'Dancing With the Stars' Week 6 recap: Did the right couple go home?

Warning: Repeated viewings of Monday's Dancing With the Stars may require cold showers immediately after the episode's end.

Even though the ABC series typically trots out Latin Night as early as Week 2, that theme was wisely held until Season 23's sixth week of competition, ensuring that the performances were more complex, fast-paced and — oh, yeah — extremely, extremely hot.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, LAURIE HERNANDEZ
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) AMBER ROSE, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MARILU HENNER, DEREK HOUGH
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MAUREEN MCCORMICK, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LINDSAY ARNOLD, CALVIN JOHNSON JR.
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RICK PERRY, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, VANILLA ICE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) KENNY 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS, ALLISON HOLKER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JENNA JOHNSON, JAKE T. AUSTIN
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JANA KRAMER, GLEB SAVCHENKO
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TERRA JOLÃ, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, LAURIE HERNANDEZ
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, SHARNA BURGESS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MARILU HENNER, DEREK HOUGH
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MAUREEN MCCORMICK, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LINDSAY ARNOLD, CALVIN JOHNSON JR.
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) RICK PERRY, EMMA SLATER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VANILLA ICE, WITNEY CARSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) ALLISON HOLKER, KENNY 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) GLEB SAVCHENKO, JANA KRAMER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TERRA JOLÃ, SASHA FARBER
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Of course, not every Latin-inspired routine was a knockout on Monday night. But with a few extra weeks of practice under their belts, this season's Mirrorball hopefuls were certainly more self-assured than previous casts as they cha-cha-ed, salsa-ed and rumba-ed their way to a potential victory.

Let's revisit the evening's best and worst performances:

BEST OF THE NIGHT (RUNNER-UP)
James Hinchcliffe and pro Sharna Burgess (Rumba) — I'll admit: Given James' frustratingly vacant facial expressions in weeks past, I was a bit skeptical of his ability to dial up the heat in a steamy rumba. Fortunately, the racecar driver heeded his partner's advice and, rather than let alter ego Ricardo do all the work, rose to the occasion to deliver a hot — and technically precise! — number. Judges' Score: 38/40

MOST AWE-INSPIRING LIFTS
Calvin Johnson and pro Lindsay Arnold (Argentine Tango) — During the last six weeks of competition, I've interpreted Calvin and Lindsay's chemistry more as "Best friends forever!" than anything else, which was a concern as they headed into the steamy Argentine tango. That said, even though their performance wasn't as off-the-charts sexy as Jana and Gleb's, they did forge their most intense connection yet. Plus, Calvin's ability to effortlessly toss Lindsay over his shoulder in the evening's most acrobatic lifts — that cartwheel/windmill combo! — made the pair extremely deserving of a high score. Judges' Score: 37/40

WORST OF THE NIGHT
Terra Jolé and pro Sasha Farber (Paso Doble) — From a technical standpoint, Terra and Sasha were still head and shoulders above less polished contestants like Amber, Ryan and Maureen. But at this point in the competition, great things are expected of the Little Women: LA star, and her failure to embody the paso doble's angry intensity was disappointing. Judges' Score: 30/40

And, of course, the results:

THREE COUPLES IN JEOPARDY
Amber Rose and pro Maks Chmerkovskiy
Calvin Johnson and pro Lindsay Arnold
Jana Kramer and pro Gleb Savchenko

ELIMINATED
Amber Rose and pro Maks Chmerkovskiy


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