Dancing Semi-Finals: Who’s Pulling Ahead?
It was a night of do-overs, a few 10s and barely-there dresses. But what’s new in the ballroom?
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas took the lead once again, scoring the night’s combined high of 57/60 with a fun jive that had her hair flying and their second try at the tango — a dance that had onetime critic Carrie Ann Inaba feeling emotional and calling the Olympian the “queen of the dancefloor.”
Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke were the night’s comeback kids, as the soap star twirled his way through the dance that left him injured two weeks before: the samba. Their nearly flawless performance earned two 10s and a 9, and along with their Viennese waltz left them with a 56/60.
For Marissa Jaret Winokur and pro Tony Dovolani, though, the night flew by without a 10 — a score that Jason Taylor and pro Edyta Sliwinska scored in the first few minutes with their fox trot. Still, both couples were lowest in the judges’s eyes, with Marissa and Tony ending with 52/60 and Jason and Edyta with 55/60 (though Edyta deserved an extra point for wearing her paso doble costume like a Shakira number).
Tell us: Who’s moving into the final round? Did Marissa deserve the lowest score? Who impressed you the most?