The final five couples took to the stage for this week’s Dancing with the Stars semifinals, and while each duo had impressive performances, one couple had to be sent home. This week Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd took their final bows on the dance floor after performing two dances to different types of music – one plugged and the other unplugged – for this week’s theme.
“I’ve just showed that old stoners can perform when they need to!” joked Chong during his final send-off.
Here’s how the couples fared:
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. After having her confidence shaken last week, Robertson seemed to be back in the groove performing a quickstep to Ariana Grande’s “Problem.” “I found nothing I didn’t like about the whole dance!” remarked judge Len Goodman. Score: 37 out of 40
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. The duo’s sexy jazz dance to “Tainted Love” got positive feedback – but mediocre scores – from the judges. “You’re the MVP of this season,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Even Goodman gave the wildcard couple strong remarks, and admitted to the actor, “I couldn’t have done what you’ve done.” Score: 28
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. The YouTube star’s playful samba got mixed reviews from the judges. “Well done,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. “Very different, very effective.” Inaba wasn’t as impressed, saying she “felt a little underwhelmed by it” (though she still gave them a 9). Score: 36
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. The couple’s dramatic paso doble earned them the first perfect score of the night. “I felt like you guys were one, and girl, you are in it to win it,” said judge Julianne Hough. “You set the stage on fire!” exclaimed Tonioli. Score: 40
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Despite suffering a back injury last week, the actor hit the semifinal stage to perform an Argentine tango and made it all the way through before shedding a few tears from the pain. The judges commended him for dancing through his discomfort. “Pain is temporary, glory lasts forever,” said Goodman. “You’re a fighter and that’s what showed tonight,” added Hough. Score: 36
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. The couple showcased a strong second dance, performing an innovative Argentine tango that utilized a guitar as part of the choreography. “It was a terrific routine,” said Goodman. Score: 37
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. “America’s favorite” dancer Chong returned to the stage for a heartfelt and sweet rumba routine that brought Hough and Inaba both to tears. “There was something so magical and fantastical about that piece,” Hough commented. “It was your best performance,” said Tonioli. Score: 34
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. The duo earned the night’s second perfect score for their beautiful stripped-down contemporary number. “It was breathtaking,” gushed Inaba. “That was picture-perfect,” added Hough. Score: 40
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. The Pretty Little Liars star brought her A-game to the Argentine tango, showing impeccable technique along with some impressive lifts – though they didn’t impress everyone. “The lifts bugged me,” remarked Inaba. “It was a bit ungraceful.” Score: 38
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Ribeiro ended the night on a high note, and showed no signs of his injury while performing a powerful contemporary dance to an unplugged version of OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out.” “My admiration knows no bounds,” said Goodman. “It was just terrific.” Score: 39