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    Posted: 13 May 2014 at 14:15

Here's a recap of the dances, from highest score to lowest

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 40 out of 40 points for their Jive / 40 out of 40 points for their Viennese Waltz = 80 out of 80 total points.

Double perfection for the Olympic gold medalist! (And that made it all the more stunning that she was in "jeopardy"). Meryl and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's first routine was a Jive. She recruited Kristi Yamaguchi as the life icon she wanted to speak with, not just for her skating background but also because she's a "DWTS" champ.

Maks is putting loads of pressure on himself with the choreography. He's worried about letting her down and reiterates that she is the best dancer he's ever had on the show. Head judge Len Goodman called her 'no peril, Meryl'; guest judge Kenny Ortega said the duo set sparks on the stage; Bruno Tonioli praised their impeccable style and Carrie Ann Inaba was flabbergasted because Maks came over and kissed her! First time ever (and then he kissed the rest of the judges for good measure)!

Dance number two was a Viennese Waltz and it was a stunner. Len loved the fact they never played it safe; Kenny was blown away by their power and grace; Bruno thought the routine was a grand, cinematic sweep and Carrie Ann said, "You better not go home!"

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough -- 39 out of 40 points for their Quickstep / 39 out of 40 points for their Jazz routine = 78 out of 80 total points.

Amy gets a new set of carbon fiber legs this week! Since they have the quickstep she needs feet that can move, move, move. Once again, I must say she is amazing. We learn the icon she most relates to is Oprah. And what a surprise! Oprah calls during rehearsal! O says she does watch and actually votes. She also promised to take Amy and Derek Hough out to dinner if they win. Now that's incentive!

They dance to the Supremes "Can't Hurry Love" and Bruno said he thought she might be on wires, she moved so effortlessly. Len told Amy that watching her inspires him to do "something." And guest judge Kenny begged the audience to vote and please bring this team back!

Amy is assigned Jazz for her second dance, and clever Derek utilizes a table as part of their routine to "Too Darn Hot" from Broadway's "Kiss me Kate." Bruno called it "too darn good"; Len said the dance was fantastic and gave them his own standing ovation and Kenny told Derek he had redefined choreography for this generation.

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess -- 40 out of 40 points for their Foxtrot / 36 out of 40 points for their Samba = 76 out of 80 total points.

Charlie's icon and inspiration is former ice skating champ Scott Hamilton. Scott advises him to show his versatility, and make the audience laugh AND cry. He and Sharna Burgess' first dance is the Foxtrot done to Frank Sinatra's great "New York New York."

Kenny Ortega screamed "bring out the champagne this was the toast of New York dancing!" Bruno called it a blend of Baryshnikov and Fred Astaire and rhyming Len declared "just right tonight, Charlie White."

He had to do the Samba for his second dance. I say 'had to' because the funky and hip filled dance isn't quite Charlie's cup of tea. And do you think he even knew who Biggie Smalls was? I'm guessing no. Kenny called the dance clean and precise, but lacking of the funk. Bruno said he needs to hit the rhythm stick. Len said while it looked a little heavy at times, he thought Charlie deserved to be in the finale.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- 40 out of 40 points for their Cha Cha Cha / 36 out of 40 points for their Rumba = 76 out of 80 total points.

James went into his first routine knowing he was safe for the next week. His first dance was a Cha Cha to Michael Jackson's recently discovered song, and to that end, producer L.A. Reid came in as his inspirational icon. Reid told him that Michael never took his work casually and was the hardest working person he had ever met; that seemed to light a fire under James.

Peta Murgatroyd did some inspired choreography, keeping the Cha Cha Cha intact but throwing in some classic "MJ" moves. Carrie called the routine spectacular; Len said it was a fantastic blend; Kenny's word was electrifying and Bruno dubbed it a "thriller" of a Cha Cha Cha. See what he did there?

Dance number two is the Rumba, done to Dolly Parton's "Islands in the Stream." (A little odd but they made it work). Carrie Ann thanked James for listening to their critiques each week and taking their tips to heart; Len and Kenny both took issue with his hands and Bruno told him to sort out the small details for the finale.

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas -- 34 out of 40 points for their Viennese Waltz / 38 out of 40 points for their Jazz routine = 72 out of 80 total points.

CCB and Mark Ballas reflect on the relationship they've developed over the course of the season and they've both become very comfortable with each other. When she learns one of her songs this week is "Nasty" by Janet Jackson they both break into a serious case of the giggles.

Candace's personal icon is an author and her bible teacher, who reminds the "DWTS" finalist that faith is the center of who she is. Candace also says she tries to stay focused on the fact that she really is performing for an audience of one & God. She lets the pressure get to her on the Viennese Waltz and messes up a bit. Problem is, she's not good at covering her mistakes. They get some nice encouragement from the judges, though, to come back for round two and go all out.

Their "Nasty" dance is Jazz and Mark mixes pop and Broadway's Bob Fosse. Len said there was nothing nasty about the routine and called it wonderful and unexpected. Bruno encouraged her to continue exploring the dark side (to which Candace said "but I like the light!").

