On the April 21 episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars’, the theme is ‘Party Anthem’. One lucky couple got a perfect score — and Meryl and Maks fought through some rehearsal drama! Read on for our full recap.
To kick off “Party Anthem” week, Dancing With The Stars opened with the contestants and their partners dancing to Miley Cyrus‘ “Party In The USA!” It definitely put us in the mood to see some stars dance, but we were a bit put off by Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy‘s behind-the-scenes rehearsal drama. Full recap below!
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Meryl & Maks’ Rehearsal Drama
1. NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
After hearing last week that they had hit rock bottom, Nene and Tony brought it with a salsa dance to Nelly‘s “Hot In Herre”. Was it ever! The judges basically lost their minds over their performance. They received a total score of 33 out of 40 — not a bad way to get the show started in earnest!
Before Candace Cameron Bure can perform next with partner Mark Ballas, they are told that they are in jeopardy and in danger of elimination.
2. Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
In tha taped segment prior to their performance, much is made about the fact that DJ Tanner still can’t bring the sexy. Their cha-cha-cha performance of Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” was fantastic, however, and the judges praised her for her ever-improving legwork. I’m not personally so sure that she brought it in the sexy department, but you could tell that she had fun on top of dancing well! They received a score of 32 out of 40.
3. James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
After receiving a perfect score last week, the pressure is on! James and Peta danced to “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease, and James was a perfect Danny Zuko. However, the judges were not altogether thrilled by James’ footwork and judge Len Goodman called him out for a rule violation! Oops. Still, though, they got an incredibly good score — 35 out of 40!
In a taped segment, the contestants talk about the fact that they’ve hid mid-season. The most memorable part is Queen NeNe telling the camera, “I’m kind of into proving haters wrong.” Preach it.
Winnie Cooper — I mean, Danica McKellar — and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are in jeopardy of elimination!
4. Danica McKelar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Girl, look at that body! She is so fit it is simply insane. They performed a cha-cha-cha to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and totally killed it with an intimate yet energetic and fun performance. The judges loved it! They received a 36 out of 40.
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Drew Carey Is Eliminated
5. Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
In the taped rehearsal segment, Maks is flipping out at Meryl for not trying hard enough in their training. He was frustrated, which is understandable, but how he was treating her was less so. He’s a pro! He should be able to handle this pressure better. He was totally emotionally abusive to her, if you ask us, but you’re probably not — so let’s just move on to the dancing. The two danced a tango to Calvin Harris‘ “Feel So Close,” two things which seemed pretty bizarrely at odds with each other. Len gave Meryl high praise — he told her that she’s the only one who has ever been able to keep up with Maks. After all that rehearsal dramarama, they receive a perfect score of 40 out of 40.
6. Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke
Drew went big pimpin’ for his tango to “Super Freak” with Cheryl — two of the other female dancers joined him at the beginning of the performance to, well, dance up on him! Redfoo told him that he had a “stanky pimp face” on, which was somehow the most normal thing he had said all night. Generally they agreed that the performance aspect of Drew’s dance was on point, but that the technique was a little off. 32 out of 40!
7. Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
After dropping his prop — a cane — during their performance last week, Charlie definitely had something to prove. And he proved it! The pair danced a cha-cha-cha to “Everybody Dance Now” and it was a high-energy, black lighted extravaganza. The judges praised the performance and Len was especially enthusiastic about Charlie’s musicality. 36 out of 40!
8. Amy Purdy & Derek Hough
The performances tonight ended on a total high note with a jive performance of “Shout!” They received unanimously enthusiastic praise from the judges, and they received a 38 out of 40!
After the performances, it’s revealed that Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke are also in jeopardy.
Danica and Val are safe!
And Drew and Cheryl are going home. It’s sad because Drew is definitely the nicest guy on the planet and he gets all the points for trying, but it was definitely his time to go home. As he gave his goodbye speech, he thanked everyone for letting him use their dance floor. I mean, is he the best, or what?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Meryl and Maks deserve that perfect score? Did Drew deserve to go home? Let us know!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner