S18 E09 Week 9: American Icons Night

05/12/14 | TV-PG | CC

Emmy Award winning director and choreographer Kenny Ortega made his Dancing With The Stars debut as a guest judge on American Icons Night where he sat alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. The semi-finals began as the five remaining couples rose to the challenge of performing two different routines to music by legendary and modern American Icons. The couples performed a variety of dance styles including Foxtrot, Rumba, Jazz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha, and Jive. At the end of the night, one couple faced elimination leaving only four couples to move on to the Finals.




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 Candace & Mark (V. Waltz)


9  9  8 34

 Charlie & Sharna (Foxtrot)


10  10  10 40

 Amy & Derek (Quickstep)


 9  10  10 39

 James & Peta (Cha Cha)


 10  10  10 40

 Meryl & Maksim (Jive)

 10  10  10  10 40

 Candace & Mark (Jazz)


 10  10  9 38

 Charlie & Sharna (Samba)


 9  9  9  36 

 Amy & Derek (Jazz)


 10  10  10 39

 James & Peta (Rumba)


 9  9  9 36

 Meryl & Maksim (V. Waltz)


 10  10  10 40


• It’s the semi-finals! Only five couples remained and the competition was bound to be fierce as hosts Tom Begeron and Erin Andrews welcomed guest judge Kenny Ortega to American Icons Night.

• First up for the night, Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas took to the dance floor with a Viennese waltz. Candace’s nerves seemed to get the better of her once again, which the judges all noticed, but hopefully she felt a little more relaxed once Tom confirmed that she and Mark are safe and heading to the Finals!

• Coming off of a perfect score for their previous performance, Charlie White and Sharna Burgess brought fun and sophistication to the ballroom with a foxtrot to “New York, New York”. The judges were enchanted and Charlie and Sharna were awarded their second perfect score in a row!

• This week, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough showed off a quickstep, which was Amy’s first routine that required “traveling”—rapid moving across the dance floor. To accomplish that, Amy switched to running blades for that extra bounce in her step, and it paid off beautifully in one of their highest-scoring dances yet!

• James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd took to the ballroom next with a cha cha to Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good.” It was a big risk taking on the King of Pop, but James made it his own and made it look “effortlessly cool” and “electrifying.”

• Next up, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy went old school with a jive to “Hound Dog” by The King himself, Elvis Presley! They turned out another crowd-pleaser that had the judges exclaiming things like “fantastic” and “flawless” and “perfect”—and that wasn’t just because Maks went on a kissing tour at the judges’ table.

• The second round of dances kicked off with Candace and Mark getting a little nasty with the help of Janet Jackson, and it worked beautifully! Candace showed off a whole new side and the judges were loving it.

• Hoping for a third perfect score in a row, Charlie and Sharna took to the dance floor with a samba to Notorious B.I.G., but unfortunately they came up a little short of that lofty goal. Even so, the judges were very encouraging, but with Charlie and Sharna in danger tonight, would their well wishes be enough?

• We’re not kidding when we say the table was set for Amy and Derek to perform an iconic jazz performance. In some amazing choreography, the two of them created a sensational routine that left the judges gasping for more!

• James and Peta went a little bit country for their second dance of the night, a rumba to “Islands in the Stream.” It was another flowing and elegant performance, but the judges didn’t think it was quite good enough to give them another perfect score.

• The final dance of the night went to Meryl and Maks as they performed a graceful and powerful Viennese waltz. The judges were overwhelmed, exclaiming that they were “unbelievable” and “magnificent” and awarding them their second perfect score of the night! But would they still be around in the finals to enjoy it?

• It was time to head into the finals, but before we could do that, it was unfortunately time to eliminate one more couple. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess had to say goodbye to the ballroom, in what had to be the most difficult elimination of the season.

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