After 9 grueling weeks, the Dancing With the Stars competition is nearing its pinnacle. Beginning last night’s semifinals were actor and author, Candace Cameron Bure, and her professional dance partner, Mark Ballas. The duo danced a 34-point Viennese waltz, which Candace dedicated to God.
“I should always remember that no matter how many people I’m performing for, I’m really performing for an audience of one, and that’s for God,” she said in the video package for last night’s show.
As this week's theme was American Icons, Candace found time in between rehearsals to meet with her personal icon, Angela Thomas, a Bible teacher and best-selling author.
“Angela inspires me because she loves the Word of God, and so do I,” Candace said.
Candace has been outspoken and unapologetic since Day 1 about her conservative Christian beliefs and her views on biblical submission within the context of marriage, a view that has been deemed “controversial”  by the mainstream media. But she has also presented herself as a talented dancer and a worthy contestant on the show.
Angela’s advice for Candace: “You’re in there with the best of the best, shining and dancing your heart out…You and I both know that faith is at the center of who you are, and there’s a Scripture that says that in the presence of God is the fullness of joy, and that’s what you’re showing up with every week. You stay in there!”
Candace got into the storyline of the dance, dancing with emotion and charisma to Bruno Mars' "If I Knew", but she had a fumble or two. Their scores: 8, 9, 9, and 8 for a combined score of 34 out of 40.
"The pressure got to you a little," judge Len Goodman noted, although noticing the improvement in her footwork and placement. “There’s a few mistakes in there, but I understand that this is a pressurized thing. You’re the first one out…I think you did great.”