Tonight’s theme on Dancing With the Stars is Celebrity Dance Duel, and not all of the celebrities tonight will be moving on to next Monday’s show — the one, unfortunately, who is awarded the lowest overall point total will be eliminated from the competition. Each couple tonight will perform two dances, their regular one, and also a side-by-side one against another couple, which is called a duel, but really isn’t one (so much). Tonight’s celebrity guest judge will be Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms.
In the choreographed opening number on Dancing With the Stars, pro dancer Mark Ballas performs his song “Get My Name,” and also dances with the other pro dancers on the stage. It’s a pretty cool, funky-sounding song.
In a side-by-side dance, Candace Bure and Mark Ballas will dance alongside Charlie White and Sharna Burgess, dancing a Contemporary dance. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy will be dancing alongside Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy, and they’ll be dancing the Samba.
Rather than this being like a actual duel, the two couples will get scored by the judges, and it’s more of a cooperative dual dance than one with one couple winning and one couple losing. Also, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd will be dancing alongside Amy Purdy and Derek Hough. They’ll be dancing the Jive.
The first dancers on Dancing With the Stars tonight were Olympic Ice Dancer Charlie White and his pro dance partner, Sharna Burgess. They performed the Quickstep to the song “My Heart Goes Boom,” by Miss Li. They are AWESOME, and will be difficult to beat!
Carrie Ann told Charlie that he’d “gone a step beyond.”
Len seemed a bit puzzled, and was trying to figure out “if this was special enough.”
Abby Lee said, I suppose about Len, that she was “just so happy there’s somebody else that’s mean.”
Bruno said of Charlie White that he “was like a thoroughbred in the Kentucky Derby.”
The judges were generous, awarding Charlie and Sharna with straight 10s, for a total of 40/40 points!
The second couple of the evening on Dancing With the Stars was Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy, and they danced the Tango to the song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Lorde. While they also looked pretty impressive as they danced, their scores were slightly lower.
Carrie Ann said to Danica that the dance must have been “challenging” as she has “a broken rib.” She got her rib fractured during a practice session, but she still decided to continue on with season 18 of Dancing With the Stars.
Len said “Once you get into hold, it was terrific.”
Abby Lee said that she loved “to see a man down on one knee,” and added that she wished that Danica “had danced on The Wonder Years.”
Bruno, tongue-in-cheek guy that he sometimes is, said “The crown shall be mine and I will reign forever with an iron fist!”
Two of the judges gave them 9s, while the other two gave them 10s, for a total of 38/40 points.
The third couple on Dancing With the Stars was Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy. They danced the Rumba to “Read All About It (Pt. III)” by Emeli Sandé, and it was TOTALLY KICK-BUTT! It was perhaps the best rumba performed ever on Dancing With the Stars! The judges gave them pretty good scores, but not as high as they deserved to get.
Carrie Ann told them that they had “an incredible fluidity and chemistry,” as they danced.
Len said that he thought the “mood and feeling” of the dance was “fantastic.”
Abby Lee was sort of ambiguous in her remarks, telling Maks that she “would never hit you.” She also told Meryl that “your feet have been in ice skates for a long time.”
Bruno said that it “was like looking at a play with no words.” He said that he “loved it.”
The couple got two 9s, one 8, and one 10, for a total of 36/40 points.
The next couple up on the stage was Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas. They danced a sexy, energetic Foxtrot to the song “That’s It, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On” by the great Sam Cooke, and were pretty amazing, themselves.
Carrie Ann said that she saw “a brand new flair in your body,” speaking of Candace’s energetic dancing.
Len agreed, saying it the dance “was so joyful to watch.”
Abby Lee says she also loved the dance, and Bruno called Candace a “gorgeous Miss America.”
The judges gave them straight 9s, for a total of 36/40 points, putting them in jeopardy of being eliminated.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd were up next on the dance floor of Dancing With the Stars. They performed the Viennese Waltz to “6-2” by Marie Miller, and the group Big Time Rush shows up while they are rehearsing, which was pretty cool.
Carrie Ann tells James that he is “a very special soul when you dance.”
Len says that he’s a “fan” of Maslow’s dancing. That’s because when Maslow gets “into hold he doesn’t straighten his legs,” according to Len, “and your bottom comes out.” O — kaay….
Abby Lee tells Peta that she is “perfection,” and says to James that “it is a male dancer’s job to make the woman look amazing.”
Bruno says that there’ love in the air and he “can feel it.”
James and Peta get scores from the judges of two 9s, an 8, and a 10, for a total of 36/40 points.
Then, it’s time for Amy Purdy and Derek Hough to dance. They perform the Argentine Tango to “Heart Upon My Sleeve” by Avicii. They are AWESOME, as usual, especially considering just one week ago, Amy was rushed to the hospital from the set of Dancing With the Stars with an injury, though she seems to have recovered very well from it.
Carrie Ann, amazed, says that “I felt like I stopped breathing.”
Len said that if he was dreaming, he didn’t want anyone to wake him up.
Abby Lee said that Amy Purdy was “amazing.”
Bruno echoed this, saying “Amazing Amy!”
The judges gave Amy and Derek straight 10s, tying them with the most points so far tonight, 40/40!
Finally, it was time for the Celebrity Dance Duel on Dancing With the Stars.
The first head-to-head dance duel involved Meryl Davis and Maks against Danica McKellar and Maks’ brother, Val. Val and Maks’ grandmother visited them during rehearsal, which was a nice touching moment during this episode.
The brothers were great, but their performance wasn’t reflected in the scores they received. They danced the Samba to “I Luh Ya Papi” by Jennifer Lopez (eat. French Montana), and got scores of two 8s and two 9s, for a total of 34/40 points.
Carrie Ann told them that “The content was all there,” while Len called the performance “fabulous.”
Abby didn’t really have anything to say, having been shut down by Val. Bruno said that “it was very, very good.” And yet, they ended with just 34 points….yikes!
Next up on Dancing With the Stars were Candace Bure and Mark Ballas, and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess. They danced a Contemporary dance, and did very well, getting higher scores from the judges. They danced to the song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. Charlie was great with his lifts –they were very powerful and fluid.
Carrie Ann said that “You did knock Sharna off.”
Len said that the dancers were both in tune with the music and themselves.
Abby Lee said to Candace that she looked “like an Abby Lee company member. Beautiful.”
Bruno added that they were all made for each other, and” worked like a unit.”
The judges gave them two 9s and two 10s, for a total of 38/40 points.
The final duel on Dancing With the Stars matched James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd and Amy Purdy and Derek Hough. They all danced the Jive, to the song “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. This was perhaps the most impressive of the duels of the night.
Carrie Ann told them that they “danced to the same level as both of you danced with your partners.”
Len said that the performance was “more than I could wish to see.”
Abby said that the performance was “amazing” while Bruno called it fabulous.”
The judges awarded them with one 9 and three 10s, for a total of 39/40 points.
The couple who had the lowest combined point total on Dancing With the Stars tonight, combined with the lowest amount of viewer votes and judges scores from last week’s episode, was Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy. They will be eliminated.
That wraps up another episode of Dancing With the Stars! What did you think of the show? Did you like the “duels” that took place? Do you think it was time for Danica and Val to exit the competition, or do you feel that some other celebrity and pro dance partner should have been eliminated this week? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb