J.R. Martinez's humorous pink panther romp paid off as he locked in the second highest score Tuesday evening on DWTS' memorable movies week.
“The routine was energetic and fun,” Martinez said adding how he loved the mustache he got to sport with his outfit.
Not all contestants had Martinez’s luck.
Such was the case with Chayna Phillips, who was eliminated from the competition after forgetting her routine on the dance floor, causing the judges and America to give her the lowest ranking score.
"I'm disappointed,” Phillips said somberly when hearing the news. “But, I have to take responsibility. I messed up."
"I will take this with me for the rest of my life,” she added.
The experience, stress and emotional factors that come with being a part of the show is something that Martinez, Phillips and the rest of the stars didn’t expect.
“You really never prepare into you get into it," Martinez said.” Stars talk about how emotional it really is.”
The army veteran, who has been a top contender for the past month in the competition, says the respect for the cast went to another level after last week’s dancing assignment.
Each contestant chose a song that represented who they are and what they have been through in their lives.
The night carried on with guest performances from Susan Boyle, who performed “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and with The Voice’s celebrity judge Blake Sheldon, who sang a new rendition to the 1984 film “Footloose” for the 2011 remake in theaters Friday.
Julian Hough, a DWTS cast member starring in “Footloose,” performed with her brother (and Ricky Lake’s partner) Derek Hough for the first time since season eight.
The Stars will have to whip out big hair, new wave style and their leotards as DWTS goes 80’s next week.
DWTS is a weekly dance competition and reality show in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete for the opportunity to win the coveted disco ball-shaped trophy.