"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Cody Simpson Voted Off
(LOS ANGELES) -- Pop singer Cody Simpson and pro partner Witney Carson were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night during a show that featured the couples performing routines set to songs from hit Disney films. Disney is the parent company of ABC.
“This has been a very new experience -- an amazing experience -- and obviously it’s tough, but it is what it is,” Simpson said after learning his fate.
The evening also featured the first perfect score of the season: James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd earned perfect “10s” from all four judges.
Donny Osmond, who won season nine of Dancing with the Stars, joined Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ table.
Each week, the couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from the previous week’s performance is generally voted off. Since no one was voted off on the past two shows -- Billy Dee Williams withdrew from the competition on April 1 and no one was eliminated during last Monday’s partner switch-up -- those two weeks’ worth of judges’ scores and viewer votes were combined to determine Monday night’s elimination.
Here’s a rundown of Monday’s performances:
Drew Carey: The Price Is Right host and partner Cheryl Burke danced a quickstep to “Friend Like Me” from the film, Aladdin. After describing Carey’s routine as “zip-a-dee-doo-dah,” Goodman elaborated: “The performance had plenty of zip; the technique was very, very doo-dah, I’m afraid.” Osmond told Carey his arm movement needed more control, and Tonioli said Carey’s technique suffered. “The quickstep requires a very, very precise, clean delivery. You’ll do better next week,” he said. Inaba cautioned Carey about the “very strange face” he made when he lost focus. Carey earned four sevens for a total of 28 points out of a possible 40.
James Maslow: The actor and singer performed a contemporary routine to the hit song “Let It Go” from the film, Frozen. Tonioli called the routine a “contemporary blockbuster,” while Inaba said she cried throughout the entire performance: “What I saw here was absolute artistry...I did not expect this from you. Congratulations.” Goodman said the routine would “melt the coldest heart, even mine.” Osmond praised the choreography by Maslow’s pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd. “I was just blown away by the whole performance,” he said. Maslow earned four 10s for total of 40 points -- the first perfect score of the season.
Charlie White: Despite a momentary dance floor fumble of his prop cane, the Olympian and pro partner Sharna Burgess’s rousing jazz routine, set to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the film Mary Poppins, earned praise from the judges. Osmond called it “an amazing performance,” and Tonioli agreed, but lamented that White dropped the cane: “What a shame, because it was almost perfect...do it again!” Inaba likened White to “a wave of happiness...except for the cane, fantastic. Stupendous,” she said, while Goodman also heaped praise, calling the routine “eye-popping, show-stopping and jaw-dropping.” He added: “I’m not bothered about the cane, no I’m not, because I thought you came out and just wowed this place.” White earned three nines -- and a 10 from Goodman -– for a total of 37 points.
Danica McKellar: The former Wonder Years actress and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, performed a quickstep set to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast. The performance included an animated cameo from the film’s character, Gaston, and earned McKellar raves from the judging panel. McKellar even got a hug from a beaming Inaba, who said watching the pair was like watching the film come to life. Tonioli called the routine a “delicious, tasty feast,” adding that McKellar’s improvement was “incredible.” Goodman pointed out some lost body contact, but added that the routine had control and flair, and he called McKellar “a fantastic dancer.” Pointing out that he played Gaston on the Broadway production of the show, Osmond said “both you guys knocked it out of the park. I loved it.” McKellar earned three 10s and a nine, for a total of 39 points.
Amy Purdy: The paralympian snowboarder had expressed frustration about whether she could maintain the smooth technique of the waltz with her prosthetic legs, but her airy performance -- set to “So This is Love” from the film, Cinderella -- earned her a standing ovation from the ballroom audience. Inaba acknowledged that Purdy couldn’t create the rise and fall required by the style of dance, but said that, due to Purdy’s unique circumstance, she couldn’t deduct a point. Goodman said he would have liked more hold, but said the routine was beautiful. Osmond said Purdy was an inspiration and called her “a serious contender in this competition,” while Tonioli told Purdy he loved the performance. Purdy teared up when the judges revealed she and partner Derek Hough had earned three nines and a 10 for a total of 37.
Cody Simpson: The pop singer’s samba to “I Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King brought mixed reviews from the judges. Osmond said it didn’t seem as though Simpson was enjoying himself. Goodman said he liked the energy and “party feeling” of the samba, but said Simpson needed to work on his technique a bit. Tonioli said Simpson had “incredible energy, incredible timing,” but added that he could have done a bit more samba bounce, while Inaba said she “felt the power of Cody” Monday night. Simpson and partner Witney Carson earned two eights and two nines for a total of 34 points.
NeNe Leakes: Despite experiencing some rehearsal tension stemming from last week’s partner switch, the reality TV star and pro partner Tony Dovolani danced a foxtrot to music from the film, 101 Dalmatians. Osmond said Leakes “owned” the dance floor, while Tonioli said she played the evil Cruella De Vil perfectly. “It was incorporated so well into the choreography and it suited your personality,” he said. Added Inaba: “Cruella De Vil ain’t got nothing on you.” Goodman, referring to the tension between Leakes and Dovolani, said, “Sometimes you think you want a divorce then you realize the folly of your ways and I tell you, you two are a match made in dance heaven.” A visibly emotional Leakes earned four nines, for a total of 36 points.
Meryl Davis: The Olympic ice dancer and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy performed a comedic samba routine set to music from The Jungle Book. Inaba said the two dancers had a special partnership, adding that Davis’s technique was “just fabulous.” Goodman said the routine was “great entertainment and terrific,” while Osmond said it was “thoroughly entertaining.” Tonioli agreed, calling it “a wonderful, wonderful dance.” Davis earned four nines for a total of 36 points.
Candace Cameron Bure: Dancing a samba set to “Under the Sea” from the film, The Little Mermaid, Bure and partner Mark Ballas earned praise from all four judges. Goodman said the routine had fun and joy, while Osmond said Bure had promise. Tonioli said Bure had heeded the judges’ previous advice. “I really like what I saw...,” he said. Inaba said Bure was one of her “favorite movers on this season,” but noted that every once in a while the actress experiences an attack of nerves that affects her performance. Bure earned three nines and an eight for a total of 35 points.
Here a rundown of the judges’ scores:
- James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 40/40
- Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 39/40
- Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 37/40
- Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 37/40
- NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 36/40
- Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36/40
- Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 35/40
- Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 34/40
- Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 28/40
Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.
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