Dancing with the Stars: Who Received Season 18's First Perfect Score?
The night, with guest judge Donny Osmond, produced a majority of high scores, including the first perfect 40 out of 40 of the season. But unlike during last week’s partner switch-up night, this time one more couple was sent packing.
Keep reading for all the results …
Drew Carey kicked off the show doing an Aladdin-themed quickstep with partner Cheryl Burke. Despite coming out with a breakthrough performance the week prior, this week’s dance scored a 28 that was criticized by head judge Len Goodman for the technique. But based on last week’s scores and viewer votes, the pair was the first declared safe.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess wowed the judges with a 37-point Mary Poppins jazz routine that judge Carrie Ann Inaba said was “like a wave of happiness.” Even though the Olympic ice dancer dropped his cane prop during the number, Goodman told him: “That was eye-popping … That as a performance was fantastic … I thought you came out and just wowed this place.”
Danica McKellar was one point shy of being the first perfect-scoring performer of the season. She and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced a Beauty and the Beast-themed routine that judge Bruno Tonioli praised for “improvement” that was “incredible.” Goodman said they lost a bit of “body contact,” but that the actress, he added, is a “fantastic dancer.”
Amy Purdy struggled with her legs during rehearsals, but still came out with a stellar, 37-point Cinderella waltz that Inaba said “created magic,” adding, “I hope Disney will make their next princess like you.”
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani danced a 36-point foxtrot to a 101 Dalmatians theme. “You owned that dance floor … I’ve never seen anyone work those hips like you,” Osmond raved, while Goodman said the routine was the reality star’s best of the season so far.
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a 36-point samba to a theme of The Jungle Book. Inaba said the duo danced “like you’re one body,” praising them for being so in sync. “I thought your technique was fabulous.”
Regular high scorers James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd continued their impressive streak – and then some. This week they truly won over the judges by performing the very first perfect score this season: a contemporary routine to the Academy Award-winning song “Let It Go” from Frozen. “That was a contemporary blockbuster … It just was a breath of romanticism,” said Tonioli, while Inaba “cried the whole time” in awe.
Candace Cameron Bure showed great improvement from last week’s low scores with a 35-point samba to a theme of The Little Mermaid. Even with the higher numbers, the pair was left in the bottom two and faced elimination because of earlier numbers.
But in the end, it was heartthrob Cody Simpson who got the boot. His 34-point samba to The Lion King theme was critiqued by Osmond because he felt Simpson didn’t “enjoy the dance.”
Said the pop star to the crowd after learning his fate: “This has been a very new experience and an amazing experience. Obviously it’s tough, but it is what it is.”
His partner Witney Carson, who fought back tears, told the audience, “I’m sad. I feel like people didn t really get to see Cody yet. He’s incredible.”