SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2016 – In one of the closest semifinals in many season, five couples fought for three spots in the finals of Season 22 of “Dancing With The Stars” Each competitor has a fan base and specific strengths, and it takes both to make it to the end. Who would it be?
If you’d like to know the results, scroll to the end of this column. Those who want more detail can read the routine recaps first.
Reviews in order of appearance on the show:
The Trios routines were the first round for all the couples, always a show stopper.
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas brought in Alan Bertsen to dance a peacock themed Samba full of the proper Samba bounce and rhythm. Paige dances with the same fierce, fearless approach as last season’s champion Bindi Irwin, and that’s why she is headed for the finals. The judges rewarded the routines with a perfect score of 30.
Antonio Brown gets the “Most Improved Player” award on the show, and his Argentine Tango with Sharna Burgess and Hayley Erbert showed sharp moves and attack, plus some impressive lifts. It was just short of the wow factor for a perfect score, and received 27 points.
Wanya Morris danced with Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson, who know their way around a Paso Doble Trio. It was dynamic and powerful, and the judges rewarded him with 30 points.
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd had the toughest Trio assignment, a Jive. Jenna Johnson joined them. The routine was fun and light hearted, but trying to coordinate the fast moving kicks of the Jive turned out to be challenging and there were a few timing issues. It was delivered well and still good enough for 27 points.
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy finished the Trio round with a Paso Doble. Artem Chigvintsev was the third trio member. Ginger had trouble keeping up at time and did a lot more flourishes with her beautiful Paso costume skirt than dance, but she is much improved like Antonio. It received 27 points.
The show moved on to the individual dance routines without eliminating any of the five, letting fans see all five semifinalists one more time.
Paige VanZant said in Week 1 she just wanted to show people she was a girl, not just a mixed marial arts fighter. How impressive then to see her dance a smoking hot Argentine Tango with perfect technique, sharp ganchos, beautiful legs, alternately playful and smoldering. Len Goodman thought it pushed the limit just a bit, but the other judges loved it. It received 29 points. Total for the night was one point shy of perfect, 59 points.
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess drew a Contemporary dance as their semifinal number. Antonio is not the stronger dancer among the semifinalists, but he brings a pure strength to the show and has become enjoyable to watch. This routine included the best lifts all season long. He received 28 points including his first 10 from Bruno Tonioli. His total for the night is 55 points.
Why would producers give Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold a Charleston for their semifinal routine? It’s a quaint little dance out of history, but hardly packs the punch of a Paso or Contemporary routine. But the pair infused it with so much energy and razzle dazzle along with perfect technique, the judges couldn’t deny them a second perfect score, putting them at the top of the leaderboard for the week with 60 total points.
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy did a fine job with their Quickstep, although Carrie Ann Inaba took off a point for a costume catchng a heel. But it still received 29 points, giving them 56 points total.
After nine weeks, the five couples find themselves on the brink of making it to next week’s finals where it’s anyone’s competition. Who would make it? Tom Bergeron announced the three semifinalists in order: Ginger and Val, Nyle and Peta, and Paige and Mark. The two eliminated were Antonio and Sharna, and Wanya and Lindsay.
“What a way to end our season together, I could not be happier with the way it went,” said Lindsay Arnold. When asked for his comments, Wanya Morris was so emotional he couldn’t say a word, only hug his partner. “I’m feeing good … these kind of blessings don’t happen to too many people,” said Wanya. He said he would contine to dance after the show.
“It’s been an amazing journey, I’m ready to transition and play football again,” said Antonio Brown. “By the last few weeks, he was killing it,” said Sharna, “I feel he should have gotten a lot more tens than he did.”
The Mirror Ball Trophy winner will be Paige VanZant, Nyle DiMarco, or Ginger Zee next week. Fans will need to give their favorite a headstart with their votes through Tuesday. Be sure to come back for our final live chat of Season 22 as we find out who will join 21 other champions.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Trio Argentine Tango w/Witney Carson: 10-10-10 = 30 points
Individual Routine: Charleston, 10-10-10 = 30 points 60 POINTS TOTAL
Phone: 800-868-3412 ELIMINATED
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: Trio Samba w/Alan Bertsen: 10-10-10 = 30 points
Individual Routine: Argentine Tango, 10-9-10 = 29 points 59 POINTS TOTAL
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Trio Jive w/Jenna Johnson: 9-9-9 = 27 points
Individual Routine: Argentine Tango, 10-10-10 = 30 points 57 POINTS TOTAL
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Trio w/Artem Chigvintsev: 9-9-9 = 27 points
Individual Routine: Quickstep: 9-10-10 = 29 points 56 POINTS TOTAL
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Trio Argentine Tango w/Hayley Erbert: 9-9-9 = 27 points
Individual Routine: Contemporary, 9-9-10 = 28 points 55 POINTS TOTAL
Phone: 800-868-3401 ELIMINATED
“Dancing With the Stars” returns next Monday, May 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network, with a results show on Tuesday, May 24, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
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 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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