Dancing With the Stars Week 9 Results: Did The Right Couple Go Home?

dwts james peta dancing with the starsIt’s been a season of seemingly endless (and too often, forced) surprises — “Dance Duels” and “Switch-Ups,” be gone! — but thankfully, semi-finals night (also known as Week 9) of Dancing With the Stars put the ballroom battle of the final five fearless celebs front and center.

That’s not to say the producers couldn’t squeeze another theme might (this time “American Icons”) into the mix, along with yet another guest judge, the Emmy award winning choreographer and producer Kenny Ortega — High School Musical fans rejoice! – ending with the ultimate drama, another tension-filled (and this time shocking) elimination.

Let’s high-kick right to the highlights:

DANCE OF THE NIGHT: On a night of record-setting distribution of “10s” (anyone have the official stats on that?), Amy Purdy’s quickstep and jazz dances were near perfection, while Meryl Davis’ Viennese waltz was actual perfection, but for my money, here are the top dances (it’s a tie!) of the night:

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Though perhaps visually-enhanced by Maks’ Elvis-inspired pompadour, Meryl’s infectious jive blew away the entire ballroom. Kenny marveled that “your kicks and flicks were setting sparks off all over the floor” while Bruno noted the “ clear, sharp, precise” movement and that stylistically it was “impeccable.” A delighted Carrie Ann noted Meryl’s flawless movements, while also loving the new “warm and fuzzy” Maks, who handed out a slew of hugs (and a kiss for a thoroughly delighted Bruno!). The performance took the adjective amazing (of course it got all “10s”) to a whole new level.

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd: Pumped up by a pep talk from legendary producer L.A. Reid (which doubled as a quick plug for Michael Jackson’s new album), James donned an iconic Jackson fedora to dance what Bruno called “a thriller of a cha cha cha.” Cue the standing ovations and accolades, which included an initially doubtful Carrie Ann (“It’s hard to pull Michael Jackson off well”) who turned super fan by gushing “you gave us Michael Jackson, James Maslow-style for Dancing with the Stars, with cha cha all over it!” Len confirmed the dance had plenty of cha cha, while Kenny simply called in “electrifying.” Nothing but perfect paddles for this one, too!

RUNNER-UP: Charlie White & Sharna Burgess: Dashingly attired in tux n’ tails, Charlie’s phenomenal foxtrot (to the majestic “New York, New York”) brought the ballroom (and half the judges) to their feet! Kenny didn’t mince words (“Bring out the champagne…indescribably delightful!”) while an ecstatic Carrie Ann pulled no punches, miming self-abuse while exclaiming, “You just smacked me in the face with brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!” Bruno compared him with dance royalty (“you started as Fred Astaire and you finished as Baryshvikov”), while Len played his cards closer to the best. No matter, this dance earned a foursome of perfect 10’s.

FINAL THREE COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY” (Wait! What?)
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

FINAL TWO COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY”
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

ELIMINATED
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess

“All these people are so deserving,” said a gracious Charlie of his shocking exit, before throwing his support to his Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancing partner. “Now I can 100 percent be a cheerleader, team Meryl … love you.”

And with that, it’s your turn. Did the right couple go home tonight?? Who is the ultimate favorite for the Mirrorball trophy in next week’s finals? Sound off in the comments!