Tonight was Broadway night, which saw contestants perform to tracks from popular musical theatre shows. The contestants also took to the floor together for this season's first group performance, for which eliminated contestant Carson Kressley returned as creative director.
The broadcast also featured appearances by the cast of Broadway's Sister Act and Kristin Chenoweth, who sang a medley of Broadway hits and danced alongside the Macy's Stars of Dance.
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Here's what the judges had to say:
Dance: Rob realises that he has a tough road ahead of him but wants to push JR off the top spot on the leaderboard. He encourages Cheryl to push him harder this week and also receives an encouraging visit from his mother Kris Jenner, which surprises him and makes him want to work even more.
Len appreciates that it was clean, precise and had good timing. However, he thinks that the cha cha needed to show rhythm and that Rob's didn't. He thinks it was "all too stiff and starchy" instead. Bruno thinks that he should have been "in charge" and had more impact but failed to take control of the routine from the outside.
Carrie Ann disagrees, saying that while it wasn't as great as last week's performance, it was much more charismatic and signifies his growing up, describing him as "on the cusp" of manhood.
Score: 22 out of 30
Dance: Nancy wants to make every moment of rehearsal count as they have stepped up the choreography and she understands how important it is to master the routine completely. She and Tristan argue when Nancy accuses him of purposely putting in moves that are too difficult for her to get the hang of, which he thinks is ridiculous. However, she eventually vows to make it work.
Bruno loves that the "sense of humour" in the routine got her going more and says that she captured the feeling of the music while still doing a successful foxtrot. Carrie Ann is also pleased with her progress, saying that she "upped the ante" and managed to come out with a "showstopper" performance.
Len is also happy, saying that it had "much more personality" as it seemed more carefree than past routines. However, he takes issue with her posture and footwork and admits that although he enjoyed the "razzle dazzle", he would have liked more technical precision.
Score: 24 out of 30
Dance: David wants to "turn it up a notch" this week with the difficult choreography and prove to everyone that he is in the competition to win. While he recognises that he has a tough road ahead, he believes that this week's routine will allow him to show a different side of himself.
Carrie Ann admits that it's a tough number to live up to but thinks that he "absolutely lived up to" the judges' expectations with his performance. However she realises that there was a bit of push and pull as they were off sync despite their great technical work.
Len thinks it was a bit rough around the edges but appreciates that it was high energy and full on, saying that while his enthusiasm got the best of him at times, it was still fun. Bruno agrees, comparing his energy to "a teenager on spring break" and claiming that it made up for the technical downfalls.
Score: 23 out of 30
Dance: Ricki loves Broadway music and hopes that this week will offer her the chance to make it back to the top of the leaderboard. However, the routine "pushes the limits" of her stamina and she struggles to keep up with Derek. Still, he pushes her to work harder as he feels that she will perform better if he is stricter on her and she agrees to try harder.
Len says that she didn't need luck, adding that the routine proved her talent as she was "flying". He has a few minor notes on her head moving in certain directions but says that he loved it and that it was fabulous.
Bruno enjoys her impeccable style, dazzling showmanship and brilliant performance. He says that her interpretation of the music was "beyond belief". Carrie Ann agrees, admitting that it's wonderful to see "such beauty in motion", calling it sophisticated, lovely and enjoyable to watch.
Score: 29 out of 30
Dance: Chaz is anxious to show people that he deserves to be in the competition but he struggles to remember his choreography. While he wants to improve, Lacey becomes frustrated as she feels that he should be able to master harder moves at this point in the show. Still, he believes that he can demonstrate the strength that the dance requires.
Bruno calls it a "different kind of tango", saying that it needed to be dangerous and aggressive but he fell short. "Some roles fit certain characters and some don't," he said, adding that he doesn't believe that Chaz did it.
Carrie Ann agrees somewhat, but admits it's the most aggressive that she's seen him. However, she needs more difficult choreography and wants him to up the ante at this point in the competition. Len congratulates him for getting through the routine and commends him for putting in the work. However, he also wants more aggression and better technical execution, as well.
Score: 19 out of 30
Dance: Hope is disappointed with herself from last week's performance and is frustrated with the fact that she has not improved throughout the competition. In order to help her with this week's routine, Maks calls in three of the professional troupe dancers to instruct her on how to nail the nuances of the rumba. Both he and Hope immediately notice the difference and get into the frame of mind of the dance despite their arguments.
Carrie Ann sees all the effort she is putting into her movement and movement quality and appreciates that she's letting go and trusting her natural sexiness. However, she thinks it goes against Hope's "feistiness", which makes the movements forced.
Len is "at a loss", insisting that he's never lost faith in her and feels that there is "so much there" that hasn't come out. He thinks that her shoes kept her from holding her feet correctly and describes the performance as her worst of the season, admitting that he is "really disappointed".
Bruno sees that it's a difficult song to convey emotion to and applauds her for her attempt but thinks that she became distracted from continuing the movement that the rumba requires. He can tell that she has been putting the effort in, but says that unfortunately, it "didn't gel".
Score: 20 out of 30
Dance: JR knows that others are also doing the quickstep this week and that he must up his game in order to stay at the top of the leaderboard. He promises to push himself to grow and get better, while Karina admits that the choreography is some of the most difficult she has attempted during her time on the show.
Len calls him "truly relentless", saying that he has really come up a notch and surpassed one of the best quicksteps on the show. Bruno agrees, saying that JR's performance was the type that makes the show a hit as it was "rip roaring" and exciting.
Carrie Ann claims that Bob Fosse would be proud to have seen the routine as it was perfect, and jokingly suggests that the pair should be given a Tony award.
Score: 29 out of 30
Dancing with the Stars continues Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.