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Dancing With The Stars Episode 3 Recap

With an early double elimination week in the history books, which included dancing two different routines on back-to-back nights, Nikki Bella is still in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy on Season 25 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

After Monday’s Viennese Waltz and a judges’ score of 21 combined with viewer votes, Nikki was safe on Tuesday’s Latin Night, where she danced the samba to this summer’s hit, “Despacito.” The samba scored her an 18 from the judges, so Nikki still needs your votes before an elimination on next Monday’s “Guilty Pleasures” Night. Call 1-800-868-3409 up to 60 minutes after the show, or vote online at dwtsvote.abc.go.com up to 24 hours after the show.

Nikki – the only Latina in the competition – nixed her nerves about getting close to professional partner Artem Chigvintsev for the sexy samba and donned a curve-hugging purple outfit and matching sparkly lipstick. But the judges weren’t sold on her sultry look and dance, which kicked off Latin Night.

Judge Len Goodman said he wasn’t keen on all the gyrating. “You’ve got to use your feet and your legs a little stronger so you get the samba bounce action, which it was lacking,” he said.

Judge Bruno Tonioli was a bit easier on The Bella Twin: “Once you got going, you got going nicely,” Tonioli commented. “The timing was a little bit off, but the look was on.”

During her post-dance interview with co-host Erin Andrews, Nikki said she particularly enjoyed her second dance of the week.

“Being a Latina, I love Latin night,” Nikki said. “I think my hips get a little too out of control. I get a little too excited, so I do kind of lose the form, and I think I just go into Nicole’s own little rhythm, so I have to work on that.”

Call to vote for Nikki toll-free at 1-800-868-3409. (Save this number, as it will be Nikki and Artem’s number to dial each week!) Note, only your first 12 votes count, and phonelines stay open for only 60 minutes after the finish of “Dancing with the Stars” in your local time zone. You can also vote online 12 times at dwtsvote.abc.go.com up to 24 hours after the end of the show.

See Nikki next Monday when “Dancing with the Stars” returns to ABC at 8/7 C.