It’s semifinals night for 별과 춤!
Stakes were high on Monday night as the celebrities entered the second to last week of competition — and with it, came another double elimination.
Ahead of the dances, 공동 주최자 Tyra Banks 그리고 알폰소 리베이로 announced that the semifinals would consist of two rounds of competition: one final ballroom dance style and one final Latin dance style that they haven’t performed yet.
The evening also came with two major announcements: Head judge Len Goodman revealed he would be retiring at the end of this season, while pro 위트니 카슨 shared that she’s currently pregnant with her and husband Carson McAllister’s second child.
Wayne Brady and Witney Carson
Wayne began by celebrating his success last week, telling cameras he was “so excited to be back” at the top of the leaderboard, tied for first place with Charli D’Amelio.
“If the semifinals feels this good, I want the feeling that I know comes with the finals,” he told Witney before learning that they’d be dancing a Paso Doble to “Beggin'” by Måneskin in the first round.
The singer-actor said he could relate to the song choice because he made a mistake once with ex-wife Mandie Taketa and found himself “begging” for forgiveness.
Though they ultimately got divorced, Wayne said the past experience helped him connect him to the dance on Monday. “This is a competition where I know I have technical deficits but I do know if I put my story and put my heart, and you’re vulnerable… you still win, so I have to put it out there,” 그는 말했다.
After the dance, Len said “the choreography matched the music really well” and called the performance a “great way to start tonight’s show.” Bruno Tonioli also enjoyed the dance, describing it as “strong and stylish.”
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart
Daniel said he was “감동” to get 10s last week and now feels like he’s “in the cool club” being at the top of the scoreboard. He also was excited to represent for the deaf community. “I’m really honored… and I hope they’re proud,” 그는 말했다.
As he rehearsed his Viennese Waltz to “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt, Daniel said he has no intentions to land in the bottom two this week, and made it clear by focusing on his frame. “I won’t sleep, I have to work hard,” NS 코다 배우가 말했다. “나는 멈추고 싶지 않다.”
After his routine, Derek called it “impressive” and Bruno noted how “매력적인” he was on the dance floor. “That was beautiful… the connection between you and Britt is beautiful,” 그는 말했다.
“That was so special,” Carrie Ann added with tears. “Nothing is ever forced with you. It’s authentic.”
하지만, Len said he “found it a little bit skippy at times.”
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko
Like her fellow competitors, Shangela was thrilled about last week’s results and vowed to take it up a notch in the semifinals. For her first dance this week, Shangela was given a Paso Doble to “The Edge of Glory” ~에 의해 레이디 가가.
The drag superstar said it was “꿈이 이루어진다” to dance to a 레이디 가가 song because “every time I see her, she gives me so much love.” Shangela then added, “This is the edge, and now it is time to step over the edge.”
Following her dance, Bruno said he loved it and was “on the edge of my seat.” He also raved about Shangela’s “dramatic solo” and called it a “wonderful performance.”
“It is so easy to love you, because everything you do, you do not live in fear,” Carrie Ann said. “You are not afraid to fail. It makes your performances so exciting.”
Len echoed the judges’ sentiments, 그것을 부르다 “훌륭한,” while Derek praised her for a job “well done.”
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas
Charli was beyond proud of her scores last week, but expressed sadness about having to say goodbye to her mom, Heidi. “Seeing those 10s made me feel really good but it was definitely bittersweet to say goodbye to my mom,” 그녀는 공유.
The TikTok star also expressed some self-doubts as she headed into the semifinals. “I can very easily get into my own head,” 그녀는 밝혔다. “Ballroom dances are the hardest for me… I want to make sure this dance is perfect.”
“I’m feeling pressure because this has become more than just a dancing show to me,” 그녀는 덧붙였다, noting that she’s been able to find pieces of herself that she thought she once lost.
Following their Viennese Waltz to “Glimpse of Us” by Joji, Carrie Ann was left in tears and called it “perfection on top of perfection” 그리고 “beyond spectacular.” Len praised Charli and said it was “너무 좋아, it literally took my breath away… no words of mine can sum up how good I thought that was.”
