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Who will dance their way into the DWTS finals next week?
Who will dance their way into the DWTS finals next week? Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2014It’s make or break time for the five remaining couples fighting to make it to next week’s finals on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ It’s the toughest week of competition because there isn’t any way for the fans to save a couple from blowing it with the judges. To leave a week shy of having a chance to win is the most heartbreaking time to go home, full of what-ifs and shoulda-couldas.

Communities Digital News gets real with our DWTS Live Chat starting at 8 p.m. ET sharp. Join us as we see who makes it and who says farewell.

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For those who brush ‘Dancing With The Stars’ off as “just another silly reality TV show,” look back at champions from previous seasons. Many have tremendous accomplishments in entertainment and athletics, yet they will be introduced forever as “Dancing With The Stars champion.”

Don’t believe us? Watch the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend and see if that doesn’t happen to Helio Castroneves.

Indy car driver Helio Castroneves will always be known as "DWTS Champion" in addition to his racing titles. Photo: Carol Kaelson, ABC.
Indy car driver Helio Castroneves will always be known as “DWTS Champion” in addition to his racing titles. Photo: Carol Kaelson, ABC.

The theme is “American Icons” week. Who do the DWTS producer consider “Icons?” It will be governed by whose songs the producers get permission to use. Count on hearing some favorites used on the show in the past with Michael Jackson and Beyonce at the top of the list.

READ ALSO: Dance Mom vs. Maks smackdown on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Fan favorites Meryl Davis and Charlie White are expected to make it to the final. Another athlete, Amy Purdy, should also make the finals with ease. It leaves Candace Cameron Bure and James Maslow dancing for the fourth and final spot. But it is Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy with the lowest scores last week, so they will need some fan help.

In our readers poll, fans predict it will be Cameron and Mark going home. Join our live chat and we will find out together if they are right.

Week 9 Lineup

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Cha Cha and Rumba

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz and Jive

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Jazz and Viennese Waltz

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Quickstep and Jazz

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot and Samba

“Dancing With the Stars” returns with “American Icons” theme week and choreographer Kenny Ortega as guest judge for the semifinals tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

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  • Akboylan

    What was the good news Candace got…. News is cutting in for weather by me!

  • DMS

    Statements that Charlie and Meryl should finish at the top are troubling. Some of their fans say that ice dancing is NOT the same as dancing. That’s true, but only in a small way. But look at the many things they have in common: preparation for competition, conditioning, poise, posture, grace, timing, handing the pressure of live competition, years of intense training and competition, and rhythm. They are in a category of their own. And they are far from being amateurs. And while it is true that Charlie was voted off, it was not because of poor performance. We all saw his numbers Monday night. I think fans are catching on. He did not win their voter support because he is not an amateur. And I hope the fans run from Meryl this week, if they have the opportunity. If DWTS wants to include “professionals” in future seasons, then why don’t they stop including amateurs altogether, and reserve the competition for the pros only. And while I have deep respect and appreciation for Amy, and her winning spirit against tremendous obstacles, I do not think her courage and special circumstances should give her extra points in head to head competition. Her performances are not as good as the high numbers she is getting. It is obvious that the judges are trying their best to push her and Meryl to the top, and everyone knows it. The 80 out of 80 for Meryl, and the 78 out of 80 for Amy are evidence of that. I may be wrong, but I don;t think there have ever been so many 10s handed out on one night among so few competitors as on Monday night. In summary, I think the evidence is indisputable that DWTS is not about fair competition between amateurs who bring no athletic or similar skills or experience to the competition. They have lost their credibility. Based on how they are voting, I do not see how anyone can stand a chance against Meryl, Amy, and the judges.

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    The morality and liberty of a free country run contrary to the subjective notions of “society’s interests” put forth by collectivist quacks.