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Semifinals on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ salute American icons night

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Michael Jackson’s choreographer Kenny Ortega was the guest judge, plus it was a salute to the celebrities’ personal American icons Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars.” The top five couples: James & Peta, Meryl & Maks, Charlie & Sharna, Candace & Mark, and Amy & Derek rounded out the semifinals. It was a night of “10s” being given left and right throughout the live broadcast.

Even Candace Cameron Bure received her first 10s of the season. Candace got glorious news after her first not too stellar dance that she’s safe and moving on to the finals. Her second dance, a traditional jazz number to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty Boys,” was a throwback to the dancing styles of Shirley MacLaine and Ann Reinking. Her American icon is Angela Thomas who’s an author and Bible teacher.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd were the only other couple deemed safe. James’ icon is record producer L.A. Reid. In a shocking twist the three Olympians were all in jeopardy. Amy and Derek, along with Meryl and Maks, have never been in jeopardy all season.

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy literally had the perfect night of scoring all “10s,” getting back on top of the leader board once again. Meryl met up with her American icon and former “Dancing with the Stars” champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Amy Purdy received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey who is a huge fan of hers too. She stated if they win she’s going to treat them to dinner.

Charlie White met with former Olympic gold medalist in men’s figure skating Scott Hamilton. Charlie and Sharna Burgess’ first dance was a foxtrot to “New York, New York.” The couple looked elegant in tux and long gown. It was a stellar number deserving of a perfect score of “40.” Unfortunately their second dance was not anywhere as brilliant as the first. They danced the samba to Notorious B.I.G’s “Mo Money Mo Problems.” Sadly, they were eliminated, just missing the finals.

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