'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy Should Have Done More

zendaya dwts hip hopBefore we get into the specifics, let's just get this out there: Last night, during week 9 of the Dancing With the Stars semifinals, everyone brought it. Yowza! (Okay, fine, everyone but Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson during their lukewarm samba routine [but we still heart you Ingo!].) The contestants all had the tall order of performing two routines, and wow! I couldn't believe how on point they all were. My personal favorites of the night were Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas' afro jazz routine (obsessed!), and Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff's Argentine tango (gorgeous!). Yes, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy's hip hop routine was perfection, but bo-ring!

Zendaya is an amazing dancer. Sure, her rapid quickstep left a little to be desired, but the girl has moves -- as she should have moves, because she's been dancing her whole life! Of course I was excited to see the hip hop routine she and Val came up with -- and it was fantastic! Not a single hip thrust out of place! But not only did we know that was going to be the case, it was like Val was the one being critiqued. The show is Dancing With the Stars, right? Not Dancing With the Dancers? (And side note: I wasn't loving the song and outfits they chose either. We knew they were going to have an unbelievable routine -- at least shock us with crazy getups and a super high energy song!)

At the end of the day, Zendaya is probably the best dancer out of all the stars, so she should win, as this is a competition after all. But like Nicole Scherzinger a few seasons ago, it's going to be so anti-climactic. I mean, think about it, who would you be more surprised to see take home the Mirror Ball Trophy: Zendaya or Jacoby Jones?

That's what I thought.

What was your favorite dance last night?


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Krew Bird

The dancing was really good, but the song made it awesome!!

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

It just proved what I've always said Disney kids are DANCERS and to me Zendaya shouldn't win It isn't fair. Jacoby, Kelli Aly should win they are the ones that are totally out of their element and have showed improvement through out the show.

nonmember avatar momof5

Don't like Zendaya, she seems too into herself and cocky and snobby when she thinks the camera is off of her. Also, don't like when Val says snarky comments about other dancers. Even Jacoby made a snarky comment about Aly's dance like the Afrojazz wasn't a hard dance. It's a competition but it is suppose to be fun and they shouldn't put each other down.

Norma Schiller

I think Kellie Pickler should win. Of all the contestants, she is the only one that never has anything bad to say about anyone and she's always applauding the other dancers. She has made the most improvement of any of them!!!!!

tifferie tifferie

I think Jacoby should win. You can really see him grow as a dancer.

nonmember avatar Dancer Person

Love Zendaya, but I feel like she was lazy this week.... It's a pity because she is an amazing dancer; we saw it in week 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7! I think that Val was pulling her back for the hip hop routine, because rather than making it amazing she had to teach Val.. And you could tell that Val got much more practice out of the deal! I think when she was put on the show they put her with Val because they knew she was going to be a great star... If they would've put her with Mark or Derek she'd be doing ten times better and it wouldn't be fair. Hope she makes the finals and shows us her real moves!

nonmember avatar Thomas

My ranking of the dances this week

10th Ingo-Samba
9th Ingo-Charleston
8th Kellie-Flamageo
7th Jacoby-Argentine tango
6th Zendaya-Quickstep
5th Kellie-Argentine Tango
4th Aly-Rumba
3rd Jacoby-Lindy Hop
2nd Zendaya-Hip-Hop
1st Aly-Afro Jazz

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