Ralph Macchio was the comeback kid, while Hines Ward continued his scorching run on Monday’s edition of Dancing with the Stars.
The Karate Kid star and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver tied for the night’s highest score with 66/80 possible points, as the competitors had to dance both in groups and individually.
Serving as guest judge was Donnie Burns, a 16-time Latin world champion dancer who has long known judge Len Goodman through their places in the dance community. (Len said he first met Donnie when he judged him 45 years ago when Donnie was only 10-years old). The guest coaches this week were champion dancers Shirley Ballas (mother of the show’s Mark Ballas) and Luca Baricchi.
In the group dance, the year’s highest scorers got to pick their teams, as both squads took on the cha cha cha.
Disney star Chelsea Kane‘s team, featuring Macchio and singer Romeo, tied with Ward’s team, which included actress Kirstie Alley and E! star Kendra Wilkinson. At the end, all of the competitors walked away with an extra 30/40 points for their group efforts, canceling each other out.
Individually, Macchio’s quick step got him 36/40 points (overall: 66/80) from the quartet of judges, as did Ward’s tango (overall: 66/80). Both received their first 10s of the season.
Elsewhere, Kane’s paso doble earned her 34/40 (overall: 64/80) and Wilkinson’s tango got her 31/40 (overall: 61/80).
Tied at the bottom, Alley’s jive got her 30/40 (overall: 60/80), as did Romeo’s samba (overall: 60/80).
Tuesday’s results show will feature Wayne Brady’s tribute to the late James Brown, while the musical guests will be You’re Beautiful singer James Blunt and hip-hop sensation Nicki Minaj.
It all starts on ABC Tuesday at 9/8c.