Dancing With the Stars Week 5 Results: Did The Right Couple Go Home?

photo-3Doesn’t it seem like ages since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned, sob-inducing elimination on Dancing With the Stars? Between the injury withdrawal of Billie Dee Williams and last week’s elimination-free Switch-Up, Season 18 has been sorely lacking the crackling tension of those agonizing/delicious moments waiting for our latest celeb casualty.

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As our final nine fancy-footed celebs (now back with their original partners!) graced the ballroom for Week 5’s a Disney-themed installment, tonight’s live show also showcased yet another guest judge – welcome back, former DWTS champ Donny Osmond! — and (yes!) the long-awaited next ouster.

Let’s high-kick right to the highlights:

DANCE OF THE NIGHT: Amy Purdy’s magical waltz was worthy of a Disney princess, and Meryl Davis’ samba was sensational (a “whamba of a samba” according to Len) , but for my money, here’s the top dance of the night:

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd: This contemporary routine to “Let It Go” from Frozen (someone had to pick the ubiquitous tune, right?) was so good it elicited a spontaneous group hug from Tom Bergeron. Bruno (“you dance with such sincerity … fantastic”) joined Carrie Ann (“absolute artistry … I was touched. I cried the whole time”) and Len (“that would melt the coldest heart, even mine”) in universal praise, while Donny made sure to compliment Peta’s amazing choreography (a reference to last week’s non-rumba rumba criticism?). Nothing less than a string of 10s (the first perfect score of the season) would do, and James seems to have that Mirrorball squarely in his sights.

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CO-RUNNERS UP: Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy — With a quickstep styled perfectly to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, Danica “knocked it out of the park” according to Donny, while a bowled-over Bruno just couldn’t resist an all-too-obvious metaphor (“You tamed the beast!”). But Carrie Ann took their enthusiasm to a whole new level, jumping out of her chair, bear-hugging Danica and gushing “it was like my own version of Beauty and the Beast, just for me!” Once again turning into a nitpicker for details (hey, no dropped umbrellas here!), Len felt they lost their lines at times, and his ‘9’ spoiled an otherwise perfectly scored dance.

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess — What happens when you combine jazz with the Mary Poppins classic “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”? Lots of joy, fancy footwork and plenty of fancy umbrella tosses (despite Charlie’s one unfortunate fumble). Donny was upbeat (“that was an amazing performance”) before adding, “I was so worried you were going to drop the cane…and you dropped the cane!” Bruno summed it up perfectly (“Almost perfect…do it again!”) while Carrie Ann gushed “You’re like a wave of happiness…stupendous!” Completely dismissing the umbrella mishap, Len’s assessment was super (“eye poppin, show stopping, jaw droppin”) and earned the night’s first ‘10’ along with a string of 9s.

Now for the not-so-happy news…

FINAL THREE COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY”
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

FINAL TWO COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY”
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

ELIMINATED
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson

“This has been a very new experience, an amazing experience, so it’s tough, but it is what it is,” said a stunned Cody, while a teary Witney called dancing with Cody “an incredible experience” and that she hopes they stay friends after the show.

And with that, it’s your turn. Did the right couple go home tonight? Is James becoming the heavy favorite for the Mirrorball trophy? Sound off in the comments!