It was Michael Jackson tribute week in the Nov. 19 semi-finals competition. Not only did the final five dance to a classic ‘Bad’ song, but they had to dance a second fusion dance — see what happened!
After last week’s double elimination, the dancers were back with a new challenge — two dances to prove they belong in the finals! It was their last chance to win your vote!
The Comeback Kids
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff danced the big top jazz for a total score of 27/30. “It didn’t quite all come together,” said Carrie Ann. “That was edgy, surreal, it was like a blend of Cirque du Soleil and A Clockwork Orange,” Bruno complimented.
Later, they danced a romantic rumba to MJ’s “Man In The Mirror” for a score of 30/30 and a total score of 57/60. I think it was their most sensual dance of the season! “You reached into my heart and melted it,” Carrie Ann said. “Get down on it Apolo! You nailed it! The flow of movement was perfect!” Bruno raved.
The Couple With Laser Focus
Emmitt Smith and partner Cheryl Burke danced an espionage lindy hop for a total score of 27/30. Bruno said, “That was like a Looney Toon version of James Bond! It was the most fun performance I’ve even seen you do!”
Later, they danced a tango to MJ’s “Leave Me Alone” for a score of 27/30 and a total score of 54/60. “I love your intensity. It was an almost criminal, predatory power put into what you do!” Bruno critiqued.
The Passionate Pair
Kelly Monaco and partner Val Chmerkovskiy danced the surfer flamenco for a total score of 25.5/30. After Val stripped down to a boy short speedo, Bruno said, “Kelly, I think you’ve been upstaged by the speedo!”
Later, they danced a romantic rumba to MJ’s “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” for a score of 28.5/30 for a total of 54/60. “That was smoldering, driven by desire, consumed by lust. The chemistry between you two is literally singeing,” Bruno purred. They showed tremendous vulnerability!
This couple oozes passion — they even kissed on the lips at the end of their second performance!
The Underdogs Who Might Take It All
Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft danced the caveman hustle – a dance never-before-seen on the show. Tony injured his back during practice but was cleared to dance tonight. After their caveman hustle, Bruno said, “As a performance, roarrr!” The judges gave them a total score of 27.5/30.
Later, they did the Argentine tango to MJ’s “Dirty Diana” for a perfect score of 30 and a total score of 57.5! “You dirty, nasty wicked devil of a woman! You were possessed out there! You deserve to be in the final!” Bruno raved.
As the only couple left who hasn’t won their season, Melissa said she wants to know what it feels like to hold that mirrorball trophy! (And they might be able to do it!)
The Highest Score Of The Night
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough danced the Nightrider bhangra. Bruno screamed his rave review: “Mega hit and this time they’ve done it bhangra style!” The couple got a perfect score of 30!
Later, they danced the Argentine tango to MJ’s “Bad” for a score of 29/30, and a total score of 59/60. “It was breathtaking! Stylistically it was perfect! Is there anything you can’t do?” Bruno purred.
Tomorrow night is a double elimination and will determine the final three! Who was the best tonight, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee
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