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Dancing With The Stars Recap: Semi-Final Michael Jackson Tribute Anything But Bad

November 19, 2012 08:14 PM by Candace Young

Last week was a Dancing With The Stars double-elimination and it was a shocker as favorites Gilles Marini and Kirstie Alley both came to the end of their quest for the Mirrorball Trophy. The remaining all-stars looked forward to the semi-finals. Tonight,  Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson, is in the ballroom for the second round tribute to her late son. Keep reading…

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni kick off the semi-finals performing the ‘caveman hustle’ – not a traditional ballroom dance!  Tony had back issues in practice, but he was cleared to dance. Dressed as, er, cave people, Tony and Melissa do an an entertaining and creative dance to Dinosaur that includes Melissa getting an upside-down prehistoric paddling! Len, Carrie Ann, and Bruno loved it, but Bruno and Carrie Ann both note they were shaky and off-balance in spots. They earn 9s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and a 9.5 from Len for 27.5 total.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough‘s first dance of the night is an Indian folk dance performed to the theme from Knight Rider. They emerge onto the floor wearing lit up costumes and then launch into an energetic Bhangra routine featuring some truly daring lifts and spins. It looks fantastic and the crowd roars its approval! Bruno enthuses that it’s another hit for the duo, Carrie Ann remarks on the difficulty, and Len shouts, “Close the door, shut up,” he thought it was fantastic! They net a perfect 30 score from the judges.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff are doing a ‘Big Top’ jazz routine this week.  They go full out with the circus theme, however the performance has awkward moments and doesn’t flow very well. Carrie Ann says the dismounts were sloppy and it was disjointed. Len notes a couple of awkward moments, but thinks it was well done. Bruno defends them, saying it was edgy and the only misstep was in the beginning. They get 8.5 from Carrie Ann, 9 from Len, and 9.5 from Bruno for 27 total.

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke will be dancing an ‘espionage’ lindy hop for their first semi-final dance. Cheryl comes up with some ‘cartoonish’ moves for the spy theme. It seems a little loose, but they do some amazing lifts and take their tops off, so it’s all good!  The judges award three 9s for a total of 27.

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy are doing a ‘surfer’ flamenco tonight – this should be interesting! They bring a hot and spicy routine in traditional flamenco garb, Val rips his shirt off, and they end up in swimsuits dancing in water. Wow! Bruno says it was hot and fiery, but their placement wasn’t precise enough. Carrie Ann agrees. Len thought it had verve and attack – fantastic. They get an 8 from Carrie Ann, a 9 from Len, and an 8.5 from Bruno for 25.5 total.

Second Round – Michael Jackson Tribute

Melissa and Tony‘s second routine is an Argentine tango to Dirty Diana. They start off with Melissa swirling down and around Tony like he’s a stripper pole – impressive! Overall it’s intense and full of lifts and ambiance. Len says he’ll be disappointed if they’re not back next week. Bruno raves about the sequence of lifts and says they deserve to make the final. Carrie Ann says it was beyond anything she could have imagined – out of this world! They net 10s from all three judges for a perfect 30!

Shawn and Derek are also dancing an Argentine tango. Performing to MJ’s Bad, Derek looks like he’s in Grease, but their routine is precise and exquisite. Bruno says it was perfect and brilliant. Carrie Ann says it was breathtaking, but she thought they lacked intimacy. This sparks an argument with Len, who thinks they nailed both parts. Len and Bruno award 10s and Carrie Ann holds out with a 9 – for a total of 29.

For their second round number, Apolo and Karina are doing a rumba to Man In The Mirror. The routine is ethereal, sweeping, and intense. Carrie Ann says they melted her heart. Len notes wave after wave of effortless motion – fabulous! Bruno agrees they nailed it. They earn 10s from all three judges for a perfect 30!

Emmitt and Cheryl do a tango to Michael Jackson’s Leave Me Alone for their second dance. It’s technically sound and a solid routine, but isn’t as outstanding or zingy as some of the others. The judges mention a few issues but acknowledge how Emmitt rose to the challenge. They earn 9s across the board for a total of 29.

Kelly and Val are doing a rumba for their second round routine. Their performance to I Just Can’t Stop Loving You is sensually riveting,intimate, and ends with a hot kiss! We practically need a cigarette afterward! Bruno, Carrie Ann, and Len rave about their chemistry and flow and award 9.5s across the board for a total of 28.5.

Who should make it to the finals? The Wanted perform on tomorrow night’s results show on which two couples will be eliminated.

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