Derek said Charli is the “first celebrity to really look like a ballroom dancer.” Bruno also commended her and said she “dances like an angel.”
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater
After landing in the bottom two once again, Trevor said he he did not expect to be saved for a third time. “I made it through by the skin of my teeth and I am shocked that I’m still here,” 그는 말했다.
Emma was also surprised by the results: “The person that was so afraid of dance has made it to the semifinals!” she pointed out.
The duo then kicked it into gear as they rehearsed their Cha Cha to “Satisfied” by Galantis ft. MAX. “This week is another double elimination and that makes me really, 정말 긴장,” NS 90210 actor admitted. “But I’m gonna do everything I possibly can to make it to the finale.”
His dance, 하지만, didn’t seem to produce the feedback he was hoping to receive as the judges were critical of his performance. Still though, they pointed out how much he’s improved.
“It’s amazing how much you have improved since week one. You have gotten stronger and stronger,” Len said, before noting that his “footwork was a little bit hit or miss.”
Derek said he was “a little flat-footed… but Trevor, you have had an incredible journey. It’s unbelievable to see how much you have improved.”
Bruno also said his “footwork could have improved but I love watching you on the dance floor,” while Carrie Ann called the dance “강한, clean and really confident,” 그리고 추가, “There’s a reason why we’ve saved you so many times.”
Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy
With a Waltz to “I’m Kissing You” by Des’reeal for this week, Val promised the dance would be “딱딱한” and pointed out that love — a theme in the Waltz — is often a “mix of joy and pain.”
Gabby then addressed her own experiences with love — and her recent breakup with Erich Schwer.
“나를위한, it holds a special place because I did just go through a break up… The end of our relationship happened because we weren’t completely in step and in sync with each other on our common goals or just the way we approach life,” the former Bachelorette said. “We weren’t each other’s best match.”
“But I’m just so grateful that my dad and my stepmom encompass so many fundamentals and values that I look for in a relationship: never placing blame or you did this or that. 확인, someone left the microwave dirty. 하지만, 처럼, it doesn’t matter. … I want to channel that kind of everlasting love in this dance,” 그녀는 덧붙였다.
Derek later called her dance “flawless” and Bruno praised her ability to use the “changes of pace.” Carrie Ann also called it “very human and wonderfully danced.”
Wayne and Witney
Wayne and Witney were given a Viennese Waltz for the second round, and Wayne opted to dance to “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” 춤을 추는 영상 뿐만 아니라.
“It resonates with me because I am where I am because of the women in my life,” 그는 말했다. “Losing my grandmother this year, that almost took me out. She’s the reason why I came on the show so I want to be able to pay homage to her.”
Wayne explained that he was very close to her and she died after a battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“The worst part of it was she was always the loudest, strongest person in the room, so to watch that person be very aware,” 그는 말했다, before getting choked up with emotion. “To know that she’s losing herself and losing her memories. She would talk to me and say, ‘I know, I know it’s happening.'”
The tribute performance to his grandma began with Wayne singing before they took the dance floor — and earned mass praise from the judges.
Len called it a “polished performance” but noted it “lacked a little bit of content.” Derek said it was “so fantastic to watch” and commended Wayne’s vocals as well. Carrie Ann disagreed and said “a dance is not just technique… you threw everything in and Grandma Valerie is saying well done!”
Wayne was left in tears afterward as he struggled to share just how much the dance meant to him.
Daniel and Britt
Daniel reflected on his friendship with Gabe, his interpreter, who he met at a 코다 panel. The actor said his costars told them Gabe sounded like him and it was the “first time in my life” that he heard that.
거기에서, the two were inseparable — and that team has now extended to include Britt. “He takes care of us, he takes care of me… we have perfect chemistry together and I’ve never seen that before,” Daniel said.
He and Britt then got to rehearsing the Samba to “Light It Up (Remix)” by Major Lazer ft. Nyla & Fuse ODG. Daniel was determined to nail the dance, telling cameras, “The finals are right around the corner and I want to be there.”
The judges all enjoyed the performance, with Bruno noting how it “was one of the hardest dances to do, and you did it very well,” and Carrie Ann praising him for doing the dance with “swagger.”
