The big question for Monday night–can Helio Castroneves, the only male left in the competition–make it through the semifinal round?
“I will do everything I can to make sure one man is going to the finale,” Castroneves told PEOPLE, admitting that he’s had a difficult time concentrating on this week’s two dances as he heard that his sister, Kati, and her husband are expecting their first child.
“I’m going to be an uncle and a godfather for the first time and I’m so excited. There has been so much bad news this season with Jane’s (Seymour) mother and Marie’s (Osmond) father dying. I am so glad I can share this good news,” Castroneves said.
But look out, Helio: the Mom Squad–Marie Osmond, Jennie Garth and Mel B.–has their sights set on the finish line, too. Osmond suffered another stressful week when it was revealed her 16-year-old son, Michael, was in rehab. But she’s rallying, she tells PEOPLE, because “this is the furthest Jonathan (Roberts, her professional partner) has gotten in the competition.”
Never underestimate the power of a woman, she warns.
“I’m revved up. I’ve gotten back about ten years on my life. I want to go out next week and kick some trash,” Osmond said.
Mel B. and Garth are determined to go all the way, too.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy says that watching his partner juggle family and rehearsing for the Spice Girls reunion tour has been exhausting for him as well.
“She’s generously given me 45 minutes to come up with (this week’s) choreography,” Chmerkovskiy says. “I’m not sure if this season has been a dream or a nightmare,” he jokes. But either way, “we made it this far and we want to go all the way.”
And Garth? She’s giving it all she’s got, but she is taking time out for her kids when necessary. The mother of three’s biggest accomplishment this season, besides earning a ’10’ from judge Bruno Tonioli for the rumba? She hasn’t missed one of her daughter Luca’s soccer games. –Monica Rizzo
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