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Meryl Davis Advances to 'Dancing' Final

May 20, 2014

Steve Schrader, Detroit Free Press

It's not much of a surprise, but West Bloomfield's Meryl Davis and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy advanced to Tuesday's final of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Also advancing were "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure and Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy. Singer/actor James Maslow was eliminated.

But Meryl and Maks were in top form again with perfect scores for both of their dances -- an Argentine tango and a barefoot freestyle -- from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for the second week in a row.

"That was sumptrously seductive," Tonioli said of the tango.

"It was beautiful, sophisticated, sultry, sensuous perfection," Inaba said. "Again."

"And it keeps getting better," Tonioli said of the freestyle.

"I tell you, there's good, there's great, and there's Meryl," Goodman said said of the freestyle.

The finalists will dance one more time for the judges Tuesday night to decide who gets the coveted Mirrored Ball Trophy, but there will be plenty more dancing on the two-hour show (9 p.m., Channel 7 in Detroit).

That includes a dance with Meryl and her gold-medal Olympic partner Charlie White, who was eliminated last week.

Original headline: BRIEF: Meryl Davis advances to 'Dancing' final, will reunite with Charlie White


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