May 12, 2008 08:19 PM by Paulene Hinds
It was another week of sitting on the edge of our seats, watching to see if Cristian’s arm injury would hinder his ability to perform. With only four dancers left in the semi-finals, the game was on and the floor was on fire.
Three months ago twelve stars embarked on a journey to win the coveted mirror ball trophy, but one by one their dreams were shattered. Now friendship means nothing! Fighting it out for a place in the finals are: Kristi and Mark, Cristian and Cheryl, Marissa and Tony and Jason and Edyta.
Tonight the contestants do a random mirror ball draw for their routines, one Ballroom and one Latin. Destiny or luck chose their dances tonight. The no lift rule is back! Len also took on his role once again as the professional dance guru and stopped by each contestant to give them tips and one specific move that they would have to perform in their second dance routine. With tonight being the semi-finals, Len says they are looking to really up their game and see great dancing.
Jason and Edyta are first to reach into the mirror ball bin. They choose the Fox Trot and Pasadoble. Jason feels beat up at this point in the competition so Edyta jokingly shows him a game plan. She says there is no time for friendship. Dan Marino comes on aTV screenand gives him a pep talk saying, “Don’t come home if you don’t bring back the mirror ball.”
The Fox Trot is their first dance and they glide across the floor smoothly. Len states that Jason is like a dolphin gliding across the water.
Their second dance is the Pasadoble. Jason takes on the bullfighter role once again and Bruno comments that Jason has the strength and momentum of Iron man. Carrie Ann says, “Nice execution.” Len thinks that Jason attacked the dance like a Quarterback attacks football.
Jason and Edyta receive a 28 for their Fox Trot and a 27 for their Pasadoble, giving them a combined score of 55 out of 60.
Next up are Marissa and Tony; drawing a Rumba and Quickstep. Stacy Keebler came by to give her inspiration. Tony says that attention to detail is important and Marissa says that she is going to dance for everyone who believed in them. Their first dance is the Quickstep. Looking like classic movie stars, they dance across the floor owning their performance. Bruno liked the routine, but he noticed that she missed a jete.
For their second dance they do the Rumba. Marissa puts her hip action to work that she learned from Len during their private lesson. Carrie Ann isn’t excited and thinks it isn’t a semi-final dance. Len says that their dance was very well done. Bruno thought that it was “sexy and the city.” The judges end up being divided by the routine. Carrie Ann and Bruno argue that it wasn’t exciting enough, and Len chimes in that a Rumba isn’t that kind of dance and it was well done!
Marissa and Tony receive a 26 for both routines, leaving them with a combined total of 52 out of 60.
The third dancers are Christian and Cheryl drawing the Viennese Waltz and the Samba. Cristian is having flashbacks to the day he injured himself. Cheryl thinks that he has what it takes to win the competition and then took him out to hit the town to meet the fans. This gives Cristian the drive to keep going.
Their first song is the Viennese Waltz; Cheryl is sparkling across the floor in her silver gown. Bruno says that they play off of each other beautifully and have the wow factor.
The Samba is their second dance. Len thought it was hotter than a chili pepper. Len thinks his arm has made Cristian focus and come out stronger than ever. Bruno says it is the rematch of the century. Carrie Ann is reminded of a fellow she named twinkle toes (Emmet Smith). Their Waltz scores them a 27 and their Samba a 29, giving them a combined score of 56 out of 60.
The last dancers are Kristi and Mark. She says she is not going to hold back tonight. They draw the Tango and Jive and although they are excited about getting the Jive, they both feel that the judges will be watching them more carefully because they scored a perfect 30 the last time. They go to a high level Tango dance class to fine tune their skills and the instructor tells them to put out more physical energy towards each other. After their routine, Len says the audience and Bruno liked it, but he thought it was a little bit hectic. He received a big boo for that comment! Bruno says they squeezed every bit of drama and their foot work was to die for. Carrie Ann tells her, “Welcome back to the dance floor!”
They come out to do their Jive, trying to repeat perfection again! Bruno says it is the cherry on the icing of the cake.He says she can do it all. Carrie Ann says it was extremely difficult. Len thought it had great rhythm, but was a little stiff. He is booed again!
Kristi and Mark receive a score of 29 for their Tango and 28 for their Jive. This gives them a combined score of 57 out of 60.
First Place: 57 for Kristi and Mark
Second Place: 56 for Cristian and Cheryl
Third Place: Jason and Edyta with 55
Fourth Place: Marissa and Tony with 52
Tomorrow night on Dancing with the Stars: The final round of the kids competition, R&B star with a tribute to Thriller and one more star goes home!
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