SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 9 of "Dancing With the Stars."
Who needs "American Idol" when you can have American icons? Monday's edition of "Dancing With the Stars" featured music by classic and modern American icons as the final five couples competed in the semifinal round. Think Sinatra, Elvis, The Supremes, and Notorious B.I.G. (If nothing else, the playlist was eclectic!)
Of course, the live semifinal round also marked the final dance for one couple, and this week's elimination was a major shocker after all three of the cast's Olympic athletes — Meryl Davis, Charlie White, and Amy Purdy — were told they were in jeopardy. One week shy of the "Dancing With the Stars" finale, Charlie White and his pro partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated from the competition.
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"I think all of these people are so deserving," White said after his elimination was announced. "From start to finish, it's been an amazing journey, and the friendship and love we all have for one another has been amazing. And now I can one hundred percent be a cheerleader for Team Meryl."
Check out White's perfect-scoring performance from last week:
In addition to the shocking (for real!) elimination, Emmy-winning choreographer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") was in the house for a guest judging stint, which was a welcome change after last week's Abby Lee Miller fiasco. (The "Dance Moms" star didn't exactly get a warm welcome from all of the pro dancers last Monday.)
"I'm looking to see you surrender to one another, enjoy yourselves, and take me to a place that I've never been," Ortega told the contestants at the beginning of the show.
Check out the highlights from Week 9 of "Dancing With the Stars":
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, Viennese Waltz and Jazz
The "Full House" alum got a little lost during her Viennese Waltz, and head judge Len Goodman noted she let the pressure of the semifinals get to her. For her second routine, Cameron Bure channeled her inner Miss Jackson, to the tune of "Nasty Boys." But did she get some respect from the judges? Ortega compared the actress to "the great ladies of Broadway," while Bruno Tonioli called the dance, "nasty but tasty." The dance also scored Cameron Bure her first two tens of the season.
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess, Foxtrot and Samba
The Olympic ice dancer was the toast of the ballroom following his perfect scoring "New York, New York" foxtrot with Burgess. Tonioli said it best when he told White: "You started as Astaire and finished as Baryshnikov." For his hip-hop infused samba, White lost his touch a bit. The judges agreed he lacked funk and was a little flat footed and he scored a round of nines.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, Quickstep and Jazz
The Paralympic snowboarder, who used her special running feet for her "full throttle quickstep" (Carrie Ann Inaba's description) got extra inspiration after a surprise phone call from Oprah. Of her high energy dance, Tonioli said, "My jaw was dropping on the desk! If I wasn't watching this live I'd have thought you were using wires." Goodman added, "Watching you inspires me to go out and do something." Dance No. 2 was "classic jazz at its best," according to Tonioli. Inaba said Purdy and Hough "killed that routine," although she nitpicked over a side-by-side segment. And Ortega gave Hough the biggest compliment of the night: "Derek, you've redefined choreography for this generation," he said.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba
The "Big Time Rush" star took inspiration from the King of Pop for his first dance of the night. Goodman called the perfect-scoring routine "a fantastic blend of Michael Jackson references and cha cha cha," while Ortega called the dance "electrifying." Maslow's rumba came later in the night, and it didn't score quite as high, but Inaba did call the actor-singer "the smartest competitor" this season because he actually listens to the judges' critiques.
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Viennese Waltz and Jive
The "10" paddles got another workout with Davis and Chmerkovskiy's Elvis-infused Viennese waltz. Tonioli dubbed the duo the "King and Queen of rock 'n roll," and added, "Stylistically, it was impeccable." Goodman agreed: "No peril, Meryl. That was fantastic," he said. The couple's second dance was a repeat in the perfection department. Inaba told Davis, "You are fantastic and you better not go home!"
Here's the full list of scores from the "Dancing With the Stars" semi-finals:
* Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 40 out of 40 points/40 out of 40 points (80 total)
* Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40 out of 40 points/36 out of 40 points (76 total)
* James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 40 out of 40 points/ 36 out of 40 points (76 total)
* Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 39 out of 40 points / 39 out of 40 points (78 total)
* Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 34 out of 40 points/ 38 out of 40 points (72 total)
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.