DWTS: Season 18 Night 1, Finale Recap


The two-part Dancing with the Stars finale event kicked off on Monday night, as the remaining four couples took to the floor to perform to all new routines.

Unlike past weeks, there is no special guest judge this week and the results will be announced at the end of the show, rather than throughout the show.

The remaining couples will compete in two rounds of performances. In the first round of performances, the contestants will perform the same routine they danced during this season’s Switch Up twist. The second round is all about the much anticipated Freestyle routines, where the couples can perform a routine with absolutely no set requirements.

Here is a quick breakdown of tonight’s performances as well as the scores the couples received:

Round 1 – Switch Up Dance Styles:

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd – Tango

Score: 29/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 9

Len Goodman – 10

Bruno Tonioli – 10

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Argentine Tango

Score: 30/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 10

Len Goodman – 10

Bruno Tonioli – 10

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas – Quickstep

Score: 27/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 9

Len Goodman – 9

Bruno Tonioli – 9

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough – Salsa

Score: 30/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 10

Len Goodman – 10

Bruno Tonioli – 10

Round 2: Freestyle:

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd

Score: 29/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 10

Len Goodman – 9

Bruno Tonioli – 10

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Score: 30/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 10

Len Goodman – 10

Bruno Tonioli – 10

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas

Score: 24/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 8

Len Goodman – 8

Bruno Tonioli – 8

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough

Score: 29/30

Carrie Anne Inaba – 10

Len Goodman – 9

Bruno Tonioli – 10

Time for tonight’s results. We quickly learn that Meryl & Maks and Amy & Derek are safe from elimination, which means either James & Peta or Candace & Mark are leaving the show tonight.

Dim the lights, sue the suspenseful music. The couple leaving the show tonight and coming in fourth place is… James & Peta.

Part two of the Dancing with the Stars finale airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC.

What did you think of Monday’s Freestyle routines and who do you want to see walk away with the Mirrorball Trophy tonight?

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