Dancing With the Stars Week 8 Results: Did The Right Couple Go Home?

photo-4Though the usual theme-night story lines were nowhere to be seen on Week 8 of Dancing With the Stars (what’s left after you’ve gone through Disney, Latin, and Party Anthems, right?) the battle surrounding our final six celebs — who all have (arguably) a realistic chance at the Mirrorball trophy – took center stage in the ballroom.

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Something called the Celebrity Dance Duel (which required our fearless celebs to shed their pros and briefly pair with each other mid-dance) added to the fun, but tonight’s live show also brought yet another twist to a surprise-filled Season 18, as guest judge Abby Lee (“nobody was good”) Miller – the tough cookie star of Lifetime’s Dance Moms — grabbed a paddle and joined the festivities.

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Let’s high-kick right to the highlights:

DANCE OF THE NIGHT: James Maslow’s Viennese waltz and Meryl Davis’s rhythmic rumba were good enough to earn a single perfect “10” (from Abby Lee and Bruno, respectively), but for my money, here’s the top dance of the night:

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough: Injury, schminjury! Coming back from last week’s debilitating back pain, Amy’s stunning Argentine tango was vibrant, sexy and sensational. Abby Lee praised Derek’s envelope-pushing choreography before reminding all her students in the audience to stop whining (“look at this woman!”). Bruno called it “spellbinding…I feel like I’m in a trance” while Carrie Ann gushed “I swear, I felt like I stopped breathing three times because what you’re doing is incredible.” Len dished out the ultimate praise when he opened his critique with “If I’m dreaming … don’t wake me up.” The stunning performance earned an inevitable sweep of perfect 10’s.

RUNNERS-UP: Charlie White & Sharna Burgess: Talk about paddle pandemonium! After Charlie’s highly engaging quickstep, Len played coy whether the dance was “special enough” for a “10” while an all-out catfight occurred between Abby Lee (“He wasted my time!”) and Bruno (“There is four of us….shut up!”), thoughtfully mediated by a cool Tom Bergeron (“Bruno… it’s not really your turn yet”). But Carrie Ann prophetically stated “this might be your lucky night” and girlfriend was on the money! Bruno noted the “not quite so clean” stops, but leapt to his feet to shout that Charlie was “off the starting block like a thoroughbred at the Kentucky Derby.” Abby Lee blended mild criticisms ( “your foot’s flopping, your knee’s bouncing…”) with high praise (“you have impeccable musicality”), but given the mixed messages from the judges, who could have predicted a sweep of perfect paddles?

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

“It’s been absolutely amazing, I’ve had the best time ever,” said a gracious Danica, before adding this incredibly gracious adieu to her competitors. “I didn’t want to see any of them eliminated, so I guess it works out.”

And with that, it’s your turn. Did the right couple go home tonight?? What did you think of Mark Ballas…singing in the opener? Sound off in the comments!