'DWTS' Recap: Season 17 Finalists Revealed
By ROBERT PACE
November 18, 2013
Five dancers brought their best to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom in the semifinals on Monday, but only four would get the chance to take once last swipe at the Mirrorball Trophy in the finals.
[SPOILER ALERT: Results from the show revealed below]
Although everyone but Corbin Bleu was nursing some form of an injury after ten weeks of intensive training for their dances, Week 10 on Dancing with the Stars was anything but a hobble fest.
Each dancing duo took on a pair of individual dances that included a handful of sensual tangos and energizing jazz routines that made for quite the semifinal showdown.
After former King of Queens actress Leah Remini got the show started with her "too careful" paso doble, Corbin Bleu strutted his way to the other end of the spectrum with a scorching tango that was deemed "too full-on" by judge Len Goodman.
However, the High School Musical actor produced the perfect balance for his second dance, a flawless rumba that yielded a perfect score from the judges table, which included former Dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge.
While Bleu's tango was considered too intense, Jack Osbourne held his frame perfectly in his Argentine Tango with partner Cheryl Burke and rendered a suave routine that nearly captured a perfect score with 38 out 40 points.
However, as per usual, the spotlight didn't shine long on any other dancer but Amber Riley.
After her high-octane jazz with partner Derek Hough, tagged "fierce" by judge Bruno Tonioli, earned a 10 from all judges but Maks, she wowed the ballroom once again with a graceful Viennese waltz that had judge Carrie Ann Inaba's eyes welling up with tears and earned a perfect 40.
Another recurring theme held true for the semifinals as well.
Working through a painful groin injury, the "People's Champion" Bill Engvall finished the night with the lowest cumulative score of 60 out of 80.
While the comedian's Argentine tango was a step up from his slow and unsteady cha-cha, it still wasn't enough to boost him out of the depths of last place on the leaderboard, where he has been slotted for the last five weeks.
Yet, because Engvall has managed to squeeze his way through to the next round week after week on the dominant support of fan voters, he and partner Emma Slater still had a chance to proceed to the finals.
To the surprise of none, when it was time to narrow the field down to the four finalists, Engvall once again found himself in the bottom two as the spotlight shined upon him and Leah Remini, who finished second to last on the leaderboard with 65 out of 80.
After a 10-week journey, one dancer would be going to the finals and the other's hopes of capturing the Mirrorball Trophy would be shattered.
With host Tom Bergeron making the call, it would be Bill Engvall who would proceed to finals, and Leah Remini's intimate Argentine tango would prove to be her last dance in the Dancing ballroom.
Joining Engvall in the finals next Monday are Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley, and Jack Osbourne.
Check out all the scores from the semifinals below, and keep posted on the Dancing with the Stars finals with ETonline on Monday (8 p.m., ABC).
Amber Riley and Derek Hough (79/80): 39/40 (10,10,9,10) Jazz
40/40 (10,10,10,10) Viennese Waltz
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (75/80): 35/40 (9,8,9,9) Tango
40/40 (10,10,10,10) Rumba
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (71/80): 33/40 (8,8,9,8) Jazz
38/40 (10,9,9,10) Argentine Tango
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani (65/80): 32/40 (8,8,8,8) Paso Doble
33/40 (8,8,8,9) Argentine Tango
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (60/80): 28/40 (7,7,7,7) Cha-Cha
32/40 (8,8,8,8) Argentine Tango