Gifted with natural talent, good genes and loads of charisma, there was no doubt that James Maslow was destined to become a teen idol. Even though he was born in New York, Maslow honed his acting and...
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So, even though my Dancing with the Stars rankings were completely wrong, I may have been the only person to correctly rank Candace Cameron Bure above James Maslow. So ha!
Yes, in Monday's finale (part 1), after a rollicking martial arts-inspired free dance (and a real-live kiss during his tango with Peta – which somehow couldn't even compete with Meryl and Maks almost-kiss) James was sent home. Candace looked quite candidly shocked, as did pretty much everyone else in that studio audience. But, as Tom Bergeron would remind us, "That's live TV!" And hey, at least he got to encore his freestyle dance in last night's episode.
Speaking of which, I always forget that the second part of the finale is less a new episode and more a sort of homage to the rest of the season. A good deal of the episode is spent on retrospectives, bringing back old dancers and stars, video packages, and live musical performances, most of which was delightful – anyone could benefit from a repeat viewing of Charlie White's Dick van Dyke-approved jazz dance to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," in my opinion. Plus, Maks "joked" that he was going to "ravage" Meryl and nickname both of their "mean, Russian children" "Bear" during one of the video packages. So there was that. Now, the musical numbers were a bit on the spotty side – ranging in quality down from Iggy Azalea's earpiece malfunction, to Christina Perri's pitch-y take on "Human," to the multitasking Cody Simpson and Amber Riley, and finally, up to Ariana Grande's pristine vocals on "Problem."
At long last, it came down to elimination time: which was a delightful brand of awkward, as the three remaining pairs watched selected video clips of themselves from as Christina Perri wailed away at her piano for a good two minute plus. Then, when that was over to the relief of the poor dancers/stars, the drumroll was so long that Candace dropped her poker face and grinned like a good sportsman. She was right – she did end up coming in third place.
And I have to admit, once it finally came down to Meryl/Maks vs. Amy/Derek, my heart was actually pounding a bit – because somewhere in the last 10 weeks I became a huge Meryl/Maks fan. Which was surprising, because I usually like underdogs, and Meryl had the clear advantage as a gold medal-holding ice dancer, while Amy had a lot more difficulties in uncharted territory as the first double-amputee on the show. But on the dancer side? Derek's kind of a DWTS juggernaut – rooting for him is kind of like rooting for the Yankees. And to counter Derek's five wins, much has been made of the fact that in 13 seasons, Maks has never taken the trophy once. Plus, Meryl's admission that she wanted to win more for Maks' sake than her own rang true, and that sort of sincerity is what's always made their relationship compelling to viewers.
With all that mind, their victory was truly a joy to behold (I delightfully noted that Meryl was up on Charlie's shoulders in mere seconds, while pretty much all of the rest of the cast had to band together to get Maks off the ground, so they could celebrate their new Mirror Ball Trophy in true DWTS form). Congrats, Meryl and Maks! Now, on to those mean Russian babies.
Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis beat out competition from actress Candace Cameron Bure to be crowned queen of Dancing With The Stars during the finale on Tuesday night (20May14). Davis competed alongside Full House star Cameron Bure and actress-turned-Paralympian Amy Purdy during the final episode of the U.S. reality TV show in front of judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
However, it was Davis who came out top alongside her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who earned his first win in 14 seasons on the show.
After her triumph, Davis tweeted: "Thank you all for the incredible support... I'm completely overwhelmed. (Chmerkovskiy) and I have been so fortunate to share this journey w/ (with) you!"
Singer/actor James Maslow had been given the boot just shy of the finale during Monday's (19May14) episode.
Pop star Cody Simpson, who competed on the show, performed during the final along with rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Ariana Grande.
Singer/actor James Maslow is disappointed and relieved after fans voted him off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars on Monday (19May14) - because he was sick of living his life by the terms of an entertainment contract. The Big Time Rush star and his professional partner Peta Murgatroyd, who he once romanced, won over show judges and viewers with their tango and hip-hop freestyle dances, but were still cut from the show.
After the elimination, audience members booed, but Maslow admits he was not completely shocked.
He tells AccessHollywood.com, "I didn't expect to go home, but at the same time I'm not utterly shocked."
