It was American Icons night on May 12 on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ as choreographer and director Kenny Ortega was a guest judge. The high caliber of dancing didn’t stop the three Olympic athletes from being in danger. See who went home in the shocking elimination below!
We’re down to the final five of season 18 of Dancing With The Stars and it’s getting more and more demanding. On the May 12 episode, each couple had to dance two full dances. See who made it to the finals and who was send home in a shocking vote below! Warning: spoilers ahead!
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Results — The Final Five Battle It Out
Last week, Amy & Derek topped the leader board while Meryl & Maks landed at the bottom.
First up, Candace Cameron Bure danced the Viennese Waltz with Mark Ballas. “Ok, there were a few mistakes out there but I understand that. I think you did great, well done,” head judge Len Goodman said. Kenny Ortega credited her dedication. Bruno Tonioli said she needs to learn how to cover up mistakes better, especially with her facial expressions. They got a 34 on their first dance.
Host Tom Bergeron then told the couple they were SAFE — a shock to Candace, the judges, and me! Then, Charlie & Sharna and Amy & Derek were both told they were in jeopardy. WHAT?!
Charlie White looked to Olympic Champion skater Scott Hamilton for advice, who told him he needs versatility to make it in the competition. He danced the foxtrot with partner Sharna Burgess. They got a standing ovation from Bruno and Kenny! “Indescribably delightful! You were the toast of New York dancing on that stage. Fantastic!” Kenny raved. Carrie Ann Inaba said: “You just smacked me in the face with brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!” Poet Len said: “Just right, tonight, Charlie White.” They got a perfect score of 40!
Oprah Encourages Amy Purdy
Amy Purdy danced the quickstep with partner Derek Hough. For this dance, Amy wore “running legs,” like the kind Oscar Pistorius used in the Olympics. After an encouraging phone call from Oprah (!!), they took the floor and were totally amazing! “If I wasn’t watching this live, I would think you were on wires. The lightness, the speed, everything was just incredible!” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said it was gorgeous. “Technically, this dance was your greatest challenge…watching you inspires me to go and do something,” Len said, vaguely. They got a 39!
Then, James & Peta were told they were safe. Unfortunately, Meryl & Maks were told they were in jeopardy.
James Maslow danced the Cha Cha to a new Michael Jackson song with Peta Murgatroyd. “We’ve seen Michael Jackson a hundred times and it’s hard to pull [his moves] off well. What you did tonight was spectacular,” Carrie Ann said. Len said it was a “fantastic blend of Michael Jackson and cha cha cha.” Kenny said it was “electrifying.” They got a perfect score of 40!
Meryl Davis got advice from Olympic figure skater and DWTS champion Kristi Yamaguchi before practicing with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy. Maks was feeling the pressure, since he said Meryl is the best dancer in the competition and he wants to live up to her potential. During a rehearsal, things got heated when his mic pack dropped and then Maks threw it across the room (the audience actually boo’d him at this point). They danced the jive to Elvis‘ “Hound Dog.”
“That was fantastic,” Len raved. “It’s the king and queen of rock and roll! Apart from the fact that all the movements were so clear, sharp, and precise, stylistically, it was impeccable! Perfect!” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said Meryl’s movements were flawless and perfect. They got a perfect score of 40!
Round 2 — More Dances From The Final Five
For their second dance, Candace and Mark danced Jazz to Janet Jackson‘s “Nasty.” Len said it was “crisp, clean, tight and together. Totally unexpected so well done!” Kenny said it reminded him of the great ladies of Broadway. Carrie Ann said she loved it but could have used more attitude.
Charlie and Sharna danced the samba for their second dance! Kenny said Charlie was lacking on the funk. Bruno said: “Samba is all about a carefree, sense of fun, and you did that effortlessly.” Len said: “It looked a bit heavy at times but Charlie, you deserve to be in the finals.” They got a 36!
Derek and Amy danced jazz. “Too darn good, that’s what that is!” Bruno raved. “I watched that and I’m telling you — Derek, I salute you, Amy, that was fantastic,” said Len, and gave them a standing ovation. “Derek, you re-define choreography for this generation,” Kenny praised. They got a 39!
James and Peta danced the rumba. “Your dancing was totally on par. Everything about it was so elegant. I think you’re the smartest competitor because you listen to us,” Carrie Ann said. Len said he had good hip action! Kenny said it was “stylish and sexy.” Bruno commended his determination. They got a 36!
Meryl and Maks danced the Viennese Waltz. They got a standing ovation from Kenny, Bruno and Carrie Ann. “What I loved is that you took that right to the edge. There was no playing safe,” Len said. “It had a grand, cinematic sweep. Your dancing is magnificent,” Bruno said. “You are fantastic and you better not go home!” Carrie Ann screamed at Meryl. They got a 40, and a perfect score for the night!
Charlie White Eliminated From ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — So Close
Unfortunately, Charlie and Sharna were sent home. I am so shocked — I did not see this coming.
Who had the best dance of the night, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Charlie should have been voted off?
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas