Time for Trios, the semifinals are here on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Time for Trios, the semifinals are here on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

It's down to the Final Five on "Dancing With The Stars." All five couples are worthy of making it to next week's finale, but one will fall short.

Is Indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe on the road to next week's Season 23 finals on "Dancing With The Stars"? Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

SAN DIEGO, November 12, 2016 – We love the Trio Dances on “Dancing With The Stars.” We were concerned we might be left disappointed in Season 23 without our Trios fix.

Hallelujah, we’ve got Trio Dances in this week’s semifinals. The competition couldn’t be tighter among the five remaining couples, and the Trios could make a significant contribution toward the four who eventually make it to next week’s finals. So bring the on!

First though, each celebrity will perform a dance they haven’t yet performed, a Foxtrot, Argentine Tango, Tango, Rumba, or Quickstep.

Jana Kramer may get an advantage in her Trios routine after rehearsing last week with Alan Bersten due to Glev Savchenko's injury. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
Jana Kramer may get an advantage in her Trios routine after rehearsing last week with Alan Bersten due to Glev Savchenko’s injury. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

For the Trio dances, Laurie Hernandez gets the infamous Chmerkovskiy brothers sandwich dancing with Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; James Hinchcliffe will dance with Sharna Burgess and his stand-in pro partner for the last two weeks, Jenna Johnson; Calvin Johnson will dance with Lindsay Arnold and her pro “twin” and friend, Witney Carson; Jana Kramer will dance with Gleb Savchenko and her rehearsal stand-in pro Alan Bersten; and Terra Jolé will dance with Sasha Farber and Artem Chigvintsev.

After the individual and Trios performances at the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, giving us our final four couples who will compete for the Season 23 Mirror Ball Trophy next week.

Sharna Burgess is back in the ballroom after being out two weeks in a row with a knee injury for both routines. Because of injuries to Sharna and also Gleb Savchenko, their partners already have experience dancing with their Trio partners. Could this apparent setback end up being a significant advantage to both in the long run?

Calvin Johnson won't waltz into the finals without a fight, but he seems well on his way. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
Calvin Johnson won’t waltz into the finals without a fight, but he seems well on his way. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Two of the remaining pro partners are bringing in a second pro they know and work with extremely well. Val Chemrkovskiy is bringing in big brother Maks; Lindsay Arnold is dancing with gal pal and fellow Utah ballroom pro Witney Carson. These two might as well be sisters, if not twins.

The odd Trio odd will be Terra Jole and Sasha Farber, who are folding in Artem Chigvintsev. It’s a terrific choice. Sasha and Artem are both Russian-born and have a similar style, although Artem is three inches taller than Sasha and a whopping 20 inches taller than Terra. Combined with drawing the Rumba in her solo assignment, she will be up against a challenge making it to the finals strictly on judges’ scores.

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Can Terra Jole make it into next week's finals? She may have the greatest challenge this week. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
Can Terra Jole make it into next week’s finals? She may have the greatest challenge this week. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Week 10/Semifinals Assignments:

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Tango, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes
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James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Argentine Tango, “Santa Maria” by Gotan Project
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Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Quickstep, “Go Mama” by Wayne Beckford
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Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot, “Hollow” by Tori Kelly
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Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Rumba, “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
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Maks Chmerkovskiy will join brother Val and Laurie Hernandez in a Trio routine this week. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
Maks Chmerkovskiy will join brother Val and Laurie Hernandez in a Trio routine this week. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Trio Dances:

Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Samba, “Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes

James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess with Jenna Johnson: Jive, “Gimme Some Lovin’” by The Spencer Davis Group

Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold with Witney Carson: Salsa,“Limbo” by Daddy Yankee

Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber with Artem Chigvintsev: Tango, “Hideaway” by Kiesza

Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko with Alan Bersten: Paso Doblé, “Kill of the Night” by Gin Wigmore

Voting information: For the semifinals, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

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