'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3: Who Withdrew From the Competition?
SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 3 of "Dancing With the Stars."
On Monday's "Dancing With the Stars," a walk down memory lane turned into a walk out of the ballroom for one couple. As Season 18's remaining couples performed their Most Memorable Year routines, actor Billy Dee Williams was forced to withdraw from the competition on doctor's orders.
The 76-year-old TV and film legend received a standing ovation from the audience after he revealed he was unable to perform his waltz with pro partner Emma Slater, citing chronic back problems for his withdrawal from the show. Williams, who was greeted on the dance floor by his grandchildren, called his experience on the celebrity ballroom competition "pure joy," and signed off by telling the audience, "I want to thank every one of you who've been supporting us!"
Williams is the third celebrity to leave the competition, on the heels of last week's ousted stars Diana Nyad and Sean Avery.
See Williams perform a tango:
Check out the highlights from the fan favorite Memorable Year theme:
First, the tearjerkers as Meryl Davis stole the show with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The couple earned the first 10s of the season following a gorgeous foxtrot that followed the Olympic gold medalist's 17-year journey as an ice dancer. Bruno Tonioli called the dance technically "incredible" and praised Chmerkovskiy's world class choreography. The pro dancer noted that this routine was the first time Carrie Ann Inaba cried during one of his dances. Score: 39 points. (Only Len Goodman held back on a 10.)
There wasn't a dry eye in the country following Amy Purdy's look back at the year 1999. The Paralympian snowboarder debuted a new pair of feet for her emotional contemporary dance with Derek Hough. Purdy thanked her father, who gave her the gift of life twice after giving her one of his kidneys after her near-fatal bout with bacterial meningitis. The dance even touched grumpy Goodman's heart, and all of the judges pulled out their "9" paddles.