Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week.
Except, that didn’t happen.
In the end, Carey’s stage presence couldn’t save him, and he and Burke were eliminated from the competition. A long-time fan of the show, the lovable comedian was gracious in his exit.
“I just want to say thanks for letting me borrow your dance floor, Carey said. “Thanks for all the kindness and the love.”
A Hot Salsa
After making up for last week’s “tif” and being declared safe, NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni brought the heat with a 33-point salsa to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.” Leakes even got in some sexy moves with husband Gregg in the audience.
“NeNe, you looked like an entrepreneur out there because you owned it,” Redfoo said. “I say technical schmecnical, but that was hot.”
Cameron Bure and Ballas proved to be in jeopardy, but the judges praised the Full House star for overcoming her nerves during their 32-point cha cha to “I Love It” by Icona Pop – even if her technique and showmanship still need work. “The thing is, you’re sexy, you just don’t know it,” judge Bruno Tonioli said.
Favorites Maslow and Murgatroyd didn’t disappoint with their 35-point quick step. Still, Maslow struggled with the fast, agile routine to “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease. “John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, those are huge shoes to fill, and I think you are such a leading man,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, though she added Maslow could be “a hair sharper on your foot work.”
In the night’s biggest head-scratcher, Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovsky were also in jeopardy despite last week’s high-scoring routine. The pair wowed again with a 36-point cha cha to Whitney Houston’s classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Tonioli called their performance the best dance of the night, and Redfoo was so animated with his praise that host Tom Bergeron dubbed him “Carrie and Bruno’s love child.”
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were feeling low after scoring all nines last week instead of the perfect score they thought they deserved, but their frustration paid off: The pair’s tango to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris earned the full 40 points. Head judge Len Goodman said Davis is the only contestant whose talent rivals Chmerkovskiy’s.
“That was full of attack, that was full of purpose,” he said. “You’re the first celebrity that has been able to match him and keep up with him.”
‘The Life of the Party’
Carey’s confidence was definitely shaken, and though Tonioli described his technique as “all over the place,” all the judges appreciated his commitment to character during his 32-point tango with Burke to “Super Freak” by Rick James.
“You were the life of the party tonight,” Inaba remarked, while Redfoo loved Carey’s “stanky pimp face.” Still, the pair ended up in jeopardy from last week.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess really brought the LMFAO spirit to the dance floor with a 36-point cha cha to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C&C Music Factory – complete with a black light, glow-in-the-dark surprise that really got the rave going.
Though Goodman jokingly grumbled about that part, Inaba sang the partners praises. “You improved on your hop work tremendously. I saw it in all of your movements,” she told White. “It was hot, it was sexy, it was funky.”
Last but certainly not least, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough overcame a small slip-up to wow with a wedding-themed, 38-point jive to “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. “Marry me, darling, marry me,” Tonioli gushed to Purdy, an Olympic snowboarder who overcame meningitis but lost both of her legs below the knee. “Seriously, this is a real-life superhero. What you have achieved, most of us would have considered impossible.”