The action on the dance floor started off with a bang as well.
After pulling the first perfect score of the season last week, Elizabeth Berkley tapped out a fun-spirited quickstep with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, which merited a score of 27 from the judges.
Although she impressed the judges, Berkley would hardly be the only dancer to receive a 27 from the judges in their individual dance. Three other dancers collected the same score, two also on a trio of nines.
The next couple to hit the dance floor, Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, was awarded a 27 for their dance as well despite Brant slipping on Peta's skirt during their jive, which he called their "toughest dance yet."
Actress Leah Remini then swayed her hips out of her comfort zone with a salacious salsa with Tony Dovolani that earned the pair 26 points for their individual dance. She revealed after her dance that she was nursing a rib injury, but kept the physically demanding lifts in the dance.
After Jack Osbourne garnered the first 10 of the night from judge Carrie Ann Inaba, Amber Riley, another injured dancer taking on a Latin dance, stole the spotlight with her saucy paso doble. Both she (shoulder) and partner Derek Hough (back) gutted out their nagging injuries to earn a nearly perfect score of 29.
However, the spotlight wouldn't remain on the Glee actress for long.
Following his season-low score of 23 last week, Corbin Bleu awed the judges with a nearly flawless cha-cha that reasserted him as a frontrunner for the Mirrorball Trophy. Although the crowd wanted a perfect score for the actor, he was awarded a 29, with a nine coming from Len Goodman because of Bleu's excessive hip gyrating.
Comedian Bill Engvall took home the night's lowest score. Although the judges were keen on his enthusiasm, they weren't so keen on the technical aspects of his Vegas-inspired quickstep, and he was given a 23.
After wrapping their individual dances, the contestants then participated in a set of team dances, which was won by Team Foxing Awesome (Daugherty, Osbourne, Riley, Bleu ), who edged Team Spooky Bom Bom (Berkley, Polizzi, Engvall, Remini ).
The night of spectacular dancing then came to the inevitable elimination.
Although she nabbed three nines for her samba, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was sent packing, as the combination of her score of 27 plus last week's score and half of the votes tallied last week wasn't enough to carry her through to Week 8. She, as well as most of her fellow cast mates, was reduced to tears after the elimination was announced.
See all the individual dance scores below (listed in descending order).
Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough: 29/30 (10,10,9) Paso Doble
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: 29/30 (10,9,10) Cha-cha
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy: 27/30 (9,9,9) Quickstep
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: 27/30 (9,9,9) Jive
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber: 27/30 (9,9,9) Samba
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: 27/30 (10,8,9) Jive
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: 26/30 (9,8,9) Salsa
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: 23/30 (8,7,8) Quickstep