Season 30 of “Dancing with the Stars” is played on the wire. Tonight’s “semi-finals” started with six famous contestants and ended with the last four. So who impressed the judges and home viewers at this pivotal moment? Scroll down for our live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments and commentary throughout the night.
The six semi-finalists were pop singer Jojo siwa, Peloton Fitness Instructor Cody rigsby, basketball player Iman Shumpert, actress Melora HardinOlympic gymnast Suni Lee, and co-host of “The Talk” Amanda kloots. All had to perform two dances with which to win places in the final.
The first was a redemption round where celebrities took on the dance styles they struggled with earlier in the season with help from the judges. Len goodman regularly coached top scorers Kloots (tango), Siwa (Argentine tango) and Hardin (rumba). Carrie Ann Inaba advised Lee (foxtrot). Bruno Tonioli mentee Rigsby (salsa). And Derek hough lent a hand to Shumpert (tango).
The second round consisted of brand new routines in previously unknown dance styles, and it had the potential to be the deciding turn of the night because four celebrities were able to perform contemporary routines: Kloots, Siwa, Lee and Hardin. Contemporary dances focus on emotional expression and musical performance, so they tend to receive higher scores than routines with more rigid choreographic demands.
Meanwhile, Shumpert’s second round dance was jazz, which could also have been advantageous as this two is a less rigid style with more lift possibilities and side-by-side elements that suit Shumpert better given the difference in height between him and his professional partner Daniella Karagach. Rigsby’s second dance was Argentine tango, a technical style but with full potential.
The stage was therefore set for a competitive evening of performances. Follow below from 8:00 p.m. (the hours indicated are eastern).
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Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke (Salsa)
Daniel Montgomery, 8:02 p.m. – They have Cody starting tonight, and he’s the only one who doesn’t have a more loose contemporary or jazz routine, so I feel like the game is a bit against him. The good news is that salsa is the dance that Cody and Cheryl couldn’t perform in person due to COVID, so it will give them a chance to give the audience the show they didn’t get the chance to. previously.
SM, 8:06 p.m. – A little awkward and steep in places, but not a bad effort.
Jeffrey Kare, 8:07 p.m. – This performance had a ton of energy.
Judges – Bruno thought they had energy and excitement and a lot better with their hips, and his “armography” was better, but there were a few mistakes. Carrie Ann could feel him enter into the movements, but the energy was draining a bit from the feet. Len thought it was “action packed salsa,” despite a blunder and a little flat feet. Derek loved the last leg dive, but he felt a bit rushed with a few hiccups in his arm movements.
DM, 8:10 p.m. – I have the impression that we will see 9s on this one.
SCORES – Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (8), Bruno (9) = 35
JK, 8:13 p.m. – It would be three.
Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev (Rumba)
DM, 8:13 p.m. – Last week Melora was at the bottom for the first time, but she was saved by all the judges. Len works with them, which is good because he loves Melora, but he wanted to see more hip action the last time she played rumba. She’s a slower dancer so she can’t forgive mistakes, but Melora has good technique so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
JK, 8:16 p.m. – It was so breathtaking!
DM, 8:16 p.m. – It was soft, elegant, clean, great musicality! I think she gets these 10
Judges – Len thought it was mission accomplished: “Tooti-frooti, what a booty!” Derek thought it was pure “well-played” rumba. Bruno thought she had the right movement from feet to body and arms, and it went from sexy to romantic to cheeky. Carrie Ann also thought the hip action was improved, but there was a lack of expression in the hands, and she thinks there was a point where her feet came off the ground, which means that it will anchor a point.
DM, 8:18 p.m. – Damn, Carrie Ann! I think it will be a 9 from here, better not be less than that.
SCORES – Carrie Ann (8), Len (10), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36
JK, 8:19 p.m. – Ah man! Still, Len is the only one to give it a 10.
DM, 8:20 p.m. – Dude, what is it, Carrie Ann
Suni Lee and Sasha Farber (Foxtrot)
DM, 8:20 p.m. – No surprise, Carrie Ann wants above all to see a more emotional expression of Suni. And that’s going to be the key for her to connect with the audience. She’s going to need those votes to survive the double elimination.
JK, 8:22 p.m. – Everything in it looked amazing, from footwork to teamwork.
DM, 8:22 p.m. – I loved this foxtrot. Very confident, and her performance and emotional level have improved dramatically
Judges – Carrie Ann thought it was total joy, complete potential, complete confidence. Len thought his frame looked great in outfit, but his footwork was a little ‘suspicious’ at times, but otherwise a great, happy dance. Derek “loves Suni 2.0”, but the frame was a bit too bouncy. Bruno thought it was a quick song for a foxtrot, but she handled it well and the connection was wonderful, but he agrees that the dance was a bit bouncy.
SCORES – Carrie Ann (10), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 37
DM, 8:25 p.m. – Not surprised by these scores considering the reviews. I’m not mad at these scores.
JK, 8:25 p.m. – Neither do I.
JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson (Argentine Tango)
DM, 8:28 p.m. – An Argentine tango should be a 10’s dance for JoJo, but she performed it so early in the season that it seems like now is the right time for her to bring it back. Len thought it looked too staccato the first time around, now he wants it to be more runny. He tells them that ballroom tango is like someone dancing with his wife, but Argentine tango is like dancing with his girlfriend. The scores are already a bit wobbly tonight so we’ll see what happens.