Daniel later said it was “very difficult to learn two dances this week” but eventually felt comfortable with it. “I’m so grateful to Britt for pushing me. She made me feel great tonight,” 그는 말했다.
Shangela and Gleb
Shangela learned she was performing a Viennese Waltz to “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston — and she said it “feels like the perfect song because when I first came into the competition, I had nothing.”
하지만, “with hard work, I know I can dig deep to push forward,” 그녀가 말했다.
As she and Gleb rehearsed, Shangela noted that the “difficulty is [높은]” 하지만 “I’m listening to Gleb because he has the keys to get me to the mirrorball trophy… I’ve got it inside me so I’ve just gotta let it shine.”
Following her dance, Bruno called Shangela “elegant, sophisticated,” 그리고 말했다 “you have class,” while Carrie Ann called it “exceptionally radiant.”
기후, Shangela vowed to bring more in the finals. “If you want it full of energy, if you want it spicy, if you want it hot, if you want it larger than life, you call a drag queen,” 그녀가 말했다. “Everything that has made me to this moment, I plan to bring to this ballroom with Gleb and leave nothing left.”
Charli and Mark
Charli and Mark were given a Paso Doble to “Espana Cani” by Pascual Marquina, but the TikTok star said she struggled with the “passionate and aggressive” tone of the dance because “that’s not really me.”
“I’ve got to give it my all every second of rehearsal,” 그녀가 말했다. “My mom struggled with letting go… I’m going up against a load of actors and people that have a big personality so I have to be on my A game if I want to make it to the finals.”
Nerves didn’t seem to phase Charli, 그렇지만, as she left the judges speechless with her dance.
Carrie Ann rushed over to Charli to hug her afterward and said her “perfection is another level” while Len called it “fantastic.” Derek said the routine was “absolutely iconic” and Bruno said she “captured the essence of the spirit of Spain.”
Trevor and Emma
Trevor once again expressed disbelief about making it to the semifinals before praising Emma for helping him to make it this far. He even said he was dedicating the dance to her for all they’ve been through.
He then began to push himself even further in rehearsals, despite hitting some hiccups along the way. “I’m gonna do everything I can to make it to the finale because Emma deserves it,” 그는 말했다.
Trevor and Emma danced a Viennese Waltz to “Count On Me” by Judah Kelly — a song which mirrored their own partnership, and was something the judges heavily pointed out.
“This partnership has been so wonderful and so spectacular,” Carrie Ann said, as Derek commended their chemistry. “It was a great dance, you should be really, really proud,” 그는 덧붙였다.
Speaking about their partnership later, Trevor said, “It’s been everything. I came here with zero dance experience, I came here kinda flailing and I needed someone that I could support and count on and Emma was there every step of the way.”
Gabby and Val
Gabby was excited to take on the Paso Doble to “Malagueña” by Brian Setzer — though she struggled with getting dramatic and passionate for the dance.
“We don’t want it to look like a mockery,” Val noted of Gabby’s natural light-heartedness and comedic nature. “If we wanna end up on this [winner’s] wall, we’ve gotta arrive.”
For inspiration, Val brought wooden boards to rehearsal and encouraged Gabby to kick through them passionately. Gabby later said, “Val is telling me I need to be more intense so I’m absolutely going to get intensely dramatic and I will play that role all the way into the finale.”
And that she did. After taking the dance floor, Derek admitted he initially felt “불안한” for the performance but praised Gabby for her “power and attack” 그리고 그는 말했다 “loved it.”
Bruno called it “놀라운” 그리고 말했다 “that was genius” while Carrie Ann pointed out that she’s “never seen her dance with so much intensity and so much ferocity.”
With both rounds officially over, Tyra and Alfonso announced the first three couples that were safe. Gabby and Val, Charli and Mark, and Wayne and Witney claimed the top three spots.
그 다음에, it was announced that Trevor and Emma had been eliminated from the competition.
This left Shangela and Gleb and Daniel and Britt in the bottom two, with the judges left to choose one pairing to send to the finale.
브루노, Carrie Ann and Derek all voted for Shangela and Gleb, which sent Daniel and Britt home in the semifinals.
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