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'Dancing With The Stars': Amy Purdy's surprise phone call

'Dancing With The Stars': Amy Purdy's Surprise Phone Call From Oprah

On "Dancing With The Stars," paralympian Amy Purdy got a surprise phone call from a very special someone... Oprah Winfrey!

OPRAH: "Hi Amy, this is Oprah..."

AMY: "Ah! Are you serious!? Oh my god..."

DEREK: "Wow, we're so surprised to hear from you, this is amazing."

OPRAH: "Is that Derek? Oh, Amy and Derek... oh my god!!!!"

Oprah said she's been watching and routing for Amy and Derek, and actually dialing the number to vote. She congratulated Amy on how far she's already come and called her unbelievable.

Amy was excited to get the call -- calling Oprah an inspiration of hers because of how many obstacles she's overcome to
get to where she is today. Oprah added that when Amy wins, she's taking her and Derek out to dinner.

While it was a cute television moment, Tweeters had mixed reactions about Amy's call from Oprah -- some excited for the paralympian, but most saying producers are totally manipulating the show for Amy to win, Oprah being a part of that manipulation.

And Facebook fans agreed, saying if Meryl and Max don't win, it's proof that this show is rigged, and that if Amy and Derek win, it's a pity win that's just for publicity and not fair for the other dancers.

Still, CarterMatt thinks Amy has a good shot to win it all.

"She is very popular despite being a relative unknown before the show, and she also happens to be a phenomenal dancer with an inspirational story. Traditionally, all of this bodes very well when it comes to being declared the victor at the end."

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lfdobran May 13 2014 at 2:25 PM

Why can't Dancing With The Stars have 2 lst place winners this year. It was be a first.
Give out 2 mirrorballs.

Max has never won and this is his greatest chance with Meryl. They deserve to win.
Amy and Derek are unbelievable also.. I would like to see 2 winners if Max is
overlooked. Come on Dancing With The Stars...give us 2 winners this year.


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Eli May 13 2014 at 3:39 PM

It should have been Meryl and Charlie at the end because they are clearly the better dancers which is what I thought this competition was all about. The judges at some point towards the end of the competition should be the ones to make the final decision not the fans. This is a DANCE competition not a popularity competition. Don't get me wrong Amy is amazing and extremely inspirational, however, I think Meryl is the best dancer!

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violetvalerieviolet Eli May 13 2014 at 3:57 PM

myryl and charlie are the best dancers, but this really is a popularity contest or candace would have been gone a while ago. its always been a popularity contest from the beginning of the show, but i dont care, its fun to watch.

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starrbleu violetvalerieviolet May 13 2014 at 4:11 PM

Totally true. That goes for most of these competition shows. DWTS, AI, THE Voice. Who ever has the biggest fan base will win, which isn't right but it does bring in the viewers. You can also tell in the judges face after a great dance in which a couple were at the top but not enough fans to keep them in. The producers of the show should get it by now and the judges should have a say in the decision also. Now that would be a great competition show.

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Carpy May 13 2014 at 3:52 PM

I have watched the show for years and agree that Derek always gets more publicity than any other contestant. It is not just this year!

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daveinlansing May 13 2014 at 3:55 PM

They need to leave . This was totaly unfair.

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Janet May 13 2014 at 4:02 PM

If Meryl & Maks don't take this mirror ball trophy - I'm done. For judges to claim on the first day that they would NOT take Amy's 'situation' into judging the dancing . . . it's all they seem to keep talking about. Yes, it's wonderful that she can do what she's doing on 2 fake legs - - - but the other contestants don't have the option to 'change legs' for their dances. And Meryl is the best non-pro dancer this season and deserves the win regardless of the judges controversial relationship with Maks

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Janet May 13 2014 at 4:03 PM

Hopefully, Charlie's shout out for 'team Meryl' will get his fans to throw their votes her way :)

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Yvonne Wood May 13 2014 at 4:05 PM

I agree, it was not a good idea.

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NANCY May 13 2014 at 4:05 PM

I think she is getting the pity vote also. She is good but Meryl, Peta, and Charlie are better. Derek is coreographing to accomodate her disability!!

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Susan NANCY May 13 2014 at 4:16 PM

Exactly. She is not held to the same standard. And when it came to last night's elimination, up to that point Amy had cried in every single episode. Poor, poor Amy. ::snark::: She's going for the pity vote as well. Shameful.

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amsrocc May 13 2014 at 4:08 PM

Hands down, Meryl & Max are the best dancers & deserve to win!

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Susan May 13 2014 at 4:15 PM

I agree. Amy and Candace need to be gone. Charlie, James and Meryl are far better. Meryl IS THE BEST.

This is indeed being manipulated.

Amy isn't really dancing. She's being dragged around, and 'dancing' from a stool and from a table?? Seriously? That's not dancing.

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