For the first time in ‘DWTS’ history, the remaining four couples needed to dance three separate numbers in order to win votes and advance to the finals. See who shined under pressure below.
Dancing with the Stars is nearing the end. An injured Tamar Braxton and partner Val Chmerkovskiy were forced to withdraw from the competition after being named safe on the Nov. 9 episode. See what happened with the rest of the competitors during the Nov. 16 show below.
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This week focused on the life events and people who have shaped the contestants.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough danced salsa to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” by Sia. Judge Julianne Hough wanted to see it more “down and dirty, but it was clean and clear.” Bruno Tonioli said: “You’re so vibrant. It’s so wonderful watching you but it lacked a bit of the side-to-side salsa action.” Carrie Ann Inaba said it was a great way to start the semi-finals. She also said she wanted to see more edge. They got a 27 out of 30!
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold danced a waltz to “America the Beautiful.” “I cannot believe how far you’ve come in this competition. Your turns were right on, amazing,” Bruno said. “It was really breathtaking. The performance tonight was your best ever,” Carrie Ann said. “You have so much strength when you do the ballroom…you felt so comfortable. It was true dancing, well done,” Julianne said. They got a perfect score of 30!
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson danced a contemporary piece to “Drag Me Down” by One Direction using a rope! Carrie Ann said: “I have mixed feelings. I didn’t quite get it. I felt it was a bit over-danced with your face.” Julianne said: “You executed that very well. I feel like you are losing your connection a little bit, but the dance was great.” Bruno said: “That was bloody good. All that muscle power put to good use. It was like watching Tarzan. It was different. It was exciting. It was effective!” They got a 28.
Watch their performance here:
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess danced a tango to “Scars” by Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder. Nick opened up about his past drug use and how his sister died from an overdose. Their dance had a few mistakes. “I’m so sad. I know you are too. There were some footwork issues in the beginning ….come back strong because I know you can,” Julianne said. Bruno said their chemistry “sizzles.” Carrie Ann also said to shake off the mistake and come back strong. They got a 24.
Then, an update on Tamar. She’s got multiple blood clots in each lung, so she was forced to withdraw. I’m glad she is focusing on her health.
Dance Off — Cha Cha & Samba
For the dance-off challenge, Alek and Carlos battled with cha cha routines. “Alek, you sold it but the technique wasn’t there. Carlos, your technique was spot on. I feel like there is a clear divide,” Julianne said. “It was a matter of taste. Alek, you impressed me. Well done, both of you,” Carrie Ann said. Carlos and Witney got three extra points, since Julianne and Bruno picked them as the winners.
Nick and Bindi competed against each other, dancing the samba. “Both of you, I cannot believe how much content was put into these dances,” Bruno said. “Nick, you came back strong and hungry,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne was impressed with how sexy Bindi was. The judges unanimously chose Bindi & Derek.
Trio Dances — The Last Round Before The Finals
For the trio portion, Mark Ballas danced jazz with Bindi and Derek. “You are like a little ninja warrior princess. You didn’t miss a beat, that was amazing,” Julianne said. “Totally compelling and intriguing,” Bruno said. “That was like a professional dance company performance,” Carrie Ann said! They got a perfect 30!
Alek and Lindsay were joined by Emma Slater for the Argentine Tango. “It takes three to tango. You handled the threesome like an expert. You should off his strengths,” Bruno said. “I’m impressed. Everything was executed with power,” Carrie Ann said. “I think you lost steam at the end,” Julianne said. They got a 27.
Karina Smirnoff joined Carlos and Witney on the floor for a Charleston. “I thought it was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it,” Carrie Ann said. “No offense ladies, but I thought Carlos was the professional out there,” Julianne said. They got a 29, for a total score of 60!
Lastly, Nick and Sharna were joined by Peta Murgatroyd, who returned from an injury. “All the Nick we’ve seen from day 1 was in there tonight. You showed up for do or die and you did it,” Julianne said. “That’s how you come back!” Bruno raved. “This was the most solid you’ve ever been on your feet. The Backstreet Boy is back!” Carrie Ann said. They got a perfect score of 30!
Since Tamar and Val left the competition earlier in the week, no one went home!
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