At this stage of the game you don't want to see anyone go home because either they're that good or they've improved so very much. But with Danica, Candace and James "in jeopardy" it was quite a shock that Danica, who wasn't and hasn't been at the bottom of the leader board, was sent home. Very sad and I'm not happy about that.
That said, two perfect scores tonight, given to Charlie White and Amy Purdy, who still has some issues with her back spasms after last week but got the OK from her doctor to dance. Finally, after all these weeks of amazing the viewers, she got her perfect score (which she should have had weeks ago). Watch:
Former Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar was voted off Dancing with the Stars Monday night at the end of a show that featured the contestants performing an individual routine, plus a second dance with a competing couple.
“It’s been absolutely amazing,” McKellar said of the experience. “I’ve had the best time ever and I didn’t want to see any of them eliminated,” she said, referring to her fellow competitors, “so I guess it worked out.”
Her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, said she was "a great person who worked really hard,” and she thanked him for everything he did for her. “You’ve taught me so much,” she added.
The star with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from the previous week’s performance is generally voted off.
Tonight’s guest judge was Abby Lee Miller, the star of the reality TV show Dance Moms.
Monday’s show opened with a song performed live by pro dancer Mark Ballas.
Here’s a rundown of the dance performances:
Charlie White: The Olympic ice dancer’s quickstep with partner Sharna Burgess earned him a perfect score. Bruno Tonioli said White was “off the starting block like a thoroughbred at the Kentucky Derby,” calling the touch of Argentine tango “absolutely delicious.” Carrie Ann Inaba said she knew White had struggled to find his stride, and noted he “went a step beyond” with that performance. Abby Lee Miller pointed out a small flaw with White’s footwork but said he had “impeccable musicality.” Len Goodman referenced White’s stated desire last week to earn a 10. “Well, last week Charlie, I told you to get a 10 you’ve got to do something special, and to be honest with you I’m still working it out whether this was special enough but I’ll let you know later,” he said with a smile. All the judges gave White 10s for a perfect score of 40 out of 40.
Danica McKellar: While dancing with an injured rib, the actress earned rave reviews for her dark tango with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. “I loved it, I thought it was great,” Miller said. Tonioli called the routine McKellar’s “most majestic and powerful performance,” adding that he’d be “devastated” if she were voted off. Inaba said McKellar performed “incredibly difficult choreography” with artistry, and while Goodman said the routine may have taken a while to get started, once it did “it was terrific.” McKellar earned two 10s and two 9s for a total of 38 points.
Meryl Davis: The Olympic ice dancer’s passionate rumba drew mixed reviews. Inaba commended the chemistry between Davis and her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but said she would have preferred to see more rumba content, rather than contemporary moves. Goodman agreed, but said the mood and feel of the routine were fantastic. Tonioli, too, loved it. “It was like watching a play without words. It was inspired. It was unconventional. It was different, and I loved it,” he said. Miller said Davis needed to watch how she held her feet. When co-host Erin Andrews asked Chmerkovskiy how he felt about Miller’s feedback, he replied: “I really don’t care for anything she has to say.” His comment drew gasps from the audience. Davis earned a 10, two 9s and an 8 for a total of 36 points.
Candace Cameron Bure: The former Full House actress’s earned universal kudos for her foxtrot with partner Mark Ballas. Inaba pointed out tiny flaws, but said it appeared the actress was “back on track.” Goodman called the routine “joyful to watch,” while Miller said she “loved it.” Tonioli said the routine had the bright vivacity of a lovely, sunny ’50s sitcom. “Well done,” he said. Bure earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.
James Maslow: The judges liked the flow of the singer/actor’s elegant Viennese waltz with Peta Murgatroyd but warned him that his posture in ballroom hold needed to be better. Goodman, Inaba and Tonioli all said Maslow’s legs needed to be straighter and his butt tucked in more, but Miller had nothing but praise for him. “James, it’s the male dancer’s job to make the woman look amazing and that’s what you did,” she said. Maslow earned an 8, two 9s and a 10 for a total of 36 points.
Amy Purdy: The paralympian snowboarder who’s dancing on two prosthetic legs earned a sustained standing ovation from the ballroom audience for her dramatic Argentine tango with partner Derek Hough. Even though she injured her back during last’s week performance, her routine drew unanimous praise from judges. “That was totally spellbinding. I feel like I’m in a trance,” Tonioli said. Miller said Purdy was amazing, and she praised her pro partner, Derek Hough, for taking risks, pushing the envelope and making Purdy look good. Inaba said Purdy put herself in a class of her own with the performance, and Goodman told co-host Tom Bergeron: “If I’m dreaming, Tom, don’t wake me up. That was terrific!” Purdy earned four 10s for a perfect score of 40.
The second round featured two couples dancing the same style of dance side-by-side. The judges awarded one score, and each couple would get that score added their total for the night.
Samba: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the samba against Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy. Goodman loved the content and technique, but, like all the other judges, he saw timing issues when Davis and McKellar danced in-sync. Each couple earned 34 points.
Contemporary: Charlie White and Sharna Burgess and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas turned in a passionate contemporary routine. Miller praised Bure’s effort, telling her “right now you look like an Abby Lee Dance Company member.” Tonioli said Bure and White were “made for each other,” and said the four were like a unit. Inaba called White’s lift of Bure “flawless, seamless, gorgeous,” but pointed out that Burgess seemed to slip. Goodman also saw that misstep, but said the group was in tune with the music. The judges gave each couple 38 points.
Jive: Amy Purdy and Derek Hough danced a jive with James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, and the judges loved it. Tonioli proclaimed it extraordinary. “Amy and Peta, you look like sisters. Sisters are doing it for themselves!” he said. Inaba pointed out a minor flaw but said the stars danced at the same level as the professionals. Goodman said it was “everything and more that I could have wished to see,” while Miller said she “wanted to get up and dance...for like, the first time ever.” Each couple earned 39 points.
Here’s a rundown of the judges’ scores (Individual Routine, Dance Duel):
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 40; 39. Total: 79
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40; 38. Total: 78
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 36; 39. Total: 75
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 36; 38. Total: 74
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 38; 34. Total: 72
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36; 34. Total: 70
Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.