My! What a semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars! I was pleased with all of the dancing. They all really stepped it up. Though in my opinion, Wanya & Lindsay, Mark & Paige, And Nyle & Peta were especially in a world of their own. I wish these were the Top Three finalists. I would have taken Antonio & Sharna over Ginger & Val as well. Oh well….I am just thankful for both Wanya and Antonio (yes, this guy too!). Faults and all, both of them were so full of muscle, power, and presence every week. I will never forget either one of them and their complete journeys. I loved Wanya’s determination, heart, and soul. I loved Antonio’s “Cancer the Crab” eyes and that unforgettable sparkling smile. I also loved the way Antonio fought back when everyone thought he didn’t care. Many had written him off (including me at times), but, he put forth some entertaining dances regardless and with so much beauty, romance, and passion in his dancing. What’s more, he ended up loving the process and the show (be sure to listen to him in the interviews below).
Ok, enough from me on the eliminations, let’s review the scores from ABC….
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold w/Witney Carson (Trio Dance – Paso): 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. For their solo routine, Wanya and Lindsay did the Charleston: 10-10-10 for Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 60! (eliminated)
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas w/Alan Bersten (Trio Dance – Samba): 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. For their solo routine, Paige and Mark did the Argentine Tango: 10-9-10 for a Total of 29. GRAND TOTAL: 59!
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd w/Jenna Johnson (Trio Dance – Jive): 9-9-9 for a Total of 27. For their solo routine, Nyle and Peta did the Argentine Tango: 10-10-10 for a Total of 30. GRAND TOTAL: 57!
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy w/Artem Chigvintsev (Trio Dance – Paso): 9-9-9 for a Total of 27. For their solo routine, Ginger and Val did the Quickstep: 9-10-10 for a Total of 29. GRAND TOTAL: 56!
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess w/Hayley Erbert (Trio Dance – Argentine Tango): 9-9-9 for a Total of 27. For their solo routine, Antonio and Sharna did a Contemporary routine: 9-9-10 for a Total of 28. GRAND TOTAL: 55! (eliminated)
Now onto some media. First, see Glamour for some interviews and backstage goodies including the video below. Lots of good stuff, though note how Val says he will have the best Freestyle next week. Really? ok. Note also that there is NO ELIMINATION next Monday night….
Speaking of next week, usually there’s an elimination on the Monday of finale week, but not this time. “Yeah, no elimination,” revealed Peta. If that’s the case, then all three contestants will battle it out for the Mirrorball trophy on Tuesday night.
ABC7 has a recap and some interviews in the video below. They also have some beautiful photos at this link.
People has some recaps as well. Be watching this link as they may post more.
Below are some Access Hollywood interviews. I love how Antonio said he “grew” as a person with Sharna….
Nyle gives a few hints on he and Peta’s freestyle for next week…
Below is some coverage from ET and a few interviews. I think Alan Bersten and Paige VanZant are so cute as a couple. I have to admit, I love seeing this other side of Alan:
E news has new interviews with all the couples at this link. Note that after the show and their interviews, the finalists went straight to rehearsals.
Stormy has DWTS ALL Access coverage in case you missed all the behind the scenes interviews.
Ok, that is all for now. Stay tuned and keep checking back for more! 😉 ~ Vogue xxx
ETA: From Fox411….
Later in the show, things turned serious as VanZant revealed how she was bullied as a youth. VanZant, whose mom was a dance teacher, was harassed and verbally abused in school after becoming a cheerleader.
She told the cameras she “almost gave up on life” before her family moved from Oregon to Reno and she learned martial arts.
“I feel it was an important moment for myself because I’ve never opened up about it,” VanZant told reporters about her youthful torment. “I’ve never told anybody what happened to me [before] … hopefully some people connect with my story.”
The fighter added, “I did not expect to make it to the finals. I was very nervous. Everybody was amazing.”
DiMarco and partner Peta Murgatroyd continued to wow fans with their routines, which included an Argentine tango that he performed partially blindfolded on Monday.
“It was definitely an adrenalin rush because I couldn’t see, I can’t hear, so that’s just three senses that I have left and it’s all about holding onto Peta for dear life,” DiMarco told Fox411. “Her movement is telling me what my next move is so I move with her flow.”
DiMarco, who scored 57 points, said of making the finals, “I’m feeling honored, inspired, and relieved. The very first week I questioned myself, would the deaf guy make it that far against hearing people who can hear the music? And I think we deserved it, we’ve worked hard, we’ve pushed ourselves every week.”
ETA2: Below is an Extra interview with Sharna and Antonoio..