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    Posted: 20 May 2014 at 10:21

Mark Ballas removes his sling to perform on DWTS despite injured arm ... as James Maslow is eliminated

By Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 05:01, 20 May 2014 | Updated: 08:38, 20 May 2014


With his injured arm in a sling, it was unclear if Mark Ballas would be able to perform on tonight's Dancing With The Stars.

But the 27-year-old professional soldiered on and showed off his stellar moves one last time with celebrity partner Candace Cameron Bure.

The duo performed their quickstep and freestyle routines as Big Time Rush star James Maslow was eliminated, leaving an all-female trio for Tuesday's finale results show.

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On his feet: Despite his injured shoulder, Mark Ballas was able to perform with Candace Cameron Bure on the finale of Dancing With The Stars on Monday

He ran up a wall and landed in a backflip but that couldn’t save Maslow on tonight's episode.

Despite being wildly competitive with his partner Peta Murgatroyd the former boy band member, 23, received the lowest scores from the judges and public combined.

Meanwhile ice skating champ Meryl Davis was emerging as the clear frontrunner with her Russian partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

They’ve had ‘an electric connection’ since the beginning but the heat was really on with their utterly erotic freestyle.

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Disappointed: James Maslow and partner Peta Murgatroyd wer eliminated tonight

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No pain, no gain: The 27-year-old showed off his arm sling as Candace beamed with excitement

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Flashback: They showed Mark being hauled off in an ambulance after suffering the injury on Sunday

Clothed with nothing more than transparent lace and knickers Meryl's heartfelt enactment left Carrie Ann Inaba in tears.

‘I think you guys should get married…you guys just got so real,’ sobbed the judge as Meryl’s longtime skating partner and childhood friend wiped away tears at the sidelines. 

‘What you did there was the most stunning example of divinity in motion,’ gushed Carrie Ann.

Bruno Tonioli agreed: ‘What you two have created is as close a it gets to a flawless work of art,’ he yelled.

Always a man for a catchphrase their fellow judge Len Goodman said: ‘There’s good, there’s great and there’s Meryl’.

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Man down: Cameras caught the moment Mark fell in pain from his injury

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Amazing team: Ice skating champ Meryl Davis was emerging as the clear frontrunner with her Russian partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Sizzling: They’ve had ‘an electric connection’ since the beginning but the heat was really on with their utterly erotic freestyle

‘We’ve had a really special bond since the beginning,’ grinned Meryl as they received a perfect score for the entire night.

‘I would do another 100 weeks with this one,’ gushed Maksim, who has visibly softened since working with the petit and softly spoken brunette.

‘He’s such a teddy bear this year,’ laughed the host Tom Bergeron. 

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Heating up: ‘We’ve had a really special bond since the beginning,’ grinned Meryl as they received a perfect score for the entire night

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Those aren't drums: Derek played bongos on Amy's backside

Also left in the running are Paralympic star Amy Purdy with Derek Hough and Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure with Mark Ballas.

Before their eviction James and Peta opened the night with a racy tango in black and chrome. They even included a ‘real kiss’ for erotic gravitas. 

Len called it ‘clean as a whistle’ while Bruno stood up to praise the ‘laser beam’ of movement.

Carrie Ann noticed that James had managed to ‘tuck in his butt’ but thought he looked a little ‘up tight’.

They received 29 out of 30.

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End of the line: Before their eviction James and Peta opened the night with a racy tango in black and chrome

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Very good friends: They even included a ‘real kiss’ for erotic gravitas

In a video breakout James told the story of how his brother’s near-death experience gave him the motivation to land his role in Big Time Rush.

‘He’s so driven and hard working,’ said his fellow teen idol Victoria Justice.

Their freestyle dance was a punky and aggressive urban-style mash up where James managed to successfully run up a wall.

Len loved the ‘attack and energy’ - which awarded them a 29 from the panel.

‘We have a new post-apocalyptic action hero,’ shrieked Bruno.

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Golden moment: Mark and Candace showed off their fancy footwork without a hitch

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The ones to beat: Meryl and Max pulled off a high-octane Argentine Tango - infused with impressive lifts and twists

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Ready to win: Olympic athlete Amy Purdy had struggled through the week with back spasms and soreness but managed to put on two great performances

Meryl and Max then pulled off a high-octane Argentine Tango - infused with impressive lifts and twists.

‘Sumptuously seductive,’ said Bruno, complementing their storytelling ability.

Carrie Ann loved their inexplicable chemistry and their ‘magic’ on stage scored a perfect 10.

After a stressful week of injuries and tears Candace and Mark tried a quickstep in white.

Despite Candace’s ‘emotional hurdles’ the judges seemed pleased.

‘I’m surprised and totally impressed,’ said Carrie Ann.

Bruno liked the ‘classic elegance’ they portrayed in the light-hearted yet complex dance.

Three nines gave them 27 in total.

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Salsa: ‘And Amy you were on fire,’ Bruno said as the panel awarded her and Derek a perfect 10

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Elegance: Amy's freestyle was an ethereal number with soft holds, elegant lifts and low lighting

In her video montage Candice, from California, described her struggles with weight and body issues.

‘I want to show everyone who thought I was chubby how I look now,’ said the lithe actress, 38, who was left at the bottom of the score table but was saved by the audience’s vote. 

Their freestyle was a glitzy disco number with air guitar and throws a-plenty but Carrie Ann thought she lacked a connection to the music.

Len and Bruno didn’t agree.