He adds, "As sad and partially frustrated as I am to not be able to compete - because we both really expected and wanted to be there... there's also a sense of relief and excitement that this is the first time in six years that I'm going to be free to go and do what I want to do, not on a contract."
Actress Candace Cameron Bure, Paralympian Amy Purdy and Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis will vie for the show title on Tuesday (20May14).
Actress Candace Cameron-Bure's spot in the final of U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars has been thrown into doubt after her professional partner Mark Ballas was injured during rehearsals. The pair was practising a routine for Monday night's (19May14) show when Ballas fell and popped his shoulder out of place during a complicated lift.
A spokesperson tells People.com, "Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking. His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show." Reports suggest Ballas has been advised not to perform on the live episode, but insists he wants to take to the floor.
He reached out to fans on Sunday (18May14) on Twitter.com, writing, "Hey y'all. I'm doing alright, thanks for the love." One of the final four stars - Cameron-Bure, James Maslow, Meryl Davis, and Amy Purdy - will be eliminated on Monday, ahead of Tuesday night's (20May14) finale.
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At this point in the Dancing with the Stars competition, everyone has the dancing skills to win: each remaining pair has scored high since Episode 1. As such, there's no real "dark horse" in this bunch – so when it comes down to it, it's going to be a tight race. As such, without further ado, here's how we'd rank the semi-finalists:
5. James Maslow/Peta Murgatroyd
Like the rest of the bunch, James is an adept dancer. His so-called chemistry with Peta might give him an edge, but they have considerably less sizzle than competitors Meryl and Maks. There's also the fact that he's routinely labeled as the "eye candy" of the show, but is that enough to take home the trophy?
Secret weapon: Shirtlessness
4. Candace Cameron-Bure
Candace might be the closest thing to a dark horse champion that the competition has at this point: she started the season off with excellent scores, then faltered after a bout with anxiety. Anyway, she's now the sort of "comeback kid" – plus, her close connection with her family makes her more accessible and easy to root for.
Secret weapon: Her relatability
3. Charlie White/Sharna Burgess
Some argued that Charlie's recent gold medal as an ice dancer was an unfair advantage (Olympic athletes have tended to do especially well in past seasons). Sure, Charlie's got discipline and talent to spare, but his golden ticket may lie with his charisma: he has a certain effervescence that might just make up the difference between runner-up and champion.
Secret weapon:The "aww!" factor
2. Meryl Davis/Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Like Charlie, Meryl's also got some extra experience with dance (as noted in the premiere, her spins are off the charts), but it might just be her chemistry with Maks that wins the day. Yes, on a show that runneth over with fauxmance, her relationship with Maks looks almost – dare I say it – genuine.
Secret weapon: The "aww!" factor, but in a different way
1. Amy Purdy/Derek Hough
This duo has everything it needs to win: flawless dancing, an athletic background (another Olympian!), and perhaps most importantly, an inspirational backstory. And let's forget that Derek's won the Mirror Ball Trophy five times, more times than any other pro on the show...
Secret weapon: She's inspirational times a thousand
Who do you think's got what it takes? Let us know in the comments!
Former The Wonder Years star Danica Mckellar has become the latest casualty on hit U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars after reportedly breaking a rib in rehearsals. The 39-year-old actress and author took to Twitter.com on Friday (25Apr14) and asked her supporters to pray for her quick recovery.
She wrote, "So...I broke a rib in yesterday's #DWTS rehearsal. Trying my best to pull thru and could use your prayers!! #wanttokeepdancing."
It is not yet known if McKellar will be able to dance her way through the pain or be forced to sit out the next round of live shows next week (begs28Apr14).
Earlier this season, Star Wars hero Billy Dee Williams pulled out of the ballroom competition show due to a chronic back problem.
Other celebrities still in the competition for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars include former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, Glee star NeNe Leakes and Big Time Rush singer James Maslow.
"We had met through friends and we had hung out and then I went on tour... and then the next time I saw Peta I was coming in to do this show... I've got to know her since and she's an awesome chick." Big Time Fun star James Maslow on the extent of his alleged romance with his Dancing With the Stars partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Big Time Rush star James Maslow has helped to make a fan's dream come true by treating her to a trip to Disneyland. Ohio student Hannah Wackernagle, who has Down Syndrome, recently asked Maslow to be her date to her high school prom, but he was unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.
