Footballer Jacoby Jones and partner Karina Smirnoff had arguably the most exciting performance on Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars," even if it wasn't technically perfect.
“I love to dance, but I didn’t know dancing was this serious or this intense,” Jones explained during rehearsals.
There was a terrifying moment when Jones made his signature dance move: a flying leap over partner Karina’s head. The 6’2” wide receiver ran towards Smirnoff, and instead of clearing her 5’5” frame, it looked as if he was about to decapitate her. As the audience audibly gasped, Smirnoff threw her head back, grabbed his thighs, and continued dancing to wild applause.
“Jacoby, The fiesta has begun!” raved judge Bruno Tonioli. “I loved it.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was slightly more crude.
“You could fart the salsa,” she said. “The salsa doesn’t need that much technique, it needs the flavor–so you have the right flavor fart.”
Host Tom Bergeron seemed dubious about Inaba’s critique. “Um, OK," said the slightly horrified host. "Really?”
The flatulence discussion continued with host Brooke Burke Charvet, who inquired about Jones’ secret to a uninhibited dance.
“If you don’t fart, my grandma told me that if you keep it in you, you’re going to die. So I let it out.”
Bodily functions aside, Jones and Smirnoff racked up three 9s from the judges for a total of 27 points.
But Kellie Pickler beat that with her fearless Samba earning a near-perfect score from the judges on the show’s “Latin Night.”
Despite having a rough week during rehearsals, Pickler and partner Derek Hough fearlessly shook their bon-bons to Ricky Martin’s 1999 hit, which earned raves from the judges.
"I thought you had the how of the technique and the wow of the performance," raved judge Len Goodman. "It was the perfect balance of the technique and the performance,” added judge Bruno Tonioli.
Inaba also appreciated the Samba, but with suggested that there could be more emotion in the country star’s performance. "When you dance, I see perfection in every single move," said Inaba. “But I don't feel you when you dance."
Pickler and Hough earned 10s from Goodman and Tonioli and a 9 from Inaba for a total of 29 points. The pair had the highest cumulative scores of the season, so they won immunity from being voted off next week.
Tying Pickler and Hough for first place was Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman and partner Mark Ballas, who also earned a 9 and two 10s from the judges for their Salsa–the 10s were pair’s first double digit score of the season.
Early competition favorites Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy slipped to third place, earning 27 points for their Paso Doble.
“Bachelor” star Sean Lowe and partner Peta Murgatroyd continued to plod along in the competition, with Lowe making excuses that he didn’t have “romantic feelings” for Murgatroyd, hence their lack of chemistry on the dance floor.
Wrong show, Sean.
The judges thought the problem was not with Lowe’s lack of amorous affections but instead his technique, with Goodman describing his Rhumba as “wooden.” The pair earned all 8s from the judges for a total of 24.
Soap star Ingo Rademacher attempted to bring his sexy “General Hospital” character to his version of the Rhumba, but came up short.
“They say hips don't lie, in your case I wish they could," quipped Tonioli. For their efforts, Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson earned 22 points for the judges.
Bringing up the rear was poor Andy Dick, who earned the lowest score of the night for his Rhumba with partner Sharna Burgess. The comedian noted that they are a part of the "pack of scraggly coyotes hanging on by a thread."
Dick sense of camp playing a bumbling Latin lover failed to impress the judges, with Goodman noting that the performance was “more erratic than erotic.” The pair earned a dismal 17 points with the judges.
Unless there’s flood of calls for Dick, it’s likely he will join boxer Victor Ortiz as the latest celebrity on “Dancing with the Stars” to get the axe.
Up Next: The result show on Tuesday will include a tribute to Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer who was devastatingly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.