“Dancing With the Stars” shocked the audience by announcing that the season’s three Olympians – gold medal-winning ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy – were all in jeopardy.
It was the first time Davis and Purdy have ever been at risk of elimination, but it was still somewhat ironic that White, who had been in that position more than once before, was the performer voted off; White got the boot despite earning his first perfect score last week, and another perfect score this week for his foxtrot, after battling the judges all season.
White wasn’t the only dancer to excel on “American Icons Night.” The judges flashed their 10-paddles this week more than any other night this season.
Davis delivered not one, but two perfect dances – a jive and a Viennese waltz – scoring 80 out of 80 and returning to the top of the leaderboard going into next week’s finals, putting her in a position to repeat the success of fellow Olympic champion and season six “DWTS” champ Kristi Yamaguchi, who counseled her during training week. It also moves Davis from worst to first; she was at the bottom of the standings for the first time last week.
James Maslow was also perfect, when he danced the cha cha to the music of Michael Jackson. It was his second perfect dance of the season, following his contemporary routine on “Disney Night.” His second dance of the evening, a rumba, earned him criticisms for a lack of expression in his hands, and he received straight 9s, for a total of 76. But he was safely through to the finals nevertheless.
Purdy didn’t receive a perfect score for either of her dances, but she came close enough to finish second in the judges’ standings overall: 39 for her quickstep, and another 39 for her jazz dance, for a total of 78.
Candace Cameron Bure didn’t receive a perfect score either, but after a problematic Viennese waltz that received 8s and 9s, she was the first contestant to safely advance to the finals. She later bounced back with a provocative jazz routine that received 10s from Len Goodman and guest judge Kenny Ortega, the first she has received all season. However, her combined score of 72 leaves her at the bottom of the leaderboard yet again.
The scores for the final four are as follows:
Only two Olympians remain, and they have received the top scores going into next week’s finals, when they’ll dance freestyle on Monday night and learn the season’s final results on Tuesday. Do you think Davis is still the frontrunner? Is Purdy coming on strong? Or will Maslow or Cameron Bure pull off an upset? Predict who will win the mirror ball trophy below: