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It’s a double elimination week for the season 29 semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars. The presenter Tyra Banks started with a walk into the ballroom to “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee, as if Elvira, the mistress of darkness, were participating in the Kentucky Derby. But that’s fine, because redemption dances come first. This is a dance that every participant had to contend with earlier in the competition. After the redemption dances, each dancer will approach a new style.

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Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten
Dance / song: Cha Cha / “Move Your Feet” by Junior Senior

How they did it: That’s a lot better than at the beginning of the season, although I don’t like the choice of music. But the most important thing is that Skai doesn’t miss a step and she looks like she’s having fun, which she doesn’t always convey every week. Really well done.
Result: 27/30 (until the last time 18/30)

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber
Dance / song: Tango / “El Tango de Roxanne” by Moulin Rouge
How they did it:
Justina could be the group’s best improved dancer. This time she certainly does not manage to be “hoppy” with her tango, although one could argue that a 26/30 the first time is not a “redemption dance”. It still feels like she could be sharper with her movements, but the judges loved it. The music selection was dynamite but it ended in a really strange place.
Result: 28/30 (from 26/30 last time)

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart
Dance / song: Salsa / “X” by the Jonas Brothers
How they did it:
That’s very good, but it feels more like a showcase for Britt’s flashy dancing than Johnny’s enhancement. It’s a lot more controlled than last time, but it also gets a little messy in the middle. This should have been an improved score, but this could have been better. But then the judges give them a 27, which doesn’t seem right. That’s the same score Skai got for her Cha Cha, and her dance was quite a bit stronger than this one.
Result: 27/30 (from 22/30 last time)

Nelly and Daniella Karagach
Dance / song: Paso Doble / “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid
How they did it:
It feels like Nelly is taking this more seriously each week as the season progresses and is clearly giving 110 percent here. He never goes to a dancer on the same level as some of the others who are still competing, but he has improved so much and tries really hard. Nelly really did listen to Bruno Tonioli’s advice.
Result: 26/30 (from 9.30 p.m. last time)

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson
Dance / song: Foxtrot / “Signs of the Times” by Harry Styles

How they did it: Nev already started in such a strong place that he takes Derek Hough’s notes and absolutely pegs that foxtrot down. He really is the competitor to beat at this point. The lines are so long and beautiful, the frame is strong, and they just float above the floor. Incredible.
Result: 30/30 (from 20/30 last time)

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev
Dance / song: Paso Doble / “Hanuman” by Rodrigo Y Gabriela

How they did it: I’ll be honest, I thought Kaitlyn’s Week 7 Paso Doble was actually pretty strong. That was a week I thought Carrie Ann Inaba was being overly tough – she gave her a 7 and Derek a 9. That’s a certain inequality. This time Kaitlyn manages to win over every judge, even Carrie Ann. This performance definitely feels more serious because it wasn’t part of the villains’ Halloween theme.
Result: 30/30 (until the last time 24/30)

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber
Dance / Song: Contemporary / “Persevering for a Hero” by Ella Mae Bowen and Bonnie Tyler
How they did it: This is beautiful, if not as heartbreaking as some contemporary dances in the past. Just something is missing. Maybe it’s Justina’s big grin. She is contagious and it’s great that she is having so much fun, but maybe that could have been more powerful if it was more serious and emotional? Hmm The judges feel just the opposite, which is okay. I love Justina so I won’t be mad if she stays here.
Result: 30/30

Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten
Dance / song: Viennese waltz / “Lonely” by Noah Cyrus

How they did it: This is my favorite skai dance of the entire competition. It’s phenomenal here – so emotional, so graceful, floating in the air. Your lines, your flexibility, your rise and fall, it’s all great. She’s like a ballerina out there. This deserves a perfect score.
Result: 30/30

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart
Dance / song: Jazz / “I Lived” by One Republic
How they did it:
It is almost unfair to give jazz to a former figure skater or contemporaries. That’s very good, but of course – it’s practically a figure skating routine. The only question is whether voters will answer that. Johnny got a perfect result last week and was still among the last two. But he definitely deserved to get into the finals after his dances tonight.
Result: 30/30

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson
Dance / song: contemporary / “When the world ends” by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels

How they did it: This is the amount of emotion I wanted from Justina’s contemporary dance. It felt like Nev and Jenna were telling an epic love story, and Nev failed to get Jenna to focus with the more noticeable moves. She’s obviously a professional and at times the female pros can be so much stronger than the male amateurs when it comes to flash that they dominate the routine, but Nev holds her own here. Derek says he was so trapped that he forgot to judge and yes, it was fascinating.
Result: 30/30

Nelly and Daniella Karagach
Dance / Song: Jive / “Jump Jive An ‘Wail” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

How they did it:
Oof, this is going to be difficult for Nelly. This is a “light on your feet” dance, the pace is so insanely fast. However, when it starts, he’s actually better than I expected. He’s not a professional or anything, but it’s a lot more alive than I thought. Plus, Nelly is grinning ear to ear and obviously having so much fun which is great. The judges give him a standing ovation, which he absolutely deserves. I don’t think he’s one of the strongest four dancers, but after the improvement he showed on this jive, it would be hard to be insane if he made it to the final. Of course the judges are so excited they give him perfect tens, but let’s not get carried away, judges.
Result: 30/30

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev
Dance / Song: Contemporary / “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Chicks

How they did it: This dance is dedicated to Kaitlyn’s friend Lindsay, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 18. She loved this song and they played it at her funeral. My goodness. Kaitlyn can barely survive the rehearsal for this, but she manages to hold them together through the performance. It’s a beautiful dance.
Result: 30/30

Elimination: The bottom three are Justina, Skai, and Johnny. This is a shame for Skai, she is a very strong dancer. The lowest voter is Johnny, which isn’t much of a surprise after last week. Now the judges can choose between Justina and Skai. Derek and Carrie Ann rescue Justina and eliminate Skai.

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