Dancing with the Stars' top five tackle two dances in the semifinals, including those Twitter-voted dances, and four perfect scores were handed out. Find out who got them.
So if you haven't heard the news by now, only one couple will be eliminated Tuesday, which means we'll have a four-couple final for the first time... and that this week is just a formality to get rid of Ingo. (Sorry, dude, but it's true.) Frankly, there's no reason to have four couples, except for the fact that the four favored to make it have been in the top tier the whole season.
Karina also suffered a neck injury while doing the lindy hop yesterday, but she will dance tonight.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Argentine tango
"He burnt us bad," Kellie jokes of Len's outburst last week. They spent the majority of their week working on the flamenco since Derek's never done it before. And little practice makes perfect for the Argentine tango. It's sultry, sleek, and Kellie's leg extensions are fabulous, especially in the silhouette opening. They totally overdid it on the red backdrop, lighting and her red dress though. Don't hide it when you've got it! Len has "pride and joy" in the routine. Bruno calls it "pure perfection." Carrie Ann says it's "absurd" that she got so good in two months.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: samba
Kym tells Ingo not to count themselves out even though they're the underdogs. Oh, you guys. No one's counting you out. It's just that TPTB already has the final four they want. I actually would love it if Ingo were somehow able to make the finals. He's a nice guy, a hard worker and he has improved throughout the season even though he's not a standout. This samba won't be one of his top highlights — there are, like, no rolls — but he's fighting, and no one will thrust his hips harder. That's what she said. Bruno admires his determination. Carrie Ann says he's still inconsistent. Len says they did a good job.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: rumba
You can't get more different this week than rumba and Afro-jazz. The most shocking thing about this routine is that it actually showcases Aly pretty well. So unlike Mark! I kid. Aly reins in her athleticism and there's nice, soft fluidity throughout. Her extensions are better here than in the Argentine tango last week. Plus: The number's romantic, but not in that over-the-top, get-a-room way like so many rumbas. Carrie Ann says she was "all woman." Len likes the story. Bruno says the butterfly has taken flight.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Argentine tango
Jacoby really wants some 10s. I don't thinks this really worthy of one. It's slick, controlled and moody, but Jacoby's not totally sharp. They also should've made more use of the floor instead of staying in that one contained area. Len gives him a "ka-ching." Bruno says it's his best performance. Carrie Ann wants a kiss from him. Mama Jones is happy. And he gets a 10 — three of them.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: quickstep
Zendaya brings in her longtime hip-hop teacher to educate Val, and maybe he's trying to overcompensate for his lack of hip-hop knowledge because their quickstep is wild — and not in the good way. They have a racecar theme for some reason and take way too long getting into the dance. It's frenetic, overwrought and they just look like they're literally jumping and running at times — not hard to do when you have no frame. Also, why is Zendaya in sneakers? Bruno likes the concept, but points out that she lost her footing. Carrie Ann says it's a mess. Len suggests they might've gone too fast.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: flamenco
The "Flaming Co."! This isn't the best routine to show off Kellie's forte, but it's dramatic and she's pounding away at those staccato steps. It does lose a bit of intensity toward the end though. Len says Kellie just booked her place in the final. Bruno says she tightened up at times. Carrie Ann says it looked like she was hanging at times, which Kellie blames on her dress. Bruno scores them a 9, but waves a 10 paddle. "That's what you call in the business a Freudian paddle," Tom quips.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Charleston
How can you do an Ingo background package and only include five seconds of Peanut? We need more of that kid in our lives. I'm always for a roaring '20s homage and a guy in baby pink, but this is just kind of awkward. It's a cute, light routine and Ingo's giving it his all, but he's too choppy and falls out of sync — and worse, looks at Kym for guidance. Peanut's not even clapping, so... Bruno calls it frothy and bubbly. Carrie Ann calls it fun and thinks his "boo-boos" worked with the dance. Um OK then. Len says it's his best dance. Yes, let's all give him 9s to make this look close.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Afro-jazz
Yes, a talking head from Aly's coach Mihai Brestyan! Is he or is he not the best? This is basically a continuation of Shawn and Derek's African samba last season, but 530 times more tribal. Like I seriously think I should be chanting "Hakuna Matata." It's kind of delirious all around, but you have to admire Aly's commitment to sell every crazy move. Carrie Ann gives her a "booyah!" Len loves the musical interpretation, but wanted more connection. Bruno calls her "Queen of the Jungle."
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: lindy hop
The most surprising part of Jacoby's package? Ray Lewis getting through a sentence without crying. But the best part of the routine? Karina killing it a day after busting her face. Props. Jacoby's not all that bad either. It's bouncy, peppy, energetic, and he's not that pigeon-footed. Len says he got on the wrong foot at the beginning, but thinks it was fabulous. Bruno says he nailed it. Carrie Ann calls Jacoby the No. 1 entertainer of the season.
Score: 29Total: 59
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: hip-hop
"Zendaya was born in 1996," her mom narrates. Raise your hand if you feel old! If Zendaya doesn't win this, she'll at least win best talking head participant with Kobe Bryant. Yes, the Black Mamba himself extolled her talents. Guess he has some time on his hands these days. In all seriousness, they're buddies because Kobe's daughters are fans of Shake It Up. (Zendaya and Val dropped by his daughter's birthday party a few weeks ago.) Zendaya + hip-hop = a winning combo. This is Val's first hip-hop number and he went the smart route by not doing the straight-out, old school hip-hop routines. And he's got swag! Sort of. Bruno wants to give Zendaya a record deal. Carrie Ann too. Wrong show, guys. Len calls it fantastic.
So everyone got a perfect score — three of whom had never gotten one until tonight — except for Ingo. Watch out for the bus, man!
What do you think? Did Kellie, Aly, Jacoby and Zendaya deserve 30s? Was Ingo underscored? Do you want a four-couple finale? Does Val have swag? Who do you think is going home tomorrow?
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