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We were scared to tune in to Dancing With the Stars for Monday's week eight episode.

Why?

Tough Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller took a seat at the judge's panel.

Most guest judges are not technical experts (except for Julianne Hough, of course). But Miller? She knew exactly what she'd be looking for: "Straight legs, pointed feet, perfect musicality, inspiration, emotional changes, pretty much everything."

Deemed safe right off the bat were Olympian Charlie White and his partner Sharna Burgess.

So who would be going home? James Maslow was at the bottom of the pack heading into the night, with Danica McKellar just above him on the leaderboard.

Each celeb had an individual dance and a celebrity duel dance.

Here's how the night played out with scores from Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Miller and Bruno Tonioli:

Amy Purdy had a muscle spasm in her back last week that sent her to the hospital. She rested for a while this week during rehearsals, and when she did practice, her rib kept "popping out." Ever-positive partner Derek Hough admitted, "We have a few extra challenges." But they pulled off their dance with panache. Amy kicked and flicked her prosthetic legs with impressive precision and grace. Abby praised Derek for his choreography and Amy for her endurance and determination. Bruno: "It was spellbinding. ... perfection!" Carrie Ann: "I swear I felt like I stopped breathing three times" during the number. Len said it was "terrific." Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 = 40 + 39 = 79

Charlie was a little down after last week's low scores, so his mom, Jacqueline White, came to see him this week to give him a pep talk. His quickstep with Sharna was super fast and sweet, and as host Tom Bergeron noted, "no wardrobe malfunctions" even though Sharna's dress took a deep V in the front. Len wasn't sure the performance was "special enough" for a 10 score. Abby: "I'm so happy it's somebody else that's mean," she said, pointing to Len. She criticized Charlie's foot, saying it was "flopping" at one point, but said he has "impeccable musicality." Bruno raved about Charlie being like a horse at the Kentucky Derby. Carrie Ann liked it, too.Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 = 40 + 38 = 78

James Maslow said last week was "discouraging" and being at the bottom of the leaderboard "sucks!" His Viennese waltz with Peta Murgatroyd was all about posture, and James was frustrated during rehearsals until his pals from Big Time Rush stopped by to cheer him up. His number with Peta, who sported long extensions in her hair, was fast and filled with twirls as petals floated romantically around them. Len said it was "lovely" but he didn't like James' legs. Abby said Peta was "perfection," and she loved how James made her look that way. Bruno said it was "like a romance blossoming under the cherry trees." Carrie Ann quibbled about his posture and about a lift. Scores: 8, 9, 10, 9 = 36 + 39 = 75

Candace Cameron Bure was surprised she's still in the competition. "It's Week 8 and I'm still here. I'm so stoked!" Her partner Mark Ballas said, "I keep telling Candace that it's a turtle race and she's my turtle." Their foxtrot had an old-time, sweet, swingy feel. Carrie Ann said Candace has made a "breakthrough." Len said it was "bright, fun, frivolous and joyful." Abby "loved it." Bruno called it "bright" but said she still needs to "extend."Scores: 9, 9, 9, 9 = 36 + 38 = 74

Danica, who has a broken rib, and partner Val Chmerkovskiy danced a fierce, goth, Game of Thrones tango to Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Abby loved the choreography but told Danica to watch her "shoulders." Bruno called it "majestical and powerful." Carrie Ann raved. Len said it she was "on it like a bonnet." Scores: 10, 9, 9, 10 = 38 + 34 = 72

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskyi struggled to perfect their rumba in rehearsal. As he whipped her around, she called him a "teddy bear." They hugged and were cute together, as always. "This rumba is a little bit outside the norm," said Meryl. "It's a very vulnerable place to be in ... so Maks and I are loving this routine." Woo! Their number was like a play between an angry couple. She started by smacking him, then fought to make him come back to her. It was emotional and beautiful. "Totally Tennessee Williams," said Bruno, calling it "unconventional and different." Carrie Ann noted their "mesmerizing" fluidity. Len: "The mood and the feeling of this was fantastic." Abby quibbled about Meryl's feet, and the crowd booed. When Maks was asked by co-host Erin Andrews what he thought of Abby's remarks, Maks said, "I really don't care for anything she has to say." Scores: 9, 9, 8, 10 = 36 + 34 = 70

Dance duel No. 1: Danica and Meryl. The two celebs danced a samba with their partners, then solo for a bit before their partners joined them again. Len said they were a little bit off in their synchronicity. When Abby criticized a turn, Val talked back. Carrie Ann agreed with the timing being off. Scores: 8, 9, 8, 9 = 34

Dance duel No. 2: Candace and Charlie. Their contemporary dance featured 20 seconds of Charlie lifting Candace up, twirling her above his head and around his body. Abby called it "beautiful, gorgeous." Bruno loved it. Carrie Ann said it was "spectacular" except for one small misstep. Scores: 9, 9, 10, 10 = 38

Dance duel No. 3: James and Amy. Amy cried during rehearsals, worried that she couldn't do great jive moves. But she sure didn't seem to have any problems on the floor, whether she was with James or Derek. They foursome rocked. Bruno said Peta and Amy looked like "sisters." Scores: 9, 10, 10, 10 = 39

In the end it came down to Danica, James and Candace.

And who went home? Danica McKellar!

Groans went up from the audience. "It's been absolutely amazing. I've had the best time ever," she said with a smile. "And I didn't want to see any of them eliminated so I guess it worked out." Aw.

Next week: The semifinals!

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