Dancing With The Stars Week Ten Recap: Semi-Finals

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It’s the semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars and boy is there a lot going on!

There’s four dancers left as Tamar unfortunately was forced to pull out of the competition after finding out that she had blood clots in both her lungs. I wish her all the best and hope she recovers soon.

As for the four remaining couples, they had their regular dances to do, as well as a dance-off to add some points to their scores AND a trio dance to do tonight. So they had a lot of dances to learn.

Here are the scores for the couples dances:

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Salsa
Song: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” – Sia
Score: 27
*In Jeopardy*
*Safe*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Waltz
Song: “America the Beautiful” – Ray Chew
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Safe*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Drag You Down” – One Direction
Score: 28
*Safe*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance:
Song: “Scars” – Alessa feat. Ryan Tedder
Score: 24
*Lowest Score*
*In Jeopardy*
*Safe*

Next up came the dance-off in which two couples competed against each other for an additional three points.

Scores for the Dance-Off:

Carlos & Witney .vs. Alek & Lindsay
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Fun” – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Judges Votes: Alek & Lindsay (Carrie Ann), Carlos & Witney (Julianne), Carlos & Witney (Bruno)
Winner: Carlos & Witney (+3 Points for a total of 31)

Bindi & Derek .vs. Nick & Sharna
Dance: Samba
Song: “Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MO
Judges Votes: Bindi & Derek (Carrie Ann), Bindi & Derek (Julianne), Bindi & Derek (Bruno)
Winner: Bindi & Derek (+3 points for a total of 30)

Two dances down, but they aren’t done yet! Each of the couples had to choose another pro to dance with for the trios dances and boy was this an adventure!

Scores For Trios Dances:

Bindi, Derek, & Mark Ballas
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Resolve” – Nathan Lanier
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*

Alek, Lindsay, & Emma Slater
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King
Score: 27

Carlos, Witney, & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Charleston
Song: “Booty Swing” – Parov Stelar
Score: 29

 Nick, Sharna, & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Salsa
Song: “No Doubt About It” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Pitbull
Score: 30

After those three dances the scores for the couples are as follows:

Bindi & Derek: 60
Alek & Lindsay: 57
Carlos & Witney: 60
Nick & Sharna: 54

Unfortunately, this is the semi-finals and there needs (usually) to be an elimination.

There were two couples in jeopardy this week: Nick & Sharna and Bindi & Derek (are you kidding me?!).

However, because Tamar & Val were forced to drop out of the competition both couples were safe and all four moved forward to the finals.

What did you think of the semi-finals?

Who are you rooting for next week?

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Dancing With the Stars Semi-Finals Results

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Here we go! The last results show before the finals!

To recap, here are the final scores from last night:

Rumer and Val
Score: 68

Noah and Sharna
Score: 66

Riker and Allison
Score: 70

Nastia and Derek
Score: 70

The show started off looking back at Noah and Sharna’s journey so far, including Noah’s proposal last night. Congratulations again to the happy couple! It was announced then that Noah and Sharna were in jeopardy.

After that viewers got to see Whitney, Artem, Jenna, Lindsay, Alan, and others perform a dance that will be in the Almay Simply American Tour, raising money for families in the US military. It was quite a spectacular performance and everyone did an amazing job!

Next, they moved on Riker and Allison and took another look at their experience in the semi-finals. It was announced that Riker and Allison were safe and I will admit that I freaked out. I am so excited and so happy and I can’t wait to see them dance next week!

We then got to see something pretty amazing. A Dance Through the Ages. Emma and Sasha were challenged to show 100 years of dance in two minutes and they succeeded. The video was incredible and it was so funny to see the different dance styles and outfits that went with each decade. Comparing the 1900’s to now, it was definitely interesting to see.

Something that was emotional and moving to see was the recap of Nastia and Derek’s journey in the semi-finals. It was just as touching to watch Len dance with Nastia in the package as it was to watch live last night. Nastia and Derek were in jeopardy.

An “electrifying” performance took place shortly after this announcement featuring the woman of Dancing With the Stars. Now, I’m not a professional and, unless we see their preparation, we don’t know how the dance is supposed to look. But I think we can guess. This performance was spectacular, all of the women on the show did a phenomenal job. But some of them seemed a little out of time at some points? Was it just me? They just seemed to sometimes be a little out of sync with each other, but even at those times, they always got right back into the dance and it went on amazingly.

