— -- Maureen McCormick, the actress best known for playing Marcia Brady on the iconic TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” was voted off "Dancing With the Stars" tonight after she and her fellow competitors each performed an individual routine inspired by various eras, then delivered a team dance for extra points from the judges.
This was the first time this season that the competitors had to perform two separate dances in one night.
McCormick’s performances during the season –- the show’s 23rd -- have consistently put her near or in the middle of the pack. She earned her highest score –- 31 out of a possible 40 points –-last week for her samba, but it wasn’t enough to save her from elimination.
McCormick, 60, looked disappointed when her fate was revealed at the end of the broadcast. Her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev, hugged her.
The actress spoke highly of her experience on “Dancing,” telling co-host Erin Andrews: “You know there were times where I felt like I was floating, and so beautiful ... the crew, the coolest, most loving people work on this show, I love you guys.”
The Team Dances
The eight stars were divided into teams of two, with each performing a separate routine to secure extra points from judges. The score earned by the team was added to each member’s overall total for the night.
Team Past: Ryan Lochte, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe and Maureen McCormick performed a Viennese waltz. The team earned 38 points.
Team Future: Laurie Hernandez, Jana Kramer, Terra Jolé and Marilu Henner earned 35 points for their routine that mixed elements of Argentine tango and paso doble. The team had a few hitches in its performance -- including a failure to remain completely in synch and a mid-routine fall by Henner.
Tonight’s standout moment: Calvin Johnson’s 1950s-era jive and James Hinchcliffe’s 1940s jitterbug were tied with 36 judges’ points each – the highest individual judges’ scores of the night. Both routines earned standing ovations from the ballroom audience. Julianne Hough called Johnson’s performance “amazing,” and Bruno Tonioli said the former football player’s routine was “big, bright, optimistic, spot on.”
Speaking of Hinchcliffe’s jitterbug, Carrie Ann Inaba said the IndyCar racer immersed himself in the routine “like a really good actor.” Len Goodman, the head judge, said he would have like to see more jitterbug content in the routine. Despite that, he praised the performance, calling Hinchcliffe “a major contender in this competition.”
Tonight’s Scores (Individual dance, team dance. Total.)
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold: 36; 38. Total: 74
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 36; 38. Total: 74
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 34; 35. Total: 69
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber: Total: 34; 35. Total: 69
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Total: 34; 35. Total: 69
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: 29; 35. Total: 64
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: 28; 38. Total: 66
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: 28; 35. Total: 63 (They were eliminated tonight.)