Looks like tomorrow night is Ladies Night on Dancing with the Stars!
It was a fun-filled evening that culminated in some fairly creative free-styling, but someone had to leave, and this time it was Big Time Rush’s James Maslow. He didn’t go out without a bang though—his tango featured a passionate kiss with partner Peta Murgatroyd, and his free-style hip hop routine included a karate-style stick-twirling portion that none of us saw coming. The judges were pretty into both of them, but it still wasn’t enough to best Candace Cameron Bure, who brought out a gold jumpsuit for her funky freestyle. (At least we’ll always have the shirtless memories, right?)
Though her professional partner Mark Ballas was hospitalized on Sunday after seriously injuring his shoulder during a lift, putting his ability to perform tonight in jeopardy, he got the OK to compete from his doctor. Still, the duo received the lowest scores of the night, but still managed to make it through to tomorrow night’s season finale to compete against Meryl Davis and Amy Purdy.
Both Olympians were pretty incredible tonight, with Meryl Davis earning two perfect scores and rave reviews. Amy Purdy also did well, though was criticized a bit for too many lifts and not enough actual dancing, and she didn’t receive this bit of high praise from Len Goodman: “There’s good, there’s great, and there’s Meryl.”
And Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl’s partner, is clearly in it to win it, saying he came back to the ABC reality series after two seasons off because he wants that mirrorball trophy. “How can you enter a race without trying to win? God knows, I came back 13 times for this,” the fan fave pro explained. “I wanna look back and say, ‘I have nothing else to give.'”
So let’s get to the scores, shall we?
James and Peta: Tango to “Adore You,” 29/30 points; Freestyle to “Original Don,” 29/30 points; total: 58/60
Meryl and Maks: Argentine Tango, 30/30 points; Freestyle to “Latch,” 30/30 points; total: 60/60
Candace and Mark: Quickstep to “Umbrella,” 27/30 points; Freestyle to “Canned Heat,” 24/30; total: 51/60
Amy and Derek: Salsa to “Ran Kan Kan,” 30/30 points; Freestyle to “Dare You,” 29/30 points; total: 59/60
Do you think the right couple was eliminated? How psyched are you for tomorrow night’s finale? Let us know in the comments!