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Dancing with the Stars 18
Dancing with the Stars 18
Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Erin Andrews
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: March 17, 2014 –
May 20, 2014
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Meryl Davis
Professional Winner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Series Chronology
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Season 17
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Season 19

The eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on March 17, 2014.

Tom Bergeron returned as host as Erin Andrews replaced Brooke Burke as co-host.

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all returned as judges.

Bandleader Ray Chew replaced the Harold Wheeler orchestra and singers.

In addition, the skybox made its return to the show and the judges table returned to the left side of the ballroom.

This season was the first to feature a new twist called "The Switch Up", which gave viewers the opportunity to vote and change up celebrity/professional pairings for a week during the season. Each celebrity was required to leave his or her partner and perform with a new pro for one week.

This season is notable for being the first in which a dance that has been featured in every season, the Paso Doble, is only performed once (by Charlie White and Sharna Burgess).

On May 20, 2014, Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were announced as the winners; Paralympic snowboard Amy Purdy and Derek Hough placed second, and actress Candace Cameron-Bure and Mark Ballas placed third.

DevelopmentEdit

The cast of twelve and their professional partners were revealed on March 4, 2014, on Good Morning America.

Nine of the twelve professional dancers from the previous season returned for season 18. A tenth, Sasha Farber, returned to the Dance Troupe while Tristan MacManus and Tyne Stecklein did not return in either capacity. These three were replaced by former Troupe members — Witney Carson and Henry Byalikov — and also by Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who had returned following a two-season hiatus. Joining Sasha Farber and Lindsay Arnold in the Troupe is Jenna Johnson from season ten of So You Think You Can Dance and Artem Chigvintsev, a professional on the British version of the show.

CouplesEdit

Celebrity Known For Professional Partner Result
Diana Nyad S18 100px Diana Nyad Long-distance
swimmer
Henry Byalikov S18 100px Henry Byalikov Eliminated 1st
on March 24, 2014
Sean Avery S18 100px Sean Avery NHL
player
Karina Smirnoff S18 100px Karina Smirnoff Eliminated 2nd
on March 24, 2014
Billy Dee Williams S18 100px Billy Dee
Williams
Actor &
singer
Emma Slater S18 100px Emma Slater Withdrew
on March 31, 2014
Cody Simpson S18 100px Cody Simpson Singer Witney Carson S18 100px Witney Carson Eliminated 3rd
on April 14, 2014
Drew Carey S18 100px Drew Carey Comedian
& host
Cheryl Burke S18 100px Cheryl Burke Eliminated 4th
on April 21, 2014
NeNe Leakes S18 100px Nene Leakes Reality
television star
Tony Dovolani S18 100px Tony Dovolani Eliminated 5th
on April 28, 2014
Danica McKellar S18 100px Danica McKellar Actress &
author
Valentin Chmerkovskiy S18 100px Valentin Chmerkovskiy Eliminated 6th
on May 5, 2014
Charlie White S18 100px Charlie White Olympic
ice dancer
Sharna Burgess S18 100px Sharna Burgess Eliminated 7th
on May 12, 2014
James Maslow S18 100px James Maslow Singer
& actor
Peta Murgatroyd S18 100px Peta Murgatroyd Eliminated 8th
on May 19, 2014
Candace Cameron Bure S18 100px Candace
Cameron Bure
Actress &
author
Mark Ballas S18 100px Mark Ballas Third Place
Amy Purdy S18 100px Amy Purdy Paralympic
snowboarder
Derek Hough S18 100px Derek Hough Runner-Up
Meryl Davis S18 100px Meryl Davis Olympic
ice dancer
Maksim Chmerkovskiy S18 100px Maksim Chmerkovskiy Winner

