*Special break to mention the hate tweets that Cody Simpson fans started sending Donny Osmond. Social media is a truly magical thing.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 40/40 The perfect performance of the night was a contemporary number performed to Frozen's hit song "Let It Go." All you need to know is that there were animated ice castles shooting out of the ground, crazy lifts, and tears falling from Carrie Ann's eyes. It was "absolute artistry," as she put it, and quite frankly, it was something she never expected out of James. (No offense, dude.)
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36/40 If you're going to samba, you have to do it to The Jungle Book, right? Wrong. Maks was not super excited about the idea of turning a "sexy" dance into some form of "comedy." It's not something he does, especially considering he looks like Mowgli on steroids. But thankfully, a shirtless Maks was joined on the floor by King Louie and Baloo, because dancing with animation is fun! You know what else is fun? Being awesome. The judges were in awe of the duo's ability to dance "like they're part of one body." They're so in tune and have such a special relationship and blah blah. Bruno would like another look at Maks' abs (and so would I). And when Bruno thanked Maks for the eyeful, Tom swooped in with the line of the night: "They eyeful tower of Chmerkovskiy." Did he just top "conscious recoupling?" Well done, Tom.
Other tidbits: Maks has "natural body sparkling" that he was born with, so I hope you feel good about yourself right about now.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 35/40 The last couple on the floor was the couple at the bottom of the leaderboard. Mark and Candace were also tackling the samba, but they were doing it with the most over-the-top, amazing costumes you could imagine. The Little Mermaid was their theme, which meant Mark was wearing claws -- he was Sebastian! -- and Candace had on a red wig, which she obviously combed with her dinglehopper!
Len thought she could've straightened her legs more, but he enjoyed it, and Donny gave her a pep talk about not giving up. Bruno said something about the rebirth of Venus? And then Carrie Ann called Candace one of her favorite "movers," not to be confused with "dancer."
But at the end of the night, it was Cody Simpson and Witney Carson who were eliminated. Wait, what?! I don't know about you all, but I'm both shocked and bummed. Sure, 99 percent of it has to do with Witney, but I genuinely expected Candace to go. Plus, I really do love watching Witney dance. Love.
So the Simba Samba was Cody's farewell. What do you have to say to that? And I know you all have thoughts on those animated bits. Sound off in the comments below!
The dancers' total scores are below. Combined with the viewer votes from this week, these scores will help decide which couple leaves us next week:
So who wants to go watch The Lion King?