And then there were five — if you can believe it. It seems like just yesterday we were watching some fever dream salsa routine in which Geraldo Rivera donned an infamous blonde wig and “shook” his hips all over the oval office. Thankfully (hopefully?) we don’t have to endure that again. Instead, we’re left with one of the most exciting, up-in-the-air semi-finals in DWTS history.
Our five remaining celebs will have to survive the Trio Round in order to make it to the big finale next week. This challenge seems appropriate, no? Since, after tonight’s double elimination, we’ll be left with just three couples standing. Things are about to get real, you guys. Let’s recap.
THE TRIO ROUND
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas with Alan Bersten
Samba | “Hip Hip Chin Chin” by Club Des Belugas
Hey, remember when Mark injured himself and troupe member Alan had to fill in and he and Paige were extremely hot together? So does Mark, so he wisely chooses Alan as the third member in their little dance triangle. Erin remembers, too, and she, predictably, just can’t let it go. Let’s ignore the tabloid-fodder and focus on the dance. Paige, Mark, and Alan are portraying very sexy birds this evening, which, let’s face it, are the only good kind of birds. Mark’s choreography is so fun, and Bruno’s right, Paige is the star of this routine. If Paige doesn’t sail into the finals, that’s on you, America.
Judges’ Score: 30/30
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess with Hayley Erbert
Argentine Tango | “Mi Confesion” by Gotan Project
Antonio’s not scared of the pressure of the semi-finals; it’s basically the playoffs of televised dancing competitions. He’s ready to continue on his upward swing, and to help him and Sharna continue to improve, they’ve enlisted troupe member Hayley. Sharna wants another fierce gal beside her for this fiery argentine tango. Antonio really seems into this competition, finally. Bruno notes his improved confidence, and the fact that he seamlessly and powerfully led the two ladies throughout their routine. Carrie Ann wants more elongated lines, but Len disagrees, and reminds her that the argentine tango is a compact dance. Take that, Carrie Ann!
Judges’ Score: 27/30
Wanyá Morris and Lindsay Arnold with Witney Carson
Paso Doblé | “Explosive” by David Garrett and Franck Heijden and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
You guys were crazy if you thought Z-Pak was going to pick anyone else but her bestie Witney for her and Wanyá’s trio dance. For good reason: Witney and Lindsay’s paso with Alfonso Ribeiro to “Turn Down For What” is one of the best trio dances ever done — and, to be honest, one of my favorite dances on DWTS period. Witney is just in time, too. Wanyá and Lindsay could use a little blonde ball of energy after their big props-related stumble last week. Wanyá even cries about it! After seeing his paso, there’s no need for tears. Bruno praises him for his passion and artistry, Len loved the details and finesse, and Carrie Ann is just a proud mama who wants a hug. Wanyá is back, you guys.
Judges’ Score: 30/30
NEXT: Operation Make Jenna A Pro Partner commences