Last week, it was a bit of a shock to see who went home on Dancing With The Stars.
This week, Ray Lewis had to sit out from dancing, as training had awoken an old sports injury. He has to have surgery on the tendons in his foot.
Producers were able to scramble and come up with a substitution, but that wasn't the night's only surprise. ...
Former winner Rashad Jennings stepped up to fill in for Ray, performing a Cha Cha with Cheryl Burke.
This special substitution presented their best interpretation of what had been planned for Ray.
Honestly, producers have to fill timeslots right down to the second.
Then came Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko performing a Tango.
Lauren moves well, but she is not super confident or giving off the right vibes. It seems to be a mental thing, rather than physical.
The judges decreed: 6 7 7
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were a joy as they performed the Rumba, and not only because of their choice of music. But also that.
This was a surprisingly sub-par performance for Hannah, but only because Hannah is a great dancer. It was still very good.
The judges agreed, handing out: 7 7 7
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson did not exactly wow the panel with their Jive.
Remember, even the most fun formal dances are about controlled movements. Karamo's were a little erratic, which was disappointing.
The judges want to see better from him, and awarded him: 5 5 6
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber performed a Rumba.
This was a jarringly good performance and showed noticeable improvemen. Ally's movements were beautiful and a pleasure to watch.
The judges felt the same way, doling out: 8 8 8
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson also came in with a Rumba.
Kel's dancing was a little stiff. It looks like he really just needs more experience with dance and he can improve -- which is the point of the show.
Though he ended up in the danger zone by the episode's end, Kel received a 7 6 7
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater were nothing short of majestic as they danced a Rumba.
At this point James at least has some competition, but he continues to bully everyone with his graceful dancing and his charisma (despite one slip up).
The judges ruled: 8 7 8
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov continued their marked improvement since the first episode with a Quickstep.
She really did well, with only one slip up. In fact, Kate seems to have an instinct for dance that makes her a joy to watch.
That's how the judges felt, too, as they handed her: 8 8 8
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Tango.
Sailor treated audiences to an almost too dazzling smile and moved with the grace of a professional. This is where you really see dance as an art form.
The pleased judges handed her: 7 8 8
Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatoyd were ... less improssive with their Tango.
Lamar actually showed an observable improvement because there were moments when he really did well. But only part of the time.
A number of slip-ups earned Lamar: 6 5 5
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold weren't fooling anyone with their Cha Cha.
Sadly, it seems that Sean lacks a sense of rhythm as much as he lacks a sense of morality.
He was too fast, he was too slow -- at some point, he just seemed lost.
Audiences understand the gimmick of having an infamous refrigerator-thief who should be behind bars for his role in the Trump regime on the show.
But with a score from the judges of 5, 5, and 5, how long is he really going to stick around?
Ultimately, Sean, along with Lamar and Kel, skated by this week because of Ray Lewis' departure. Ray was the "elimination" by default.