SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2017 – Five couples became just four heading into next week’s semi-finals after the best week of Season 24 on “Dancing With The Stars.” At this point, fans know they are going to feel disappointed to see someone leave so far into the season.
If you want to find out who it is, scroll down past the individual reviews.
Rashad Jennings has been the surprise of the season. He was in his element in a Blues Brothers Jive with Emma Slater. The judges seemed a bit tough on him, scoring nines for 36 points.
Normani Kordei is right on Rashad’s heels. She drew a Contemporary dance, and pro partner Val Chemerkovskiy provided her a beautiful platform with a powerful message about freedom. Normani and Val earned their second straight perfect score of 40 points.
Bonner Bolton had a tough act to follow. While his Argentine Tango with Sharna Burgess was one of his better performances, he’s fallen behind the other couples. Judge Len Goodman stated bluntly he should have gone home last week before Nancy Kerrigan, and even before Heather Morris. Ouch. The routine received 30 points.
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber danced a Foxtrot with a sprinkling of gymnastics moves involved. In the early weeks, Sasha avoided choreographing too many tricks into routines, but he seems to be throwing them in far more often now. The routine received all nines for 36 points.
Simone is struggling to connect with the audience. Former Chicago Cubs player David Ross doesn’t have any problem. The fans love him and his positive attitude. David and Lindsay Arnold had their best performance at exactly the right time with a country flavored Waltz full of charm. Fans will love it, and the judges did too, awarding nines for 36 points.
In the second half of the show, it was time for the Trio rounds. The Trios never disappoint.
Rashad Jennings danced an Argentine Tango with Emma Slater and Witney Carson. Flanked by two fierce partners, Rashad matched them move for move in a spectacular performance loaded with emotional magic. The judges rewarded them with 39 points; only Len Goodman held out on a perfect score.
Normani Kordei went a little bit country in her country flavored Jive Trio. Alan Bersten joined Normani and Val. It was charming with loads of energy, and presented a different look for Normani. The judges approved, giving it 39 points with Len Goodman once again handing out the single nine.
Bonner Bolton danced a Jazz routine that left fans and judges less than jazzed about the “Dallas” style business mogul theme. We won’t even touch the out of place borderline workplace sexual harassment issues, and stay focused on the lackluster dancing. It seemed as if no one really believed in this routine. Judges gave it sevens across the board for 28 points. Ouch.
Simone and Sasha’s Paso Doble with Brittany Cherry had a lot to live up to. Trio Paso Dobles in the past have delivered some of the show’s most memorable routines. Alfonso Ribiero and Melissa Rycroft both went on to win the Mirror Ball Trophy after a Paso Trio. But this edition got mixed reviews on social media from fans. It was technically solid but it seemed to lack the slightest bit of commitment. The judges still awarded it 36 points.
If the Paso Doble Trio of David and Lindsay with Hayley Ebert could have been scored on costumes alone, it would have received 40 points. Sadly, the performance didn’t match up. It was fun but it got a little sloppy, due mainly to overdancing by David. The judges scored 29 points.
Fortunately, when it came down to the elimination, fans finally did the right thing with their votes, sending Bonner and Sharna home. We have a solid Final Four in Rashad, Normani, Simone and David.
Week 8 Recap:
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
TRIO with Alan Bersten, Jive: 10-9-10-10 = 39 points
79 TOTAL POINTS
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Jive: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
TRIO with Witney Carson, Argentine Tango: 10-9-10-10 = 39 points
75 POINTS TOTAL
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Foxtrot: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
TRIO with Brittany Cherry, Paso Doble: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
72 TOTAL POINTS
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Waltz: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
TRIO with Hayley Erbert, Paso Doble: 7-7-8-7 = 29 points
65 POINTS TOTAL
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: Argentine Tango: 8-7-8-7 = 30 points
TRIO with Britt Stewart, Jazz: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
58 POINTS TOTAL – ELIMINATED
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com and on Facebook 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.
“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24: Semifinals” airs on Monday, May 15, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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