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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Judges' Choice Results

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After Monday night’s impressive and emotional semifinal performances, would it be such a terrible idea to just hand out four Mirrorballs and call everyone a winner? I don’t think so. But unlike kindergarten soccer, someone has to win, and someone has to lose in this glittery game.

On Tuesday, one of the couples who earned some of the season’s highest scores from the judges was cut, which I’m sure created an uproar from many armchair dance “experts” watching. But, to be fair, this show is as much about the popular vote as it is about dance skill, and, like it or not, sometimes it’s not all about the dance. Unjust? I’ll let you debate it in the comments, but for now, let’s discuss what happened and find out which couples are left to battle it out for the season 20 golden Mirrorball Trophy next week.

Host Erin Andrews, looking almost exactly like one of my favorite Barbie dolls from the ’80s, tells us the show will be “jam-packed,” which means a Footloose-inspired group dance (sponsored by Almay’s summer “Simply American Experience” cross-country tour, which is basically a group of beautiful people – thanks, Almay – having a tailgating dance party on a front porch and in pickup trucks in front of a giant American flag wearing worn jeans, chambray, plaid, Daisy Dukes, fringed vests, and cowboy boots – because ‘Murica); Emma Slater and Sasha Farber taking us through a two-minute mash up of a century of dance (cute, but it’s no “Evolution of Dance 2”); a hot performance from the women of Dancing with the Stars in which they danced with ghosts; a lot of rhetoric from the pros; a performance of “GDFR” by Flo Rida (which kind of canceled out the Almay dance party), and an embarrassingly bad lip-sync performance of a song from the new Teen Beach 2 movie from Riker Lynch‘s look-alike brother Ross.

But what we’re really all here for isn’t to R-O-C-K in the USA or to ponder the questionable taste of the preteens of America, so let’s cut to the chase, shall we?

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Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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