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    Posted: 06 May 2014 at 11:06

Perfect isn't good enough! Danica McKellar is eliminated from Dancing With The stars after garnering two flawless scores

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 07:31, 6 May 2014 | Updated: 10:46, 6 May 2014

Danica McKellar’s wonder years on the dance floor have come to an end.

The actress, best known as Winnie Cooper on classic TV show The Wonder Years, was the latest contestant eliminated from Dancing With The Stars after a disappointing performance last week hampered by a fractured rib.

‘It's been absolutely amazing,’ McKellar said as she was told she was heading home instead of James Maslow, who had faced elimination for the second week running.


Voted off: Danic McKellar and Val Chermkovsky were booted off Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday

‘I had the best time ever. I didn't want to see any of them eliminated so I guess it works out.'

‘I met a great individual, we had some fascinating conversations - it’s been a blast,’ her dance pro Val Chermkovskiy said.

Ironically their elimination came on a night when they had one of their best dances, getting two 10s - but coming too late as the decision was based on last week’s dance.


Flawless: The duo scored two perfect 10s


Losing out: The pair were still kicked off despite their stellar performance that evening

‘I will be devastated if you go because tonight you pulled it together as a dancer and a performer, it was wonderful,’ judge Bruno Tonioli had told her after her rumba. ’It was your most majestic and


Emotional: The Wonder Years star got a bit teary eyed

powerful performance.’

Carrie Ann agreed, saying: ‘Tonight it was like watching The Black Swan recreate the most beautiful ballet in the world.’

Meanwhile on a night full of high praise and two perfect scores, some of the harshest criticism was directed not at the dancers - but at a judge.

Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms was the outspoken guest judge and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, for one, made it clear he was not impressed.

After Abby Lee criticised his partner Meryl Davis’s foot placement at one point in the dance, Maks could not hide his distaste for the judge as he told co-host Erin Andrews: ‘I really don't care for anything that she has to say.’

‘Oh Maksy!’ Meryl complained.

Perhaps his strong feelings were sparked by the suggestion that the partners were growing increasingly close off the dance floor, too.

As they were seen giving long, lingering hug, Maks admitted: ‘With Meryl, I think it’s pretty clear that we’re both going to try maintain whatever it is that we have way past the show.’

Their rehearsals appeared rough, with Maks throwing her around and Meryl slapping him hard for the start of their dance. ‘He’s actually a big softy,’ Meryl insisted, affectionately calling him ‘a really big Teddy Bear’.

‘Meryl you and Maks have this incredibly fluidity and chemistry that so undoubtable and mesmerizing to watch,’ Carrie Ann Inaba told them after their dance, calling some of it ‘absolute perfection’.


Soaring performance: The 39-year-old gave it her all on her final night

Noting how it was similar to a Streetcar Named Desire, Bruno also gushed: ‘It was like watching a play without words. It was inspired and I loved it, I absolutely loved it.’

As Maks left after his dance, the tension over his words with Abby clearly hung in the air.

‘Oh I smell some spray tan wrestling coming along,’ host Tom Bergeron quipped.

Abby Lee then later confused everyone when she said ‘I quit’ during her comments - and everyone thought she was walking of the show because of Maks.


Crowning achievement: While she walked away from the show, her partner made her feel like a queen

After she clarified it was merely a confusing comment to dancing, host Tom Bergeron admitted: ‘I thought we’d just had a real big YouTube moment there.’

Away from the cat fighting, the big highlight were a series of perfect scores for dances.

Amy Purdy had ended last week carried away in a wheelchair after suffering excruciating back spasms - but her tears this week came from the judges’ astonishing high praise as they gave her a perfect 40 for her rumba with Derek Hough.

‘That was totally spellbinding, I feel like I’m in a trance. Perfection,’ Bruno gushed, while Len said: ‘If I’m dreaming Tom don’t wake me up.’


Dipping back: The pair demonstrated a powerful chemistry on the dance floor

Carrie Ann caused Amy to clearly well-up when she told her: ‘I was watching you and I swear I stopped breathing three times because what you do is incredible. In performance like that you put yourself in a class of your own - everything was perfection.’

