"Dancing with the Stars" eliminates another favorite

Tom Bergeron, Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy on "Dancing with the Stars," 2014. Adam Taylor/ABC

"Dancing with the Stars" contenders took on dance duels Monday night as "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller served as a guest judge.

And she wasn't messing around, expressing at the start of the show exactly what she wanted to see: "Straight legs, pointed feet, perfect musicality, inspiration, emotional changes, pretty much everything."

Turns out, Miller got to see a little bit of everything.


Olympian Charlie White and his partner Sharna Burgess learned they were safe at the start of the night. Phew. And they also delivered, nailing their routine and scoring 38 points.

Amy Purdy, who experienced a back injury last week, returned in top-form. The snowboarder and her partner, Derek Hough, managed to receive a perfect score of 40. Bruno Tonioli called it "perfection," and Len Goodman described their routine as "terrific."

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd attempted a tango on Monday. Miller was impressed; Goodman, though, not so much. Still, these two received 36 points.

Candace Cameron Bure went into Monday's competition with a positive attitude. "It's week 8 and I'm still here. I'm so stoked," she said as she and Mark Ballas attempted the foxtrot. Carrie Ann Inaba said Bure had had a "breakthrough," and Miller "loved it." They earned 36 points. "I keep telling Candace that it's a turtle race and she's my turtle," Ballas said about the former child star.

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Danica McKellar -- also suffering from an injury (broken rib) -- danced a tango with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Tonioli called it "majestical and powerful." They earned 38 points.

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy hit the dance floor with a rumba -- one that Tonioli called "unconventional and different." Inaba said they had "mesmerizing" fluidity. The pair walked away with 36 points.

Following the couples' dances, it was time for some competitive duels, staring with McKellar and Davis and their pro-performance. The routine, though, didn't please everyone, with Inaba saying, "It didn't quite do justice." Ouch.

Bure and White, meanwhile impressed the panel, as did Maslow and Purdy and their partners.As the night started winding down, McKellar, Maslow and Bure learned they were in the bottom three.

In the end, McKellar found out her fate: The former "Wonder Years" star would not be returning for another dance.

"It's been absolutely amazing. I've had the best time ever," she said. "And I didn't want to see any of them eliminated so I guess it worked out."

She later took to Twitter:


Tell us: Were you sad to see McKellar go?

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