The semifinals results show tonight was also the 300th episode of Dancing With the Stars, so the stakes were high. Only four of the five couples made it through and into the finals next week.
Results aside, it was more entertaining than most results shows. The AT&T Spotlight Performance showcased 10-year-old dancer Sophia Lucia who was as adorable as she was talented. Somebody better get that girl a contract ASAP. We also saw The Wanted perform their hit, "Fill a Heart," and Avril Lavigne belt out her new single, "Here’s to Never Growing Up." Of course, there was the elimination too (SPOILERS AHEAD).
The first couple to get their golden ticket was ... Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, which was no surprise after that amazing tango they did last night. My money is on them taking the whole show.
While Kellie Pickler was less than thrilled with her performance during their second dance last night, she and Derek Hough also escaped jeopardy. Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas were also home free, deservedly so after that killer afro jazz routine last night.
So the two couples left in jeopardy were Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy and Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson. While Zendaya is clearly a better dancer technically than he is, that lack of passion between her and Val has been apparent this season, and last night their performance was just ho-hum. So it wouldn't have been altogether shocking if they were eliminated ... but they weren't.
Ingo seemed to know it was coming and was nothing but gracious upon hearing the news. And really, it was his time. Week after week as of late we've thought he might go, and it's pretty amazing he made it as far as he did. He said:
This has been an amazing experience because I thought I was going to be done in, like, two weeks. Kym has choreographed the most amazing routines and she catered them toward my two left feet—and it got us this far.
So we have our final four, and it's a pretty strong bunch we'll see dance for the win on Monday. As we know from past seasons, it's anything but a done deal at this point. Anything can still happen.
Do you think the right four couples are in the finals? Who do you think will win?
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