As if Dancing With the Stars couldn’t get any sexier, Ricky Martin made a special guest appearance for Latin night. Sporting a sheer shirt, white pants and high top sneakers, the pop sensation kicked off last night’s episode with an upbeat performance of his 2014 World Cup song “Vida.” And who better to judge on Latin moves than the king of bon bon shaking himself? Martin quickly joined Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as a guest judge for the evening.
“Passion, focus, and amazing entertainment,” he told hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews of his expectations.
Dishing out two 10s—one to Charlie White and Sharna Burgess and another to Team Vida for a show-stopping performance of his very own “The Cup of Life”—Martin seemed pretty impressed with the competition, which this season included two Olympic gold medalists, a game show host, a swimming legend, and a teen pop star. With seven couples remaining, including Mexican pro dancer Mark Ballas whose partner Candace Cameron Bure had to see a sports psychologist to ease her sports anxiety, all were on their A game in front of the Latin superstar.
“Mad respect,” he told Team Loca after their rendition of “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”
In true Latin nature, the show didn’t lack drama. Two injuries drew looks of concern from the judges. On Friday Danica McKellar tweeted that she had broken a rib, but she pulled off her salsa just fine even though X-rays revealed a fracture. Amy Purdy, on the other hand, hurt her back right after dancing her number and had to be taken to the hospital to get it checked out. It was only the second time in DWTS history that an injury happened during the show. White, meanwhile complained about a “weird” knee.
“We see the show, we see the final results,” Martin said after it wrapped. “But the hours they put in. They don’t have a day off. I felt the effort. It was excellent entertainment.”
In the end, Real Housewife NeNe Leakes and her partner Tony Dovolani were in the bottom with a weak Argentine tango not even Leakes’ alter ego “NayNay” could save. The pair were eventually sent home based on last week's scores and viewers' votes.
“I don’t know techniques, I don’t know names of specific dances,” Martin said about judging. “I just go by what my heart is saying. I think the dancers got the message.
And with that, he packed his bags to join twins Matteo and Valentino back home. But the Grammy winning artist and author, who said he’s rooting for Brasil at the World Cup this summer, didn’t leave without sharing his secrets to staying young.
“Love, acceptance, friends, two kids that I love,” Martin said. “I have to take care of myself for them. I’ve also been a vegetarian for two years.”
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