Pop singer Cody Simpson was voted off “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night during a show in which the routines were set to songs from hit Disney films and one star earned the first perfect score of season 18.
There were boos from the ballroom audience when Simpson’s name was announced as the star who was being eliminated.
Though Simpson, 17, said he was shocked to learn he was voted off, he called “Dancing” an “amazing experience” and said today on “Good Morning America” that he wouldn’t change anything about his time on the dance floor.
It’s “an opportunity that I never thought would arise in my life and a chance to learn some new dance styles,” Simpson said. “I’m coming out of it with a positive outlook. Going into it, wanting to become a more well-rounded dancer, a better entertainer. And [I'm] coming out of it, just that.”
Simpson said he will apply his new dancing skills to his own professional career.
“Having learned a lot from [professional partner, Witney Carson] and having made a great friend in her, too,” Simpson explained. “I’m feeling as though now I can apply those things …. to my own career, my own music.”
Simpson and “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure were both in jeopardy of going home Monday.
The star with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from the previous week’s performance is generally voted off. Since no one was voted off in the prior two weeks’ shows – Billy Dee Williams withdrew from the competition on April 1 and no one was eliminated during last Monday’s partner switch-up – those two weeks’ worth of judges’ scores and viewer votes were combined for tonight’s elimination.
Singer Donny Osmond, who won season nine of “Dancing,” was a guest judge Monday night.
Drew Carey: Carey and his partner, Cheryl Burke, danced a quickstep to “Friend Like Me” from the film, “Aladdin.” The performance even featured an appearance from the genie, one of the animated characters from the film, but judges felt the performance lacked focus. After describing the TV game show host’s turn as “zip a dee doo dah,” head judge Len Goodman elaborated: “The performance had plenty of zip; the technique was very, very doo dah, I’m afraid.” Osmond told Carey his arm movement needed more control, and Tonioli said Carey’s technique suffered. “The quickstep requires a very, very precise, clean delivery. You’ll do better next week,” he said. Inaba cautioned Carey about the “very strange face” he made when he lost focus. Carey earned four 7s for a total of 28 points out of a possible 40.
Charlie White: Despite a dance floor fumble of his prop cane (from which he recovered quickly), the Olympian and pro partner Sharna Burgess’s rousing jazz routine, set to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from the film “Mary Poppins,” earned deep appreciation from the judges. Osmond called it “an amazing performance,” and Tonioli agreed, but lamented that White dropped the cane: “What a shame, because it was almost perfect … do it again!” Inaba likened White to “a wave of happiness … except for the cane, fantastic. Stupendous,” she said, while Goodman also heaped praise, calling the routine “eye-popping, show-stopping and jaw-dropping.” He added: “I’m not bothered about the cane, no I’m not, because I thought you came out and just wowed this place.” White earned three 9s – and a 10 from Goodman – for a total of 37 points.
Danica McKellar: “The Wonder Years” actress and her partner, Valentine Chmerkovskiy, performed a quickstep set to “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast.” The performance – which featured an animated cameo from the film’s character, Gaston – earned McKellar raves from the judging panel and even a hug from a beaming Inaba, who said watching the pair was like watching the film come to life. Tonioli called the routine a “delicious, tasty feast,” adding that McKellar’s improvement was “incredible.” Goodman pointed out some lost body contact, but added that the routine had control and flair, and he called McKellar “a fantastic dancer.” Pointing out that he played Gaston on the Broadway production of the show, Osborne said “both you guys knocked it out of the park. I loved it.” McKellar earned three 10s and a 9, for a total of 39 points.
Amy Purdy: Purdy, a paralympian snowboarder, had expressed frustration at whether she could maintain the smooth technique of the waltz with her prosthetic legs, but her airy performance – set to “So This is Love” from the film, “Cinderella” – earned her a standing ovation from the ballroom audience. Inaba acknowledged that Purdy couldn’t create the rise and fall required by the style of dance, but said that, due to Purdy’s unique circumstance, she couldn’t deduct a point. Goodman said he would have liked more hold, but said the routine was beautiful. Osmond said Purdy was an inspiration and called her “a serious contender in this competition,” while Tonioli told Purdy he loved the performance. Purdy earned three 9s and a 10 for a total of 37, and teared up, smiling, when she learned her score.
Cody Simpson: The pop singer’s samba — to “I Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King” – brought mixed reviews from the judges. Osmond said it didn’t seem as though Simpson was enjoying himself. Goodman said he liked the energy and “party feeling” of the samba, but said he needed to work on his technique a bit. Tonioli said Simpson had “incredible energy, incredible timing,” but added that could have done a bit more samba bounce, while Inaba said she “felt the power of Cody” tonight. “You came here, you performed like I’ve never seen …,” she said. Simpson earned two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34 points.
NeNe Leakes: Despite experiencing some rehearsal tension stemming from the partner switch, the reality TV star and pro partner Tony Dovolani’s foxtrot to music from the film, “101 Dalmatians,” earned them high praise from the judges. Osmond said Leakes “owned that dance floor,” while Tonioli said she played the evil Cruella De Vil perfectly. “It was incorporated so well into the choreography and it suited your personality,” he said. Added Inaba: “Cruella De Vil ain’t got nothing on you,” while Goodman added, referring to the tension between Leakes and Dovolani: “Sometime you think you want a divorce then you realize the folly of you ways and I tell you, you two are a match made in dance heaven.” A visibly emotional Leakes earned four 9s, for a total of 36 points.
James Maslow: The actor and singer, who flew a special fan out to the show to watch his performance, danced contemporary to the hit song “Let It Go” from the film, “Frozen.” Tonioli called the routine a “contemporary blockbuster,” while Inaba said she cried throughout the entire performance. “What I saw here was absolute artistry .. I did not expect this from you. Congratulations.” Goodman said the routine would “melt the coldest heart, even mine,” while Osmond praised the choreography by Maslow’s pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd. “I was just blown away by the whole performance,” he said. Maslow earned four 10s for total of 40 points – the first perfect score of the season.
Meryl Davis: The Olympian ice dancer and his partner, Meryl Davis, performed a comedic samba routine set to music from “The Jungle Book,” and judges approved. Inaba said the two dancers had a special partnership, adding that Davis’s technique was “just fabulous.” Goodman said the routine was “great entertainment and terrific,” while Osmond said it was “thoroughly entertaining.” Tonioli agreed, calling it “a wonderful, wonderful dance.” Davis earned four 9s for a total of 36 points.
Candace Cameron Bure: Dancing a samba set to “Under the Sea” from the film, “The Little Mermaid,” Bure and her pro partner Mark Ballas earned cheers from the ballroom audience for their routine. Goodman said the routine had fun and joy, and Osmond said Bure had promise. Tonioli said Bure had heeded the judges’ previous advice. “I really like what I saw …,” he said. Inaba said Bure was one of her “favorite movers on this season” but said that every once in a while the actress experience an attack of nerves that affected her performance. Bure earned three 9s and an 8 for a total of 35 points.
The Judges’ Scores
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 40
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 39
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 37
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 37
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 36
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 35
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 34 (Simpson was voted off tonight.)
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 28