Scoring chartsEdit

Judge's scoring summaryEdit

ScoringChart-S18

Average scoring chartEdit

Rank by
average
Place CoupleTemplate:Efn Total
points
Number
of dances
Average
1 1 Meryl & Maks 426 15 28.4
2 2 Amy & Derek 418 27.9
3 5 Charlie & Sharna 324 12 27.0
4 4 James & Peta 376 14 26.9
5 6 Danica & Val 263 10 26.3
6 3 Candace & Mark 382 15 25.5
7 9 Cody & Witney 119 5 23.8
8 7 NeNe & Tony 188 8 23.5
9 8 Drew & Cheryl 132 6 22.0
10 11 Sean & Karina 41 2 20.5
11 12 Diana & Henry 18 1 18.0
12 10 Billy Dee & Emma 30 2 15.0

Highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

Dance Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Cha-Cha-Cha James Maslow 30 Billy Dee Williams 15
Foxtrot Charlie White 30 Diana Nyad 18
Contemporary James Maslow 30 Sean Avery 20
Jive Meryl Davis 30 Drew Carey
NeNe Leakes
21
Samba Meryl Davis
Charlie White
27 Danica McKellar 24
Tango Meryl Davis 30 Billy Dee Williams 15
Swing Meryl Davis 25 Amy Purdy 24
Rumba Meryl Davis 28 Candace Cameron Bure 21
Salsa Amy Purdy 30 Sean Avery 21
Jazz Amy Purdy 29 NeNe Leakes 24
Waltz Amy Purdy 27 Drew Carey 22
Quickstep Charlie White 30 Candace Cameron Bure
Drew Carey
21
Argentine Tango Amy Purdy
Meryl Davis
30 NeNe Leakes 23
Paso Doble Charlie White 26
Viennese Waltz Meryl Davis 30 Candace Cameron Bure 25
Freestyle Meryl Davis 30 Candace Cameron Bure 24
Team dance Candace Cameron Bure
Meryl Davis
Danica McKellar
Amy Purdy
29 NeNe Leakes
James Maslow
Charlie White
25
Dance duel Amy Purdy
James Maslow
29 Meryl Davis
Danica McKellar
26
Fusion dance Amy Purdy
Meryl Davis
30 Candace Cameron Bure 27

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dancesEdit

Couples Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Meryl & Maks Tango, Jive, Viennese Waltz, Argentine tango, Freestyle & Foxtrot/Cha-cha-cha fusion (30) Cha-cha-cha (24)
Amy & Derek Argentine tango, Salsa & Argentine tango/Cha-cha-cha fusion (30) Cha-cha-cha & Swing (24)
Candace & Mark Jazz (28) Rumba & Quickstep (21)
James & Peta Contemporary & Cha-cha-cha (30) Foxtrot (21)
Charlie & Sharna Quickstep & Foxtrot (30) Rumba (24)
Danica & Val Quickstep & Tango (29) Foxtrot, Samba, Jive, & Salsa (24)
NeNe & Tony Foxtrot (27) Cha-cha-cha & Jive (21)
Drew & Cheryl Cha-cha-cha (24) Foxtrot, Jive & Quickstep (21)
Cody & Witney Jazz & Samba (26) Cha-cha-cha & Tango (22)
Billy Dee & Emma Cha-cha-cha & Tango (15) Cha-cha-cha & Tango (15)
Sean & Karina Salsa (21) Contemporary (20)
Diana & Henry Foxtrot (18) Foxtrot (18)

Weekly scoresEdit

Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: Premiere Night Edit

Couple Scores Dance Music
NeNe & Tony 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-Cha-Cha "Give It 2 U" - Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar
James & Peta 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Story of My Life" - One Direction
Danica & Val 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Walk Away" - Kelly Clarkson
Sean & Karina 20 (7, 6, 7) Contemporary "Somewhere Only We Know" - Keane
Billy Dee & Emma 15 (5, 5, 5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Star Wars Theme" - Meco
Meryl & Maks 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "All Night"—Icona Pop
Candace & Mark 25 (9, 8, 8) Contemporary "Burn" - Ellie Goulding
Cody & Witney 22 (7, 7, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Timber" - Pitbull ft. Kesha
Drew & Cheryl 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Money (That's What I Want)" - Barrett Strong
Amy & Derek 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Counting Stars" - OneRepublic
Diana & Henry 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot "Beyond the Sea" - Bobby Darin
Charlie & Sharna 27 (9, 9, 9) Contemporary "Let Her Go" - Passenger

