Dancing With the Stars returns Monday for the season 30 semifinals, and the competition is heating up in a big way! With the six remaining couples getting ready to duke it out on the dance floor, ET is following along throughout the two-hour spectacular to break down all the best performances and the most surprising moments.
As the couples dance their hearts out with two different numbers in the same night — an original dance and a redemption dance — judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will be giving feedback and doling out their scores — all before another sure-to-be-painful double elimination!
After last week’s truly shocking conclusion, which saw Olivia Jade and Jimmie Allen get the boot, tonight the remaining stars will be giving it their all for a shot at the season 30 finals and the coveted mirrorball trophy.
The fun kicks off on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and ET will be covering all the highlights in real time.
Elimination Time Is Here
With all the dances danced, Tyra is revealing who is moving on to the finals and who is going home.
JoJo and Jenna, Iman and Daniella, and Cody and Cheryl were announced safe, and then Melora and Artem were immediately eliminated based on total scores and votes.
This meant that the judges now had to choose between Suni and Sasha, and Amanda and Alan.
However, Amanda’s tearful performance definitely saved her and the judges’ votes were unanimously in favor of Amanda and Alan, sending Suni home after a valiant effort.
Amanda and Alan Dance Through the Tears
For Amanda and Alan, their final dance of the semifinals had to be special. And it was truly something incredible.
The pair performed an emotional contemporary routine set to a cover of her late husband’s song, “Live Your Life.”
Amanda was getting choked up before even hitting the stage as she thought about Nick Cordero — who died after a battle with COVID last year.
The dance itself was a powerful tribute to his life and truly moved the judges.
“I’m really, really happy that you’ll always have this moment,” Derek says, fighting back tears.
Bruno says the dance is “beyond critique” and had nothing but priase.
Carrie Ann said the pair “transcended perfection.”
Len says the dance was “fantastic” and it’s clear how touched the entire panel really is.
The pair earn four 10s across the board for a combined total of 79 out of 80.
Iman and Daniella Enjoy Their Dark Fantasy
Iman and Daniella are truly the moment makers from this season.
Either Iman is the strongest man in the world or Daniella weighs 11 pounds.
The pair delivered a jazz routine set to “Dark Fantasy” by Kanye West, featuring vocals from Iman’s wife, Teyana Taylor.
The performance is filled with the most spectacular lifts that might have ever been televised and the entire thing is a showstopper.
“What you bring is spectacular and artistic and athletic and dynamic,” Carrie Ann says.
The pair earn two 10s and two 9s for a total of 38 and a combined score of 75 out of 80.
JoJo and Jenna Deliver Perfection
JoJo is dedicating her performance tonight to her grandpa, who passed away recently, and is sharing the moment with her grandmother, who came to rehearsals throughout the week.
It’s such a heartfelt moment before the pair even hit the stage, and it’s hard not to root for JoJo and Jenna to win the whole thing.
Their routine, Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go” is every bit the tribute that JoJo seemed to hope it would be.
“That was an amazing demonstration of all that you are,” Carrie Ann gushes.
“You mix artistry with athleticism,” Len says. “It really is fantastic.”
“I’m going to keep it simple. That was the best contemporary dance we’ve ever seen on this show,” Derek says.
Bruno calls it “exquisite perfection” and that they looked like “two angels out there.”
As you’d expect from the feedback, the pair earn another 40, for a flawless combined total of 80 out of 80.
Suni and Sasha Understand the ‘Gravity’ of the Semifinals
Suni and Sasha give a powerful, emotional, Olympic-level contemporary number that brought up the feels in the audience and the judges.
The number, set to “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles, showed the painful push and pull of fame and love and told a stunning story that wowed the judges.
“It’s so good to see you being able to actually express yourself,” Bruno says.
Carrie Ann says the number showed off the “versatility” of her ability to perform.
The pair earned two 10s from Carrie Ann and Derek and two 9s from Len and Bruno, for a total of 38, and a combined score of 75 out of 80.
Cody and Cheryl Have Us Seeing Red
For Cody and Cheryl’s Argentine tango routine, the duo are hitting the dance floor and giving it their all to try and stay in the game — especially with their lackluster first dance.
Basked in red glow and rocking black-on-black ensembles, the pair hit the floor for a number set to the instrumental “La cumparsita” by Forever Tango.
“Great job, my man!” Derek shares.
