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The first couple to hit the dance floor for “Latin Night” is Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke, performing a salsa to “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz.

Pitbull says he liked the neon colors in the performance, adding that’s what really won him over and calling out his score right away. Julianne Hough says she liked his commitment, including the spray tan, and says he nailed it. Bruno Tonioli says he “undressed to impress,” calling it a vibrant performance, despite losing his timing a few times. Carrie Ann Inaba says his musicality was lacking, which is important to have for Latin Night. They score a 30 out of 40.

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It’s “Latin Night” and couples are bringing the heat to the dance floor. The remaining couples will perform a rumba, salsa, samba, paso doble, cha cha or Argentine tango to spicy musical selections. Pitbull will serve as a guest judge this evening, in addition to performing. Mr. Worldwide will be joined by Flo Rida and LunchMoney Lewis in the ballroom for a performance of “Greenlight.” One couple will be eliminated at the end of tonight’s episode, leaving eight couples who will soon be gearing up for Halloween Week.

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According to ABC, “Ryan Lochte has become a transcendent figure in the Olympic world. He is a four-time Olympian (Athens, Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro) and a 12-time Olympic medalist (including six Gold, three Silver, and three Bronze). His seven individual Olympic medals are second all-time in Men’s Swimming, and he is the current world record holder in the 200 individual medley. Ryan has been named both American and World Swimmer of the Year twice in his career (2010 and 2011) and has a total of 70 medals in major international competition, including 45 first place finishes.”

Now in its 23rd season, “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home each week as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

This season’s star-studded line-up includes Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, actress Marilu Henner with Derek Hough, model Amber Rose with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte with Cheryl Burke, former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, actress Maureen McCormick with Artem Chigvintsev, reality TV star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber, country singer Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess. Jake T. Austin, Rick Perry, Vanilla Ice and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds were eliminated in the first few weeks of competition.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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