Emotions were intense in the semi-finals of “Dancing with the Stars”. In addition to the routine, the show included a major announcement, with jury chairperson Lynne Goodman revealing that this would be his last season. Goodman, 78, who has been part of the show since its debut in 2005, will be returning to the UK to be with his family. His last episode will be next weekend, where he’ll join the last four pairs as they compete for the mirror ball.
However, when the two-hour episode began on Monday night, six pairs remained, with each dancing twice before the double elimination.
Charlie Di Amelio and Mark Ballas have been top contenders all season, but during training, she struggled, admitting it was tough to perform after her mother’s elimination last week. However, she channeled all her emotions into routine, and achieved two excellent grades.
“This was perfection above perfection,” Governor Carrie Ann Inaba said after their first dance. “That was amazing. I just want to thank you for making this journey with such grace.”
Goodman said the dance “literally took my breath away” and found himself speechless, adding, “There are no words for me that can sum up how awful I am at it.” In fact, Bruno Tonioli said it was not only the best Viennese waltz of the season, but of all time.
Their second dance also left the judges in awe, as Inaba came out from behind the table to hug them together. “This routine was totally creative,” Derek Hough added.
Another pair with a perfect score for both routines are Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy. For the first time, she was emotional about her public breakup but said she felt very lucky to have her partner by her side. Val makes it easy; she got engaged after her first dance.
At the end of the night, the couple with the lowest overall score, Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater, were immediately sent home. The other pairs at the bottom were Gleb Savchenko, Shangela, Daniel Durant and Brett Stewart, with the judges saving one of them. In the end, Shangela is saved, eliminating Durant.
Scroll down for all of the evening’s results. The finale of Disney+’s “Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, November 21.