Transcript for James Maslow, Peta Murgatroyd Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars'
The "Dancing with the stars" finale kicked off last night with a big bang. A surprising elimination that rocked the ballroom, leaving three couples vying for that mirrorball trophy tonight. ABC's Rachel smith has the most exciting moments from last night's competition. Reporter: A jaw-dropping final night of competition. Freestyle, the name of the game. Olympian Meryl Davis, scoring a perfect 60 for the night, creating what the judges called a flawless work of hard. Len and Bruno even trying to give the duo 11s for their freestyle. First of all, I think you guys should get married. Reporter: Pair olympian Amy Purdy, proving she can defy the odds and gravity. You are on orbit tonight. Reporter: Actress, Candace Cameron Bure, having a challenge this week. Mark Ballas, separating a shoulder Sunday night. I want to do the dance with mark. Reporter: But the dance went on. And D.J. Tanner came in. Despite praises from the judges, actor James Maslow sent home. Just hours shy of the finale. I really had an amazing experience on the show. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible. I made some amazing friends. And I'm thankful for the opportunity. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Rachel smith, ABC news, Los Angeles. Season 14, "Dancing with the stars" champ, Donald driver will join us for a little recap of the show. How are you doing, man? Doing good. Were you surprised last night to see James and PETA to go home? I was surprised. When you look at it, the first thing I thought about was, well, he's not going home. Candace will be the one to go home. But it turns around. Always a twist on the show. Always a surprise. It was a another surprise tonight. No surprise with Meryl and Maks. Carrie Ann was crying after the freestyle. I'm so proud of Maks. Meryl did an amazing job getting through to Maks. It was amazing. The chemistry between them is palpable. Is that great dancing or something else? It's great dancing. There's a respect between the two of them. She has brought out something in him that others have not been able to. And I thought Erin did it in season ten. Yeah. But Meryl took it to another level. And I hope they win because they deserve it. From the beginning, they have had the best dances. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. Talk about Amy Purdy. Don't make me separate you two over there. I have healthy respect. But Amy Purdy, I mean, the aerial, it was just breathtaking. And I want to ask you, Donald, I couldn't believe Len said, that was unnecessary. To me, it was an absolute moment I don't think I'll forget for quite a while. Every time I watch the show, I'm at awe at what she can bring. Whatever you believe in, you can accomplish. And my goal, I think she's going to win it. But louie may have a different opinion than I do. I'm here with the professional dancers. I've been part of the show since day one. Let's not rule out Candace from "Full house." Didn't we have a poll to see, how people voted at home? Who they feel is going to win. And we did ask them. And the results of our "Gma" poll -- Meryl and Maks. Okay. 73%. Yeah. And fighting through injuries. And mark Ballas, mark injured his shoulder. He's out there dancing. Did you have injuries? I never had injuries. For me, it was more of aches and pains. I had a knee strain. You are a ballplayer. For the heartaches. But the thing is, when you get up there and start to dance, you go, okay, I get a little tweak here and there. I can play through it. It looked like he was writhing in pain. And last night, you didn't see it being compromised, his dance performance. When the adrenaline kicks in, you forget everything. And Donald, your body versus mark's body. And relatively for Candace and mark. It's a lot easier. That's why we all have injuries. You have to factor sympathy votes, too. Donald, thank you. The mirrorball trophy winner will be crowned tonight on "Dancing with the stars" finale at 9:00 P.M. Eastern, 8:00 central. And don't miss all of the finalists on our "Dancing with the stars" after-party, Wednesday morning here on "Gma." We're going to be getting it in. Big party.
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