DWTS: Helio and Mel B., the Ones to Beat!


It’s down to the final four, which means after last night’s DWTS episode, which featured two performances from each couple and a little master class session with judge Len Goodman for each of the celeb dancers, we’ll have our three finalists for the season five championship in tonight’s results show (9 p.m. ET, ABC). A rundown of last night’s performances:

Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts•1st dance: Quickstep –Wow–Judge Len called the dance “perfect,” and Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba agreed. But was it reflected in the score? Yep: 29 (only Bruno withheld a point). •2nd dance: Mambo – The dance was entertaining and “frenetic,” as Bruno put it, but the judges also pointed out that Marie missed several steps. Score: 27.

Melanie Brown and Maksim Chmerkovskiy•1st dance: Viennese Waltz – Wow again. Mel B. and her partner were so smooth that they looked like they were ice skates. “The Ferrari of Viennese Waltzes,” said Tonioli. Their score: 30! •2nd dance: Paso Doble – When a dance number begins with a bullwhip, you know it’s going to be spicy. And when Goodman sings a little song about said bullwhip later, you know it’s going to be a little scary. Still, the judges loved the hot number, enough to give Mel and Maks… another 30!

Jennie Garth and Derek Hough•1st dance: Tango – Aside from the weirdness of the dance not appearing to match up with the music, the duo won solid reviews from the judges. Score: 28. •2nd dance: Cha Cha Cha – Lots of spins, and a very enthusiastic former 90210 star led the judges to reward Garth and Hough with their perfect score of the season: a 30!

Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough•1st dance: Foxtrot – Despite being compared to a leprechaun and a pickle because of his green suit, Helio and his partner drew praise from the judges for their spirited Foxtrot, with Tonioli promising to eat his book if they didn’t make it to the finals. Score: 30! •2nd dance: Cha Cha Cha – Tonioli called Castroneves the “king of the great ride,” which is fitting for the race car driver on the track and dance floor, where he and the Hough female sibling continued to rock. Score: 30, another perfect score!.

So who do you predict will be going home tonight? As former contestant Sabrina Bryan, who’ll perform on the results show, reminds us, you can never count out a major surprise. Meaning just because the Indy 500 champ and the Spice Girl got perfect scores, there’s no guarantee both of them will be dancing in next week’s finale. –Kimberly Potts


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