We have reached the semi-final stage with just four couples left in the competition:, the celebrities being: William Levy, Katherine Jenkins, Donald Driver and Maria Menounos. They each had to perform one ballroom dance and one Latin dance, both of which they have not danced before.
It was a tough ask, which head judge Len Goodman said led to the best ‘Dancing With The Stars’ semi-final ever.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Waltz and Samba while Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas performed the Salsa and Quick Step. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced the Jive and Argentine Tango and William Levy and Cheryl Burke danced the Tango and Samba.
First up were William Levy and professional dancer Cheryl Burke dancing the Tango. Len said, ‘I have not been so excited since my Mom put me in long trousers,’ Bear with him, folks, getting out of short pants was an important rite of passage in the UK back when Len was a boy. Bruno was impressed too, telling William, ‘You were like the dictator of the tango. For me it was ace.’ Carrie Ann finally admitted there was more to William than a pretty face, saying his lines were perfect, despite ‘one tiny mistake.’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 28/30
Katherine Jenkins and professional dancer Mark Ballas danced the Quickstep next. Bruno could only exclaim ‘WOW – Fantastic! The best example of the 20s razzle dazzle.’ Carrie Ann initially built some suspense by saying she didn’t think they brought their A game to the semi-finals but she then announced with a grin, ‘you brought your A+ game.’ She’s such a tease! Len even apologized for pointing out a mistake in Katherine’s footwork because ‘what a fabulous number!’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 29/30
Donald Driver and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd dancing the Waltz, which Carrie Ann called ‘dreamy.’ She got all the emotion she felt was lacking last week, but there were some mistakes in the footwork. ‘It was beautiful and I loved it and it was still a mesmerizing dance. Len was reminded of a different era of grace and elegance although he advised him to lift his head a little more. ‘It was beautiful,” he said. Bruno pointed out how much harder it is to impress with a waltz than with some of the showier dances, but said he was impressed. He liked the ‘gentle, soft quality’ and how light he is on his feet.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 28/30
Next, Maria Menounos and her professional dance partner Derek Hough danced the Argentine Tango. Len thought it was fabulous and Bruno called it ‘enticing and titillating, leading up to expectations beyond my wildest dreams. It was absolutely fabulous!’ Carrie Ann loved the dance with its ‘ridiculous lines.’ Presumably she meant that in a good way.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10. That’s right; they got a perfect score of 30/30.
On to the second round of dances. It was time for William Levy and professional dance partner Cheryl Burke to dance the Samba. Bruno was ecstatic. ‘ You set the place on fire. I’m going to die, I have never seen so much bum action in my life,’ he raved. He lived up to every expectation of Carrie Ann with this dance and Len admitted, ‘I never looked at a man’s bum for so long. Lots of basic steps and rhythm you brought it was just fantastic!
Another perfect score: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10 30/30 = TOTAL 58/60
Katherine Jenkins and professional dance partner Mark Ballas, danced the Salsa next. Sadly, Katherine got hurt during this routine, with a painful back spasm which left her in tears. Carrie Ann referred to ‘the wobble’ at the end of the routine but said the routine was ‘fantastic.’ Len was even more enthusiastic, telling her, ‘As you danced I wrote Catherine the great, the world’s wonder woman. You actually came out and gave that 100%.’ Bruno told her not to worry about the end, which could happen to anyone. ‘It was absolutely wonderful darling!’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 9 = 27/30 TOTAL: 56/60
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Samba next. Len liked it. Bruno applauded them for taking a risk which paid off, to make it ‘fantastic.’ Carrie Ann called it a ‘fabulous job.’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 29/30 TOTAL 57/60
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, danced the Jive next. Bruno was impressed. ‘You really did it. There are always quirky details from you guys. It all worked beautifully, it shouldn’t have but it did. It was great!’ Carrie Ann called it ‘perfect.’ Len was less enthusiastic about the non-traditional jive and pointed out a stumble. But still the scores were impressive.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = 29/30 TOTAL 59/60
So as you can see, the scoring was high and tight last night. For once, (and hopefully not fatally) Katherine Jenkins found herself at the bottom of the leader board. Last night’s leaders were Maria Menounos and Derek Hough with near perfect scores.
What will all this mean for tonight’s semi-final elimination on ‘Dancing With The Stars’?