And despite massive power outages in New York and surrounding areas because of Hurricane Sandy – at least 8 million homes - DWTS clocked its biggest audience so far this season with 14 million viewers.
The full list of celebrities returning next week to perform are Apolo Ohno, Kelly Monaco, Emmitt Smith, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, actors Gilles Marini and Kirstie Alley and TV personality Melissa Rycroft.
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Val had taken her under his wing during the show and was a sort of mentor to her.