Abby Lee, meanwhile, stressed that she was the perfect model for dance students everywhere. ‘My students are here this evening and I better never, ever hear “I’m too tired”, “I’m hungry”, “I have too much homework” - I don’t care. Look at this woman! Amazing,’ she said.

‘You might get an 11!’ his Tom Bergeron told her after the high praise.


Not a fan: Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms was the outspoken guest judge and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, for one, made it clear he was not impressed

Her perfect 10s were all the more amazing given that her back was still playing up in rehearsals, and they even got in another dancer so she could just watch rather than actually dance for much of the time.

She had another scare during rehearsals for the duet dances when James Maslow twisted his ankle while twirling her - sending them both crashing to the floor.

But not only did she feel OK, she joked: ‘He may have popped my rib back.’


Decent scoring: Maksim and Meryl Davis made a good showing

Their duet almost got her another perfect score, with only Carrie Ann giving a nine.

‘I actually want to get up and dance - it was amazing, brilliant,’ Abby Lee said, while Len said:

‘Everything and more that I could have wished to see. It’s in the title of the song: “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That”.’

Charlie White, meanwhile, ended last week depressed after a bashing from the judges on a night he made no secret of his desire to get 10s.


A bit ticked off: Maks let his distaste known for the guest judge

Admitting he ‘lost focus’ and was ‘focusing on the scores too much’, he had a visit from his mum to help him get back on track and enjoy the process once more.

And it could not have paid off better as he finally got the 10 he was chasing - one from each of the four judges, in fact, for a perfect 40.

‘He was off the starting block like a thoroughbred a the Kentucky Derby,’ Bruno Tonioli told him excitedly, agreeing with Debby Lee who earlier praised his ‘impeccable musicality’ in his quick step with pro partner Sharna Burgess. ‘Absolutely delicious.’


Teasing: James Maslow¿s obvious real-life relationship with his pro Peta Murgatroyd was once again teased, this time as his bandmates from Big Time Rush visited during rehearsals

Charlie had no doubt that his shift in focus brought on the perfect result. ‘When you keep a positive attitude when things aren’t going your way you can turn things around,’ Charlie said after his dance with Sharna.

Their duet, a contemporary dance with Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, also got two 10s, along with two 9s, as Abby Lee told them: ‘Right now you look like an Abby Lee dance company member. Beautiful. Gorgeous.’

‘Candace, Charlie - made for each other,’ Bruno admitted, while the judges giving 9s admitted it was because Sharna Burgess slipped.


Gorgeous display: The two had an obvious chemistry onstage

For her dance, Candace was thrilled to get all 9s as the judges insisted she was constantly

improving, with Bruno insisting: ‘You’re growth as a performer has been wonderful.’

‘I keep telling Candace that this is a turtle race and she is my turtle,’ Mark said, while Candace joked:


Thrilled: The got a perfect 10 from Abby Lee

‘The turtle has just put on some rollerblades.’

James Maslow’s obvious real-life relationship with his pro Peta Murgatroyd was once again teased, this time as his bandmates from Big Time Rush visited during rehearsals.

‘You guys have chemistry like a married couple - are you guys dating or something?’ one asked, with the partners jokingly looking at each other as if confused at what to respond.

‘Love is in the air and I could feel it,’ Bruno said of their dance. ‘It was like a romance blossoming under the cherry trees. The chemistry between you two is tangible, it really is.’

Len told James he was ‘a fan of your dancing’ but complained that ‘your bottom comes out’ - getting a large cheer from the women in the audience, and getting Bruno to offer to help him hold it.

‘Peta’s got it. Thank you though,’ James responded immediately.

Abby Lee, meanwhile, made no secret that she had a crush on him - and even handed out an unexpected 10.

‘A 10 from Abby - and she’s throwing game at you,’ Erin Andrews quipped of the unexpected top score and flirting.

The lowest scoring duet came when the Chmerkovskiy brothers teamed up with their stars, Danica and Val, getting two 8s and two 9s.

The highlight, in fact, came when the brothers’ grandmother Sofiya making a surprise appearance in rehearsals - and interviewed later by Tom Bergeron in the live audience.

She needed some help in translation - but soon put Tom right that it was ‘not a good question’ when he asked which of her grandsons she preferred.

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