Tonight’s Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars Semi-Finals kicked off with a performance from the Troupe and guest dancers, who danced to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Tonight’s theme was Michael Jackson music, and the final five couples each performed two dances. The first round consisted of the crazy dances chosen for them by each other during last week’s results show. In the second round, everyone danced to a song from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album to commemorate the 25th anniversary.
Melissa and Tony were up first, with the Caveman Hustle. The two were very uncertain on how to put the dance together during rehearsals. During their dress rehearsal, Tony hurt his back and had to go to the hospital for an MRI. In the end, he was cleared to dance, and the two showed us all exactly what a Caveman Hustle should look like. Len thought they captured the flavor of the caveman, Tony had the muscle, Melissa had the hustle, and it was well-done. Bruno noticed Melissa lost her footing a little bit, but it was a great use of animal skins. Carrie Ann liked the caveman sections better than the hustle, but it was fantastic, for entertainment’s sake. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9.5/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27.5/30)
Shawn and Derek worked with an outside choreographer for their Knight Rider Bhangra, as they were each confused on how to make the dance work. For such a crazy themed dance, the two of them were spot on and absolutely amazing. Bruno was beside himself with excitement and said they did it “Bhangra styyyyyle!” Carrie Ann didn’t even know what to say, but it was a challenging routine, Shawn was out of breath, it was fantastic, and they did a great job. Len told them to shut up, close the front door, and this dynamite was fantastic. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Apolo and Karina were a bit shaken up after coming so close to elimination last week and put in more rehearsal hours than ever before. Their first dance for the night was Big Top Jazz. Their routine was difficult, with lots of lifts, but they definitely had a couple of slip ups. Carrie Ann loved the concept and movement quality they were going for, but she thought it was disjointed, and the two of them were out of sync. She wanted it to come together, but it didn’t. Len added there were a couple of awkward moments, but he said Apolo is a fighter, and it was well-done. Bruno called it a blend of Cirque du Soleil and “A Clockwork Orange.” He also commented on one loss of step at the beginning. (Carrie Ann: 8.5/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9.5/10; Total: 27/30)
Emmitt and Cheryl danced an Espionage Lindy Hop. It was hard for Emmitt to use acting skills in order to make himself more animated to match the tone of their dance. Len liked the concept and the energy, but he would have liked a little more Lindy. Bruno thought the performance had the most fun he had ever seen. Carrie Ann felt this was the most animated Emmitt has ever been. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Kelly and Val were tasked with the Surfer Flamenco. By the end of their dance, the two of them were in a bathing suit and a Speedo, dancing on top of a splash pit, sending water flying everywhere. Bruno commented on the placement of the Flamenco not being there – the placement of arms is very precise, but it was all Paso. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno that it was all Paso, but they pulled off the surfer side very well. Len said if the dance was poker, they went all in – it had verve and attack, but their energy was fantastic. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 8.5/10; Total: 25.5/30)
For their second dance, Melissa and Tony danced the Argentine Tango to Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” Their dance was full of crazy looking lifts, all of which were executed perfectly. Len told them he would be really disappointed Bruno called Melissa a dirty, nasty, wicked devil of a woman, and he added the series of lifts was extraordinary. Carrie Ann said it was beyond anything she could have imagined for her and couldn’t believe Melissa is the underdog. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Shawn and Derek were next, with another Argentine Tango, danced to “Bad.” The two of them didn’t incorporate nearly as many lifts as Melissa and Tony, but their dance was just as well-done, with all of their sharp footwork. Bruno said it was stylistically perfect and asked Shawn if there was anything she couldn’t do. Carrie Ann thought the movements were perfect, but the dance lacked the intimacy and drama, causing quite a rise out of Bruno. Len thought Shawn nailed it. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 29/30)
Apolo and Karina danced the Rumba to “Man in the Mirror.” This time around, there weren’t any slip-ups, and the routine was flawless. Carrie Ann said they reached into her heart and melted it. Len said it was like the sea – wave after wave of effortless motion. Bruno told Apolo he nailed it, and it was perfectly pitched between sensuality and romance. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Emmitt and Cheryl were frustrated during their rehearsals to dance the Tango, which probably worked to their benefit when the time came to perform to “Leave Me Alone.” Len felt Emmitt coped marvelously well with the two dances. Bruno loved the intensity, but the footwork could have been more exact. Carrie Ann agreed, but added that Emmitt pushed it and brought his A-game. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Kelly admitted to having felt embarrassed for her win during the first season, when she wasn’t necessarily the best dancer, but she now feels Val has taught her the fundamentals of dance. The two of them danced the Rumba to “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” Bruno said it was smoldering, driven by desire, and the chemistry between the two of them is literally singing. Carrie Ann said it was beautiful and breathtaking. Len said it had control, emotion, and he loved when they would speed in and then slowed down. (Carrie Ann: 9.5/10; Len: 9.5/10; Bruno: 9.5/10; Total: 28.5/30)
- Shawn and Derek: 59/60
- Melissa and Tony: 57.5/60
- Apolo and Karina: 57/60
- Kelly and Val: 54/60
- Emmitt and Cheryl: 54/60
There will be another double elimination tomorrow night, knocking the playing field down to three couples going into next week’s finale. Tomorrow night’s results show will air at 7:00 p.m. on WISN 12 in Milwaukee. What were your favorite and least favorite performances of the night? Who do you want to make it through to the finals next week? Leave a comment below!
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