The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.
Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.
Johnson scored a perfect 30 for combining the tango and the paso doble in her dance fusion with Ballas. Judge Bruno Tonioli declared the gymnast the "queen of the night" and said she "performed the maximum purity of each dance."
But at the end of the show, the pair was edged out of the top spot on the leader board by Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, who outlasted every other couple in the swing dance marathon. That win gave Rycroft and her partner an additional 10 points, which they added to the 29 they earned for their cha cha-tango fusion to Ke$ha's "Die Young" earlier in the night.
Gilles Marini and PEOPLE.com blogger Peta Murgatroyd successfully fused the Argentine tango and the samba to earn 28.5 points from the judges. "I still see the little arm thingies that are going on," Carrie Ann Inaba said, offering a minor critique. "You've got to work on that a little more." The pair picked up five additional points in the marathon.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke "seamlessly" switched from the rumba to the samba and back again during their fusion, which Bruno also called "smooth and balanced." They earned 27.5 points and then picked up seven more in the second round of competition.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy placed second in the marathon (picking up nine additional points) to boost their score after a fox trot-cha cha fusion, which Len Goodman called "lovely."
PEOPLE.com blogger Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff earned a solid 27 points for their combination of the cha cha and the paso doble. "There was nothing safe about this," Len said of their effort. "It's amazing to see you are still pushing yourself," Carrie Ann added. "It started off strong and it ended stronger." They added six points during the marathon.
Landing at the bottom of the leader board were Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who were the first to go in the marathon. The actress called her 24-point score "generous" after a quickstep-samba fusion to "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder. "You just sort of lost yourself in the dance," Carrie Ann said. "The quickstep was nice but the samba fell apart." But Bruno added a heartfelt compliment: "Whatever you do is always entertaining," he said.
There is not elimination this week because of Election Day but two couples will be eliminated when Dancing returns next week.
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