Four couples return next Monday for the first of the two night finale for season 18!


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Down to four! Olympic champion Charlie White gets axed from Dancing With The Stars' semi-finals despite high scores

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Published: 07:50, 13 May 2014 | Updated: 10:49, 13 May 2014



As a formidable ice skating partnership for 17 years, Meryl Davis and Charlie White have been used to standing on podiums together to take on the world's best.

But on Monday night the ice dancers found themselves in the unexpected position of standing apart onstage - waiting to hear which of them would be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars.

The Olympic gold duo were the final two left at the end of the semi-finals to find out who would make it to next week's final.

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Going home: Olympic gold-medalist Charlie White was eliminated on Monday from Dancing With The Stars

And despite scoring his second perfect score in a row, Charlie was sent home after coming in at the bottom with viewers' votes that dragged down his perfect score from the judges.

Meryl got perfect scores for both her dances - but had seemed most at risk as the decision was based on last week when she came in at the bottom of the scoreboard.

But the viewers obviously favoured her, and the decision meant she will be joined by Amy Purdy, James Maslow and Candace Cameron Bure in next week's final.

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Great scores: Charlie received perfect scores for his first dance and 9s across the board for his second

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Sweating it out: Meryl Davis and Charlie waited to see who would be eliminated along with their pro dance partners

'I think all of these people are so deserving,' Charlie said when told of his elimination.

'From start to finish it's been an amazing journey. The friendship and love we all share with each other has been amazing,' he added.

And despite being up against his partner on ice for the final judgment, he insisted no love has been lost.

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Olympic champions: Charlie and Meryl, shown with former Olympic champion Scott Hamilton, won gold at the Winter Olympics in Russia

'Now I can 100 percent be a cheerleader - Team Meryl!' he said proudly. 'Love you!'

His pro dancer in the reality show, Sharna Burgess, said Charlie was 'like my little brother'.

'He's taught me so much about positivity. He's a wonderful friend now, dear to my heart,' Sharna said.

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Best effort: Charlie and professional partner Sharna Burgess were praised by the judges but not supported by voters

Charlie went out on a high, getting perfect tens across the board for his foxtrot to Sinatra's New York, New York that guest judge Kenny Ortega called 'indescribably delightful'.

'I was looking forward to this week to something fantastic, and you just smacked me in the face with brilliant, brilliant, brilliant,' Carrie Ann Inaba told him while mimicking getting slapped.

Bruno Tonioli even insisted: 'You started as Fred Astaire and you finished as Baryshnikov.'

His second dance, a samba to Mo Money Mo Problems by Notorious B.I.G, got nines across the board, with Kenny telling him it was 'lacking a little funk' and Len Goodman saying it was a 'little bit heavy'.

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Top producer: Choreographer and director Kenny Ortega was guest judge on the show

However, Len insisted: 'Tonight is all about who deserves to be in the final - and Charlie, you deserve to be in the final.'

'I'm a little sad that you're in jeopardy - it's confusing my brain,' Carrie Ann also said at the time; her confusion no doubt deepened when he finally went home.

His ice skating partner, however, could not have had a better night, getting perfect tens from each judge for both of her dances.

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Rock classic: Meryl Davis and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced to Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

'You are fantastic and you better not go home!' Carrie Ann told Meryl after her second dance, a Viennese Waltz in a country-inspired outfit that co-host Erin Andrews called a 'Canadian tuxedo'.

Ortega praised that dance for its 'power', 'grace', and 'synchronization', and told them: 'You left nothing on that floor but a little bit of sweat.'

Their first dance, a jive to Hound Dog, got more notice from the judges for pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy kissing the judges - and going up and kissing them again during their commentary.

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So graceful: Meryl showed her grace yet again on the dance floor

'Maks has gone from warm and fuzzy and may now need shots,' host Tom Bergeron quipped of the kissing spree.

The high they felt was not echoed in rehearsals, when Maks had angry bouts of frustration at thinking he was not up to choreographing suitable dances for his star.

'I'm afraid I might let her down every day,' he admitted. 'It's a lot of responsibility - I do have the best dancer on the show.'

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Feeling pressure: Maks was frustrated that his choreography skills were not good enough for Meryl

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Too much information: Host and former contestant Erin Andrews pulled a funny face while interviewing her former dance partner Maks and Meryl

After their final dance, Maks insisted he has 'enjoyed this season unlike any other' - squirming slightly at the realisation he was saying this to Erin, his partner in an earlier season.

Meryl and Charlie were not the only finalists to get perfect scores, with James Maslow getting his tens for the riskiest dance of the night - taking on the ghost of Michael Jackson for a routine to his posthumous song Love's Never Felt So Good.

The routine was pure Jacko, from his outfit to numerous moonwalks - while also retaining enough of a Cha Cha Cha to keep the judges happy.

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Signature move: James Maslow broke out his moonwalk while performing to a Michael Jackson song

Ortega called it 'electrifying' while Bruno said it was 'effortlessly cool and yet on fire'.

