'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Charlie White Sent Home; Meryl Davis Gets Two Perfect Scores
Dancing with the Stars returned on Monday with the semi-final round of season 18 and Kenny Ortega serving as the guest judge for American Icons night.
Dancing With the Stars Recap
Candace Cameron Bure, whose personal icon is Bible teacher and author Angela Thomas, danced a Viennese Waltz for her first routine with Mark Ballas. Though she obviously messed up during a pass, the judges still found areas to praise. Scores: 8+9+9+8=34
For their second dance, Candace and Mark danced a Jazz routine to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.” It probably wasn’t the best song choice for Candace, who has made no secret of wanting to remain wholesome on the show due to her faith. Though it was a bit bland, the former Full House star’s technique was solid. Scores: 9+10+10+9=38
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess took on a Foxtrot inspired by White’s idol, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton. Like with the Mary Poppins routine, Burgess utilized White’s classic charm. The pro ice dancer was nearly flawless except for when he dropped his prop handkerchief. Scores: 10+10+10+10=40
Dancing a samba, White had to bring some funk pulling off Burgess’ choreography to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” Though White did a commendable job getting down on the dance floor, the judges were looking for a bit more attitude. Scores: 9+9+9+9=36
Next up was Amy Purdy, who had received a phone call from her idol Oprah Winfrey during rehearsal. She danced a quickstep with Derek Hough this week, which required her to don a pair of running prosthetics to help her move more fluidly around the dance floor and perform the dance’s signature bounce. The judges, once again, were inspired by her resilience. Scores: 10+9+10+10=39
Amy’s second dance was a jazz routine in which Derek choreographed a large portion of it to have her moving around a table. The judges lavish praise on the choreography and aren’t bothered much by the span of the routine in which Amy and Derek were out of sync with one another. Scores: 9+10+10+10=39
James Maslow got a visit from L.A. Reid, the producer behind his idol Michael Jackson’s forthcoming album. Peta Murgatroyd incorporated a moonwalk and some other more pop-friendly moves into their cha cha. Though the judges feared the Jackson choreography would take away from the Latin dance, they applauded Murgatroyd for keeping true to technique. Scores: 10+10+10+10=40
James and Peta later took on a Rumba in which the later did her best Dolly Parton impression. It was an entertaining routine, but the judges coulnd't get over James poor handwork and consequently didn't give him any 10s. Scores: 9+9+9+9=36
Dancing a jive was Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Meryl, whose icon is figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, threw herself into the choreography that was inspired by Elvis Presley. Though the routine didn’t particularly wow, it was solid enough to receive another one of the night’s perfect scores. Scores: 10+10+10+10=40
For their final dance, Meryl and Maks performed a Viennese Waltz. Similar to the choreography last week, Maks started off with an emotional contemporary moment before fully launching into the classic ballroom dance. It worked seamlessly and ended up being the night’s best performance. Scores: 10+10+10+10=40
In danger of elimination this week were Amy and Derek, Meryl and Maks, and Charlie and Sharna. Unfortunately, one half of the ice dancing duo was sent home, as Charlie didn’t manage to get enough votes to move on to the finals next week.
Dancing With the Stars returns next week with a two-night finale.
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