There was one elimination, a perfect score and a whole lot of emotions as the pairs competed during Disney week on “Dancing with the Stars.”
(Spoiler Alert! This story contains the results of Monday’s show.)
Australian music star Cody Simpson and his professional partner, Witney Carson, were cut from the crop – surprising the two on Monday.
“It’s all good,” Cody said after taking a second to process the news. “This has been a very new experience – an amazing experience – and obviously, it’s tough, but it is what it is.”
Cody and Witney were cut at the end of the show, long after they tackled the samba with a “The Lion King” theme, which earned them 34 points out of a possible 40.
The night’s top honors – and the first perfect score of the season — went to James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd whose contemporary dance to music from “Frozen” had judge Carrie Ann Inaba tearing up.
“Every move you did was pure emotion. I was touched. I cried the whole time, I can’t believe it. I did not expect this from you. Congratulations,” she said.
It was also a very good night for “The Wonder Years” alum Danica McKellar who impressed with her “Beauty and The Beast” themed quickstep, with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Guest judge Donny Osmond said, “You guys knocked it out of the park tonight,” and the duo took home 39 out of 40.
For Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, it was a successful and an emotional night. They waltzed with a “Cinderella” theme and despite a lift, they were scored 37 out of 40.
“I cannot take off a point from you for doing a lift because of your unique circumstance,” Carrie Ann said. “And I think that it was something to make up for the things that you can’t do for content. And I thought that you were so elegant, and I know it was very difficult to create rise and fall, but you created all the illusions that needed to be there… I hope Disney will make their next princess like you.”
They tied with Charlie White and Sharna Burgess who performed a fun jazz routine inspired by “Mary Poppins.”
Bruno Tonioli called that couple’s dance, “one of the best performances we’ve ever seen.”
One couple, though, stood out for another reason – a disagreement in rehearsals. Last week, Nene Leakes got her highest score of the season when she swapped partners and performed with Derek Hough, and it appeared that affected her Season 18 partner, Tony Dovolani.
“I wanted to be able to go back to Tony and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, let me show you! Derek taught me this, or he showed me this.’ Oh no, I couldn’t do that,” Nene said in the clip.
During a pre-show interview, played during their package, Tony explained his feelings.
“I don’t think anybody wants to see their partner dancing with somebody else. Jealousy comes in there. A little insecurity steps in,” Tony said. “It makes it a little bit awkward.”
Nene actually cut one of their rehearsals short over what she considered to be Tony’s attitude, but when they actually got on the dance floor (she danced dressed up as Cruella da Vil from “101 Dalmatians”), they created a number that enchanted the judges.
“I think, for you two, the switch-up was the best thing that ever happened to you,” Carrie Ann told them after their dance.
“I don’t agree,” Tony responded.
“Tony, it was so fantastic. You both came in with so much fire and commitment,” Carrie Ann added, trying to compliment the pair.
During their chat with “DWTS” co-host Erin Andrews, Nene was unable to speak, so Tony defended their partnership, suggesting that the clip package wasn’t a full representation of what went on in the days leading up to Monday.
“That’s not what happened throughout the whole week,” Tony said. “We love each other and every couple has a little tiff and they made the most of it.”
“Everybody does,” Erin chimed in.
“Thank you so much. … But the truth of the matter is we love working with each other, we enjoy each other. Please vote us in because we love it, we want to go all the way to the end.”
As Tony finished, Erin responded by saying, “Do you want to take my mic and just do the job for me?” Before he answered, Erin quickly added, “It’s emotional. We all know that. We’ve all been through it. Let’s get your scores.”
Nene and Tony then found out their scores – four 9s for a total of 36 out of 40, their best this season.
Those marks tied them with Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy who earned a 36 for their “Jungle Book” samba.
Candace Cameron-Bure and Mark Ballas got to samba to a “The Little Mermaid” themed dance, to the tune of 35 points, while Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke performed a “Mulan” inspired number and took home 28 points.