The semi-finals are just a week away on Dancing with the Stars. But to get there, the six remaining couples had to perform two dances each on Monday night – and will have to survive a double elimination on Tuesday. (Spoilers ahead!)
In the first round of competition, William Levy and Cheryl Burke landed atop the leader board with a high-energy foxtrot that earned a perfect score. “You bring these performances to life,” Carrie Ann Inaba told the couple. “There was care in technique and flare in the movement,” added Len Goodman.
In a close second were Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, who barely survived last week’s dance duel. Their foxtrot earned 29 points and had Bruno Tonioli gushing. “The sweetest of sweethearts,” he called them. “What you’ve done in a week is incredible.”
After earning a perfect score last week, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough earned 28 points for what Bruno called an “amazing” Viennese waltz. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s tango, which opened the night, earned 27 points. And Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas picked up 26 points for a Viennese waltz. “Your technique is outstanding,” Carrie Ann said, but “you lost your balance.”
At the bottom after the first round were Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, whose foxtrot earned just 24 points. But the judges were pleased with their improvement. “This was your best dance so far,” Len said.
For the second round of competition, the couples added a third partner, choosing either an eliminated pro or a member of the DWTS dance troupe to perform a Latin routine.
Despite a wardrobe malfunction (her pant leg stuck to her shoe), Katherine and Mark’s cha cha with Tristan MacManus was a hit with the judges, who awarded them 29 points. Bruno called it “sexy and cool,” while Len said it was “clean and clever.”
Donald and Peta performed an energetic jive with Karina Smirnoff that earned 28 points – a low score, according to an unsatisfied audience. “You never missed a step, you kept up the whole round,” Carrie Ann said. “I loved your three-way!” Len called the routine, which ended with Donald jumping over both partners, “fun, fun, fun.”
Roshon and Chelsie tied with Cheryl and William in the second round. Both couples earned 27 points for paso dobles. Val Chmerkovskiy joined his brother and Melissa for a sizzling samba that was once again deemed her best dance ever by Carrie Ann. They also earned 27 points.
And Maria and Derek brought in troupe member Henry Byalikovat for a Bollywood-themed samba that caused a rift among the judges. Carrie Ann and Bruno both called the routine “incredible” and gave them nine points while Len only gave them seven, saying, “There was no connection for me with the samba.”
Two couples will be sent home Tuesday night.