A video was shown of the four pros talking about each of the stars and I think they, and everyone watching, can agree on one thing: this is some of the toughest competition this show has ever seen. Everyone is so good!

A performance from Flo Rida followed after during which he sung his song, “G.D.F.R” while some of the ladies of Dancing With the Stars performed on stage.

We finally reached the fourth couple: Rumer and Val. After taking a look back at their performance last night, we learned that Rumer and Val were in jeopardy.

So now, going into the elimination, here are the results:

Noah and Sharna
Status: In Jeopardy

Riker and Allison
Status: Safe

Nastia and Derek
Status: In Jeopardy

Rumer and Val
Status: In Jeopardy

Something I love about getting closer and closer to the finals is that we get to look back on all the things that helped the couples get to where they are now. This included the training log of each of the couples, looking back at their successes and their struggles.

From Derek’s injury to Noah’s development as a dancer, from Riker and Allison’s time constraints to Rumer’s injury, it was really cool to see how far they’ve all come since that first week.

What came after the training log was something I was very excited for. A performance of “Gotta Be Me” by Riker’s brother, Ross, and the cast from Teen Beach Movie 2. I loved this performance! I’ll admit that as a big fan of R5 and everything they do I might be a little biased, but I thought this performance was absolutely great and got me really excited for Teen Beach Movie 2.

Now comes the moment that everyone was waiting for, but also dreading. The moment where we would find out which couples would be joining Riker and Allison in the finals. Rumer and Val, Noah and Sharna, and Nastia and Derek were all in jeopardy and, as much as we wish it wasn’t so, one of these couples had to go home.

Unfortunately, the couple to go home was Nastia and Derek. Honestly, no matter which way these results went, I think it’s safe to say that it would have been a shock and a disappointment. Nastia and Derek did amazing throughout this whole competition and they truly deserved to get as far as they did and to go farther.

Nastia and Derek

Noah and Sharna, Rumer and Val were safe and will be going to the finals with Riker and Allison.

What did you think of the results? Who do you think will win the finals?

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Dancing With the Stars 2015 Semi-Finals

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It’s the semi-finals!

This week the couples had two dances to do. Like every week, they had their normal couples dance. They also had their Judge’s Choice dance to do. This dance is one that is coached by one of the four judges and will be judged by the other three.

The competition has been tough from the start, but now they’re competing to go to the finals. Can I be honest? I don’t want any of them to go. Can they just award the trophy to all of them?

Now, because it’s the semi-finals we also get to learn a little more about each of the stars which is both wonderful an slightly sad when you realize that it won’t be long before another of these couples is going home.

The scores for this week:

Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkobskiy
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Earned It” – The Weekend
Score: 38

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “The Time of My Life” – David Cook
Score: 36
*Lowest Score of the Night*
Noah proposed! Oh my goodness, that was adorable! As soon as he took her hand and started saying how the song was like what she had done for him, I was like, “Is he gonna… Is he gonna…” And he did! Oh my gosh, congratulations to Noah and Jamie!

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Work Song” – Hozier
Score: 40
*Perfect Score*
*Tied for First*
*Perfect Night!*

Nastia Liukin and Sasha Farber (Standing in for Derek Hough)
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Feelin’ Good” – Christina Grimmie
Score: 40
*Perfect Score*
*Tied for First*
*Perfect Night*

Judge’s Choice Dances:

This is the first time this has ever been done. Each of the judges picked one of the couples to mentor this week and were involved in everything, from the dance tot he music to the concept. Absolutely everything.

When it comes to scoring, each of the couples will only be judged by three and the scores will be out of 30 instead of 40.

Rumer and Val
Judge: Bruno
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Score: 30 (+38 = 68)

Noah and Sharna
Judge: Carrie Ann
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Unstoppable” – E.S. Posthumus
Score: 30 (+36 = 66)

Riker and Allison
Judge: Julianne Hough
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Fur Elise” – Ludwig van Beethoven
Score: 30 (+40 = 70)

Nastia and Derek
Judge: Len
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Fall for You” – Leela James
Score: 30 (+40 = 70)

This was an intense night with some seriously amazing dances and some incredibly touching moments. Make sure to check back tomorrow for my recap of the elimination show!

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