We’ve made it to the season 25 semi-finals, Dancing fam! Of course, we’ve only made it by the skin of our teeth: So many people are injured! There’s a whole mess of very serious-sounding leg injuries going around, and Jordan has a scratched cornea. Hold on kids, we only have one more week to go!
Before we get to the finals though, our top five will have to dance two routines: The first has the pros picking the song for their partners, and the second will be a tribute to an iconic DWTS dance that earned a perfect score in the past. Exciting, no? And then, of course, one couple will be asked to pack their dancing shoes and go. We all know who it should be, but after 25 seasons of Dancing With the Stars, we are all well aware that things don’t always go as planned. To the dances!
PRO SONG CHOICE ROUND
Drew Scott and Emma Slater
Tango, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
Determination and positivity. That’s what Emma hears when she listens to this Proclaimers jam, and that’s what comes to mind when she thinks of Drew. Drew is also very into this tune because the Proclaimers are Scottish, and so is he. Hence the kilt he’s sporting. When you’re in the semi-finals after weeks of riding the bottom of the leader board, might as well have fun with it. And that’s what Emma and Drew do in this tango that is very un-tango-like. Forget technique, posture, and artistry — just enjoy the ride! They may take away our mirrorballs, but they’ll never take our freedom…to do embarrassing things on live television!
Judges’ Score: 24/30
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy
Contemporary, “To Build a Home” by Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson
Talk about a tonal shift, DWTS. From grown men dancing tango while wearing kilts to possibly the most moving performance of the season. For this contemporary, Val wants to tell Victoria’s story through the eyes of her parents. Is it just an excuse to do a trio dance with his girlfriend Jenna Johnson? IDK and IDC. It is gorgeous. After the Arlens were given Victoria’s diagnosis, they moved her into their living room, and that living room became their world, so that is where the routine takes place. I’m tearing up again just thinking about it! Carrie Ann is pleased to see Victoria and Val took her note of having Victoria open up more — tonight, she saw Victoria emoting. Who knows what else is happening because I am still weeping.
Judges’ Score: 27/30
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold
Argentine Tango, “Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE feat. Gavin DeGraw
A rare misstep from Jordan and Lindsay. I mean, they still get a 28 from the judges, but something is definitely off. Lindsay has picked this song for her partner because being an older brother to his siblings means so much to him. She also wants to celebrate the sibling relationship they’ve formed as partners. After the routine, Linds gets choked up talking about how much Jordan means to her and it is so sweet and sincere. Unfortunately, the song and the story don’t fit the style of dance. Len isn’t happy. He understands “theme nights” but this is a dancing show. It was too big for Argentine tango, and it lacked the passion of the dance. Carrie Ann is disappointed, which we all know is way worse than someone being angry with you.
Judges’ Score: 28/30