Bethany Mota and Derek Hough have been placed on top of the most recent Dancing With the Stars power rankings.
The pair got the highest score in Halloween night, earning a 39 out of 40.
“A Pose Doble painted on a grand operatic scale, and you two were the embodiment of the flame of passion,” judge Bruno Tonioli said.
“Bethany you are fascinating, I’m watching you every week, you morph into a new being,” Carrie Ann Inaba added calling the dance “so intense” and “flawless.”
“So intense … flawless.”
The power rankings come from the “DWTS” blog Pure DWTS.
“Bethany was given great scores and great choreography this week, but here’s the odd part for me: in both her individual and team dance, there seemed to be moments where she just wasn’t … fully present. It’s hard to describe, but it’s like she went into autopilot both times–not sure if she’s just really tired or burnt out, but she just didn’t seem as invested as she was in her tango last week,” the blog said.
“Thought the concept and setting of her paso was great, and Derek gave her some great choreo in their team dance–but she just didn’t grab the bull by the horns like she normally does. She wasn’t bad by any means – she was just not as dazzling for me as she usually is. Maybe it was just this week and having to learn two dances–hopefully she’ll be back to 100% next week. But she can leave the Maleficient/Queen Amidala hair – wasn’t loving that.”
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas rounded out the top three.
Carrie Ann added some praise of Bethany and Derek in a blog post for Parade.
“Bethany was the star last night. She has really found new confidence. We saw it in both of her performances. She is a chameleon. She is truly immersed in the dance and Derek does an incredible job of creating a world around her that she can lose herself in,” she said.
“Their pasodoble was the perfect blend of Halloween and traditional ballroom dance. She had incredible shaping and when you watched them, they were able to transport us to another world … a world where Taiko drummers were the soundtrack to the passion of a dark dream.”