‘You went for it with gusto,’ said Bruno, while conceding that sometimes she was a little off the beat.

Three 8 cards gave them a comparatively lowly 24.

Olympic athlete Amy Purdy had struggled through the week with back spasms and soreness.

But ‘determined to win’ the 38-year-old nailed a difficult salsa.

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He's healed: Mark twirled Candace around with seemingly no problem

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Not their best: Their freestyle was a glitzy disco number with air guitar and throws a-plenty but Carrie Ann thought she lacked a connection to the music

The cheeky routine involved her partner Derek playing bongos on her backside and spinning her into some inventive twists.

‘Great instrument you’ve got there Derek,’ giggled Bruno.

‘And Amy you were on fire,’ he added as the panel awarded them a perfect 10.

Vegas girl Amy described the bacterial meningitis that made her lose her feet.

‘I was so worried that I would not be able to snowboard again,’ she recalled.

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Inspiring words: Len Goodman said: ‘There’s good, there’s great and there’s Meryl’

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The final four: With James eliminated it's now an all-female finale results show tomorrow

Her freestyle was an ethereal number with soft holds, elegant lifts and low lighting.

A rope lift provided a final flourish with Derek catching her in another smoochy embrace.

Len didn’t think the rope was necessary but Carrie Ann was emphatic about their ‘emotional connection’.

‘It was so beautiful, you were dancing with your soul,’ she cooed calling it a ‘come to god’ moment.

A score of 29 bumped them to 59 in total.

Tomorrow night the winning team for season 18 will be announced.

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Sorry James: Despite being eliminated, Bruno said, ‘We have a new post-apocalyptic action hero'

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Who will win: Tomorrow the season 18 champ will take home the coveted mirror ball trophy

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In the first round, each pair repeated the dance style they did with another professional dancer during the week of the partner "Switch-Up." For round two: the always fun and supersized Freestyle!

Here are the scores for both dances, from highest to lowest combined:

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 30 out of 30 points for their Argentine Tango / 30 out of 30 points for their Freestyle = 60 out of 60 total points.

All season Meryl has been very good and often great. Her undeniable chemistry with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy has grown over the season and helped show us a different side to Maks. It seems they both really want to win this, not for themselves, but for each other.

Their intense Argentine Tango is about as perfect as you can get. It was only the second routine of the night but after he saw it, head judge Len Goodman declared it the dance of the night. Bruno Tonioli threw out the terms sumptuously seductive and stunning and Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was perfection.

So how do you top perfection? With more perfection. Meryl and Maks' freestyle routine was nothing short of jaw dropping. You really felt like you were watching two professional dancers. The duo said their Contemporary dance was an homage to their journey together ... filled with emotion and truth.

Carrie Ann was bawling; she praised their honesty, integrity and substance. Bruno called the dance a flawless work of art. And Len loved that there were no gimmicks or gags; he told us his rating system was good, great, and then there's Meryl.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough -- 30 out of 30 points for their Salsa / 29 out of 30 points for their Freestyle = 59 out of 60 total points.

Amy starts rehearsal week dealing with back issues again, but this woman is so determined I don't think anything could stand in her way. Each week she attacks whatever dance she's assigned, and comes out looking like a pro.

Derek Hough choreographed a Salsa this week and Amy can shimmy and shake it with the best of them. Len likened her to a Van Gogh painting; the more you see, the more you admire. Bruno called her dance flashy, flamboyant and in tune with the rhythm. And Carrie Ann said her mind had once again been blown.

For the Freestyle, Derek wanted to celebrate the fact that Amy has continually defied the odds, not just on the show, but also in life. He put together an emotional Contemporary dance that ended with her literally defying gravity. Bruno and Carrie Ann thought it was perfect; Len didn't like her high flying act and knocked them down to a 9.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- 29 out of 30 points for their Tango / 29 out of 30 points for their Freestyle = 58 out of 60 total points.

It takes two to Tango and boy do these two go for it! James learned the dance the first time around when the put him with Cheryl Burke for one week. Now that he's back with Peta Murgatroyd, and already knew the basics, James was able to focus on technique and character. He realizes he's the last "man" standing; he wants to be the past PERSON standing.

The dance is intense, and the audience finally gets what it's been wanting all season ... a big kiss between these two! Len called the dance sharp as a razor and clean as a whistle; Bruno thought it was passionate and focused; Carrie Ann like the intensity but wants James to calm down and breathe before the Freestyle.

Peta put James' background and personality all over their Freestyle. It was intense and athletic; Bruno described it best as "'Mad Max' meets 'The Hunger Games.'"

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas -- 27 out of 30 points for their Quickstep / 24 out of 30 points for their Freestyle = 51 out of 60 total points.

We saw that video of Mark Ballas injuring his shoulder and thought (besides OUCH!) there's no way he can do the finale. But with a little doctor's help, Mark was glued together and able to perform. The duo definitely had a rough patch during the week (she didn't like how physical he was getting ... he called her dramatic).

They made it through the quickstep and earned triple 9's from the judges, with all three patting Candace on the back for her improvement over the season.

They were clever at the start of their disco-ish Freestyle, with Candace on the stage spinning records as "DJ Tanner." See what they did there? She was swathed in a golden costume, with backup dancers, and looked like she had the time of her life. They earned the lowest score of the night, but it looked fun, and the judges again cheered her for not holding back.

Three couples return for Tuesday night's grand finale ... and a shot at the mirrorball trophy!


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