DANCING Contestants Quick-Step Through the Semi-Finals
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by Tyler Peterson
It's the Semi-Finals of the 84th (or so) season of DANCING WITH THE STARS; one contestant is just performances away from landing a week-long circuit on daytime talk-shows before departing from the public-eye for another decade or so. And by this point, it only comes around to reinforce that DANCING is an actual competition, and not just a golden ticket for a six-minute segment on LIVE WITH KELLY.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Levy opened the show with a chirpy, digitally-malnourished version of "Sweet Dreams," in which Head Judge Len Goodman called "terrific."
For his second performance, Judge Bruno Tonioli stood and shouted some inaudible words that only a German Shepherd could hear, while Carrie Ann went back to talking about his sex appeal rather than his Samba.
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
A 1920s themed Quick-Step is hardly uncharted territory for DANCING, but all admitted that Jenkins' was pretty remarkable. "It's Semi-Finals, which means you need to bring your A-game," said a refreshingly harsh Carrie Ann. "AND I THINK YOU BROUGHT YOUR A-PLUS-GAME!" Andddd then she reverted back to her usual form of judging: flailing, shrieking, proclaiming it was the best dance on DANCING ever, etcetera, etcetera.
Jenkins' Samba, though unique and undeniably stylish, was muddied by a misstep by Ballas, that threw the entire ending into chaos. A visibly distraught Jenkins, entirely out of breath, apparently "hung out with Beyonce over the weekend," according to Carrie Ann.
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
"Right now, it's about every little misstep - we see it all," said Carrie Ann after his Waltz. And though this is perhaps how it should have been weeks ago, at least her moments of clarity come at the most crucial times. "It was fantastically mesmerizing," she said.
"You took a big risk," said Bruno after Driver's Samba, "and it worked beautifully."
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough
Her Argentine Tango was dangerously sharp and perfectly executed, a routine that Len called "fabulous," and Carrie Ann called, "incredibly beautiful, finessed dance."
After the Jive, Carrie Ann called Menounos and her brisk, extensively choreographed routine "absolute winners tonight."
Check out BroadwayWorld's coverage of tomorrow's results show to find out which DANCING contestants have made it into the finals, and who will be departing.