Ahhh…the semi-finals. When the judges throw away any paddle lower than 8 and, like a buncha chickens, throw it to the voters. I kid – I don’t actually think they did that last season. I think they did score Kelly lower than everyone else which was actually appropriate at the time. Will they do that this week?? I guess we’ll see. I have a feeling they will rip Chad and give everyone else the same score, whether they deserve it or not.
Evan/Anna – Paso Doble and Fox Trot - Hmmm, Foxtrot ought to be great, but the Paso? I dunno. That has to be fierce and sharp and he did well on his tango. I imagine it will be fine. Plus they are apparently getting help. I wonder if this is a show gimmick and everyone is getting a guest choreographer? Or if this is just an Anna thing. Not sure how I feel about it. Does it give Evan an advantage to have fresh eyes on his dance?? I honestly don’t know.
Nicole/Derek – Argentine Tango and Cha Cha – Derek apparently had a bit of a breakdown where his brain exploded from too much choreography. And after last week, he set his own bar awfully high. Hopefully, he’s pulled it all together. I’m not going to question it too much after the 50′s Paso.
Erin/Maks – Paso Doble and Viennese Waltz - Like Nicole and Derek, they got a great draw in terms of dances. I can see the Waltz being a bit more difficult, but Erin seems to be just about there. Hopefully Maks isn’t their own worst enemy – as much as I complain about him, he and Erin are more deserving of the finals than Chad is. Sorry Cheryl, I do love you.
Chad/Cheryl – Samba and Viennese Waltz – Oh boy. These dances should be the kiss of death for good old Chad. But he’s got Cheryl and she’s worked miracles before. Plus, he’s a football player with lots of fans – six of whom will be at the show on Monday, all expenses paid. Nice, funny, strange guy, Chad. I hope he gets eliminated but I do like him.