Wow, what a night!!! With an exception to Abby Miller, the night and the dances were stellar. I want more! Have we ever had a season where all the couples were so good? Amazing!!! Just in case you need the scores again….
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 40 points
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 40 points
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 38 points (eliminated)
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 36 points
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 36
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36
Then came the celebrity dance duels:
Danica and Val & Meryl and Maks: 34 points
Candace and Mark & Charlie and Sharna: 38 points
James and Peta & Amy and Derek perf: 39 points
And for media starters today, see OK! Magazine as some of the pros commented on Abby Miller after the show. They put it so well. Here is a take with Derek and Sharna’s comments, but, see more at the link.
“I don’t want to dwell on it too much because I want it to be about Amy (Purdy) and what she achieved tonight, which was amazing,” said Derek Hough when asked what he thought of Abby’s teaching style. “But I will just say that for me, when I danced I was surrounded by amazing teachers, people who reinforced me constantly, like life coaches. It made me love dancing. I have longevity in my love for dance. I’m afraid for kids who are exposed to pressure, anxiety, whatever you want to call it. My fear is that they can burn out and they won’t want to dance anymore. I want them to have the same passion and love for something and not burn out.”
Sharna Burgess worries about the long-term affects on Abby’s students, nothing the tough-as-nails teacher is doing nothing to promote their creativity.
“I cannot endorse what she does,” says Sharna. “The thing is, what she’s doing to those kids now is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. As a child you need your creativity harnessed. You need to learn about it and discover it yourself. You need someone who is going to help you do that, not try to put you down every time you try something new.”
Also, here is a fun interview with Charlie and Sharna that took place yesterday before the show. Thanks to Carlos for the find!!
And below is some PopTVDotCom coverage of the after parties…
Ok, more in a bit! Stay tuned!
ETA: Below is Val and Danica’s exit interview on GMA…