On Monday's Motown-themed show, the actor stormed back, earning 29 points for a snappy cha cha with partner Kym Johnson to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
"You're back!" Len Goodman declared.
"That was the biggest sizzler of the season," said Bruno Tonioli.
William Levy's smoldering rumba with Cheryl Burke to Smokey Robinson's "Being with You" pushed the boundaries of taste for Dancing's family audience.
"Very filthy and I loved every minute of it," said Tonioli, who gave the couple 10 points.
"On behalf of all the women out there, I thank you," said Carrie Ann Inaba, who awarded the pair nine points. But Goodman, who dismissed the dance as "a little bit on the raunchy side," only gave them eight.
Once again, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas are also at the top of the leader board with 29 points. Their sassy salsa to "I Can't Get Next to You" left the judges breathless. "I'm going to call you the midwife," joked Goodman, "[because] you keep on delivering."
Maria Menuonos and Derek Hough's mostly smooth foxtrot had some missteps but was "a joy on the eyes," according to Goodman. They earned 26 points.
Roshon Fegan attempted a sensual rumba with Chelsie Hightower as Smokey Robinson sang "Cruisin'" but the judges, who gave them just 23 points, said it lacked sex appeal.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd scored 26 points for a smooth foxtrot to "The Way You Do the Things You Do."
A tired and emotionally drained Melissa Gilbert did an elegant waltz with Maksim Chmerkovskiy to "Oh, Baby, Baby" that showed no sign of her injury, though she ran out of steam at the end. "You worked so hard and it is finally paying off," said Inaba, who, along with the other judges, gave her 24 points.
And Gladys Knight, who should have felt right at home on Motown Night, struggled to remember the steps to her rumba with Tristan MacManus to the Temptations' "My Girl." They rounded out the bottom with just 21 points.
All the couples are due back in the ballroom for another elimination on Tuesday.