SAN DIEGO, November 18, 2013 – Monday night’s semifinals on “Dancing With The Stars” welcomed Bad Boy of the Ballroom Maks Chmerkovskiy back as a judge for the five remaining couples hoping to make it to next Monday’s finals.
Upon giving his first critique to opening dancers Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Chmerkovskiy said, “This is really happening, I can’t believe it. It’s just as emotional on this side.” Chmerkovskiy offered sincere critiques and encouragment of the couples, pointing out flaws but commending most for their effort, attitudes and hard work. No outbursts and no temper tantrums.
It’s the toughest week of the season. Many stars and pros are nursing injuries, they are tired, but they know it’s now or never to have a chance at winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. The pressure is at its highest. Go hard, or go hard.
Tonight’s “Plugged/Unplugged” competition assigned couples one song for two different dances. In the first round, each couple performed to the original version of the song. In the second round, the couple performed a second ballroom style to an acoustic version of the same song.
If you’d like to skip the recap and find out quickly who made it to the finals, you can scroll past our review to the end.
The more talented choreographers have an advantage when having to work with the same song, starting with Derek Hough. He was also working around Amber Riley’s continuing knee problems. Their Jazz routine to Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” had the pair seated at a table, showcasing Riley’s excellent arms and upper body control. It was a brilliant strategy that earned them three tens and one nine from Maks. Their Viennese Waltz was angelic and effortless, both due to the dance quality and Amber’s emotional interpretation. It earned a perfect score of 40 points, for a total on the night of 79 points. See the video of Amber and Derek’s Jazz dance above.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff impressed most of the judges with a fast and furious tango set to Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” It was packed with high quality content, but Len Goodman found it too much. They scored 35 points. They received uniform praise for a fluid, flowing Rumba, the cool counterpoint to the first routine. Len Goodman praised the light and shade. They received four percent tens, for 40 points.
Jack Osbourne was out of his element with his Jazz routine to “Roxanne” by The Police with Cheryl Burke, but he didn’t hold anything back and the judges praised his attack. He scored a respectable 33 points. His Argentine Tango was far better; Jack is an excellent partner with superb frame and hold. He performed crisp, strong lifts and executed the choreography with precision and passion. The judges praised both his technical skill and drive, despite suffering with MS. He scored 38 points, with tens from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, for a total of 71 points.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni had stumbles with their Paso Doble set to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” including missed turns and a trip on a skirt. In their second version, an Argentine Tango, it never caught fire. In both dances, the judges told Leah she seemed far too cautious and careful. She scored 32 points for her Paso Doble, and 33 points for the Argentine Tango, a total of 65 points for the evening.
Judge Len Goodman told Bill Engvall he might not be the best dancer, but “You are the people’s champion!” He isn’t on the show due to his dancing skills, which he readily admitted after a stumbling Cha Cha Cha set to LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” Thankfully it was hard to take your eyes off Emma Slater channeling Olivia Newton-John in “Physical.” They received 28 points and were grateful for that much. Their Argentine Tango was far better. Engvall has a good frame and performs excellent lifts; Emma Slater choreographed to these strengths. It was in character and well executed. They received 32 points, for a total of 60 points.
The judges had it exactly right by the end of the show, with Bill and Emma at the bottom. With Amber and Derek and Corbin and Karina in solid position, would Bill and Emma finally end their improbable run, or would there be one more upset elimination before next week’s final?
After Corbin and Karina, and Amber and Derek were placed in the finals, Jack and Cheryl were told they’d made the finals, to the screams and tears of delight of sister Kelly and mother Sharon Osbourne in the audience.
With Leah and Tony and Bill and Emma left, the People’s Champion prevailed against all odds. Bill and Emma will move on to the finals, with Leah and Tony eliminated. The fans have carried Bill and Emma all season and they’ll be rewarded seeing a Freestyle routine from this entertaining pair next week.
The results in Week 10:
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Jazz: 10/10/9/10 = 39 points
Viennese Waltz: 10/10/10/10 = 40 points
TOTAL 79 points
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Tango: 9/8/9/9 = 35 points
Rumba: 10/10/10/10 = 40 points
TOTAL 75 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: Jazz: 10/9/9/10 = 38 points
Argentine Tango: 10/9/9/10 = points
TOTAL 71 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Paso Doble: 8/8/8/8 = 32 points
Argentine Tango: 8/8/8/9/ = 33 points
TOTAL: 65 points
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Cha Cha Cha: 7/7/7/7 = 28 points
8/8/8/8 = 32 points
TOTAL 60 points
Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. Just two weeks left until the season finale on Monday, November 25.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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