November 20, 2007 12:32 AM by Joe Blackmon
Written By Jennifer Brown. The last four teams vie for a spot in the finals. We’re down to four teams in tonight’s semifinals, and it looks
like everyone is pulling out the stops tonight, in hopes of landing a
spot in the finals.
First up are Marie & Jonathan, who open the show with a bang. “I have 8 brothers – I know competition,” Marie says. “I can do this.” And she proves it, starting the show with a Quickstep in baby blue, all chipper and sunny to the song “Good Mornin’!,” almost Disneyesque. I half expect baby birds to perch on Marie’s arms as they glide around the floor. They get a standing O from the audience, and high praise from the judges. “You bring so much joy and entertainment to this show,” Len says, giving them a 10. Carrie Ann agrees, calling their dance “wonderful” and offering a 10 of her own. Bruno gives them a good report, too, but only gives them a 9, eliciting boos from the audience. “All the boos are coming from my brothers,” Marie quips.
Next up are Mel & Maks. Mel’s lamenting how crazy her schedule is, but gets a nice surprise in rehearsals when her Spice sisters show up to give her a pep talk. Mel steps out on the stage all bejeweled and glimmering in a white gown, to dance a Viennese Waltz with Maks, to Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Clearly I’m not a dancer – I don’t find it half as entertaining as Marie’s Quickstep, but the judges are crazy over it. Carrie Ann gets chills, gives them a 10. Bruno calls their dance “The Ferrari of Viennese Waltzes” and he, too, gives them a 10. Len rounds it out with another 10, calling their dance “absolutely fabulous!”
Jennie Garth is finding herself torn between the show and her family. She’s missing her kids and having a tough time of it. But she gets a much-needed break and trip to Disneyland, where she gets to hang with the kids and dance with The Mouse, not to mention mingle with her fans a bit. She comes back to rehearsals renewed, refreshed, and with a focus on winning. First up, she and Derek will dance a rockin’ Tango, all dressed in a backless red gown. The dance is hot, but not smokin’. Carrie Ann says she thought it was perhaps missing a little bit of chemistry. Bruno nicknames Jennie “The Red Menace,” and praises Derek’s steps. Len disagrees with Carrie Ann – thinks the chemistry is fine, and calls the dance “vibrant.” He’s the only judge to award a 10 – it’s 9s from the other two.
It’s clear that Helio & Julianne are becoming close friends. Buoyed by their recent success in the competition, Helio thanks his dance partner during rehearsals with flowers, balloons, and a personal visit by country star, Rascall Flatts. “It doesn’t mean I’m going to let up on him,” Julianne says. Good, because Helio’s feeling the pressure of being the only guy left in the competition and tonight he wants to nail it. They step onto stage with a classy Foxtrot. Carrie Ann calls the performance “mind-blowing,” Len adds a “beautiful,” and Bruno can’t believe that Helio has never danced before this competition. The judges slap the couple with a round of 10s.
During a short break from the dancing, we get to see Len at work, giving a “master class” to the contestants. Seems he’s been pumping up the contestants for this week’s competition – helping Helio with his footwork, Jennie with her arms, Marie with her hips, and Mel with her habit of looking down. “This could be the tightest semifinals in the history of Dancing With the Stars,” he says.
Back to the competition, Marie & Jonathan bring it with a sassy, funny Mambo. Starting out ruffled and loud, the two eventually strip down to sleek little red outfits and Marie shows off her new hip-work. The dance is energetic and vibrant, ending with Marie flying into the laps of a row of Osmonds in the audience. The judges all agree that the dance was entertaining as all get-out, but she missed several of her steps in the process. They give her a round of 9s. Marie promises to invite everyone in the viewing audience over for Thanksgiving if they vote for her (for some reason,I believe she’d do it,).
It’s Paso Doble time and Scary Spice lives up to her name when she strides out onto the stage wearing a burgundy cat woman-like outfit and wielding a whip. Mel & Maks totally rock it out to The Stones, and who could blame the judges for giving them 10s across the board. “You’re a star!” Bruno proclaims.
Jennie & Derek are ready to Cha-Cha-Cha and they do a great job of it to “Mustang Sally.” I could’ve gone all day without knowing that Jennie has kids – sheesh, that woman’s body is perfect, and boy does she work it. Len calls her “fantastic” and gives her a 10. Bruno cheers, “You’ve done it!” and Derek picks Jennie up and spins her as Bruno unveils a 10 as well. Carrie Ann gives Jennie three snaps, saying, “Work – It – Out!” She, as well, gives the couple a 10.
Last up are Helio & Julianna, with a disco Cha-Cha-Cha. Helio looks very at home with those disco moves, and the dance is loads of fun. Bruno calls it a “great ride.” Len says they’re the stand-out couple of the night. Carrie Ann tells them they’re fantastic. All three judges give,10s again! An elated Helio gives a shout-out to his sister.
It’s a close night – Helio & Julianna tied with Mel & Maks for perfect 60s tonight. Jennie & Derek are just behind with 58. And Marie & Jonathan pull up the rear with a very close 56.
Tomorrow Night on Dancing With The Stars: Guest Stars Avril Lavigne and Michael Flatley visit the dance floor.