Dancing With the Stars 2014 RECAP 5/5/14: Season 18 Episode 8 “Quarter Finals”

Dancing With the Stars 2014 RECAP 5/5/14: Season 18 Episode 8 "Quarter Finals"

Dancing With The Stars is back tonight with a whole new episode of glitz and glitter. On tonight’s episode there will be the first ever “Celebrity Dance Duel” that features side-by-side celebrity performances.  Abby Lee Miller will be the guest judge.

On last week’s episode Ricky Martin kicked-off the night with a show-stopping opening performance of his 2014 World Cup song “Vida” accompanied by the Pro Dancers. He then joined Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba as a guest judge for the evening. Each couple performed an individual dance to a song with a Latin theme. Additionally, the competition included two Latin inspired team dances. At the end of the night, NeNe Leakes was sent home.  Did you see last week’s performance show?  If you missed it we have a full and detailed recap, right here for you.

On tonight’s episode Reality television personality and professional choreographer Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms” joins as a guest judge alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Abby is no stranger to the world of competitive dancing, Abby will bring a unique perspective and surely won’t hold back from articulating while seated at the judge’s table.  he anticipated quarter finals begin as Pro Mark Ballas makes his solo recording artist debut singing his new single “Get My Name,” along with his band and the house band “Ray Chew Live.” Then, the remaining couples will perform an individual dance and the first ever “Celebrity Dance Duel.”

Tune in tonight at 8 PM EST on ABC to watch the stars all hit the ball room. We’ll be recapping it for you live right here. In the meantime hit up our comments section and tell us who you are already rooting for!

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Charlie White and Sharna Burgess are SAFE

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy are SAFE

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy are in JEOPARDY ELIMINATED

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough are SAFE

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd are in JEOPARDY SAFE

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas are in JEOPARDY SAFE


Tonight’s episode opens with Pro Mark Ballas making his solo recording artist debut singing his new single “Get My Name,” along with his band and the house band “Ray Chew Live.”

Abby Lee Miller is here as a guest judge and so are the kids from Dance Moms.  Abby says she is pretty much looking for everything from the dancers tonight.

Charlie White and professional dancer Sharna Burgess dancing the Quickstep [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: “Last week I told you to get a 10 you have to do something special.  I am still working out if this was special enough.”  Abby Miller: “When you went upstairs your foot is flopping but I think you have impeccable musicality.” Bruno: “He was out the starting block like a thoroughbred at the Kentucky Derby.  Precise footwork. Absolutely delicious.”  Carrie Ann: “Charlie I know you struggled to find your stride and you went a step beyond this may be your lucky night.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 10  Len: 10  Abby: 10  Bruno: 10 TOTAL: 40/40

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy dancing the Tango [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Abby: “Val amazing concept and I love to see a man on his knees.  Danica you are beautiful I wish you danced on the Wonder Years.  You could have been a professional dancer. I loved it, it was great.”  Bruno: “What is going on tonight that crown should be mine.  Danica it was your most majestic and powerful performance. Tonight you pulled it all together.  Incredibly powerful.”  Carrie Ann: “Danica I feel like you Mom that was incredibly difficult and you were so defined the definition of artistry is bring your own touch.  This was your moment.”  Len: “It took a little to get started.  It was terrific.  You were on it like a bonnet.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 10  Len: 9  Abby: 9  Bruno: 10  TOTAL: 38/40

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy dancing the Rumba [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Bruno: “Tempestuous melodrama. It was like watching a play without words.  It was different and I loved it.”  Carrie Ann: “Meryl you and Maks have this incredible chemistry.  Rumba is about continuous movement and it did not stop.  It was perfection, but there was not enough Rumba content.”  Len: “I don’t usually go for so much drama but I loved it and could watch it again.”  Abby: “Maks I would never hit you and I am sure when a girl on the floor and they would not think of their feet.  I loved it, you could win this.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9  Len: 9 Abby: 8  Bruno: 10 TOTAL: 36

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas dancing the Foxtrot [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Carrie Ann: “First of  all I know you are in jeopardy you have been having trouble finding your footing.  Tonight I have seen a brand new flare and you are getting your footing.  You are back on track.”  Len” “It was bright, it was fun, it was joyful.  I loved it.”  Abby: “I loved it.  I thought it was joyful.”  Bruno: “Listen my darling you have the bright vivacity of a 60s sitcom.  Your growth as a performer as been wonderful.  I hope you stay.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Abby: 9 Bruno: 9 TOTAL: 36/40

James Maslow and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd: dancing a Viennese Waltz dance [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: “James let me say I am a fan of your dancing. Once you get into hold you don’t straighten your legs and your bottom comes out.  I hope you are back, I am a fan.  It was lovely, well done.”  Abby: “Peta you are amazing.  James it is the make dancer to make a women look good and you.”  Bruno: “Love is in the air and I could feel it.  It was like romance blooming under the cherry tree.  You have a way to use the music that is absolutely beautiful.” Carrie Ann: “James you are a special soul when you dance.  I agree with Len on your posture.  On top of that Peta’s foot came off the floor.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8  Len: 9  Abby: 10  Bruno: 9  TOTAL: 36/40

Amy Purdy and professional dancer Derek Hough: dancing a Argentine Tango. [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Abby: “I know we are suppose to critique the guest but Derek a great choreographer makes a dancer look good.  Amy my students are here and I better never hear I am too tired, I am too hungry.  I don’t care look at this women.”  Bruno: “She is write this was totally spell-bounding, perfection!”  Carrie Ann: “You know season 18 we have seen it all it is surprising anything can get me so excited.  I stopped watching a couple of times.  This season the competition is so high.  You put your self in a class of your own.”  Len: “If I am dreaming don’t wake me up.  That was terrific.  This whole competition is brilliant I have no idea who is going home.  Well done!”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 10  Len: 10 Abby: 10 Bruno: 10 SCORES: 40/40


Danice McKellar and Meryl Davis dancing [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: “Samba is not easy dance to get through – I loved the content there is so much Samba going on.  The technique was terrific.  It was fabulous, well done.”  Abby: “When the guys left the floor and you ladies were on the floor you could see the arms were floating around.  I would rather see the girls in heels.”  Bruno: “Wonderful Samba, Len was right it was difficult.  If you don’t take the bounce at the same time you look a bit off.  I am telling you it was sexy.”  Carrie Ann: “The content was all there.  It is a duel but you too have to work together to get the better scores.  Some of the turns and bounces were off.  Sometimes you added an arm.  As much as I loved it as a hold.  It did not quite do justice.”

SCORES:  Carrie Ann: 8  Len: 9  Abby: Bruno: 9 TOTAL: 34/40

Candace Cameron Bure and Charlie White [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Abby: “Candace I was worried about your feet but you were like a member of my company.”  Bruno: “Candace, Charlie made for each other.  Finally tuned with each other.  The four of you worked like a unit.”  Carrie Ann: “The life was flawless, but you dropped Sharna.  But it was spectacular”  Len: “In tune with each other.  Well done.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9  Len: 9  Abby: 10  Bruno: 10 TOTAL: 38/40

Amy Purdy and James Maslow [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Bruno: “Extraordinary -Peta and Amy you looked like sisters.  That was fabulous.”  Carrie Ann: “When you switched partners you were perfect.  That was beautifully rehearsed.”  Len: “Everything and more that I could have wished to see.”  Abby: “I wanted to get up and dance.  It was brilliant, it was amazing.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9  Len: 10  Abby: 10  Bruno: 10  TOTAL: 39/40