We're down to the semifinals, folks! Which means there are only 5 contestants remaining on DWTS and only 4 will make it to the next round where they'll FINALLY compete for the mirror ball trophy!
Seeing as we're so close to the finish line, dancers got a chance to get a pep talk from some of their heroes on 'American Icons' week, and it definitely seemed to work as we saw some VERY high scores!
The first to take the stage was Candace Cameron Bure, who got a chance to sit down with christian author Angela Thomas! After notching one of their highest scores of the season last week, expectations were pretty high for Candace and Mark Ballas, but unfortunately they got the night off to a bumpy start and only earned a 34 for their Viennese waltz, which was the lowest score of the evening!
Charlie White got some words of inspiration from fellow Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, but in all honesty it didn't really seem like he needed it! Last week, he and Sharna Burgess finally earned a perfect score, and they rode their wave of momentum to earn yet another 40 for their foxtrot! We gotta admit, we got a little worried when we saw Charlie with a cane, considering props have cost him in the past, but luckily he was able to pull it off!
Amy Purdy received what we're assuming was the most exciting phone call of her life when a little someone named Oprah gave her a ring! You may have heard of her! Amy needed all of the inspiration she could get as Derek Hough really challenged her this week with a quickstep routine that made her move around more than any of their previous performances! We're guessing the kind words from the Big O really paid off as the duo notched a near-perfect score with a 39!
Any time we're hear someone is doing a routine inspired by Michael Jackson, we have to admit we get a tad bit nervous! So when James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd decided to dance to the Prince of Pop's single Xscape we were definitely a little worried! However, the duo managed to pull of a spectacular cha cha that would definitely make Michael proud and earned them a perfect 40!
Meryl Davis finished off the first round and tried to steal some tricks out of Kristi Yamaguchi's playbook, which probably isn't a bad idea since she won DWTS back in 2008! Things got pretty tense during rehearsals as Maksim Chmerkovskiy is definitely starting to feel the pressure of dancing with a gold medalist! But the dynamic duo managed to get through the stress and had an AMAZING night that started with an Elvis-inspired jive routine that earned them a perfect 40!
For the second round, Candace bounced back in a huge way as she and mark went with a jazz routine that has us wondering if the former actress is still sticking with her strictly non-sexual moral code! The surprisingly sensual routine definitely seemed to rub the judges the right way as they ended up giving her a whopping 38, which is one of her best scores so far!
Charlie definitely seemed excited to take the stage again and dance to The Notorious B.I.G.'s Mo Money Mo Problems! Unfortunately the olympian's momentum seemed to slow down a bit and his scores took a slight dip as he earned a 36 for his samba!
After running around the stage for their quickstep, Derek got a little creative with the choreography he drew up for Amy's jazz routine that saw the duo dancing on, around, and even underneath a table set up on the stage! The judges were blown away by the awesome performance, but sadly they were once again just 1 point away from perfect as they notched another 39!
James dedicated his second dance routine to Peta before they took the stage, because apparently these two LOVE to add fuel to the romance rumors that are already swirling around them! The duo had some fun with their country themed rumba, but they weren't able to capture another perfect score as they earned a 36 for their second routine!
Meryl and Maks definitely proved that they were a forced to be reckoned with in their first routine, and they certainly kept the ball rolling when they took the stage for their second performance! The two didn't miss a beat as they pulled off a Viennese waltz to Christina Aguilera's Just A Fool, and they earned yet another 40 to top off their perfect night! These two are NOT playing around!
Overall, it was NOT a good night to be an olympian as Meryl, Maks, and Charlie were all in jeopardy of getting eliminated despite their high scores on the night! At the end of the night, Charlie was sent home in one of the more shocking eliminations of the season! Especially when you consider he JUST won a gold medal for dancing on ice!!
With only 4 teams left to battle it out in the finals, it's hard to guess who will be walking away with the Mirror Ball Trophy next week! Will Meryl keep her insane wave of momentum rolling? Will James and Peta's chemistry propel them to victory? Will Amy's inspirational run have a storybook ending? Or will Candace pull off a huge upset? We guess we'll have to wait and see!
Ch-ch-check out the rest of the performances (below)!
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