Semi-Finals Night is always a highlight in the Dancing with the Stars competition as we take a closer look at who’s left standing at the end of the sequin-paved trail to the Mirror Ball Trophy. There’s Laurie (“America’s Sweetheart”), James (“The Breakout”), Terra (“The Underdog”), Calvin (“The Charmer”) and Jana (“The Knockout”). We were treated to an individual round of competition followed by the ever-exciting Trio Round in which a second dance pro joins each remaining couple. Let’s take a look at how everyone did on this exhilarating tenth week of competition:
James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess, Argentine Tango
It was good to see James and Sharna reunited on the dance floor. The choreography was stripped down but effective: Sharna in a blindfold while James led her around on the floor. Julianne called it sensational and sexy with the right dynamics and passion. Bruno said it was the “Argentine Grand Prix,” saying James never missed a nuance in the music. Carrie Ann appreciated the risks, though she noticed a few wobbles (and that cost them a perfect score).
Terra Jole with Sasha Farber, Rumba
Terra and Sasha’s Rumba was beautiful and made me a little misty-eyed. Bruno applauded her for her movement and the fluidity of her hips. Carrie Ann’s breath was taken away and she clearly was weeping after. Julianne also admired her hip action and commended her for challenging herself. It was a well-earned perfect score.
Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, Quickstep
I loved Jana and Gleb’s costumes this week. Those two always look like they’re having a great time dancing together. Carrie Ann feels Jana’s growth has been the most obvious throughout the competition. Julianne said her frame was great, while Bruno called it glamorous and full of content. Will they make it to the finale?
Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, Tango
One thing was made clear by watching Calvin’s package: he was always a cutie with that impish grin of his. Calvin and Lindsay came out in full attack to a Tango set to The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”. Julianne said their chemistry was more on fire than she’s ever seen it. Bruno said it was full of determination, though it was also full of noticeable stumbles. Carrie Ann admired the high concept of it, but she didn’t feel the music was the right choice to match the concept.
Laurie Hernandez with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Foxtrot
I definitely teared up when it was revealed Laurie’s grandmother passed away the day after their interview in her package. Carrie Ann enjoyed the way she channeled everything into that Foxtrot. Julianne said her grandmother was crying tears of joy. Bruno said she looked like she was being guided by an angel on the dance floor. Even Tom Bergeron was tearing up.
James and Sharna with Jenna, Jive
Who better to dance the trio round with James and Sharna than Sharna’s temporary replacement Jenna? I thought it was an amazing concept to have his race car on the floor with them as they shook it to “Gimme Some Lovin'”. Julianne said it was one hot pit crew and that it was a huge comeback from last week. Bruno said he’s still in top gear and he never lost his timing. Carrie Ann said no one beats James when it comes to dancing in unison and told him to work it. Bravo!
Terra and Sasha with Artem, Tango
Haha … Terra dancing with Sasha and Artem and how much she enjoyed it was hilarious. And their Tango wasn’t half bad either. Bruno called her a saucy little vixen and he praised the men for the flattering choreography that framed her just right. Carrie Ann said three was her new lucky number and commended her for slaying the Tango. Julianne loves watching her and said she was literally on fire tonight.
Jana and Gleb with Alan, Paso Doble
Wow. That’s all that came to mind watching the choreography of their Paso Doble. Carrie Ann was blown away, calling it artistry in motion. Julianne said Jana was the Queen of the Ballroom. Bruno likened her to a she-devil, saying it was “high passion dressed in high fashion.” I wish they’d sell a book of Bruno’s metaphors – they’re so entertaining!
Calvin and Lindsay with Witney, Salsa
It’s always a fun time when DWTS BFFs Lindsay and Witney get to dance together. Their trio Salsa was very vibrant. Julianne said it was one spicy Salsa, with Bruno echoing that sentiment by saying he wanted to dip into that guacamole. Bruno also admired how Calvin embodies the spirit of the competition. Carrie Ann called it incredible and full of emotion in a fun, lighthearted way.
Laurie and Val with Maks, Samba
Who honestly wouldn’t want to be in a Chmerkovskiy sandwich if given the opportunity? I liked how they went full-circle learning how to dance with Maks all the way through dance competition. Bruno said it was deliciously theatrical, while Carrie Ann told Laurie it was her best dance ever. Julianne said she was a proper Latin dancer and hoped she’s enjoyed her dance journey as much as she’s enjoyed observing it.
It was revealed that Terra & Sasha and Calvin & Lindsay were the two couples in jeopardy. Aww. I wasn’t emotionally prepared to say goodbye to Terra and Sasha yet. I always root for the underdogs. Can you believe it’s almost time for another Dancing with the Stars finale? This competition has flown right by. Who do you think will win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy next week? They’re all so deserving, but I’m predicting a James and Sharna win.
Did the right pair go home this week? Tell us in the comments below!