'What you did tonight was spectacular,' Carrie Ann insisted. 'Oh my God it was so good.'

James - who had advice in rehearsals from Jackson's sometimes-collaborator L.A. Reid - made it clear that honoring his idol was huge for him.

'My all time favorite icon would be Michael Jackson,' he said before the performance. 'Dancing to this song - there's a level of pressure that's kind of freaking me out because I want to do it justice. And there's no way I'm going to match Michael.

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Sick performance: James was feeling under the weather but still performed admirably with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd

'Hopefully I can do well enough that he would appreciate it,' James said.

After the performance, James - who said he had been sick during the week and feared he would vomit on the dance floor - said: 'Thank you Michael and everybody for letting us do that song.'

His second dance with partner Peta Murgatroyd, with them both in country outfits for a rumba to Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers' Islands In The Stream, got all nines, with the judges praising it for being 'sexy' but insisting he needs to work on his handwork.

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Sexy dance: James and Peta later danced to the karaoke favourite Islands In The Stream

One competitor just failed to get perfect scores for both of her dances - with the audience making it known very loudly that they felt she should have got them.

Amy Purdy came so close to sweeping the boards, but Len gave her a nine for her first dance while Carrie Ann did the same for the second.

And each time the audience let out lengthy boos - the loudest reactions from the night.

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Great routines: Derek Hough and Amy Purdy came close to perfect scores on both their routines

But Amy was given an extra incentive to win the season - with Oprah Winfrey calling and promising to take her and professional partner Derek Hough to dinner if they win.

Oprah had taken them by surprise during rehearsals with a phone call that made it clear she was a voting fan of the show - or at least of Amy's dancing.

'Amy, I've just got to tell you: unbelievable,' Oprah told her in the call. 'I don't even know how you're doing what you're doing. But then when you hurt your back? Oh my God, I was wincing in pain with you.'

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Surprise call: Amy Purdy and pro partner Derek Hough received a surprise call from supporter Oprah Winfrey

When Amy asks incredulously if Oprah been watching them, the chat show queen screeched: 'Yes! I've been watching and rooting and actually dialing the number to vote.'

After Amy told Oprah she is a 'huge inspiration to me', the media queen replied: 'Lots of people talk about inspiration and they talk about strength and courage. But I think that what we get to see with you every week really defines and defies it.'

Oprah then vowed: 'I'm telling you: when you win I'm going to take you both out to dinner.'

'We better get to work because we don't want to let Oprah down,' Derek quipped.

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Truly inspiring: Amy and Derek didn't let Oprah down with their performance

Later, Kenny and Bruno also joked about buying them dinner, leading Bergeron to add: 'Well if you pick up dinner maybe they'll get a car out of Oprah.'

After their first dance, a quickstep to You Can't Hurry Love, Bruno told them: 'My jaw was dropping on the desk. If I wasn't watching this live I would think you were on wires.'

Carrie Ann said it 'took my breathe away, again', while Len insisted: 'Watching you inspires me to go and do something, but I don't know what.'

'That was lovely and vague at the same time,' Tom joked of Len's comment.

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High praise: Len Goodman said he was inspired by Amy's performance

Kenny, meanwhile, kept his message simple: 'America, do Oprah and myself a giant favour and please bring this team back next week.'

Their second dance, a jazz number, left Len so impressed he stood and clapped as his main commentary, while Kenny was all about Derek's work, telling the pro he 'redefines choreography for this generation'.

'Too damn good, that's what that is,' Bruno said excitedly. 'Another classic moment on Dancing With The Stars. This was classic jazz at it's best.'

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Loved it: Bruno Tonioli told Amy and Derek that they created a classic moment on the show

Undoubtedly the biggest surprise to make it to the finals is actress Candace Cameron Bure, who reinforced that point with the lowest scores of the night.

She almost froze in her first dance, a Viennese Waltz, after making some early mistakes, with Bruno admitting 'the performance level collapsed'.

But the judges were mostly supportive, giving two nines and two eights - higher than she appeared to be expecting.

'We've all been there,' Carrie Ann told her. 'You have another dance tonight, and this could be the perfect motivation to come back balls to the walls.'

That second number, jazz to Janet Jackson's Nasty, was called 'pristine' by Carrie Ann, while Kenny said it reminded her of the 'great ladies of Broadway'.

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Words of encouragement: Carrie Ann Inaba encouraged Candace Cameron Bure to come out stronger for her second dance

She was clearly thrilled with two tens and two nines for the dance Bruno called 'nasty but tasty'.

'There was nothing nasty about that,' Len told her. 'I thought it was wonderful.'

On the night when the competitors talked about there personal icons, Candace made it very clear that she was dedicating all of her performances to God.

After getting advice from her Bible teacher Angela Thomas, Candace said: 'Angela inspires me because she loves the word of God, and so do I.

'I should always remember that no matter how many people I'm performing for, I'm really performing for an audience of one, and that's for God.'

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Surprise finish: Candace and pro partner Mark Ballas advanced despite a weak first dance



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