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Meryl Davis readies for 'DWTS' finale, talks relationship with Maks

Although Charlie White was eliminated from contention on May 12, Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy will dance for the 'DWTS' mirror ball trophy on May 19.
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Charlie White may be out of the mix on "Dancing with the Stars," but his long-time ice dance partner Meryl Davis is still in the hunt and will take to the ballroom to compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy during the long-running reality show's May 19 season finale. During a May 18 interview with People, Davis dished on her relationship with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Davis, who won ice dancing gold with White at the 2014 Sochi Olympics over close rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, praised Chmerkovskiy for showing her how to stand up for herself, "whether it's in real life or on the dance floor." She also appreciated how he allows her to abandon pretenses and be herself no matter what the circumstances.

Chmerkovskiy, 34, had similarly kind words for the 27-year old Davis, who he called the best dancer on "DWTS" during the May 12 semifinal show. He praised her versatility in the ballroom and shared that she'd allowed him to express his creativity throughout the season via new and different choreography.

Although he's served 13 seasons as a "DWTS" pro, Chmerkovskiy has yet to win the big prize. He's come close on more than one occasion, finishing in the runner-up spot during seasons five and 12 with partners Mel B of the Spice Girls and "Cheers" actress Kirstie Alley, and third with boxer Laila Ali and sportscaster Erin Andrews, who were his celebrity partners during seasons four and 10.

White, who along with Davis has held partial dominance over the ice dancing world for more than five years, was eliminated from contention following the May 12 semifinals in what was arguably the season's most shocking result. Although the duo skipped the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships, they continued performing as part of the Stars on Ice cast while competing on "DWTS." Davis and White have yet to say whether or not they intend to retire from competitive skating, but the 2014-15 figure skating season kicks off on July 1.

Davis and Chmerkovskiy, "Big Time Rush" star James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, Paralympian Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, and "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas will go head to head for the mirror ball trophy on May 19. To see who emerges the victor, watch the "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 finale results on May 20.

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