While Carrie Ann Inaba, guest judge Nick Carter, and Bruno Tonioli awarded Normani three 10s for her salsa set to "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls, Goodman shocked the audience when he gave her an eight.
So the question is, what will it take for Normani and Val to get a 10?
"I've been bribing him for three weeks now, so it's obviously not money," Val joked with ET's Cameron Mathison after the show.
During the episode, as Len gave some feedback on the performance, tensions were elevated between the judge and the DWTS pro when it came to Len's criticism that the dance didn't contain enough traditional salsa content.
"My whole thing is he needs to specify what he means by content," Val said. "Because your content depends on the song. And if the song isn't a salsa song, which this wasn't, then how can you do [traditional salsa]? It has to be an interpretation of salsa. It has to be advanced salsa, something that can mold into a different song."
"He worked really hard to come back and give Heather the rest of the season," Val said. "Unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to do that. But that's why I tell [Normani] to enjoy every moment. It could be gone at any point."
"I hope Heather feels at least a little bit fulfilled doing this show, and it was a pleasure having her," he added.
As for many fans' predictions that the season would have come down to the brothers facing off in the finals, Val said he tried to "play down" that possibility, because he knew there were a lot of obstacles. However, he's still keeping hope alive that he and Normani make it all the way.
"It's a long season, it's a long journey, and anything's possible. Injuries are possible," Val said. "So I just hope people are voting for us and I want to give her the best chance possible."