost a little bit of the rhythm at times. Carrie Ann echoes Len's comments about the samba bounce.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 6; Len: 6; Bruno: 6

Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy


Victoria is getting very modest and bashful during rehearsal because she's not sure how to be sexy as her character in the dance. It's also apparently her birthday.

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Carrie Ann is proud of Victoria for wearing a dress that shows her legs, since she was self-conscious about doing so. Len liked the emotion of the dance but yells at Val for the lack of rumba content in the routine. He apologizes to Victoria for his comments and says happy birthday to her.

Backstage, the cast sings "Happy Birthday" to Victoria and the show brings in a cake. There are also flowers and it turns out they're from Taylor Swift, whose song Victoria danced to last night.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 6; Bruno: 6

Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess

Paso doble


Derek has to learn to curb his happy, smiling tendencies and get serious for the paso doble. Lucky for him, they've given him proper music from my faves Rodrigo y Gabriela. Derek is still going to get comments about tucking that butt under, and his footwork could be cleaner, but he does end up nailing the attitude.

Carrie Ann says Derek listened to her comments about dancing bigger. Len liked the attitude and especially the knee walks. He wants Derek to work on his hand shapes. Bruno says Derek got so into the character he lost the artistry.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 6; Bruno: 6

Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko


Sasha talks about how she gained 70 pounds in a little over two years and caught a lot of flak on social media and in gossip news for it. Turns out she has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a hormone imbalance that can contribute to weight gain. She's medicated for it now and has lost 15 pounds since starting the "DWTS" rehearsals.

Bruno says she has a good feel for the music and lovely foot placement. Carrie Ann says Sasha is great out there, with bounce and flair aplenty.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 7; Bruno: 7

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd

Argentine tango

The show interviews Nick and Vanessa about their first date. Vanessa remembers all the details and Nick is clueless.

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There's a lot of faffing about on a table at the beginning of the dance, which helps hide Nick's movement problems, so that's handy. This feels a lot like Peta dancing around Nick — which is kind of part of the Argentine tango, but not usually to this extent.

Bruno likes how well Nick gets into character but wants him to work on his footwork. Carrie Ann still wants him to work on the tightness in his hips. She says the lifts were executed beautifully. Len says the seductive nature of the dance was missing.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 6; Bruno: 6

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold


Lindsay says Jordan is the most excited she's ever seen a contestant be about samba runs. I always give major credit to Derek Hough for making his stars do samba runs and rolls, even if it was hard and they didn't do them perfectly.

Len is in Full Grump Mode and I'm loving it. He fusses at Jordan for practicing in tennis shoes and dancing in Cuban heels, because the unfamiliar heels affect his foot placement and leg action.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Drew Scott and Emma Slater


Drew is confident he can win Len over in time. Emma makes Drew show her his midriff. It's OK tone-wise but she recoils at its paleness. HE'S CANADIAN. He works indoors. Give the guy a break. After a long session in the spray tan tent, Drew's going open-shirted tonight.

After a sexy dance with Emma, the very smart Drew goes over and immediately kisses his fiancee.

Len gets through a very tortured and slow metaphor to get to the point that he liked the dance. Bruno says Drew had good lines and good shapes. Carrie Ann says something about Drew clearly not having had any dance training before the show, and Bruno laughs so hard at that he falls out of his chair. The judges are PUNCHY tonight. Maybe we shouldn't make them work two nights in a row?

Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7

Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten

Argentine tango

Sometimes the middle-aged women do well with this dance because they've had enough experience to be comfortable taking charge and being in control.

I think I'd like the dancing here to be a little bit faster to match better with the music. Their moves just don't seem as urgent as the beat of the song.

Bruno wants Debbie to work on finishing her moves all the way through her feet. Carrie Ann agrees. Len calls her a "scrumpet." Is that a scrumpy strumpet? I like it!

Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 7

They gave the judges disco ball maracas and I want a pair of my very own.

Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy


I'm not at all sure why Vanessa chose the pants she's wearing — they kind of look like high-waisted Hammer pants but without the dropped crotch? They make her look like she has a giant tummy.

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Carrie Ann likes the outfit because she has no taste. Len says he saw a teeny tiny mistake that he's choosing to overlook. He calls Vanessa a contender.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 7

Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke


Terrell says his relationship status is like "Kraft cheese — single." He's also pretty sure he's sexy.

It's a fun routine and a crowd pleaser.

Len hopes "Terrell and Cheryl are not in peril" and hopes he sees Terrell back again next week because he likes Terrell's sportsman's attitude. Bruno wanted more bounce but liked the entertainment factor. Carrie Ann wants Terrell to dance bigger with his upper body.


Scores: Carrie Ann: 6; Len: 6; Bruno: 7

Aw, man. That was harsh, judges. He was at least as good as Drew.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas


Lindsey is not used to hip action. In her interview, she suddenly sounds really Midwestern, but she's Arizona born and raised.

Dang, Lindsey can KICK! She gets one in midway through the routine where she just about hits the back of her head with the heel of her shoe. Later, she does a front high kick up past her ear. That's a nice trick to have in your pocket.

Bruno says it left him breathless. Carrie Ann calls it fantastic. Len compliments Mark on the lack of "larking about." When you have the kind of dancer Lindsey is, use all that time to show her off instead of staging and props.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Honestly, if they weren't doing this in Week 2, I bet that dance would've gotten 9s.

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson

Cha cha

Witney tells us Frankie works his butt off for the show. He has video of him waking up at 6:30 a.m. and while he's in bed, we can see his cat asleep on him and then we hear the cat purring. I am now #TeamFrankiesCat. Oh, look, there's the cat in the background while Frankie does yoga at home.

As for the dance … maybe this is a cha cha? It looked more like a freestyle to me, but we'll see what the judges have to say. The crowd loves it, though.

Carrie Ann says Frankie has swagger! She did see some cha cha technique. Len says it was terrifically entertaining. Bruno praises Witney's choreography.

Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 9

Bruno thought that was the best dance of the night? Huh.


The first couple in jeopardy is Nick & Peta. Joining them in jeopardy are Debbie & Alan. Oooh, is my wild prediction about to come true? Am I that much of a genius?

Holy smokes, you guys!!! I somehow totally got that right — Debbie and Alan are going home. I wish I'd put money on it.

My reasoning went like this: Look at the bottom two places on the scoreboard, which were a five-way tie. Nick's safe because he's likeable, his brother won the whole darn thing, people are probably liking the husband/wife competition with him and Vanessa. Terrell's fan base might be motivated enough by him being in jeopardy last night. Derek's really, really likable and, as an audience, we are probably all more than a little in love with his mama, who's there this week. Drew is cute, brings a good personality to the interview portions and has no professional dancing experience, which can sometimes make us root for a contestant more. Plus, if you look at the contestants in past seasons similar to Debbie (Lea Thompson, Kim Fields, Danica McKellar, Melissa Gilbert, Shannen Doherty — all women we got to know originally as young women in the '70s and '80s) they tend to not make it much past mid-season. Jennifer Grey is the standout exception.


Frankie & Whitney: 25

Jordan & Lindsay: 24

Lindsey & Mark: 24

Vanessa & Maks: 23

Sasha & Gleb: 22

Drew & Emma: 21

Victoria & Val: 20

Derek & Sharna: 19

Nick & Peta: 19

Terrell & Cheryl: 19

Nikki & Artem: 18


What the heck? I think Terrell may have come off as too cocky and too undisciplined (for his squabbling with Cheryl in rehearsal footage) so I predict he's gone next week.