DwtS 9: The Semi-finals

Long-time MOIB reader Aaron was kind enough to recap the DwtS 9 Semi-Finals. Let us know your thoughts on the performances.

The semi-finals had highs and lows, including a nine point gap between best and worst scored dances.  This week each couple danced three dances: The two dances they haven’t done yet, and the dance-off dance that they had been preparing for weeks.

Round 1

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson – Tango

Carrie Ann Inaba – 7, Len Goodman – 7, Bruno Tonioli – 7

Total – 21/30

Song: Black and Gold by Sam Sparro

This was rough.  Kym’s hem came undone and tangled around both Donny’s and her own feet, causing a jumbled dance.  It was a shame as it wasn’t completely his fault.  This should have been one of his better dances, if his previous Argentine Tango is any indicator.  Of all the wardrobe malfunctions that have happened on the show, this is the worst because it impeded his dance.

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough – Viennese Waltz

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 9

Total – 27/30

Song: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

This was a very beautifully done Viennese Waltz. It was smooth, elegant, and graceful. Sometimes, she looked bent far back, but everything came off well. The opening on the stage flowed from one move to the next. The fleckle, which unfortunately isn’t seen as often as it should be, was smooth. Derek’s choreography was spot on for this, and Joanna pulled it off with aplomb.

Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel – Rumba

Carrie Ann Inaba – 8, Len Goodman – 8, Bruno Tonioli – 8

Total – 24/30

Song: Angels by Robbie Williams

Maybe I’m biased, but I thought this was an adorable Rumba. Especially since she later admitted that her solo was improvised. It wasn’t as smooth as it could have been, but what she lacked in grace, she made up for in her determination. That ending move was pretty dang impressive, too.

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin – Waltz

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 10

Total – 28/30

Song: Amore e Musica by Russell Watson

There have only been a handful of Waltzes that were beautiful. Many well done, but few that are artistically good. This was one of those. She was graceful, flowy, and they had great body contact. This is one of the dances this season that I thought was underscored. Dmitry is showing his skill as a choreographer this season, too.

 

Round 2

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson – Samba

Carrie Ann Inaba – 8, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 9

Total – 26/30

Song: One Bad Apple by The Osmonds

This was much better. He still seemed a little off, but his confidence was back by the time he did his solo. In his solo he did what all competitors should do, and three out of four did this week, and that is actually incorporate the dance you are doing. It wasn’t his best, but it was definite step up.

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough – Cha Cha Cha

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 9

Total – 27/30

Song: Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue

This dance was a little lackluster. It was reminiscent of Brooke’s Cha Cha Cha back in season 7, and her solo had very little actual steps. It was performed well enough to warrant the score, but only just. There’s not much to say about this dance.

Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel – Quickstep

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli- 9

Total – 27/30

Song: 99 Red Balloons by Nena

Oh, Kelly…One itty bitty mistake kept her from getting what could have been her first 10s of this season. This was technically complex, and aside from her one stumble, she made it look easy. This was, without a doubt, Kelly’s best dance. 

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin – Salsa

Carrie Ann Inaba – 10, Len Goodman – 10, Bruno Tonioli – 10

Total – 30/30

Song: La Isla Bonita by Madonna

This is what a Salsa should be. To quote Len on numerous occasions: the Salsa should be hot and spicy and full of flavor. That’s what this was. This is the best Salsa they’ve ever had on the show. Mya made this look so easy, it looked like anyone could get out there and do it the same way. This was the dance of the night.

 

Dance-Off Round

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson – Jitterbug

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 9

Total – 27/30

Song: Jump Shout Boogie by Barry Manilow

This was a good Jitterbug. Kym lifting Donny was the highlight of the dance. It’s always funny to see people do that. Other than that, this was your average, run-of-the-mill Jitterbug.

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough – Salsa

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 9

Total – 27/30

Song: La Luz Del Ritmo by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

Joanna danced very well, but one thing caused this to be a little boring. Mya’s Salsa. After one that was full of energy and well danced, this was a little lackluster. It was fun to watch, but it wasn’t as good.

Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel – Cha Cha Cha

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 9, Bruno Tonioli – 9

Total – 27/30

Song: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

This is the Cha Cha her Relay in Week 1 should have been. It was crisp, she placed her hands properly, and she looked like she enjoyed the dance. Louis is showing why we love him, because his choreography was spot on.

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin – Cha Cha Cha

Carrie Ann Inaba – 9, Len Goodman – 10, Bruno Tonioli – 10

Total – 29/30

Song: Fire Burning by Sean Kingston

This was a great Cha Cha. It was fast, it was crisp, it was clean, and most of all it was fun. There’s not much else to say about it. Carrie Ann marked it down because she felt it was lacking something, while Len was disappointed because the dance wasn’t long enough.

 

Total Scores:

Mya and Dmitry – 87/90

Joanna and Derek – 81/90

Kelly and Louis – 78/90

Donny and Kym – 74/90

Results:

Within the first half hour of the results show, Mya and Dmitry were announced safe and were going into the finale, while Joanna was still in danger. Near the end of the show, Donny and Kym were announced safe. So, it came down to Joanna and Derek and Kelly and Louis. In the final moments, it was announced that Joanna and Derek were eliminated. For the first time, instead of being hurried out the door, Joanna and Derek got to dance their Viennese Waltz, in its entirety, one last time.

Personally, based on the scores alone, I believe Donny should have been eliminated. Marie did the same thing. As she booted Jennie Garth, so Donny booted Joanna.

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