Dancing With The Stars: fans will decide who gets to the finals

All four couples are performing at their best, and drew high scores from the judges. So it will up to the fans to vote their favorites through to the final next week.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess received their first perfect score for a powerful Paso Doble Monday night. Photo: ABC
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess received their first perfect score for a powerful Paso Doble Monday night. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, May 11, 2015 – The four couples dancing in the semifinals pulled out all the stops on Monday, and they were richly rewarded by high judges’ scores on “Dancing With The Stars.”

Tom Bergeron said all four couples in the semifinals have been in the lead at least one week during the season when judges scores and fan votes have been combined. Why is this meaningful? Because Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess have never been close to the top based only on judges’ scores. It means they are getting a large number of fan votes, which could make all the difference going into the finals.

FAN CHAT Dancing With The Stars: Semi Finals results show

Before the first round of dance routines, each competitor’s parents talked about their children and their reactions to them being on “Dancing With The Stars.” Fans got to hear from Bruce Willis and Demi Moore talking with pride about their daughter Rumer Willis. The show hit the star power jackpot getting Bruce and Demi to appear on the show and be in the audience nearly every week.

Rumer and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a steamy Viennese waltz with a “50 Shades of Gray” theme, steamy and sensual but still very much a traditional Viennese Waltz. Judge Bruno Tonioli commented on how connected Rumer is to the performance aspects of the dance. Hmm, was Bruno referring to Nastia when he said dancing without acting is like gymnastics? They scored 38 points.

Nothing like a marriage proposal to win the fans over... and she said yes. Photo: ABC
Nothing like a marriage proposal to win the fans over… and she said yes. Photo: ABC

Following a beautiful Viennese Waltz with more of the innovative choreography by Sharna which has made this couple succeed against the odds, Noah didn’t hurt himself in the quest for fan votes when he proposed to his longtime girlfriend. Not a dry eye on the house. (She said yes, of course)! The makeup team had a lot of touchup work to do during the next commercial break. Noah and Sharna received their highest score of the season, 36 points.

Such a tough act to follow, but Riker Lynch and Allison Hoker managed to do it with an athletic, powerful Contemporary routine. It scored the second perfect 40 points of the season.

Nastia Liukin danced her Quickstep routine with Sasha Farber substituting once again for injured partner Derek Hough. Nastia and Sasha have dynamite chemistry and are equally athletic. Their precision and speed dazzled the judges, who gave them another perfect score of 40.

In the second round, producers came up with a new approach. For the first time, the judges will choose one of the two dances as well as the song and creative elements. The judges will coach the couple for this single routine. Based on the results, it’s one of the most successful concepts ever introduced on the show.

Every single couple received a perfect score of 30; the judge working with the couple didn’t vote. Every routine was difficult both technically and emotionally. The judges gave a lot of thought to the styles and themes and each suited the couples to perfection. The couples each told a personal story and dug deep to express themselves. The tears were flowing all around. As host Erin Andrews said, Kleenex should have been a sponsor Monday night.

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy went for drama in their Swan Lake themed Contemporary routine. Photo: Twitter/IamValC
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy went for drama in their Swan Lake themed Contemporary routine. Photo: Twitter/IamValC

Rumer and Val danced a “Black Swan” style contemporary routine full of drama and challenging moves. Riker and Allison danced a powerhouse Argentine Tango. Noah and Sharna danced a Paso Doble bringing out Noah’s inner warrior. But it was the lovely Viennese Waltz from Nastia and Derek depicting Len Goodman’s nostalgia for his younger days as a competitive ballroom dancer which left everyone a wreck. In a good way.

Voting is critical. The judges scores are so statistically close when you take into account they are just 50 percent of the total score. Fans will choose the finalists. Be sure to vote, or you can’t complain if your favorite has gone home. See all the voting information below.

Communities Digital News will return with a Live Fan Chat for the Results show at 8 p.m. ET. Let’s find out together who we get to see dancing in the finale next week.

Semifinals Leaderboard

Nastia and Sasha Farber, Quickstep, 10-10-10-10, 40 points
Judges’ Choice: (with Derek Hough): Len Goodman, Viennese Waltz, 10-10-10 = 30 points

Riker and Allison: Contemporary, 10-10-10-10, 40 points
Judges’ Choice: Julianne Hough, Argentine Tango, 10-10-10 = 30 poitns

Rumer and Val: Viennese Waltz, 10-9-9-10, 38 points
Judges’ Choice: Bruno Tonioli, Contemporary, 10-10-10 = 30 points

Noah and Sharna: Viennese Waltz = 9-9-9-9, 36 points
Judges’ Choice: Carrie Ann Inaba, Paso Doble, 10-10-10 = 30 points

Voting information:

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights 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 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.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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