‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Meryl Davis dethroned, Cody Simpson sent home

Dreams came true for some stars on Disney Night on “Dancing With the Stars,” but not for Cody Simpson. Despite solid scores and a passionate fan base the 17-year-old Australian pop star didn’t get enough votes to save him from elimination. It came down to him and Candace Cameron Bure at the end of the night, but even though she received the lowest combined score for the last two weeks, she was saved by the fans.

The surprise ouster capped another week of highly competitive dances that brought the stars back to their previous gold standard – even Simpson, who scored an impressive 34 from the panel of judges.

After week three, when the dancers rose to new heights of technique and artistry, the divisive partner switch brought most of them back down to earth. The contestants resumed their normal partnerships this week, and order was restored if the judges are any indication; they gave out their highest scores of the season, including a whopping nine perfect 10s throughout the night.

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Four of those perfect scores went to James Maslow, who danced a contemporary routine to “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and became the first star of the season to receive 40 out of 40. Bruno Tonioli raved about his sincerity, while Carrie Ann Inaba called it “absolute artistry.”

Close behind was Danica McKellar, whose quickstep to “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” earned three perfect scores for a total of 39.

Even Charlie White got in on the action. After last week’s controversial performance divided the judges’ table, his jazz dance to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” so charmed Len Goodman that he gave out what was his first 10 of the season, even though White fumbled a prop in the middle of the dance. He scored 37 total.

Amy Purdy matched White with 37 points of her own, including a 10 from guest judge Donny Osmond, who won “DWTS” in season nine. Purdy excelled in her “Cinderella”-inspired waltz despite physical challenges that left her in tears during the training week.

Meryl Davis surprisingly didn’t receive any 10s at all after nearly perfect dances for the last two weeks, despite Tonioli’s admiration of pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy‘s bare-chested “eye-candy.” But even though scoring straight 9s would be a success on most nights, for Davis this week it’s only good enough for fifth place. Can we expect her to sail through for another week of competition, or may she actually be at risk of elimination?

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Davis’s “Jungle Book”-inspired samba was tied by NeNe Leakes, who despite friction with pro partner Tony Dovolani also managed 9s for her “Cruella De Vil” foxtrot for a total of 36.

Cameron Bure redeemed herself with her return to old partner Mark Ballas. Dancing a samba to “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” she scored 35, up seven points from last week’s switch-up performance.

Unfortunately for Drew Carey, who showed marked improvement last week, he struggled when he and Cheryl Burke danced their “Aladdin” quickstep. The judges took issue with his technique and gave him 28, down five points.

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This week’s surprising scores are as follows:

James Maslow – 40
Danica McKellar – 39
Amy Purdy – 37
Charlie White – 37
Meryl Davis – 36
NeNe Leakes – 36
Candace Cameron Bure – 35
Drew Carey – 28

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Now that judges’ pet Meryl Davis has shown vulnerability, is she still the frontrunner to win the season, or has James Maslow or Danica McKellar officially stolen her thunder. Make your predictions below:

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