“When you start off in that pose, you better bring the drama to the dance,” Carrie Ann says.
“Cody, when I think back, the first four weeks you got a 6 from me, and now when I watch this, you’ve come so far!” Len said. “It’s brilliant!”
The pair earns four 9s for a total of 36 and a combined total of 71 out of 80.
Melora and Artem Bring the ‘Thunder’
For their second dance of the night — and their best shot at making it to the finals, the duo deliver a contemporary routine.
The pair hit the dance floor with a stunning routine set to “Thunder” from Imagine Dragons, and they bring a striking magic to the stage.
“It was full of attack, it was full of purpose,” Len says, adding that Melora is “always a joy to dance.”
“You’re just the most beautiful lyrical dancer,” Carrie Ann praises.
The pair earn four 9s across the board for a total of 36 and a combined score of 72 out of 80.
Amanda and Alan are Strong as Titanium
Amanda and Alan have been consistently fantastic throughout the season, so for their redemption dance, the duo had to look back all the way to week 1.
Under the guidance of Len, Amanda and Alan were tasked with redoing their Tango — this time dancing to “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia.
Needless to say, there’s been an incredible amount of improvement from back in Week 1, and the pair wow with their new attempt.
“I saw attack, I saw aggression, great performance,” Len praises.
Bruno said the dance had the “clear-cut brilliance of a diamond.”
The pair end up earning three 10s and a 9 from Carrie Ann for a total of 39 out of 40.
Iman and Danielle Tango to Telephine
Iman and Daniella have come a long way and he’s gotten father than any other NBA star in the history of the show.
For their redemption dance, the pair are performing a tango set to “Telephone” by Martynas. It’s such a remarkable improvement over their first attempt that it’s unfathomable.
The duo aslo get a lot of love from the judges, with Derek praising Iman’s frame and Carrie Ann gushing over how great the pair look in hold.
Len says it’s just an unimaginable improvement.
The pair end up earning three 9s and a 10 from Derek for a total of 37 out of 40.
JoJo and Jenna Bring The Heat
A “redemption” dance is kind of a joke for JoJo and Jenna, who are just artistic geniuses.
BUT they are getting the chance to redo their Argentine Tango that Len felt was more of a ballroom tango the first time they performed it.
Under Len’s guidance, the pair created a more sensual, passionate routine set to “Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)” that left the judges in awe.
“I’ll tell you what that was! That was bloody brilliant,” Len praised.
“It was so impressive, so clean… that was beautiful, exquisite,” Derek marveled.
There was truly nothing but praise, and it was reflected in their scores. The pair got all 10s across the board for a perfect 40 out of 40.
Suni and Sasha Fox and Trot
For Suni and Sasha, who have come so far this season, the pair are getting a chance to redeem their foxtrot from earlier this season.
Under the direction of Carrie Ann, the duo hit the dance floor for a fun, high-energy foxtrot set to Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and absolutely slayed.
Carrie Ann just screams with joy and excitement before gushing over the incredible performance.
“This was a fast track for a foxtrot and you did it with wonderful grace,” Bruno praises.
The duo nabbed three 9s and a 10 from Carrie Ann for a total of 37 out of 40!
Melora and Artem ‘Don’t Want to Wait’ for the Finals
For Melora and Artem, they are getting some redemption help from Len and a chance to recreate their Week 2 rumba.
The pair have come so far in such a short amount of time, and as the two owned the stage for their rumba, set to Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait,” it was a thing of beauty.
“Mission accomplished!” Len marvels.
Bruno says the dance is “compelling” and “beautiful.”
Len awards the duo a perfect 10, while Carrie Ann gives an 8 for some reason, and then Derek and Bruno both gave 9s for a total of 36 out of 40.
Cody and Cheryl Get to Redo Their Salsa
This week, the first dance of the night for each couples is a redemption dance, and for Cody and Cheryl, they’re getting the chance to do the week 2 salsa that they weren’t able to perform because they each had COVID.
During week 2, the judges had to judge their rehearsal studio footage, so under Bruno’s guidance the pair are hitting the dance floor to give it a real go.
Without a doubt, it’s a fun performance and clearly an improvement over the first time around.
“Were starting the race to the finals with a bang!” Bruno shares.
“That was an action-packed full-on salsa,” Len marvels.
The scores are likely to be decent — but we have to wait until after the commercials to find out what they are!
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