Dancing with the Stars 2012 week 5 featured a slate of steamy Latin-flavored numbers from the nine remaining couples, but few packed quite as much punch as William Levy's spicy, leaderboard-topping Argentine tango.
Following a disappointing week 4, both William and pro partner Cheryl Burke made it their mission to be more serious and aggressive during rehearsals. The popular telenovela star was particularly hard on himself, but Cheryl stressed that he just needed to "relax" and take the process "step by step."
Judging by their live performance, William took Cheryl's advice to heart. He acted every bit the part of the Latin lover, and the dance was well-timed, heated, and fun to watch.
The judges fanned themselves in response. Or at least Carrie Ann Inaba did. After taking more than a moment to collect her thoughts, she dubbed him, "the Latin dancing James Bond" and said that the routine was "ridiculously amazing." Len Goodman appreciated William and Cheryl's "passion" and "sensuality." Bruno Tonioli stamped a very enthusiastic seal of approval on what he termed their "pulsating passion" and "throbbing intensity."
The duo earned 29 points for their dance, which ties them with opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas—who also performed an Argentine tango—for the top spot on the current DWTS leaderboard.
William and Cheryl's super scores are even sweeter because of the serious ankle injury the telenovela star sustained during rehearsals. Following their performance, he revealed to co-host Brooke Burke that a Monday MRI had shown a "ripped ligament," but that he still planned to continue on with the show.
Will America save William Levy to dance again? Watch the Dancing with the Stars 2012 week 5 results show April 17 at 9 PM on ABC to find out.