SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2014 – It’s a tough night to get eliminated on “Dancing With The Stars.” One couple will miss making the finals by just THAT much.
Join our live chat for the semifinals Monday at 8 p.m. ET as we find out who the unlucky competitors will be. It is more likely fan votes will make the difference than judges’ votes. Your columnist has been saving behind the scenes tidbits from her trip to the DWTS ballroom last week to share.
Alfonso Ribeiro, considered the heavy favorite to win with pro partner Witney Carson, is holding off a back injury. Witney Carson posted the following photo late Saturday afternoon. Every indication is that he’ll stick it out and perform tonight. Very few competitors have gone out with injuries at this stage. There is always a workaround with small choreography and a determined star.
For the semifinal the five couples in the semifinals will dance two different ballroom styles to the same song. One version of the song will be the original; the other will be an “unplugged” version.
Fan votes make a big difference at this point of the competition. Even though Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd are at the bottom of the leaderboard on judges’ points, the fans love this pair. Don’t be surprised if they make it to the finals over a couple with fewer votes. If they do, Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas seem likely to fall just short of the finale.
Semifinal Week Assignments
Alfonso and Witney
Argentine Tango and Contemporary
Song: “Love Runs Out” by One Republic
Bethany and Derek
Samba and Contemporary
Song: “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 and Civil Wars
Janel and Val
Paso Doble and Argentine Tango
Song: “Blame” by Calvin Harris
Sadie and Mark
Quickstep and Argentine Tango
Song: “Problem” by Ariana Grande
Tommy and Peta
Jazz and Rumba
Song: “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and Hannah Peel
Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day. These votes count toward the following week’s elimination.