Monday’s semi-final broadcast of Dancing with the stars is all about number two.
Not just the episode – remarkable! – was Season 30’s second-to-last outing, but it featured two routines from each of the remaining duos, which were then ended with a final double-elimination. (Two is also the number of boxes of Kleenex you might have burned by watching this episode. Everywhere you look, another sob-worthy contemporary!)
Before we get to the results, let’s analyze the penultimate performance of the season:
CODY RIGSBY AND PRO CHERYL BURKE
Each couple’s first dance on Monday is a redemption routine where they must take another stab at the style they learned earlier in the season. For Cody and Cheryl, it’s a Salsa, which they had previously only done through rehearsals recorded after contracting with COVID. So it’s impossible, for Cody Not to improve with this version, but even his second attempt feels a bit overwhelming; A few of the people standing side by side looked like Cheryl was dancing salsa but Cody was lounging around in the club, and their final moves were a little shaky.
Then during their follow-up Argentine tango, it has a strange feeling that Cody doesn’t do much in the way of actual walking, even though he’s completely nailed that opening silhouette. Perhaps, however, Derek Hough made it most clear in his reviews: “Cheryl worked overtime out of habit!” Judge’s Score: 35/40 (salsa); 36/40 (Argentine tango)
MELORA HARDIN AND PRO ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
First, Melora and Artem redeemed themselves with a rumba, and this time Melora put more lyricism into her hips and arms. However, their real highlight is simultaneously in Round 2: Despite being outdone by Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder”, a song that is too fast paced for a typical contemporary song, Melora still brings a really moving emotion to the piece, especially especially in the eight leading up to the final that embraces Artem. Judge’s Score: 36/40 (rumba); 36/40 (contemporary)
SUNI LEE AND PRO SASHA FARBER
Suni and Sasha have to try foxtrot for their redeeming style, which, despite a significant improvement from their first show, ended up ranking among the more forgettable performances of the night. But their second appearance, this time for a simultaneously, much more attractive. Suni has conveyed her inner instability in a unique way, and it’s the right style for her to showcase her incredible gymnastics talents.
However, I will agree with Len Goodman that Sasha could probably have choreographed more effectively here: As Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” was built and built, I continued to wait for an incredible climax. more, and in the end that lift with Sasha’s arms around Suni’s head wasn’t quite the Moment I expected. Judge’s Score: 37/40 (foxtrot); 38/40 (contemporary)
JOJO SIWA AND PRO JENNA JOHNSON
If my comment sections are recent DWTS recaps tell me anything, that’s all you got a number think about JoJo’s continued success in Season 30. But what if JoJo’s smoldering, sexy chemistry and Jenna’s redemption Argentine tango do not thaw even the coldest of critics, certainly stunning, their expressions simultaneously cheated. JoJo enters Season 30 with technical dance experience, to be sure, but her emotional flexibility is awe-inspiring – as is her near-perfect synchronicity with Jenna on many occasions. parallel combination of contemporary habits. Jury score: 40/40 (Argentine tango); 40/40 (contemporary)
IMAN SHUMPERT AND PRO DANIELLA KARAGACH
First, Iman and Daniella had a reward exchange tango, which, thanks to Derek’s mentorship, gave Iman the opportunity to focus on the more appropriate frame of mind than most of Season 30’s most weeks. (And that made all the difference!) And at the risk of becoming a friend closer than Len, I’m not particularly attracted to Jazz later in the program. There’s very little jazz content out there for Iman to master, and the endless lifts – while amazingly physical – have lost much of their impact after the Night of Terror. Judge’s Score: 37/40 (tango); 38/40 (jazz music)
AMANDA KLOOTS AND PRO ALAN BERSTEN
ONE tango was waiting for Amanda and Alan in the first round of redemption, and it was great to see Amanda becoming tense and unbridled with her facial expression after weeks of often unconvincing performing smiles. For their Round 2 simultaneously – performed an adorable cover of “Live Your Life”, a song originally sung by Kloots’ late husband, Nick Cordero; Thanks Dance the gods had mercy on our tears and Not using Nick’s voice – it’s breathtaking. I was worried Amanda might not make it through the number, as her face was shaking from trying to hold back tears at first. But in the end she infuses the performance with all that raw emotion, and the result is magnetic. Judge’s Score: 39/40 (tango); 40/40 (contemporary)
And now, the results!
ADVANCED TO FINAL (in order of notice)
JoJo Siwa and pro Jenna Johnson
Iman Shumpert and expert Daniella Karagach
Cody Rigsby and professional Cheryl Burke
MATCH IN JEOPARDY
Melora Hardin and expert Artem Chigvintsev
Amanda Kloots and expert Alan Bersten
Suni Lee and pro Sasha Farber
Melora Hardin and professional Artem Chigvintsev (automatically disqualified with the lowest score and votes) (as well as: boooo!)
Suni Lee and pro Sasha Farber (after all 4 judges researched Amanda and Alan)
With that, I pass it on to you. How do you feel about these four finalists? Do Melora or Suni deserve one of those positions instead? Hit the comments with your response!
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