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Semifinals follies ahead on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Written By | May 12, 2017

SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2017 – Four couples are left fighting for the Season 24 Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing With The Stars.” Forget leaving in the first week. Leaving this week is the worst week to leave, just one dance and a few fans votes short of making it to the finals.

With perfect scores two weeks in a row, there’s not much doubt about Normani Kordei making it to next week’s finals. ABC/Eric McCandless

Based on their performances, there is every expectation Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy and Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater will be in the finals. So it really comes down to two couples battling for spot number three. They are both athletes who are champions in their sport: Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles with pro Sasha Farber; and World Series winner David Ross of the Chicago Cubs with pro Lindsay Arnold.

In addition to their individual routines, each couple will dance a “Judges’ Challenge,” a new creation. Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough have each been individually paired up with one couple, tasking them with a specific challenge for their dance.

For both routines, each couple will perform a Rumba, Quickstep, Jazz, Tango, Jive, Viennese waltz or Foxtrot.

David Ross struggled with his Trio routine last week, but he’s got a better than average chance of making it to the finals. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

The choices can absolutely make or break the finalists. Looking at David and Lindsay’s assignments, they’ve drawn a Tango for the individual routine, and a Foxtrot for the Judges’ Challenge. The Foxtrot isn’t the toughest dance in the world, and with a skilled choreographer like Lindsay, David should look good.

On the other hand, Simone and Sasha drew a Rumba. This for the competitor who has been told over and over again to emote more, and whose strength is being strong, not fluid. Do we think the fix is in? Perhaps.

Is Simone Biles being given a higher bar to cross into next week’s finals by the judges? Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

But we remind you fan votes from last week are half the scores, so fans can easily save anyone they want to. We believe Cubs Nation will put David through to the finals over Simone. We’ll find out if I am right Monday night.

Semifinals Assignments:

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Tango, “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran
Judges’ Challenge from Julianne Hough, Foxtrot, “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Michael Buble

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jazz, “What A Wonderful World” by Ray Chew Live
Judges’ Challenge from Len Goodman: Viennese Waltz, “Desperado” by Rihanna

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Quickstep, “Yes I Can” by Superhumans
Judges’ Challenge from Bruno Tonioli: Rumba, “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Rumba, “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato
Judges’ Challenge from Carrie Ann Inaba: Jive, “Faith” by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande

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 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: The Semifinals” airs on Monday, May 15, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She also covers the Sweet Science of boxing for Communities. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.