‘Dancing With the Stars’ Semi-Finals 5/12/2014: Top 10 Highlights & Recap

6. Purdy Killed It in a Quickstep

The quickstep was their first dance and Purdy did amazingly well in a flawless performance. It was so light and bouncy that it was nothing but praise across the board. Judge Len Goodman told Purdy, “You inspire me to do something, I don’t know what.” The couple got a 39 out of 40 for their quickstep score.

For their second routine, Purdy pulled off another stellar performance and this time it was a sexy jazz number. The judges were overcome and gave Derek Hough an outstanding amount of praise on his choreography skills. Receiving a 39 out of 40, the couple had a total of 78 for the evening.

7. The Last Macy’s Stars of Dance Was Tonight

As an inspiration, Derek Hough used movie sets as the theme of the performance for the last Macy’s Stars of Dance routine of the season.

Dancing to MKTO’s song “Classic,” Hough and the rest of the professionals put on an adorable performance filled with tons of props and several different backdrops.

8. Maksim Chmerkovskiy Becomes Very Frustrated

Before the show, Davis got a visit from icon Kristi Yamaguchi, but things weren’t all sunshine and roses. Maks was determined to give Meryl a perfect routine because he believes she is the best dancer on the show. He was so worried about disappointing her and their viewers that he had a bit of a meltdown and threw his microphone pack on the floor.

This clearly did something for the routine as Maks and Meryl got stellar reviews from the judges, getting a score of 40 out of 40. And, something came over Maks even before he received his perfect score as he dished out love to each of the judges. Maks kissed Carrie Ann, gave Bruno a smooch, and gave out hearty hugs to Len and Kenny.

For their other performance, the two shared romance, passion and seemed to be depict a great love affair in the story of their dance together. The couple made off with a perfect score overall for the entire night with an 80 out of 80.

9. James Maslow Danced to Michael Jackson’s New Song

James Maslow’s icon is Michael Jackson and Team Jeta was given permission to dance to the new Michael Jackson single from album “Xscape.” Maslow felt a lot of pressure dancing to “Love Never Felt So Good,” but he was put a little at ease when L.A. Reid came to visit him during rehearsals.

Once the couple hit the dance floor, Maslow was the smoothest he’s ever been in the ballroom. It was truly an “iconic” performance and it received a perfect score of 40 out of 40. As for their second performance of the night, it was western themed and full of passion, earning them a 36 out of 40. Their total score for the night was a 76 out of 80.

10. One of our Favorites Was Sent Home

As if having three favorite couples in the bottom three tonight wasn’t enough, we had to say goodbye to a beloved pair tonight. Amy and Derek were announced as safe, leaving the Olympian partners in the bottom two. Charlie White was ultimately sent home.