Dancing With The Stars finals filled with drama on Monday night; Mark Ballas dances injured

The Final Four of Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars: who went home tonight? Photo: ABC
The Final Four of Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars: who went home tonight? Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, May 19, 2014 – The drama started a day early on for the Season 18 finals on “Dancing With The Stars.”

Reports began leaking out early Monday that professional dancer Mark Ballas had injured his shoulder during dress rehearsals on Sunday while lifting partner Candice Cameron Bure. Video eventually popped up on the “Access Hollywood” website. Ballas was taken to a hospital, had two MRIs, and walked onto the set Monday night dressed in a blush pink dinner jacket with his arm in a sling.

Would Mark be able to perform? No news emerged from DWTS or on social media channels all day. Fans had to wait as the show progressed to find out.

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The first round of dances were repeats of the “Switch Up” dance performed this season with each star dancing the same routine with their regular partner.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd improved greatly on his original Tango with Cheryl Burke with a dynamic, strong dance. It scored 29 points. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy didn’t have much room to improve the Argentine Tango which Meryl originally performed with Val Chmerkovskiy, but they did with a perfect 30 points.

When their turn came, Mark set aside the sling and performed the Quickstep with Candace Cameron Bure that she danced the first time with Tony Dovoloni. They moved well and Candace seems to have beat her confidence problems. There was a slight misstep midway. It scored all nines for 27 points. Wrapping up round one, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough repeated the salsa Amy danced with Mark Ballas; and wrapped up the round with another perfect score of 30 points.

But who’s fooling who here? These dances are simply the warm-up act for what fans wait for all year: the freestyle routines. If the pro partner does his or her job, he or she creates a dance placing to the star’s strengths and enthusiasm, while also playing to their fans to get the all-important votes.

James Maslow isn’t a toe-point, in-hold sort of dancer. He and Peta staged an athletic, edgy, end of the world looking routine loaded with impressive martial arts moves. It was a good choice and very entertaining, enough for 29 points, for a night’s total of 58 points.

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Candace and Mark danced a disco fabulous routine in gold lame and lots of booty shaking. Candace displayed the confidence she has developed this season, but she was just a little short of the music and the funk factor wasn’t there. She and Mark received 24 points.

We know the freestyles would come down to the battle for the Mirror Ball Trophy between Meryl and Maks, and Amy and Derek.

Meryl and Maks danced a spellbinding, achingly beautiful Contemporary routine with no props, no backup dancers, and no frills. Just two superb athletes expressing themselves with heart, soul and movement.

Did Carrie Ann Inaba cry? Do you have to ask! It received 30 well deserved points.

It was a hard act to follow for Amy and Derek. Their freestyle routine was also a Contemporary routine, one that told the story of Amy conquering her challenges in her life and during her time on the show. It was more athletic which suited Amy well.

It ended with a spectacular aerial spin using a rope. Later, Amy said it felt like anti-gravity, and her sheer joy said it all.

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Three of the competitors will now go onto the final Tuesday night. No suspense by the producers: Meryl and Maks and Amy and Derek were immediately pronounced safe.

But as she has been all season, Candice defied expectations and was sent through to the finals, leaving James and Peta as the fourth place couple leaving the show. There were audible gasps in the audience at the announcement. This one is on the fans: Candice’s fans have proven all season that they vote in bigger numbers.

Fans will also decide the winner on Tuesday night. It’s a statistical dead heat between Meryl and Amy. Which style of dance do you like better? Do you think a non-dancer should win? Or the best dancer, whether he or she has dance training? There isn’t a right or wrong answer. Both these women are deserving.

Communities Digital News will host its final Live Chat of the season on Tuesday night. Be sure to take your seat in the virtual ballroom with us to enjoy and comment on all the performances. The show is one hour later at 9 p.m ET. Who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy?

As we like to say, if you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain.

Finals Night One Recap

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango – 30 points
Freestyle: 30 points
TOTAL: 60 points

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Salsa – 30 points
Freestyle: 29 points
TOTAL: 59 points

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Quickstep – 27 points
Freestyle: 24 points
TOTAL: 51 points

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Tango – 29 points
Freestyle: 29 points

“Dancing With the Stars” returns with the final night of Season 18 on Tuesday, May 20, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network. NOTE THE LATER TIME.

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  • Joseph E. Bowker

    Ain’t no way, Candace and Mark out-danced Petra and James. She called on her god-dies, who voted in mass. Petra is a beautiful girl with a body like a goddess, and super talent, and James matched her. Not my favorites, but favorite over Candace and Mark. I would love to see Max and Meryl win, or tie with Amy and Derrick. Less would be difficult to take.

    • Totally unnecessary ” god-dies” comment. I have two boys 24 and 8, both of them know who Candace is and we don’t have to be believers in the same God to have a mass following. Do you think Candace personally sent out mental telepathy to her god-dies? She is not a better dancer than Peta or James, the point being is she had a large voting block.

  • It was clear from the gasps among the live audience that it was a shocker for Candice to make it to the final. But when the scores are even a little bit close, it all comes down to fan votes. Candice’s fan based voted, James’ fan base did not vote in as great numbers. There is a sizable part of the audience that firmly believes only stars with no dance experience at all should compete. They don’t like to see athletes like figure skaters or gymnasts in the mix, or singers from bands that perform choreography – and James Maslow fits in this last category. They want to see a person without any training explore their limits. Candice fits this dynamic and many people relate to her because of it. I’m not saying that I personally agree or disagree, simply that this has played out many times over 18 seasons and it did again last night.

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