The weeks are flying by and seven “Dancing With the Stars” couples are closer than ever before to taking home the mirror ball trophy. Only one dancing duo can win it, though, meaning everyone else will soon be sent packing.
On Monday the teams gathered in the ballroom for Latin Night, showcasing their skills through Paso Dobles, Cha Chas, Argentine Tangos and more. A number of teams wowed the judges with the great strides they’d made in six weeks, while other teams fell short. Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko landed at the top of the leader board for the evening, scoring 10s across the board for their sexy, wet tango to Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself.” Not far behind was James Hinchcliffe and partner Sharna Burgess; Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold; and Marilu Henner and Derek Hough. The lowest scoring “DWTS” Season 23 pair with just 28 out of 40 possible points — Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — was sent home.
Amber took to Instagram after their elimination to thank Maksim for being such a dedicated friend and teacher. She added that she was grateful to have had this experience and even more so to have been partnered with him through it all. Amber joked that she was going to “miss our stressed out rehearsals,” adding a special note of gratitude to her partner for never giving up or passing judgment on her. Maksim returned the favor on his own Instagram, calling their time together the best weeks he’s had on “DWTS.” The pair promised to remain lifelong friends though their journey for the mirror ball is officially over.
To make matters more sad, Maksim announced in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he would not be strapping on his dancing shoes in Season 24. After being cut from the Season 23 cast abruptly, the expectant father revealed that he and fiancé Peta Murgatroyd’s son would simply be too young when next season of “DWTS” kicked off. He told the publication that he was not comfortable leaving his bride-to-be and newborn home for several months while he worked.
“There’s no way! He’s going to be a month and a half old [when the new season starts] and I’m gonna say, ‘OK, I’ll see you in three months buddy?’ No, that’s not gonna happen,” Maksim assured “DWTS” fans.
With he and Amber Rose out of the running, fans are questioning which of the remaining seven teams will be next. At this stage in the game anything could happen, but we’ve got a few guesses about which team will go home in Week 7 of “DWTS”:
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev:
During week 6 fans took a look behind the scenes, joining Maureen and Artem as they practiced for their Samba routine. The former “Brady Bunch” actress struggled to nail down the footwork, which frustrated her pro partner. She vowed to remain positive, but the dancing duo was only able to pull out a score of 31 out of a possible 40, landing them among the bottom four teams. While their score was higher than some of the others, they consistently receive negative feedback and low scores which may lead to them being sent home in the next elimination.
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke:
On Monday, Ryan and Cheryl learned early on that despite low scores the week before they’re safe. They then took to the ballroom for a salsa routine, which the Olympian was initially nervous about doing because of the speed involved. The pair are able to get it together, laying a solid foundation for a good “DWTS” routine but failing to take it any further. They scored just 30 out of 40 possible points, but were informed by more than one of the four judges on the panel — which temporarily included Pitbull — that they were getting better as the weeks go on. Still, there is a lot these two are going to need to work out if they intend to stay in the competition for the long haul.
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber:
Week after week Terra and Sasha have shocked judges and fans at home with impressive performances of any and all types of dances. On Monday, however, they scored in the bottom four teams after a lackluster Paso Doble. The pair was safe from elimination in week 6, but may find themselves being sent packing if they continue to struggle.
Tune in Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC to find out which of the remaining “DWTS” Season 23 pairs will be taken out of the running.