Week 2: Celebrity's Pick NightEdit

  • At the beginning of the show, it was announced by Bergeron and Andrews that there would be a double elimination.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Drew & Cheryl 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "You Can't Sit Down" - The Dovells Safe
Danica & Val 24 (8, 8, 8) Samba "All Nite (Don't Stop)" - Janet Jackson Safe
Billy Dee & Emma 15 (5, 5, 5) Tango "Peter Gunn Theme" - Henry Mancini Safe
Meryl & Maks 25 (8, 9, 8) Swing "Big and Bad" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Safe
Diana & Henry N/A Cha-Cha-Cha "Move Your Feet" - Junior Senior Eliminated
Candace & Mark 21 (7, 7, 7) Rumba "Say Something" - A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera Safe
Amy & Derek 24 (8, 8, 8) Swing "Swing Set" - Jurassic 5 Safe
James & Peta 25 (9, 8, 8) Salsa "Follow the Leader" - Wisin & Yandel ft. Jennifer Lopez Safe
Charlie & Sharna 25 (9, 7, 9) Tango "Addicted to You" - Avicii Safe
NeNe & Tony 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "Do My Thing" - Estelle ft. Janelle Monáe Safe
Sean & Karina 21 (7, 7, 7) Salsa "Dance Bailalo" - Kat DeLuna Eliminated
Cody & Witney 22 (7, 7, 8) Tango "Yeah 3x" - Chris Brown Last to be called safe

Week 3: Most Memorable Year NightEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Robin Roberts, Bruno Tonioli.

  • At the beginning of the show, it was announced that Billy Dee Williams was advised to withdraw from the competition due to a chronic back problem. Therefore, no one was eliminated at the end of the show.
Couple Scores Dance Music
James & Peta 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Jive "The Middle" - Jimmy Eat World
NeNe & Tony 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) Rumba "I Believe in You and Me" - Whitney Houston
Cody & Witney 35 (9, 8, 9, 9) Jazz "Surfboard" - Cody Simpson
Danica & Val 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Contemporary "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - Billy Joel
Drew & Cheryl 30 (7, 7, 8, 8) Waltz "Fade into You" - Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen
Meryl & Maks 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) Foxtrot "All of Me" - John Legend
Amy & Derek 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Contemporary "Human" - Christina Perri
Charlie & Sharna 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Jive "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
Candace & Mark 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Jive "Blue Suede Shoes" - Elvis Presley

Week 4: Switch-Up NightEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

  • The couples were required to switch professional partners this week and learn a new style of dance.
  • Due to the nature of the week, no elimination took place at the end of the show.
Couple Scores Dance Music
Candace & Tony 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) Quickstep "The Ballroom Blitz" - The Sweet
James & Cheryl 35 (9, 8, 9, 9) Tango "Dark Horse" - Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
Drew & Witney 33 (8, 8, 9, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Sugarfoot" - Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Danica & Maks 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Jive "Love Me Right!" - The Swag Geeks ft. Brook Penning
Charlie & Peta 33 (7, 8, 9, 9) Rumba "Wildest Moments" - Jessie Ware
Amy & Mark 34 (9, 8, 8, 9) Salsa "Brand New" - Pharrell ft. Justin Timberlake
Cody & Sharna 31 (8, 7, 8, 8) Foxtrot "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
NeNe & Derek 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Jazz "Grown Woman" - Beyoncé
Meryl & Val 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Too Close" - Alex Clare

Week 5: Disney NightEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Donny Osmond, Bruno Tonioli.

