By Chris Garman
April 29 was Latin Night on "Dancing with the Stars," and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones gave a pair of great performances. Performing Latin dances to Latin songs, Jones and professional partner Karina Smirnoff posted a score of 27, their highest of the season.
Jones impressed the judges with his salsa dance during the first round, and had the crowd on its feet throughout the entire performance. Judge Len Goodman gave Jones and Smirnoff a nine for the first time all season.
"I don't know what's going on," Goodman said. "Was that an earthquake or did you just rock this place?"
Jones' Latin-style dance suited him well and put him in his comfort zone. Though this was Jones' first time performing the salsa, and he missed a day of practice to rest, Jones said he was confident leading up to his performance.
"I never did salsa dance before, but it's what I like," Jones said. "It fits my personality."
In a dance filled with lifts and stunts, Jones turned in one of his best performances of the season. Being that the salsa is an upbeat dance with little technique, Jones was able to take this dance to the house.
"What you do is you get down and dirty and you just dance, forget the technique," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said.
There was an added twist to this week's show, with the introduction of the dance-off challenge. Couples challenged one another and competed for an extra three points to this week's overall score.
One of the best couples of the season, Disney star Zendaya Coleman and professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy, surprisingly challenged Jones and Smirnoff, even though both couples had the same score during the first round.
"If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best," Chmerkovskiy said.
Both couples executed a nearly perfect jive routine, but Coleman and Chmerkovskiy won the judges' vote.
At the conclusion of the night, Jones and Smirnoff ranked fourth of seven couples.
UPDATE: Jones and Smirnoff were one of three couples in jeopardy during the April 30 results show. They were in jeopardy of going home for the first time, but were quickly relieved when they were the first of the three couples in jeopardy announced safe. Comedian Andy Dick and professional partner Sharna Burgess were voted off this week, leaving six couples remaining.
Posted April 30, 2013. Updated May 1, 2013