Brooke is backstage with Jack, Donald, Sherri, and Melissa and their partners. Jack says he's not nervous tonight but Anna says that she is. Donald says he's relieved to be finished with his dance but he's nervous. Sherri says she's dehydrated from all the crying so she's ready to rock it out next week. Melissa had a lot of fun. Brooke has something exciting! An envelope with the name of one couple who's safe for next week! Why would they ever let Brooke do something that's not part of their usual routine? She can't handle it! She clumsily opens the envelope while trying to hold onto her mike (why not give her a lapel mike or something) and announces that Sherri and Val are safe. Sherri freaks out and Maks grabs Melissa to protect her from the flying weave. Sigh.
Wait, they're changing something else! Starting next week and for the next three weeks, the bottom two couples will dance simultaneously for the judges, who will decide who goes home. WHAT? That is so, so dumb and really goes against the idea that the public gets to vote. Why have the public vote at all? Also, dancing simultaneously never goes well. I am against this idea.
A guest dance troupe performs. They're pretty awesome but it's filler. What I love is a guest horn section that really rocks. I wish they played with the band every week. Also, I'm pretty sure at one point they are playing the Love Boat theme. And there's lots of waka waka guitars, which I enjoy.
Rascal Flatts. I see this band once a year when they perform on this show and the singer looks a little bigger every year. But he always has the same hairstyle. And maybe the same shirt. Tony and some lady probably from the troupe are on hand to do (what else?) a rumba. There are a lot of lifts that they probably should have practiced a few more times because they look kind of awkward. They do a pretty great lift at the end where Tony holds the lady up with one hand and she has her leg extended upwards. That's kind of amazing. And Tony totally benchpresses her with one hand. And she's not a tiny lady either.