The final four stars — William Levy, Maria Menounos, Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins — each tackled two numbers on Monday night Dancing With the Stars semifinal show and shared their life stories with the world! Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli nitpicked more than usual, but they also managed to pull out their 10 paddles for just about every performance. “This is probably the strongest group of semifinalists we’ve ever seen on the show,” said co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Sporting a black sparkly suit and tie, he tackled a tango with pro partner Cheryl Burke that split the judges. Len wanted a “slightly tighter hold” and said William was slightly flat-footed at times. Bruno raved, calling him “the dictator of the tango.” Carrie Ann nitpicked a little, prompting boos from the audience. Scores: 9, 9, 10 = 29 For his second dance, he did a smoking hot samba that prompted a standing ovation from Christie Brinkley, among others. Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Total: 59
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough
Maria’s first dance was an Argentine tango. Her pro partner, Derek Hough, worried in rehearsal that the choreography wasn’t right. She cried because she “didn’t want to disappoint.” Both have injuries too numerous to go into, but Maria said “three doctors” visited them today. Bruno thought her dance was “titillating … beyond my wildest dreams.” Carrie Ann raved about it, too. Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30. Her second dance, a jive, also earned raves. Bruno liked the “quirky, unexpected details” and said it was “brilliant.” Carrie Ann: “That was another stunner. You are a winner tonight.” Len said it wasn’t traditional, but it didn’t matter. He also said she had a stumble, and Maria said, “No, I didn’t!” Maria then jumped on host Tom Bergeron because she couldn’t jump on Derek, whose back was hurting. “I wouldn’t ever get 10s without Derek Hough, so I love you!” Scores: 10, 9, 10 = 29 Total: 59
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Donald the NFL pro football player waltzed his way to good scores, too. For his first dance, dressed all in white, he and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd swirled around the floor, as if in a heavenly wedding. “So dreamy,” said Carrie Ann, but she noted some missteps. Len said it was “absolutely charming.” Bruno said he showed a “caring, gentle, soft quality.” Scores: 9, 9, 10 = 28 The second dance was a smooth and sexy samba but had a bit of a fumble. Said Len: “Bottom line, I liked it.” Bruno and Carrie Ann loved it, too. Scores: 10, 9, 10 = 29 Total: 57
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
She said she wanted to show off both “classy and sassy” sides of herself. She danced a Bonnie-and-Clyde quickstep with dance pro Mark Ballas. Bruno shrieked: “Outstanding!” Carrie Ann called it the “best dance ever!” Len noted a “foot fault” thing but called it a “fabulous number.” Scores: 10, 9, 10 = 29 In the second dance, she and Mark performed a belly-dance-themed salsa that required a lot of shaking and jiggling, and ended with some kind of misstep that nearly made her faint. She broke down completely into Mark’s arms, saying, “I’m sorry!” After the judging, Katherine, who was able to walk and appeared to be OK, told Brooke, “I felt my back go.” At the end of the show, Jenkins was rubbing her lower back, and Tom said she would be getting some “medical attention.” Scores: 9, 9, 9 = 27 Total: 56
We are all looking forward to seeing who will stay and who will go home tomorrow TUESDAY 9|8c on ABC.