‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Ralph Macchio, Hines Ward Sweep Up

Team night turns up the pressure for the six remaining couples.

Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” had a twist. The top two couples from last week — Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, and Hines Ward and Kym Johnson — got to choose their teams. And the scores came from four judges instead of three, as undefeated 16-time world professional Latin dance champion Donnie Burns served as a guest judge.

Kane picked Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Lil Romeo and Chelsie Hightower for her squad. The first team dance was the cha-cha to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” and the judges were impressed. Head judge Len Goodman said that the group dance was a huge challenge, but thought they all did a fantastic job. Bruno Tonioli said the group lost formation, but jokingly called it the “Gaga cha-cha-cha.” Score: 30/40.

Ward’s team — Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel, and Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — also danced the cha-cha, this time to Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” and Tonioli said that the team collectively had great transitions and patterns. “I know which team of girls won the booby prize,” Goodman joked. Score: 30/40.

As for the individual partner dances, Macchio and Ward tied for the top spot.

Macchio and Smirnoff danced the quickstep. Goodman loved the footwork, but thought that Macchio needed to work on his upper body movements. Inaba loved it, yelling out, “Boo-yah!! You’re back!” Macchio earned his first 10 of the season. Score: 36/40.

Ward and Johnson danced the tango and the hard-to-please Goodman loved it. He told the duo that the dance was a good mix of being dainty and full of drama. “Big, strong, masterful, determined, but you retained the slinky, smooth action of a panther on the prowl going for the kill. That was a killer tango,” Tonioli said. Score: 36/40.

Here’s how the others fared:

Kane and Ballas took on the paso doble, and the judges seemed a bit perplexed. Goodman said that he was confused by the dance — he loved parts of it, and other parts he didn’t care for much. Tonioli said that Kane danced with “violent intensity.” “It was like a Quentin Tarantino paso doble,” he added. “The artistry and creativity was outstanding.” Score: 34/40.

Wilkinson and Van Amstel picked the tango, and Inaba said that the reality star is getting closer. Inaba said that Wilkinson still needs to work on her frame, but found her performance to be sophisticated. “You’ve never looked more elegant and ladylike but still sexy,” Tonioli told her. Score: 31/40.

Alley and Chmerkovskiy performed the jive to “La Bamba,” and Inaba said that she thought the pair went too over the top. She found the performance to be out of sync. Goodman said that said that Alley’s jive was “most uneventful.” Tonioli disagreed and said that while her jive needed some work, he thought Alley was a superb entertainer. Score: 30/40.

Romeo and Hightower danced a bouncy samba, but the judges said there’s work to be done. Tonioli said that he needed to work on his legs, while Inaba said Romeo needed to fix his technique. “I didn’t like it. You talked the talk, but you didn’t dance the dance,” Goodman said. Inaba told the couple: “There was a lot of bouncing going on, but I’m not sure it was a samba message. It was kind of sending another message. You have incredible potential but if you want to go all the way, you need to work on your technique.” Score: 30/40.