TV Recap:Dancing With The Stars

Last night's show was full of high expectations and anticipated surprises. The semi-finals are as good a time as ever to really whip it out and give it all you've got, which the four remaining stars certainly did. Our leaders proved they are worthy of the top spots when they took home two perfect scores each. Lady third also snagged a perfect score, her first ever, nice timing. And our bottom feeder (that sounds bad, but you know what I mean), remains in the bottom spot.

Every contestant last night had the opportunity to choose their own dances, one ballroom, one Latin. And they chose pretty wisely. The scores were all high, the performances were all amazing, the stars all stepped it up and kicked each other's butts (some obviously more than others). It was definitely special to see how each dance took on new dimensions the second time. I was wondering how the professionals would switch the dances up and tweak the elements to make them unique from the first time they were danced. I saw some of the same moves (duh, each dance has signature moves), but overall the dances last night were new, improved and hotter than ever. Bonus: head judges Len Goodman visited each contestant to help them work out their kinks for their Latin dances. I couldn't wait to see how those panned out.

Marie Osmond kicked off the ballroom section of the semis with the quickstep, which earned her 28 points two weeks ago. Did she have what it took to beat that already high score? Indeed, she did. I absolutely thought it was better than her last rendition, although I didn’t see any of the “dangerous moves” Jonathan promised, I guess he was saving those for the mambo he chose to redo. The judges agreed that it was wonderful, even though Len didn’t think she could do better than last time. Carrie Ann gave Marie a 10 last time, Len joined Carrie Ann in the generous department to up Marie’s previous score one point to an oh-so-close 29. Marie’s Latin mambo was certainly cheeky and fun. How could it not be, she and Jonathan ripped each other’s outfits apart. When Len saw Marie in practice, he helped her work her hips. All I gotta say is Len can certainly work his. I was in shock. Anyway, his help paid off, despite her score of 27 (up from 24), because Bruno said she was frenetic and entertaining (even though she missed several steps). Even with her almost perfect scores, Marie is still the lowest scoring contestant. And I highly doubt she’s going home. Damn Osmonds.

Mel Brown had her work cut out for her this week. Ha ha, okay, not really. For their ballroom pick, Mel and Maksim re-danced the Viennese waltz that originally earned them a 26. It was lovely. My favorite part was when she not only did the splits with both legs, but used them as a means to travel across the dance floor with Maksim lifting her between each one. Wow. Bruno called it the “Ferrari of Viennese waltzes,” adding that it was sexy and driven to “maximum impact.” Seriously, did anyone expect any less? It’s to the point where if this woman doesn’t get a perfect score she must have pulled a Jennie and fallen on her fanny. How was Mel going to outdo her already perfect paso doble? With a whip, of course. Once again, wow. I would not want to be that chick’s husband knowing she handles s&m equipment like that (although I wouldn’t mind taking a lesson or two). Len told Mel in practice that she needed to be a bit sharper and keep her head up. Mel was sharp, precise and powerful as ever. Way to go Mel, you kick serious ace.

Jennie Garth danced with Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disneyland. That might soften the blow if Ms. 90210 doesn’t go all the way. Her tango last night was fierce, except I didn’t see any emotion in her face. Too much concentration stole away from the chemistry she and Derek always share. Regardless, Derek’s intricate choreography and Jennie’s ability to bring vibrance and energy to the dance earned them a 28, two points higher than their tango in week three. When it came down to Latin moves, Len told Jennie she needed to work on her arms and not overextending them. Jennie took on the cha cha, the very first dance performed in season five, one more time. The dance that once captured Jennie a mere 21 caught her her very first perfect score. It finally all came together for Jennie, this dance was hot. And I love how Derek whips his head when he’s snaking his body around. I thought Jennie was going to fall over at the end after Derek spun her so many times, but luckily he caught her. Sneaky move, blondies.

Helio Castroneves showed his appreciation to Julianne for her time and effort with him by giving her flowers and introducing her to Rascal Flatts. Not too shabby for a few dance lessons (and a shot at disco ball trophy glory). Performing the fox trot, Helio was polished, his technique was right on, his charisma was contagious, it was perfect, and five points higher than his former fox trot in week one. Moving on to outdo himself, Helio followed Jennie’s perfect cha cha with a perfect cha cha of his own, earning him two more points than last time. I think Bruno said it best when he said it was “full of razmataz.” (I couldn’t believe that word was actually in my Microsoft Word dictionary). Helio never stopped smiling in either of his performances, and although I didn’t really watch his feet, which Len told him to work on, they were obviously in place. I will be shocked and appalled if he and Mel aren’t battling head to head next week in the finals. (Double that if it’s between them and Marie).

I feel like I can’t even watch tonight’s results show. So much has happened this season, these final four have come so far, it will be a shame to send anyone home (except Marie, who’s had a great run, but she’s just not as good as the others and doesn’t deserve to be in the finals. There, I said it). Who’ll it be? We’ll see... tonight.

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