  • Couples performed one unlearned dance to a song from a Disney film.
Couple Scores Dance Music Film 'Result
Drew & Cheryl 28 (7, 7, 7, 7) Quickstep "Friend Like Me" Aladdin Safe
Charlie & Sharna 37 (9, 10, 9, 9) Jazz "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Mary Poppins Safe
Danica & Val 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) Quickstep "Be Our Guest" Beauty and the Beast Safe
Amy & Derek 37 (9, 9, 10, 9) Waltz "So This Is Love" Cinderella Safe
Cody & Witney 34 (9, 8, 8, 9) Samba "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" The Lion King Eliminated
NeNe & Tony 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Cruella de Vil" One Hundred and One Dalmatians Safe
James & Peta 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Contemporary "Let It Go" Frozen Safe
Meryl & Maks 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Samba "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" The Jungle Book Safe
Candace & Mark 35 (8, 9, 9, 9) Samba "Under the Sea" The Little Mermaid Last to be called safe

Week 6: Party Anthem NightEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Redfoo, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
NeNe & Tony 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Salsa "Hot in Herre" - Nelly Safe
Candace & Mark 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "I Love It" - Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX Last to be called safe
James & Peta 35 (9, 9, 8, 9) Quickstep "You're the One That I Want" - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Safe
Danica & Val 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Cha-Cha-Cha I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Whitney Houston Safe
Meryl & Maks 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Tango "Feel So Close" - Calvin Harris Safe
Drew & Cheryl 32 (8, 9, 7, 8) Tango "Super Freak" - Rick James Eliminated
Charlie & Sharna 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Cha-Cha-Cha "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" - C+C Music Factory ft. Freedom Williams Safe
Amy & Derek 38 (9, 10, 9, 10) Jive "Shout" - The Isley Brothers Safe

Week 7: Latin NightEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Ricky Martin, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Amy & Derek 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Rumba "Light My Fire" - José Feliciano Safe
James & Peta 35 (9, 9, 8, 9) Samba "Gasolina" - Daddy Yankee Last to be called safe
Danica & Val 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Salsa "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" - Major Lazer Safe
NeNe & Tony 31 (8, 8, 7, 8) Argentine Tango "Can't Remember to Forget You" - Shakira ft. Rihanna Eliminated
Charlie & Sharna 36 (9, 10, 8, 9) Paso Doble "Sail" - Awolnation Safe
Candace & Mark 35 (8, 9, 9, 9) Argentine Tango "1977" - Ana Tijoux Safe
Meryl & Maks 39 (10, 10, 9, 10) Salsa "Adrenalina" - Wisin ft. Ricky Martin & Jennifer Lopez Safe
NeNe & Tony
James & Peta
Charlie & Sharna
35 (8, 10, 8, 9) Latin Freestyle
(Team Vida)
"La Copa de la Vida" - Ricky Martin
Danica & Val
Candace & Mark
Amy & Derek1
Meryl & Maks
39 (10, 10, 9, 10) Latin Freestyle
(Team Loca)
"Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

1Due to an injury suffered by Amy Purdy after performing her rumba, Team Loca's dance was scored based on rehearsal footage filmed prior to the live show.

Week 8: Celebrity Dance DuelsEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Abby Lee Miller, Bruno Tonioli.

