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'Dancing With the Stars' season 18 week 8 recap

Danica McKellar was eliminated this week on 'Dancing With the Stars'
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This week’s guest judge on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ was “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller. It was a refreshing change to see a guest judge who actually has a dance background. The show also featured a new duel/duet dance where two contestants and their pro partners danced together. And, the injuries seem to have mostly healed. Amy and Danica were both back to the ballroom. Here’s what happened:

  • Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Charlie’s been obsessed with getting a perfect score for the last few weeks. This quickstep once again showcased his solid sense of musicality, but, as sometimes happens in faster dances, he seemed a little imprecise in the footwork. The judges didn’t mind, though. Score: 40
  • Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: This tango won high points for the visuals—the costumes were lovely. But, Danica still looks stiff and awkward, though her technique is sound as usual. Abby points out that her costume emphasizes her tense shoulders. Score: 38
  • Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Their rumba was easily Meryl’s best dance to date. The technique is super-strong, and she really tells the story with conviction. The judges are divided by the piece, though, with Len wishing for more rumba content. Score: 36
  • Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Candace’s confidence has really soared in the past two weeks. In the foxtrot, her lines look great. Carrie Ann is thrilled with her newfound personality. Score: 36
  • James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Their Viennese waltz had ups and downs. James still had the odd awkward moment, and his holds were still an issue. But, the heavy theming and some high points made this fun to watch. Score: 36
  • Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Amy proved that she can handle the smooth drama of the Argentine tango as well as she can cope with quick footwork. The stool prop helped, yes, but her lines were lovely. Abby told her dancers that Amy was living proof of why she never wanted to hear an excuse again. Score: 40

The dance duel/duet was next.

  • Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis with Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Both of the celebrities are strong on their own, but this fast-paced samba showed up the times they were off time or didn’t match, especially the focus of heads/eyes. Socre: 34
  • Charlie White and Sharna Burgess and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: This contemporary routine was stunning. It’s clear that this is Candace’s forte. She and Charlie danced beautifully together and their lift sequence was well choreographed and executed. Score: 38
  • Jame Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd and Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: This jive was mind-blowing. Amy absolutely held her own, even during the trickiest parts of the choreography. Score: 39

Danica and Val were were eliminated.

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