However, Maslow, who is currently competing on U.S. reality show Dancing with the Stars, wanted to make it up to Wackernagle and decided to fly the 18 year old, her mother and her sister out to California for a trip to the theme park this weekend (12-13Apr14).
Maslow also invited Wackernagle to the Los Angeles studios for Dancing with the Stars, where he treated her to their own "prom" in the show's ballroom, complete with a dance.
The teen was also given tickets to watch Maslow from the TV audience on Monday (14Apr14).
He tells People.com, "It was the perfect week, because I knew she was (not only) a big Big Time Rush fan, but also a big Disney fan. So (my professional dance partner) Peta (Murgatroyd) and I got together and got her tickets and we went on a bunch of rides and we got Mickey Mouse ears."
He adds, "This was a really unique opportunity for me. We get Tweets and mail every day saying, 'You help me, you make me smile, you've changed my life in a way' - but to be able to actually see it with someone and make their dream come true (is fulfilling).
"Prom would have been cool, (but) this weekend was even cooler. I tried to make it as awesome as possible, and how often (do you) get that opportunity? To me, it was really a blessing to have her and her family come out."
Glee star Chord Overstreet has reportedly split from actress Halston Sage. The 25-year-old actor was first spotted with the Grown Ups 2 star in January (14), but a source tells E! News that their short-lived romance has now fizzled out.
Rumours of their split began circulating last Friday (04Apr14), when Sage was spotted courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game with her Neighbors co-star Zac Efron, although the insider did not reveal whether the blonde beauty is now dating the High School Musical hunk.
Prior to her relationship with Overstreet, Sage was linked to Big Time Rush star James Maslow.
Ah, fauxmance: one of the mainstays of scripted reality TV. It's a conceit that's always had a huge presence on Dancing with the Stars – after all, if our dancers and stars can get tongues wagging, it helps viewership and the voting. But is it really the right avenue for the show to be traveling? The forced flirtation can get uncomfortable at times, and this season's milking our speculation for all it is worth with not one, not two, but three potential fauxmances:
* First, we've got James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd – legend has it, they went out on a date before the show started, yet he never called (ouch). Nowadays, they talk a lot about their good chemistry, and tease us with the tidbit that they might give it another try once the mirrorball trophy is safe in their hands.
* Next, we've got Cody Simpson and Witney Carson. He has a girlfriend, yet much hullabaloo was made when he deemed her moves "distracting."
* And last, but not least, we've got Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who can't seem to stop singing each other's praises. And after a particularly steamy number a couple of weeks ago, Erin Andrews presented them with a rather intimate-looking screen grab, causing Davis to go scarlet and get all giggly.
Even in the most recent episode, where everyone switched partners, the mixed-up pairs didn't get away scot free. Maslow jokingly tweeted at Charlie White not to get too comfortable with Murgatroyd, prompting host Erin Andrews to question their relationship status – then as Davis made the "Chmer-swap-skiy" from Maks to Val, more than a little playful banter about "incestuous adultery" ensued.
The fauxmances might be a fun way to stir speculation and recruit voters, but is it really something the show needs? It's true that DWTS really comes down to the relationships between partners, but the non-romantic (and perhaps more genuine) feelings are just as, if not more, compelling. Last season's Emma Slater and Bill Engvall's father-daughter relationship got more followers than Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd's flirtatious banter, after all.
What do you think?
Gifted with natural talent, good genes and loads of charisma, there was no doubt that James Maslow was destined to become a teen idol. Even though he was born in New York, Maslow honed his acting and musical theater skills while growing up in Southern California. After appearing in local productions, Maslow turned his attention to Hollywood and quickly landed a guest-starring spot on the hit teen comedy series "iCarly" (Nickelodeon, 2007- ). Maslow's appearance as the title character's crush on the show paved the way for the actor to land a starring role on "Big Time Rush" (Nickelodeon, 2009- ). The series followed four hockey-playing best friends from Minnesota who move to Los Angeles and trade in their hockey gear for a shot at music stardom. His success with "Big Time Rush" launched Maslow's career not only as a teen pop sensation, but also as a versatile and marketable entertainer with leading-man potential.