  • Although billed as "dance duels," the two celebrities in each dance receive the same score. During the routine, the celebrities are required to dance with each other for 20 seconds on the dance floor without their partners.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Charlie & Sharna 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Quickstep "My Heart Goes Boom" - Miss Li Safe
Danica & Val 38 (10, 9, 9, 10) Tango "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" - Lorde Eliminated
Meryl & Maks 36 (9, 9, 8, 10) Rumba "Read All About It (Pt. III)" - Emeli Sandé Safe
Candace & Mark 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On" - Sam Cooke Safe
James & Peta 36 (8, 9, 10, 9) Viennese Waltz "6'2" - Marie Miller Last to be called safe
Amy & Derek 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Heart Upon My Sleeve" - Avicii Safe
Meryl & Maks
Danica & Val
34 (8, 9, 8, 9) Samba "I Luh Ya Papi" - Jennifer Lopez ft. French Montana
Candace & Mark
Charlie & Sharna
38 (9, 9, 10, 10) Contemporary "Stay with Me" - Sam Smith
James & Peta
Amy & Derek
39 (9, 10, 10, 10) Jive "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That" - Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Week 9: American Icons Night (Semifinals)Edit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Kenny Ortega, Bruno Tonioli.

  • The semifinalists performed two unlearned dances to songs by American music icons. The celebrities were also able to speak with people who they consider "icons".
    Candace, Charlie, Amy, James and Meryl each received advice from Angela Thomas, Scott Hamilton, Oprah Winfrey, L.A. Reid and season winner Kristi Yamaguchi respectively.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Candace & Mark 34 (8, 9, 9, 8) Viennese Waltz "If I Knew" - Bruno Mars Safe
38 (9, 10, 10, 9) Jazz "Nasty" - Janet Jackson
Charlie & Sharna 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Foxtrot "New York, New York" - Frank Sinatra Eliminated
36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Samba "Mo Money Mo Problems" - The Notorious B.I.G.
Amy & Derek 39 (10, 9, 10, 10) Quickstep "You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes Safe
39 (9, 10, 10, 10) Jazz "Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix)" - Ella Fitzgerald
James & Peta 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Cha-Cha-Cha "Love Never Felt So Good" - Michael Jackson Safe
36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Rumba "Islands in the Stream" - Kenny Rogers ft. Dolly Parton
Meryl & Maks 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Jive "Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley Last to be called safe
40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Viennese Waltz "Just a Fool" - Christina Aguilera & Blake Shelton

Week 10: FinalsEdit

  • The four finalists performed two dances on the first night: the first was a new dance using the same dance style the celebrities had performed in week four with their switch-up partners, but now with their regular pro partners, and the second was a freestyle dance.

(Night 1)

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
James & Peta 29 (9, 10, 10) Tango "Adore You (Cedric Gervais Remix)" - Miley Cyrus Eliminated
29 (10, 9, 10) Freestyle "Original Don" - Major Lazer ft. The Partysquad
Meryl & Maks 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Montserrat" - Bajofondo Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Latch" - Sam Smith
Candace & Mark 27 (9, 9, 9) Quickstep "Umbrella" - The Baseballs Last to be called safe
24 (8, 8, 8) Freestyle "Canned Heat" - Jamiroquai
Amy & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) Salsa "Ran Kan Kan" - Tito Puente Safe
29 (10, 9, 10) Freestyle "Dare You" - Hardwell

(Night 2)

  • On the second night, the three surviving finalists each performed a fusion dance combining two dance styles that had been assigned to them after the previous night's episode. The selected styles had been performed by the couple earlier in the season.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Amy & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine Tango
Cha-Cha-Cha
"Rather Be" - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne Runner-up
Candace & Mark 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba
Quickstep
"Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder Third Place
Meryl & Maks 30 (10, 10, 10) Foxtrot
Cha-Cha-Cha
"Glowing" - Nikki Williams Winner

GalleryEdit

  • 12th place: Diana & Henry
  • 11th place: Sean & Karina
  • 10th place: Billy Dee & Emma
  • 9th place: Cody & Witney
  • 8th place: Drew & Cheryl
  • 7th place: NeNe & Tony
  • 6th place: Danica & Val
  • 5th place: Charlie & Sharna
  • 4th place: James & Peta
  • 3rd place: Candace & Mark
  • 2nd place: Amy & Derek
  • 1st place: Meryl & Maks

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