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Dancing with the Stars double elimination leaves Billy Dee Williams unscathed

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Billy Dee Williams, the Force must be with you because only fans could have kept you alive. Two other celebrities didn't have enough fans to save them and they were booted off in a surprise double elimination on Monday night, 24, March 2014.

You can still vote for your surviving favorites. Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

Every vote counts with this tight field of competitors. The race is tight--three teams are tied for first place with 25 points.

  • Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
  • James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

Two teams are tied for fourth place with 24 points.

  • Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy:
  • Amy Purdy & Derek Hough

It should come as no surprise that Davis and White are on top. Davis is really pushing Maksim.

What is unfortunate is how the elimination of Diana Nyad was handled. She had practiced for a week and was wearing high heels and suddenly didn't get to dance? Luckily, she and her partner were allowed and weren't judged. Nyad was not the low score for week 1. That was Williams.

Sean Avery and his partner Karina Smirnoff were also eliminated but did get to dance and were judged.

You can also vote for the new challenge: The Switch-Up. There was some misinformation that the switch was taking place Week 3. That's not what the press office at ABC report.

Twitter voting for “The Switch Up” is now open and for the first time ever, America will be given the power to change celebrity and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners. To vote, viewers must Tweet using #DWTS followed by the first name of the celebrity and the first name of the professional dancer. For example, to pair up celebrity Meryl Davis and professional dancer Derek Hough, use the Tweet “#DWTS Meryl Derek.” In addition, abc.com will have a page dedicated to assisting viewers in casting their votes. There is no limit on the number of votes one person can cast. Twitter voting for “The Switch Up” remains open until Monday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m., ET. The new dance pairings will be revealed live Monday, April 7.

Week 2

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

  • 25 (8, 9, 8)
  • Swing
  • "Big and Bad"—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • 1-800-868-3406

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess:

  • 25 (9, 7, 9)
  • Tango
  • "Addicted to You"—Avicii
  • 1-800-868-3412

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd:

  • 25 (9, 8, 8)
  • Salsa
  • "Follow the Leader"—Wisin & Yandel feat. Jennifer Lopez
  • 1-800-868-3402

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy:

  • 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Samba
  • All Nite (Don't Stop)"—Janet Jackson
  • 1-800-868-3403

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough:

  • 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • Swing
  • 1-800-868-3411

Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff:

  • 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Salsa
  • ELIMINATED

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas:

  • 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Rumba
  • "Say Something"—A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
  • 1-800-868-3407

Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke:

  • 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Jive "
  • You Can't Sit Down"—The Dovells
  • 1-800-868-3409

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani:

  • 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • Jive
  • Do My Thing"—Estelle feat. Janelle Monáe
  • 1-800-868-3401

Cody Simpson & Witney Carson:

  • 22 (7, 7, 8)
  • Tango
  • "Yeah 3x"—Chris Brown
  • 1-800-868-3408

Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater:

  • 15 (5, 5, 5)
  • Tango
  • "Peter Gunn Theme"—Henry Mancini
  • 1-800-868-3405

Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov:

  • Cha cha cha
  • Move Your Feet"—Junior Senior
  • ELIMINATED
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