'Dancing With the Stars' Week 10: From Freestyle to the Finale, Who Made the Cut?
It was a freestyle free-for-all on Monday's penultimate episode of Dancing With the Stars, as the final four couples pulled out all the stops for a series of highly anticipated supersized dances. Season 18 finalists Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, and James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd performed the no-holds-barred freestyle routines (think extra dancers, special effects, and crazy choreography!), as well as an encore of a previously performed dance style picked by the judges.
But one of the longtime pro dancers came very close to missing all of the finale action. Mark Ballas was seriously injured during Sunday's camera blocking, with a rep telling Us Weekly that he was rushed to the hospital after his shoulder popped out while rehearsing a lift. As a precaution, another DWTS pro was brought in to learn his routine, but in the end, the notoriously devoted Ballas danced through the pain. (It's not the first time, either. In 2007, he danced in the finale with eliminated celeb Sabrina Bryan, despite a dislocated shoulder.)
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"I wasn't going to let Candace down no matter what," Ballas said after the couple's first dance of the night. "You'd have to take my arm completely off for me not to be here, so I'm here for Candace one hundred percent."
Even with Ballas's bold return to the ballroom, it wasn't all fun and freestyles on Monday. The popular theme night also marked the final dance for one couple, and on the eve of the glitzy Season 18 finale, it was another shocker as James Maslow and pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd were eliminated from the competition.
"It's alright," the Big Time Rush star said to a clearly stunned audience. "I've really had an amazing experience on the show. I've enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible. I've made amazing friends and I'm just grateful for the opportunity."
Watch Maslow's performance from last week:
Check out the rest of the highlights from Week 10 of Dancing With the Stars:
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, Tango and Freestyle
After sealing their first dance — a sexy tango — with a kiss, this hot couple dialed back the heat for a Hunger Games-style performance that included martial arts moves and sword spinning. "We have a new apocalyptic action hero!" Bruno Tonioli declared while Len Goodman praised the "concept, attitude, and energy" of the dance.